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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.
Ekko Bed/
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

 

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.

Tips & Tricks for Assembling Your Bi-Fold Futon Frame

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Bi-Fold Sofa Bed Futons – On Sale Now from $99 here:
http://www.shop4futons.com/bi-fold-sofa-bed-futon-frame.html

The Bifold is our best-selling futon frame, with a quick and simple assembly that should take no more than an hour. But like all products that require assembly, you can always run into some common issues. Here’s a quick tutorial to help you put together your frame in less time, and without any mistakes.

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The very first thing you should do is unpack your frame, using the enclosed list to identify the parts as you go.

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Once this is done, you’re ready for the first step—putting in the dowels. As the instructions show, you should 20 dowels total. 4 for each seat rail, 4 for each back rail, and 2 for each prop. It’s best to use a small hammer to tap the wood dowels all the way into the holes.

Once all of your dowels are in, it’s time to put together your prop. With both of your props on either side of one another, take the prop connector and press it onto the wood dowels on each side. Then, use the 1-1/2” screws to fasten the connector with the props.  Make sure to tighten the screws well. In fact, you should tighten all screws firmly enough so that the head of each screw counter-sinks into the wood a bit.

A regular screwdriver works just fine, but if you have a power driven screwdriver or drill, you’ll save a lot of time and effort.

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Now you’re ready to attach the back rails. Make sure your back rails are attached to the OUTSIDE of the prop. Attaching them inside is the most common mistake we hear about, and will mess up the rest of your assembly causing you much unneeded aggravation.

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Once this is done, your assembly should look like this so far.

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This next step is where people tend to have the most trouble. When attaching the left and right back legs to the back rails, there are three things you want to make sure of.

  1. Both the left and right back legs should be attached to the OUTSIDE of the back rails
  2. The cut-away part of the back legs should face inward. In other words, they should be facing at a downward angle towards the back, in order to support the back rails. Pay close attention to the diagram for step 5 on the instructions.
  3. The back legs should be on the correct left and right sides. Each leg should have a sticker on it, labeling K-6L for the left and K-6R for the right.

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It gets easier from this point. Once your seat rails are attached to the inside of the back rails, they should look something like this.

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The next step is attaching the seat legs for the frame. Unlike the back legs, they do have labels for left and right, so they can go on either side. However, just like the back legs, they are attached to the OUTSIDE of the rails. Once this is done, you’re ready to secure the legs using the wood screws. These screws are self-tapping, so they should go in and fasten very easily.

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Next, assemble the back and seat decks according to steps 9, 10 and 11 of the instructions. This is very straightforward, just make sure not to mix up the back slats and seat slats.

Now, you’re ready to attach the slat decks. It’s much easier to attach the back first, and the seat second. Both slats look similar, so just make sure you’re holding the right one before connecting them.

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The slat decks should push easily onto the wood dowels and attach with the wood screws. Finally, attach the seat and back supports…

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You’re ready to lounge!

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