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Wood Versus Metal Futons

One of the most common questions of futon shoppers is "Which is better, wood or metal?" The answer is that it depends on the manufacturer and model. Some futons that are made of metal contain very poor grade metal and welds.  Likewise, there are many wooden futon frames that are not worth the price a consumer is being asked to pay.

How Do I Find A Good Quality Futon Frame?

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One of the best things a consumer can do when searching for a good quality futon frame, is line up a list of questions to ask the dealer. Most dealers that sell futons actually know very little about their products. If they don't know much about the quality of their futons, you might ask yourself if you are shopping at the right place. Below find a checklist for shopping for  metal futons and wood futons.
 
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Who makes your futons?
Who makes your futons?
What type of wood are your futons made of?
What type of metal are your futon frames made of?
What types of structural reinforcements do your best futons have?
What kind of welds do your better made futons have?
How long and what is covered under your futons' warranties?
How long and what is covered under your futons' warranties?
How does your futon operate and how easy is it to convert?
How does your futon operate and how easy is it to convert?
Do you have any literature or web information about your futons?
Do you have any literature or web information about your futons?
 
 
Good Answers to Wood Futon Shopper:
1) Who makes your futons?
 
Reputable brands of superior quality wood futons that are backed with customer service include:  Adonis Furniture, Big Lotz, Big Tree, Futon Place, Harvey Bigelow, Lifestyle Solutions, Night and Day, and Strata (listed alphabetically).
 
2) What type of wood are your futons made of?
 
Good quality futons are made of Ash, Oak, or Indonesian hardwoods from rubber trees and other hardwood futons.
 
3) What types of structural reinforcements do your best futons have?
 
You want to get as much reinforcement as possible with your futon frame. Stress supports should total at least eight (8), most cross rails (stretcher rails) should come with some type of connective reinforcement like an angle bracket. All futons should be constructed with bolt and barrel nuts.  The more reiforcement your wood futon has, the better.
 
4) How does your futon operate and how easy is it to convert?
 
Most futons have to be operated from the side or back. In most cases, a futon that is operated from the side will undergo undue stress and can eventually fail. Futons that have front loading mechanisms can be better on the frame and your back as well.
 
 5) Most reputable manufacturers offer literature to their retailers. Even if you are just flipping through an instore catalog, you will usually find sections about warranties, manufacturing techniques, and company mission statements.  Likewise, many reputable Internet futon companies offer information about the futons they sell. Ask for a manufacturer's website too.

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