If you are looking to have a couch, bed and extra space in one room, getting a futon would be the best option. When shopping for a futon there are many frame options available to choose from. The most important to look for is a strong frame that comes with a warranty.
When deciding what type of futon frame to buy, be aware that there are many options to choose from. People with a lot of wood in their decor should find a wood futon frame that matches the other wood in the room where the futon will go. Steel or aluminum frames can be very sturdy -- though they are generally not as durable -- and are less expensive. Whatever frame you decide on, there will be a style available in your price range.
Aluminum futon frames are available in many colors and sizes ranging from twin to queen. When looking to find the right aluminum frame, you will want make sure that the slats of the frame are not more than 3 inches apart. You will also want to find a pad that is thick enough so that you do not feel the slats while you are sitting or sleeping on the futon.
Steel frames are another metal frame option. This type of futon frame usually costs less than most aluminum and wood frames. They are also lighter and easier to move around compared to a wood frame. When purchasing a steel frame, also look to be sure it has no more than 3 inches between each support bar. Steel frames can be found in a variety of colors.
Wood frames have been around since the the first futons were designed. They tend to be stronger and more durable under heavy use. When looking for a wood futon frame, you will find that they come in a variety of softwoods and hardwoods. Pick a frame that has slats 3 inches wide and no more than 3 inches apart, and make sure it matches other wood in your room. The next thing to look for in a wood frame is its design and warranty. A well-built frame may have extra support for the slats and real joinery -- wood pieces joined using traditional mortis-and-tenon methods instead of screws or staples. A warranty is important because you want the futon frame to hold up for a long time, and a warranty indicates that the manufacturer thinks it will.
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