Brian Kempler

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Best Wooden Futon Frame Choices for First Time and Experienced Buyers

Author: Brian Kempler
December 21st, 2016

Let’s face some facts about Walmart and IKEA. They have a huge selection of great looking furniture for very low prices and that may be appealing to most because not everyone can afford a high end living room sofa priced at $2,000 or more. If you have ever been to a big-box furniture store, like Ashley or Raymour & Flannigan, you know how difficult it is to find furniture with a modern or minimalist design. Typically, what you will find are imports from China that is very bulky and looks like anything but a modern piece of furniture. Sofas are large and heavy will tall backs and over sized rounded arms. This style might be ideal for someone who owns a home, but young people in their 20’s and 30’s want a more modern look. They don’t want their parents furniture. This presents a problem because most of these people are first time buyers that have little knowledge about furniture.

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When it comes to picking the best futon frame for you, you should always remember the phrase “you get what you pay for.” As mentioned earlier, big-box stores may have a large selection, but they don’t always have a quality selection. Looks can be very deceiving, especially at big-box stores. For example, if you see a wooden futon frame priced at $150 and another similar looking wood futon frame priced at $500 at IKEA, 5t is likely that the more expensive futon frame is made from much higher quality materials. This is what you should pay the most attention to and, fortunately, it is not too difficult to do since price is the first thing to look for.

If you are still having trouble deciding which futon frame is best for you, I have compiled a list of my top picks for wooden futon frames. I have personally owned some of these and others have been owned and used by my family and friends over the years. I chose to make this list on wooden futon frames because there are just too many good examples of high quality wooden futon frames out there. Don’t worry, though. If you want to know more about metal futon frames or metal and wood combinations, I will be reviewing those as well, but let’s not waste any more time. Let’s take a look at my top wooden futon frame picks.

Savannah Futon Sofa Bed Frame

This is a favorite for creative types. It's made of hardwood, but is still perfect for painting or staining.

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The Savannah futon sofa bed is a perfect starting wooden futon frame for a do-it-yourself-er. It features a simple western design made of a 100% solid kiln dried unfinished hardwood which is very durable. Now, despite the fact that this is a hardwood futon frame, this particular futon sofa bed is ideal for staining or painting, and can also look great in it’s own natural grain without any paint or stain at all. Because of it’s bi-fold design, it can quickly be converted from the upright position to the bed position, as well as a reclining position, with ease. It comes in both full and queen size and can very easily tie a room together because any futon mattress or futon mattress covers make it look great. This sofa bed futon does require some assembly, however, but there is a step-by-step instruction manual included that will help you set it up. The full size version weights only 65 pounds which helps to make this particular futon frame very easy to move around your house or apartment with very little difficulty. If this is your first time buying a futon frame, I would highly recommend this model so that your first experience will be a satisfying one.

Mission Style Maple Light Wood or Dark Espresso Futon Sofa Bed

The dark espresso finish is one of my absolute favorites. It looks great in my front room.

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Tuscan's Mission Style futon frame is another great option for those new to futon sofa beds and experienced users alike. Like the Savannah futon sofa bed, this model also converts from upright to sleeping position, as well as a reclining position. It features sofa height seating so that this particular model can also double as a full size couch. This is one of my favorite features of any futon frame and, what I believe, makes them such a versatile piece of furniture. It is made of maple wood which is one of the most durable and long lasting futon frame materials on the market which puts this particular model at the top of my list for durability. This futon frame features a light maple and a dark espresso finish making it look and feel like a high quality piece of furniture should.

Arden Futon Frame

The Arden frame features three seating positions and looks great with its heritage finish.

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When it comes to finding a quality wooden futon frame, Nirvana Futons is definitely a go-to for me. The Arden Hardwood futon sofa bed frame is a great choice for anyone looking for a wood frame with a more rustic look. It’s heritage finish and hardwood construction make this particular piece one of my favorites. Like the previous frames on this list, it also features a three position configuration (reclined, upright, and bed) and comes with a four year manufacturer’s warranty. This particular frame is a favorite for anyone who frequently hosts guests because of its durability. I have a friend who uses this exact model in his guest house that he uses as an Airbnb property. I can personally say that this frame can stand up to the worst kind of abuse and still look like it has been lightly used. The upright position is also extremely comfortable. It is angled just right so that even someone with an aching back would be comfortable sitting upright for much longer than on a sofa that cannot change positions.

Westfield Wood Futon Frame

This model is similar to the Arden, but has mission style arm rests. This one looks even better, in my opinion.

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Another great example of a high quality wooden futon frame from Nirvana Futons. This model is similar to the Arden frame except that it has arm rests that double as head and foot rests in the bed position. My brother purchased this futon frame a little over a year ago and spent about half as much as he did on a similar model years earlier. The platform on this model is flat and has no problems with rocking or having too much play. It is a very solid futon frame at a great price. I highly recommend this model.

Brentwood Tray Arm Futon Frame

The Brentwood Tray arm futon frame is one of my favorites by far. I absolutely love the arm trays on this model!

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Ok, I cheated with this one just a little bit. It’s not just a frame, but a complete futon set. I had to put this on my list because this is my current favorite. I bought this from Amazon about six months ago and I have to say that I have never been more satisfied with a futon frame, cover and mattress. Like the Westfield wooden futon frame, this model features a heritage finish on a hardwood frame. It easily converts to a bed, lounger or sofa and is comfortable all around. What set’s this model apart from the rest for me, however, are the two tray arm rests on it’s sides. The arm rests alone, to me, make this a great choice for a centerpiece for your living room.

About Me

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.