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futondummy
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posted 08-04-2005 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for futondummy     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I'm moving and need to dismantle my metal futon frame, but I have no idea where to start. I got it used, (don't know who the manufacturer is) and the person I bought it from didn't give me instructions or a wrench. Could someone give me a few pointers as to where I could begin to take the futon apart?

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posted 08-10-2005 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutonPlanet.com   Click Here to Email FutonPlanet.com     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I am guessing your futon frame requires a hex wrench or 'allen key' to take apart. I recommend hitting the nearest hardware store and picking up an allen wrench set. This may come in handy one day.

When you go to take your futon apart, measure off the length of each bolt and tape a piece of paper near the hole on the frame that says something like:

"1 Inch bolt, washer, locknut"

And keep track of the order they go in. Then group all of you bolts, washers and nuts together. A general rule is that you should have an even amount of each length bolt, but this is not always the case. Taking an inventory and writing it down before you package your futon for shipping will make your task of setting it back up a little easier.

When I put a metal frame together, for example, I like to sort all the parts in front of me first and determine that I have the right amount. I find that some people miss a bolt on the carpet or a nut bounces under another piece of furniture when they are moving around and building their futon. Knowing that you have all the parts when you begin the project means you know to look around the room if something is missing, instead of just figuring you lost it on the trip.

A standard metal frame on the futon market has 8 major parts:

2 rails (sometimes called cross rails, stretcher rails, support rails etc.)
1 Port Arm* Holes are usually off-set to the rear or left side (not always)
1 Starboard Arm* Holes are usually off-set to the rear or right side (though not always--depends on the frame)
1 Port Hinge* bracket attachment at the bottom, hinge makes a backwards "L"
1 Starboard Arm* bracket attachment to the bottom, hinge makes a forwards "L"
Back Deck
Seat Deck usually has two 'hold back' handle-looking pieces that should point up to support the mattress

Other Misc Parts

Center Support Many futons have a center support bar that is affixed to the seat deck of front cross rail with one or two bolts

Split Rails Some futon frames have split rails where two piece of a rail connect in the middle with the use of a bracket.
Keeping track of your parts and building your futon sooner rather than later (so you have a clearer idea of how it goes together) are you two best bets for making your move relatively easy.

Good luck!

*Note the nautical terms of "port" and "starboard" help you to remember that some companies consider the right-side of the futon to be the on the right as you are LOOKING AT THE FUTON while other companies will call the right side RIGHT SIDE SITTING or the right side as you sit. Confusing isn't it?

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