Monthly Archives: June 2014

Futon Photos from Happy Customers!

We really love to receive kind little notes of thanks from our happy customers. Especially when they come with pictures! Recently, we’ve been getting quite a few futon photos from fans of our store. Check out what some of our customers are doing with their new futons, and what they have to say about their shopping experience!

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This photo comes from Joseph T. Claudio. He wanted to make sure that his new futon frame matched his other furniture, so he bought a natural (unfinished) tri-fold frame and stained it to his own color preference.

Here’s what Claudio had to say: “Good price and good quality. Easy to put together and I love how I got to stain it and make it how I wanted it to look.”

What an awesome idea!

Next up is a futon photo from Jack DeRosa:

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Jack already had a futon mattress, but his frame was not up to scuff. So he ordered a new one from us. This is our Charleston Headboard with the Nomad frame. We think it looks really nice!

Here’s what Jack says about his purchase: “Incredible value. I had my own mattress and it has never felt as good as it does on this setup.”

Finally, here is a collage of pics from Diane Kolb of her daughter’s bedroom, restyled with furniture from our online store:

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Love the deep-sea theme! And check out the trundle bed that tucks neatly away underneath. Great for slumber parties!

Diane had this to say about her purchase: “New bedroom for my granddaughter. Great merchandise and I love the price. Thank you, it was a great and fast transaction.”

Hope these futon photos give you some ideas! And if you have a photo of what you’ve done with our futon furniture, we’d love to see it!

Then and Now: A Brief History of Futons

Aside from sleeping bags, air mattresses and perhaps a giant sponge, no piece of lounge furniture is more portable than the futon. At the same time, the comfort, style and durability of the futon is equal to the nicest bed you can find. With both portability and quality, you would think that the futon was a state of the art invention among the world of furniture. The truth is, futons have been around for hundreds of years, and they’ve certainly come a long way.

20110626_futon01 BF_Futon8inSM For thousands of years, cotton has been used as a main source of bedding. While some civilizations used straw mats, woven ropes, and even a wooden slab, the ancient Babylonians, Mesopotamians, and Egyptians preferred cotton as their bedding material. Due to its loftiness and breathability, cotton stood alongside silk and wool mattresses as the optimal product for sleeping by the upper class.

roman_bed roman But it wasn’t until the 17th century when cotton bedding would evolve into the futon.  In Japan, “bedclothes” were made by stuffing cloth with cotton and wool, and spreading them out on a special kind of flooring known as “tatami”. Tatami was a series of mats made of rice straw, and comprised most of the flooring in Japanese homes.

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To accommodate the light, sturdy flooring, the Japanese invented an extremely lightweight and portable mattress to lie out when sleeping, then roll up and store away after waking up. The “futon”, which comes from the Japanese word “bedding”, consisted of long staple cotton, the most expensive cotton ball. It was important to use long staple cotton because long staple cotton would keep the mattress from pulling apart, and also prevent lumps from forming.

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Long-staple cotton is any cotton with fibers from 1 1/8″ to 2 1/2″ long

Despite its efficiency, the futon was only available to nobles. Rich people could afford bedclothes, while common people would sleep on straw mats. It wasn’t until the 18th century that cotton manufacturing would introduce the futon to all social classes. Futons flourished in Japan, and became almost a requirement for bedding among all citizens. But when would the futon finally come to America? In fact, our discovery of futons was just about as quick as simple as the futon itself! In the 1970s, furniture design William Brouwer visited Japan, and was extremely fascinated with the efficiency and comfort of the Japanese futon. He was convinced that the portability and ease of futon mattresses would be perfect for Americans living in large cities with small apartments.

During its migration, several factors would change about the futon to accommodate Western style, including a higher mattress thickness, and the incorporation of different materials outside of cotton. Eventually, Americans would have a variety of futon styles to choose from, including combinations of innersprings, pocket coils, polyurethane foam, memory foam, wool and polyester as well as traditional cotton.

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In addition to superior cotton batting, our Serta Redbud mattress consists of memory foam, polyurethane foam, and cloth pocketed coils to enhance comfort and longevity. Our Wolf EcoCloud mattress is custom-made, just for Shop4Futons, and consists of superior, high-quality cotton and foam that ensures resiliency and durability.

Also, since sofas and chairs were far more customary in American society, Brouwer invented a sofa frame that would reflect the same affordability and simplicity as the futon.

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Of course, companies and manufacturers would take the concept of futons and market them as cheap furniture, but this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. Futons can certainly tend to cost less than your average sofa bed or lounger, but the resilience and quality of both futons frames and mattresses are as high-end as anything you’ll find in a furniture store.

There you have it. A brief history of futons! Don’t you feel smarter now?

How to Adjust the Positions on a Bi-Fold Sofa Bed Futon Frame

Check out how easy it is to operate this attractive bi fold futon frame! Watch as David shows how to adjust the futon from its upright sofa position, into a bed, and back into a sofa again. This particular frame has several upright positions that offer different levels of reclining.

You can find this wood bi-fold frame in our online store by clicking here.