Monthly Archives: March 2016

5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Futon

Futons have come a long way from the college dorms and small, crammed apartments in 1970s New York City. If you’ve been to Shop4Futons, then you already know that our futon frames are among the most stylish, durable, high-quality and price-effective you’ll find.

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Still, when most people hear the word “futon”, they think of a compact, one-dimensional sofa with limited capacity. The truth is, there’s more than one type of futon, and a million ways to implement Shop4Futons furniture in the home or office. Here are 5 questions you should always ask when buying a futon.

What Room are you putting it in?

Just like any other furniture, one of the first steps is choosing which room you’ll be using it for. Is your futon frame going in the living room for everyday use, or the guest bedroom in your basement for holidays and special occasions? Maybe you’re shopping for your workplace, looking for a simple futon frame to put in the office lounge or common room.

Our Mission Daybed is a perfect fit for common rooms and lounge areas. It looks great against a wall and provides sturdy, durable support for both lounging and sleeping

Our Mission Daybed is a perfect fit for common rooms and lounge areas. It looks great against a wall and provides sturdy, durable support for both lounging and sleeping

For most people, the living room contains the most upscale and costly furniture. It’s the main place you want all your guests to see when they come in, and talk about when they’re coming out of your home. In this case, a high-end futon frame could fit just perfectly.

One of our many high-end frames includes the Venice Futon Frame, along with accessories such as our Corona Coffee Table

One of our many high-end frames includes the Venice Futon Frame, along with accessories such as our Corona Coffee Table

Our designer frames make your living room stand out, and come in a wide variety of finishes. Our selection includes the Eureka Sofa Bed, Fuji, Ruskin, and Venice futon frames, to name just a few.

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On the other hand, a guest bedroom or common area needs less attention. Our widest-selling Bi-Fold and Tri-Fold futon frames are perfect for the guest area, and convert from upright sofa to full-size bed in just seconds.

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How Much Space do You Have?

Once you know the room you’re buying your frame for, you want to determine the amount of space you’ll be taking up. If it’s a smaller area, you may want to avoid buying a lounger, which takes up more space than an upright sofa bed.

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How do you like to lounge?

Unless you’re really tired, the upright position is how you normally like to relax. Still, isn’t it nice to be able to control the recline of your sofa? With our Bi-fold Sofa Bed, a small adjustment is all it takes to pull the seat back and increase the lounge position.

For even more leg room and positions for lounging, our Tri-Fold lounger features 13 unique positions, including 8 lounge positions for leg support and 4 loveseat positions for regular upright sitting.

What’s Your Style?

Our Bi-Fold and Tri-fold futon frames may be our widest-selling, but it’s always good to have a pair of arm rests on each side. Our Savannah frames not only come with the durability and quality of the Bi-fold and Tri-fold, but a unique patented design that includes arm rests for extra style and support.

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How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

It’s probably the last question you ask yourself before hitting the “Checkout” button. Still, it’s always the most important. At Shop4Futons, you won’t have to question the quality of the frame you’re buying. But for your room, space, style and lounge preference, any futon you choose will be worth your money!

Spring Forward With Shop4Futons

Spring is a time of restless energy and regrowth. The sun is up longer, temperatures are higher, and everything is starting to grow once again. Like Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’.

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But as the party starts with all the sudden, constant change, Spring can be the most difficult time for sleep. In fact, the average person gets the least amount of sleep during a change in seasons. Here are 5 things you can do to stay well-rested into the Spring season.

1. Get some sunlight

One of benefits of Spring is longer days and more sunlight, which can greatly help you maintain a strong sleep cycle. Vitamin D isn’t just crucial for bone and muscle health, but directly involved in the production of serotonin.

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During colder seasons with less sunlight, you may have noticed an increase in your appetite, or feeling tired much earlier in the day. Fatigue and overeating are common during the winter, which can easily disrupt your sleep-wake cycle.

In the Spring, you can avoid this problem by getting out in the sun. If you don’t get outside regularly, try working near a window. An increase in vitamin D will reduce the chances of daytime drowsiness, allowing you to stay awake and alert until bedtime.

2. Keep Out the Light

The key ingredient for sleep is a hormone known as melatonin. The more melatonin your body produces, the sleepier you feel. According to the National Sleep Foundation, exposure to light or darkness is a key factor in sleep regulation. Scientists have found that darkness triggers the production of melatonin, while exposure to light stimulates the nerves, sending a natural signal for the human body to remain wide awake. When falling asleep, keep your bedroom dark with blinds or thick curtains. Try to prevent any sunlight peeking through your windows, so you can sleep easy and without interruption.

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3. Keep Cool Inside

As temperatures start to rise, you might feel the pressure to save on energy costs. The truth is, while you’re cutting down your electricity bill, you could be losing a lot of sleep. Temperature plays a crucial role in your sleep cycle.

As you prepare to fall asleep, your body temperature falls slightly to a cooler temperature in order to achieve a deeper sleep. The ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 70 degrees. If you still prefer saving a little on the electricity bill, there are other ways to achieve the “temperature drop” effect by taking a bath or hot shower an hour before sleep, or wearing thinner, less layers when you go to bed.

4. Beware of Allergies

Spring is allergy season, and there’s no avoiding it. In fact, most people will fall victim to the puffy eyes, runny nose, and constant sneezing that comes with a growing pollen count. It’s always best to stock up on allergy supplies before the allergy season hits.

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Nasal sprays, antihistamines and over-the-counter treatments are cost-efficient and very effective. You can also talk to your doctor about any prescription strength medications that might help as well.

5. Clean Clean Clean!

They don’t call it Spring Cleaning for nothing. A clean house is an allergen-free hours. Start with your bed itself. Maintaining clean bed sheets greatly reduces and limits the amount allergens you might be sleeping on.

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For the house, it’s important to let the sun and fresh air inside for a while. Just make sure you shut the windows at night. This will keep out allergens that can cause irritation before and during sleep.

Lastly, wash up before bedtime: A quick, hot shower ensures that your body is completely free of any allergens, so you can sleep easy without worrying about any allergies you might have brought home.

6. Daylight Savings Time

The clocks officially jump forward an hour on Sunday, March 13th. Try getting used to the time change by going to bed an hour early a week beforehand.

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