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Sleep Bigger with Shop4Futons!

Big changes are happening at Shop4Futons–Literally.

You may have noticed the recent roll-out of our brand new Nomad-2 and Nomad-PLUS bed frames. Our original Nomad Platform Bed was given some major improvements, including central support and added slats for an even better night’s sleep.

But that’s not the only bed we’ve changed. In fact, all of our best-selling bed frames have been promoted to queen!

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It’s just what the name says. The Fold-A-Bed‘s unique design and mechanics allow it quickly and easily fold up for out of the way storage when not in use. Compatible with any standard mattress or futon mattress, our Fold-A-Bed futon frame is the PERFECT guest bed. Now that it’s available in queen size, you can enjoy the stability and portability of the Fold-A-Bed while taking advantage of an even larger sleeping area:

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Ekko Bed

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Minimalism is everything, especially when you’re looking to save time, space, and money. The Ekko Platform Bed Frame was made for just this reason, and pairs perfectly with any mattress. Like our Nomad and Fold-A-Bed, the Ekko Bed frame is made of smooth, clean, unfinished poplar hardwood–not pine. That means no splinters, less chance of splitting or warping, and natural, hypo-allergenic alernative to other chemical-laden products. Size up your minimalist style with these queen size features:

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Charleston-2, Charleston-PLUS Platform Bed

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For years, our customer have been calling for a king size headboard to fit with their Nomad frame. Now, you can purchase our Charleston Platform Bed Frame in a king size! Not only has our Charleston headboard been upgraded to fit with all our Nomad sizes, but the height of the headboard has been increased to 40 inches tall. Check out these new features for our largest Charleston frame to date:

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Minimalism is More

One of the most popular phrases in the world of online shopping is “minimalist”. To most shoppers, it means living simple. It’s a lifestyle of removing those cluttery, unnecessary household items and replacing them with sleek, simple designs. By keeping only the things that are most simplistic and important to you, you’re able to make more space and give your home a clearer purpose.

At Shop4Futons, our products revolve around minimalist culture in just about every way. Price, value, design and efficiency are all combined to provide high quality hardwood frames and futon mattresses. With college move-in season just around the corner, you’ll definitely want to consider the best deals in online furniture, delivered right to your door:

Ekko Bed
$89 – $124
EcoFrame242 Made from the same poplar hardwood as our high quality frames, the Ekko Platform Bed Frame is among the sturdiest platform beds you’ll find. Due to its design and height above ground, the Ekko Bed does not require a box spring, so the mattress alone can sit firmly on top.
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Drawers

$89 – $124
EcoFrame242 Storage drawers can save a massive amount of space in your bedroom, and with our new 32 inch Storage Drawers, you can fit them right under our Ekko Bed.
Fold-A-Bed
$89 – $119
GuestBed If you want to get even more efficient, our Fold-A-Bed is exactly what the name says. Also known as “The Perfect Guest Bed”, the Fold-A-Bed is designed to quickly fold up for storage when not in use.
Bedside Table
$39
Table_End Our 22 inch Bedside Table is is made of the same 100% solid unfinished poplar hardwood as  our frames. This smooth, clean and totally untreated wood is preferred by consumers seeking a natural, hypo-allergenic alternative to today’s chemical laden products.
EcoCloud Mattress
$129
EcoCloud500px The Wolf EcoCloud mattress is perfect for guest living. It’s 7-8-inches thick and contains multiple layers of high quality cotton and foam material designed to support everyday use.

Minimalist Bedroom

PRODUCT COST
Ekko Bed OR Fold-A-Bed (full-size) $104
Bedside Table $39
EcoCloud Mattress (full-size) $129
TOTAL = Under $275

 

Go a Little Bigger
With our new queen sizes for both our Fold-a-Bed and Ekko Platform Bed, you can have a full package minimalist bedroom for just under $400.

PRODUCT COST
Ekko Bed Frame (Queen-size) and 32 Inch Storage Drawers approx. $233
Bedside Table $39
EcoCloud Mattress (full-size) $129
TOTAL = approx. $400

 

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!

It’s still Christmas at Shop4Futons!

Christmas is officially over, which means you’ve probably done all the shopping you can handle for quite a while. The holiday season can always leave your bank account feeling a little light, but in spite of the money you’ve spent, it’s always important to start the New Year with a clean and comfortable home. That’s why Shop4Futons is still on sale for 2016!

Futon furniture is often associated with a low price tag and minimalist design. From dorm rooms to residential homes, futon frames and accessories are an efficient way to furnish your house. But Sho4Futons goes a couple of steps further by providing organic, eco-friendly products at a huge discount. In fact, every single item in our product catalog is discounted, and by a quite a margin.

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Made from plantation-grown hardwood, The Eureka Sofa Bed Frame’s high-quality finish and advanced mechanical system makes it a high-end product. On most sites, you’ll find similar high-end frames costing around $400 or more. At Shop4Futons, you’ll find the Eureka Sofa Bed on sale for only $239.

Organic Lounging at the Lowest Price

Nowadays, people are turning to more eco-friendly products. Furniture manufacturers and retailers are striving to build their products with natural, organic materials. this trend, however, can come at a higher price.

Unlike other retailers, Shop4Futons has been offering a wide variety of organic wood frames since the very beginning . Our frames are 100% natural, chemical free and hypo-allergenic. And if you’re looking for the safest, healthiest sleep, we also have bed frames made of the same wood.

While most futon frames can consist of cheap, flimsy metal, or overpriced luxury hardwood, our wooden futon frames are made of 100% kiln dried tulip poplar grown in the Southern Appalachian mountains. And they're among the cheapest frames you'll find online.

While most futon frames can consist of cheap, flimsy metal, or overpriced luxury hardwood, our wooden futon frames are made of 100% kiln dried tulip poplar grown in the Southern Appalachian mountains. And they’re among the cheapest frames you’ll find online.

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Right now, all our widest-selling futon frames are on sale, up to 25% off.

 
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It’s not just our futon frames that we’re leaving on sale for 2016. when it comes to price and quality, we give our mattresses equal treatment. In fact, all of our premium mattresses are on sale for 20% off and more. 
 

 

All-in One, Straight to Your Door

If you’re looking to save the most money on furniture, the futon package is your best bet. Purchasing your frame and mattress in one packaged combination will not only cut the cost of buying both products separately, but will also shave down the cost of shipping by a decent amount.

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Our four widest-selling futon frames are available as a frame/mattress package. You’ll see each of these frame packages combined with our widest-selling Wolf EcoCloud mattress.

If your post-christmas shopping consists of furniture to start the New Year, you’ll find the best price at Shop4Futons. And the best part? It’s quick, cheap, and delivered straight to your door!

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.

From Sofa to Bed in Less than One Minute!

We’ve been very busy lately creating instructional videos that show how functional and easy-to-use our futon furniture is. Here’s one we did for our bi-fold futon sofa bed. David shows how to change it from the upright position, to a bed, and back into a couch. It all takes less than one minute, so don’t blink!

You can find this sofa bed futon frame on our online store.

Covering It Up

One of the biggest advantages of having a futon is customization. The endless options not only apply to comfort and feel, but looks as well. Buying the right futon cover is just as important as buying the right futon. Otherwise, if you don’t do your research, you may end up with something like this:

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Of course, you could be a die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan, or maybe your futon sits right in front of your aquarium. In this case, the choice is quite easy.

 

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At the end of the day, most customers prefer a solid color over a patterned design. However, when it comes to the type of fabric, you definitely want to know exactly what you’re getting before you decide to complete your futon setup.

At Shop4Futons, we offer four different types of futon covers that serve a diverse range of preferences. Here is a quick explanation of each style, to ensure you know what you’re getting:

Premium Futon Cover – Our widest-selling futon cover is also one of our most cost-effective and durable. The Premium Futon Cover is a blend of heavyweight polycotton and consists of 55% cotton and 45% polyester. The feel of this material is most similar to the feel of cotton dockers or khakis, but thicker and more firm. If you’re looking for a durable cover that has a little give to it, you’ve found your cover already!

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Designer Futon Cover – This type of cover consists of heavyweight cotton twill fabric. You’ll find the feel of this material similar to our Premium Futon Cover, but the colors will vary depending on availability.

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100% Cotton Futon Cover – It’s certainly our most cost-effective item, but 100% lightweight cotton doesn’t carry as many features as our other covers. This fabric is a bit heavier than your average bed sheet, and while it’s machine washable and certainly just as durable, it’s not for interior designers. If you’re looking for the best price, but really just want to protect your futon mattress, you won’t find a softer and more reliable cover.

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Plush Micro-Suede Futon Cover – Micro-suede is possibly the most sought-after fabric for futon covers. The material feels a lot like velvet, and also consist of corded piping along the edges to give your futon mattress a more consistent shape.  If you’re going for the most unique feel and best quality for home décor, the Micro-Suede futon cover is basically a necessity.

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Organic Lounging

Eating organic isn’t the only way to live healthy. It’s also important to keep your surroundings clean and toxic-free, and that’s why more and more people are choosing furniture that is non-toxic and chemical free.

Just like junk food, you can also have junk furniture. In a recent study, Duke University discovered that more than half the couches in United States households contain potentially toxic flame retardants that pose risks to humans as well as pets.

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Flame retardants are linked to hormone disruption, cancer and neurological toxicity, and most sofas contain at least a pound. The chemicals have also been known to cause lower birth weight, lower IQ scores, shorter attention spans and less fine motor coordination in children during pregnancy.

Of the conventional products tested, 41% of couches contained foam with chlorinated Tris, a human carcinogen removed from baby pajamas in the 1970s. They also found that 85% of couches were treated with some form of untested or potentially toxic flame retardant.

So even while you’re eating healthy and staying fit, the couch you’re resting on can be a major setback.

In most cases, living healthy means spending more. Fortunately, when it comes to furniture, our case is quite the opposite. Our last blog showed that futon furniture can cost FOUR TIMES LESS, and even weigh FOUR TIMES LESS, than your average couch.

More importantly, our wooden futon frames are made of 100% kiln dried tulip poplar grown in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

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The Savannah Lounger is just one of a variety of wood frames that are 100% natural, chemical free and hypo-allergenic. And if you’re looking for the safest, healthiest sleep, we also have bed frames made of the same wood.

Of course, choosing a wooden frame gives you the absolute freedom to choose you separate mattress, but you have to choose the right one.

Our widest selling Airlay mattress features natural cotton batting, and the cotton we offer contains a small amount of NON-toxic substance (boric acid) as a fire retardant, complying with California’s strict safety requirements.

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Check out our Living Room Furniture section at Shop4Futons. Lounging has never been cheaper, easier, and healthier!

The Perks of Being a Futon

Aside from an uncanny ability to collect crumbs, coins, and all other bits and pieces that might fall from the hands and pockets of the average lounger, the conventional sleeper-sofa  can be a thorn in the side of the modern furniture world. For starters, the size and weight is enough to call the movers, as the average weight of a three-seater is over 300 pounds, while a five- piece sectional can weigh upwards of 1200 pounds! Just look at this Craigslist ad:

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Here are some quick reasons why choosing a futon package is an all-around better solution:

Customizable: Futons offer an endless array of sizes, finishes and arm styles. When ordering a futon, you aren’t just choosing an all-in-one piece of furniture. With wooden frames, you can select between a wide variety of types, such as bi-fold, tri-fold, and Savannah sofa bed.

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Once you have your frame, you can choose your level of comfort with a futon mattress that fits perfectly.

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Add the infinite selection of machine-washable mattress covers that are out there, and there’s practically no limit to the designs you can make.

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Convenient: Futons are far lighter and far less bulky than conventional sofas. The average weight of most of our wooden frames is around 50 pounds, and many futon mattresses are only slightly heavier. In order to transform your lounger into a bed, you certainly won’t need to throw the cushions aside to play “Tug of War” with a flimsy spring mattress. Many of our futon frames feature simple mechanisms that convert the frame from sofa to sleeper in one fell swoop.

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Right to Your Door: In the past, it would have been crazy to suggest the idea of using only two hands to order and set up an sofa bed, all from the comfort of your home. But with futon frames and mattresses, you don’t need a pickup truck and a team of people. The packaging and assembly of all our futon products are tailored for a one-man job. Thanks to futons, it’s never been easier to customize your home furniture without ever leaving your home.

Now all you’ll have to worry about is getting rid of that old, creepy sofa you’re sitting on right now.

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