Anatomy of Futons - Looking at the Different Parts of Futon Furniture

Published: 23rd October 2008
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Futon shopping can be somewhat strange if you've never owned one before. It's safe to assume that we're all familiar with what's needed when you purchase a new bed. You need a bed frame, mattress and sheets as well as pillows. Futons aren't much different. In this article we'll look at the different parts to a futon and what you'll find available.



The first part of a futon is the frame. Futon frames are designed to move from a sofa into a bed. There are a wide variety of designs that accomplish this. The two most basic models are called bi-fold and tri-fold frames. Bi-fold frames feature arms on the ends of the futon frame, two stretchers between the arms and a seat and back section. These two sections move to perform the operation of the futon frame hence the name bi-fold. Tri-fold frames also can feature a set of arms on the ends of a futon frame, two stretchers and a rack system made up of three decks that move back and forth to perform the operation of the futon frame. Because three sections perform this movement these are called tri-fold frames. Frames are made using metal rails and seat/back sections. Some are made completely from wood while some other frames are made using a combination of wood and metal seat/back sections. You'll find arm designs vary from different manufacturers as well as types of woods used and finishes that are available. Picking the right futon frame will ensure that you enjoy years of use with a quality constructed frame.



The second part of a futon is the mattress. Futon mattresses originally started out as cotton batting encased with a duck twill covering. They've moved forward in design over the last 15-20 years. Many models are available today that feature innerspring c oils, high density foams, memory foams and new blends of batting. The biggest complaint about futons when they first came out was that they just weren't comfortable. With the types of mattresses available in the market today they feel just as good or better than many of their conventional sofa counterparts. Picking the right mattress will definitely help you be comfortable on the futon frame you choose.



The third part of a futon is a futon cover. Futon covers zip on over the mattress allowing you to easy change the look of your futon whenever you want. Thicker mattresses today require special constructed covers to fit. Most cover manufacturers are aware of these special sized mattresses and can manufacturer covers to fit that mattress. Besides futon covers pillows and bolster pillows can be added to help enhance the look of your futon.



So if you're shopping for a futon remember that there are three parts to consider. The frame is the first part of your futon and will be available as a bi-fold or tri-fold design. Made using wood, metal or a combination of the two. The second part is the mattress. You'll find these in a wide assortment of makes and models ranging from cotton and foam to innerspring to memory foam. The final part of your futon will be the cover. These can be made to fit your selected mattress. In this article we've discussed the parts of a futon and covered some of the basics of what is available. Hopefully after reading this article you can use this information as a resource for helping to find a futon that's right for you.



Phil Pendleton is an experienced furniture writer for several furniture websites. He enjoys writing about many different lines of furniture, new trends and providing various information on a large variety of furniture products. You can follow this link for more information about futon furniture. http://www.futonfurniture.com


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