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Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom

With the surge of major holidays just around the corner, there’s no avoiding the inevitable. One way or another, your relatives will be coming home for the holidays. But if you happen to be the unlucky host for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas celebration, making room for your overbearing sister and that annoying husband of hers doesn’t have to be a total nightmare.

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With Shop4Futon’s frame/mattress combos, creating the perfect guest bedroom has never been cheaper and easier. And best of all, you can do all the shopping at your computer.

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So before you start stressing out, here are some products to help you conquer the most stressful part of the holiday season.

EcoBed
$89 – $99
EcoFrame242 Made from the same poplar hardwood as our high quality frames, the EcoBed Frame is among the sturdiest platform beds you’ll find. Due to its design and height above ground, the EcoBed does not require a box spring, so the mattress alone can sit firmly on top.
Fold-A-Bed
$89 – $104
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.
Nomad Frame/Drawers
approx. $225
CharlW_DrawersOut5 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 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.
TV Table
$49
TV_Table242px Maybe you’d be willing to spend a little more to accommodate those relatives. If so, you might want to set up a TV, and of course, a TV Table. Just like our Bedside Table, the TV table is study and very easy to assemble.
EcoCloud Mattress
$129
EcoCloud500px While some families will whip out the blow-up air mattress for their loved one, 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 Guest Room

PRODUCT COST
EcoBed OR Fold-A-Bed (full-size) $99
Bedside Table $39
EcoCloud Mattress (full-size) $129
TOTAL = Under $300

Go a Little Bigger

PRODUCT COST
Nomad Bed Frame (full-size) and Drawers approx. $225
Bedside Table $39
TV Table $49
EcoCloud Mattress (full-size) $129
TOTAL = Under $500

Back to School Contest – 6 Chances to Win Dorm Furniture!

Deck Out your Dorm for FREE! Enter to Win Dorm Furniture!!!

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This summer has been amazing! For us, at least. We hope yours was filled with epic levels of fun, too! But with summer drawing to a close, it’s time to turn our focus to more scholarly pursuits. Like registering for classes, buying books, and… finding great furniture for your dorm room!

That’s why we’re excited to announce our Back to School Social Media Contest! Each person who enters can get up to six chances to win, and the lucky winner gets his or her choice of these two awesome prizes!

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This is the dorm lounger! It comes with frame and mattress,   and easily folds into multiple positions for studying, chilling or sleeping!futon, dorm room, futon frame, futon mattress, dorm furniture, lounging, sofa bed, back to schoolThe second choice is this Dorm Sofa Bed. It’s super comfortable and folds into a bed or a couch. Comes with frame and mattress!

It’s simple to enter; all you have to do is connect with us! For each connection you make out of the list below, you receive one entry for a chance to win! Complete all of the connections for a total of six chances, or just connect with us on one platform for one chance. Or whatever combination you’d like!

  1. Follow us on Twitter
  2. Subscribe to get email notifications from our blog with Feedburner
  3. Sign up for our Email Newsletter, using the signup widget in the right-hand sidebar >>>
  4. Follow us on Instagram
  5. Follow us on Pinterest
  6. Add us on Google+

That’s all there is to it! Each new follow, add or subscribe we get on any of these platforms will automatically be entered to win! Good luck!

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.

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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Tips & Tricks for Assembling Your Bi-Fold Futon Frame

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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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