Futon Frames

Written by Sierra Rein
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The history of futons began in the latter half of the 20th century when Irv Wieder and William Brouwer developed the first convertible futon frames. Since then, the popularity of the futon has exploded. Today, futon frames are used in place of sofas, beds, loveseats and papasans for a number of reasons. Most people enjoy them for their versatility, hardwood styles, and alternative designs.

There are two main kinds of futon frames: the tri-fold and the bi-fold. The main difference between these two types is that the bi-fold requires the mattress to be folded once, while the tri-fold requires the mattress to be folded twice. A second difference between the two is that the bi-fold frame typically demands a longer mattress, while the tri-fold demands a shorter width.

The most popular of these two futon frames is the bi-fold, which itself comes in two separate categories. The first type of frame is fitted with arms and legs and can stand by itself on four legs. The second futon frame type sits directly on the floor. Two-person bed futon frames must be between five feet and seven feet wide.

Why Buy Futon Frames Over Bed Frames?

Compared to normal bed frames, futon frames are usually very light and easy to assemble. They are also typically cheaper than beds, and can be used for a number of different purposes. Futon frames and mattresses can be placed in bedrooms, living rooms, recreations rooms, children's rooms, guest rooms, and college dorms.

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