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Old 04-18-2010, 02:31 PM
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Futon and heavy people

Hi there:

I will admit my wife and I are not the lightest people...about 500 lbs for both of us. Well we realize we needed a futon.

Any idea what type of futon would be best to get for us. Something we won't damage?

Thanks,
Don
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:34 PM
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I don't think 500 pounds will damage a metal framed futon. My friends had them in college and there was never any problem with 4 college kids sitting on them. If you're really worried they do make some that essentially sit right on the floor, they basically look like a thin mattress on the ground, but they fold up.

It should be noted that the last time I saw one of these was when I was about 8 years old so I might not be remembering it correctly.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:00 PM
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nothing beats a futon on the floor for support.

if you want some height then the wood frames i've seen (few hundred $) are better than metal i've seen.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:21 PM
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I'm no lightweight, but based on the various futons I've seen I don't think a regular futon is going to work all that well with 500 lbs on it. If you do find some extra heavy duty futon it's likely to be very expensive.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:37 PM
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futon is a mattress traditionally (in Japan) used on the floor. you can get with various pounds of batting which makes them thicker/thinner. heavy people may like thicker.

variations in USA are a few like a foam core inside of batting (makes softer when used on floor) or springs inside and who knows what.

frames to give height or make into a convertible couch/bed are popular.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:40 PM
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Go wooden frame, not metal. I had a heavier friend in college who owned a very nice metal-framed futon. Over time, the frame very gradually sagged downward in the middle until it had a little valley in it. It was impossible to repair without essentially destroying the whole thing. Wooden framed ones, on the other hand, can more easily be reinforced and repaired.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:47 PM
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Definitely go for a wood frame, with no bendable aluminum parts hidden inside.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:14 PM
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Thank you all to everyone who responded!
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:20 PM
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Am I the only person that read this as "Fusion and heavy people"?

Yes, yes I am, aren't I.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:09 PM
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Go wooden frame, not metal. I had a heavier friend in college who owned a very nice metal-framed futon. Over time, the frame very gradually sagged downward in the middle until it had a little valley in it. It was impossible to repair without essentially destroying the whole thing.
Yep. My dad weighed about 250 when he took to sleeping on a metal framed futon for a couple of years, and it too began to sag.
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