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Fraggle: Futon Frame Types

Three Main Types of Futon Frames

The three main types of futon frames are metal, wood and hybrids. Below you will find handy concepts to help you shop for the best quality futon within each futon frame type. If you still need help visit our futon shopping information page.

Metal Futon frames

Metal frames can be purchased in all shapes, sizes and level of quality. There are many things to watch out for when buying this type of product. You want to buy a futon frame that is not built of thin metal. You want to check the welds of your metal futon frame to make sure that they are sound and not sloppy weak spot welds. You also need to try to find metal frames that have more than one bolt holding on the stretcher rail.
Finally, be sure not to purchase a metal frame that has cheap qualty hinges. Poor quality futon hinges make it hard to convert the futon into a bed and especially back again. They are also exenisve to replace if they do break.
The hinge should operate smoothly and efficiently. Sometimes hinges will be stiff in the begining until they break in. However, a seat deck or back deck that scrapes along the inside of your futon arm can be a sign of problems to come.

Wood Futon Frames

Wooden frames require some basic understanding of wood properties. Generally it is best to buy ash, oak or indonesian futon frames that have continuous hardwood on their load bearing sections. The number of finger jointed frames on the market is alarming. Even if a futon frame is made of hardwood will not ensure that your futon is durable. Check the long boards called stretcher rails or sometimes referred to as cross rails to make certain they are solid continuous hardwood. These are the boards that span just below the level of the seat deck and connect the arms together. Stay away from pine and other soft woods whenever possible. If price does dictate, look for pine wood that is solid and continuous.

Hybrid Futon Frames

Hybrids have hit the market in a large way and can be a relatively good value if you know what to look for. Hybrid futons are usually a combination of wooden arms and a metal center section usually referred to as the body. Investigate the center section to make certain it has suitable welds. Rock the bars that support the futon mattress to see that they are secure. The arms should be hardwood and should feel sturdy as well. The futon should convert without seeming to warp. If one side seems to get caught or move slower than the other, it might be indicative of lightweight materials. Sometimes, it is just the fact that the futon is new on the mechanism needs to be worked a little. See what happens after you convert it several times (perhaps ten times or so).