Using a combination of wood and metal to construct a futon frame can help to add comfort and a lot of style choices that wood or metal frames alone cannot. This configuration is becoming more and more popular because it is able to capture the warm feeling that a wooden frame can bring to a room while also incorporating all the convenience of a modern metal frame. The combination of steel and hard wood helps to make these frames light weight, but still sturdy enough to support weight up to a few hundred pounds.
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We all know that wooden frames are typically more sought after because of their looks and most wood frame users won’t think twice about buying a metal frame based on looks alone. The combination of materials solves this problem because they are designed to hide the metal parts while leaving all the wooden features out in front for all to see. Even better, a nice futon cover looks great on the right mattress when everything is set up. All in all, these type of frames are some of my favorite out there. With that, let’s take a look at some of my top picks.
This frame, in my humble opinion, is one of the best looking metal/wood frames available. Like most combination frames, the Better Homes and Gardens wood arm frame features wooden arms with a tubular metal bed. The rich wood finish stands out when compared to other futons of it’s price range. Its looks alone will be sure to be a stylish addition to your home. It converts smoothly from the seated to laying position with it’s modern mechanism. It is on the heavy side, weighing in at 129 pounds. It can, however, support up to 600 pounds of weight which makes this particular frame a very sturdy choice for anyone who needs a durable piece of furniture. This model also comes with a matching mattress in a variety of colors. Some assembly is required, but all the tools needed are provided when shipped.
The Serta Monaco frame is somewhat of a hidden gem in the world of futon frames. It features dark walnut wooden arm rests with a metal bed, but this frame can be adjusted into four different seating positions instead of just two like most other frames. Its modern steel mesh backs take out the uncomfortable feeling that metal frames have been known for in the past. The arm rests are elegantly sloped to provide maximum comfort for the user. This style of frame has evolved quite a bit since the 1980’s when pine slotted mallet style wood was all the craze. Over time, they have become more and more comfortable with each adjustment in their design over the years making them one of the most sought after brands in futon frames on the market today.
DHP’s Nadine metal/wood frame is a perfect example of an ‘entry level’ futon for first time buyers. It has a simple style, but falls nowhere near short of stylish. It looks sleek with its flared wooden arms and sturdy metal frame construction that gives a downtown loft feeling. It has two seating positions, sofa and sleeping, and weighs around 49 pounds. It is sofa height and can support the weight of two or three adults. This is a full size frame which helps to make it a great addition to small rooms like apartment bed rooms and college dorm rooms. This frame is configured so that it can accommodate a 6’’ or 8’’ mattress and can support up to 600 pounds of weight. If you are looking for a frame that is both stylish and sturdy, this might just be the right one for you. It is relatively inexpensive and looks great which is why I think this model is perfect for first time buyers and great for anyone living in temporary places.
Hi there! I'm Brian, a web developer and part time product reviewer. I enjoy learning about and reviewing products, and being a brand influencer. I created this blog to share with the rest of the world my experiences with various products, that I have personally used over the years, and to compare them to similar products to help give you a more educated sense of which items are better suited to your needs.