Lovely Metal Futon Bed Frame
fulton bed frame full size of metal futon sofa bed with mattress low futon bed frame
Having worked in the furniture field for many years, I always firmly believe that you get what you pay for or that the value of what you buy is directly related to the quality of the product and the price placed on the item or service. I also believe that some products are able to give the whole line of furniture a bad name because of its lack of quality and unfairness, because one type of product does not represent the overall quality of the furniture. There is no better example of this to be said than the black metal futon frame that has been done against the futon industry in the last 10 years. In this article I will explain my position about the negative aspect of this metal framework and why it would be better for consumers and retailers to move away from the frame that gives the industry a bad name. Futons as a category were born nearly 25 years ago in the form of wooden frames. This frame is simple and offers the conversion from sofa to bed with frame operation. The old wooden frame design for many years and finally leads to a wooden futon frame that looks like conventional furniture.
Much of the furniture is borrowed from real-world furniture construction techniques in the form of armored construction, French dovetail connections and steel on steel hardware connections that offer greater quality and flexibility in design and quality. The work of this frame can be easily seen in the higher end models offered today and justifies the retail price you see for this piece as the highest quality available in this furniture category. The problems that exist in the futon industry are somehow generated by certain manufacturers who want to take a low and low price approach to building products that can be sold in large stores at the lowest possible price. Futon metal frames have long been the staple of “wholesalers” traded on futons as a category. Unfortunately many consumers buy this frame as an introduction to the category of furniture futon and are quite disappointed with the quality and construction made to reach the futon price point. The metal frame problem lies in some design issues.
The metal futon frames are constructed of hollow metal tubes. Hollow arms and pocket welds are welded into this arm to attach the stretcher rails. Steel hinges mounted on the inside of the hollow metal arms and backrest and the rear rack is connected to the hinges by using ordinary screws. The problem starts in the upholstery. Hollow tubes and welded holes that form the bottom of the seat tend to be separated from the seat. Spot welding is not sufficient enough to prevent these bars from being released and is the result of a low cost approach to building these decks. Another problem caused by the hollow tube from the seat is that it tends to bend from normal use. The hinges attached to the arm suffer the same fate as the old customers bringing these items to the stores that show it bending. This is not just a problem with one manufacturer in particular. We have seen this from 4 different manufacturers of metal futon frames that offer this frame. Not only enough materials or construction quality to justify this frame as a viable furniture solution for consumers.
Arbor Wood Metal Futon Frame
Metal Futon Bed Frame
It should also make people question the purchase of one of these frames when they only carry a 30-90 day warranty. Any manufacturer that guarantees the furniture for this amount of time does not expect it to last for long and should not have you as a consumer. 98% of our futon related service issues over a 10 year period resulted from failure with black metal frames. Often in the first year of ownership. Why do you ask if futon retailers continue to show it on their showroom floor if they know the offer is below standard? An interesting question. Retailer futon is often a specialty store that provides dozens or more futon frames. Whether it’s an online store in the form of a physical brick and mortar store. The majority of the frames that you will see are made of wood and are offered with various arm designs and usually half a dozen or more mattress options. Hundreds of upholstered fabrics and cloth coverings exist to cover the mattress of this frame. This serious retailer offers all the goods available in the world of futons.
Sometimes they take this literally. I hope that it is the same reason that our store brings. We want to show you everything available and do not want the bulk merchant to showcase the product and keep the customer running in wanting it and can not get it. Our store stopped carrying black metal frames a few years ago for many of the reasons listed above. We decided to switch from low end products and concentrate on proven high quality products. So many people walk through our furniture store and when offering futon frames as home furnishings that they may be told by customers, “I bought one of those years ago [[insert bulk trader’s name here] and that’s the most. Uncomfortable, it did not last long. “The experience of having a black metal frame has turned off most consumers who will find happiness and joy in having a solid wood frame made to endure. It’s a shame because futons offer great flexibility to be a sofa and sleeper. After working in retail and having worked in furniture stores that carry futons. I honestly say that as a retailer, it sucks to know that the store still carries a low end black metal frame.
My intention in this article is not to be rude but I really hope retailers know that the low end product made to reach a certain price point does not do the consumer or other best service. Consumers deserve quality products at affordable prices based on materials and labor that goes into those products. If this does not happen hope is not fulfilled. Disappointment and dissatisfaction soon follow and consumers are left with a negative feeling for the product. The purpose of this article is to address the experience I have with this product line not only from retail but from what customers have shared with me about this product. I feel strongly that the black metal futon framework should be avoided by retailers and consumers alike. If you have a negative experience with this frame, I would encourage you not to rate the entire futon industry with this particular product. If you’re a consumer, I encourage you to shop for futon retailers or futon specialty stores and discover the world of “real” futon and what they offer for you and your home.
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