Folding sofas have been in demand for many years. Such pieces of furniture are more practical and functional than conventional cabinet models. The folding bed can be selected both for permanent use and for accommodating guests who have spent the night.
Features and Benefits
Today, many apartment owners are faced with the problem of a lack of square meters. In this case, suitable options are pieces of furniture with transforming mechanisms. When folded, they can be compact, and when unfolded - they are spacious and multifunctional. In furniture stores you can find a wide variety of folding sofas. They not only differ in their designs and mechanisms, but also in their external design. You can choose the right copy for any style and interior of your home.
The functional characteristics of a folding sofa directly depend on its mechanism and frame. Cheaper options are popularly called "guest", and they contain systems designed only for rare use. For example, you can operate such a sofa as a sleeping place if friends or relatives come to you with an overnight stay.
More expensive are reliable folding beds that can be used regularly. Such varieties can serve their owner for more than 7-8 years, without bringing any inconvenience. Another advantage of a high-quality sofa bed is the ability to install an orthopedic mattress. Such details in upholstered furniture are very in demand, since sleeping on them is not only comfortable, but also useful. These types of mattresses should be addressed to people suffering from pain in the spine or insomnia.
In many designs, linen boxes are present. Such elements make a folding sofa an indispensable element in the conditions of a small-sized dwelling, where every square meter counts.
There are several varieties of folding beds. Each of them has its own operational characteristics, which you should be aware of if you intend to purchase such furniture.
The double mechanism is equipped with sofas with an English folding bed. They are deeper and are complemented by dense mattresses. Frames of such models are durable and durable, so you can use them regularly.
These models of sofas are laid out very quickly and easily.
The most common are English clamshells with the Sedaflex mechanism, which has lattice frame constructions. They are distinguished by excellent performance. Such products withstand heavy loads and do not miss over time. Even after several years of regular use, these sofas do not lose their visual appeal. To transform furniture with such a system, you do not need to remove the upper pillows.
The English clamshell with a welded Sedaflex 12 mechanism will cost cheaper. Such models are less common, since today not all firms produce them. This is due to the fact that this system is less strong and durable, which is why consumers rarely choose it.
Models of sofas with such designs easily miss and do not support a lot of weight. They can not be used daily.
Italian folding beds are equipped with a double folding mechanism. Not only the seats, but also the backrest take part in the transformation of such models. She moves down, and with her pillows. Then the mechanism must be turned over and put on the support legs. Because of the unusual transformation, such systems are called "Italian Changeling" and "Double Changeling."
Italian folding beds can be used daily, and not just as guest beds. They can be supplemented with a high-quality orthopedic sofa for a healthier and more comfortable sleep.
One of the most common and affordable are sofas with a French cot inside. They have triple-folding mechanisms that “hide” under the seats.
It is worth noting that such pieces of furniture are less practical and durable. You can use them only to accommodate guests. French cots are not suitable for constant and daily sleep.
The designs of such furniture sag over time, which is why sleeping on them is very uncomfortable and uncomfortable. These defects also affect the appearance of the sofa. Not all French folding beds have an orthopedic mattress. Such elements may become too heavy a load for the entire structure.
During use, it is recommended to lubricate parts from time to time. This is necessary so that the design does not emit creaks and lasts longer.
The mechanism of such a model is presented in the next video.
Another common option is a folding bed sofa or a eurobook. Typically, these models are equipped with a useful box for linen and a very comfortable double bed for sleeping.
The only drawback of such a system is that it cannot be repaired in the event of a serious breakdown. Because of this, it is recommended to operate and transform the sofa-eurobook carefully.
The mechanisms in these varieties of sofas are very reliable. They are able to withstand a load not exceeding 240 kg.
Today in the market of upholstered furniture there are a large number of different brands offering high-quality and reliable folding sofas. Let's get to know more closely the products manufactured by the most popular manufacturers.
- In many countries, high-quality and inexpensive Ikea folding beds are popular. This company produces various versions of such furniture, from guest rooms to stronger and more reliable pieces. In the Ikea assortment there are a variety of models that differ from each other not only in mechanisms, but also in design. The brand offers both simple and concise, and very bright and original models.
- Beautiful folding sofas with high-quality PPU filler are produced by the Montreal company. The assortment of this brand is represented by folding sofas, which can be put not only in the living room or children's room, but also in the country or office.
The manufacturer offers consumers to independently choose their favorite upholstery and its color scheme.
- Multifunctional folding sofas are produced by Atlant Little. The products of this brand are represented by high-quality models equipped with various additions. It can be a bar, a linen box or a side shelf. Convenient products are notable for their low cost and attractive appearance.
To cover folding sofas, leather or textile is used. Clamshell leather sofas look expensive and attractive. Models trimmed with natural material are expensive, but their durability and durability will not make you doubt the correctness of your choice.
Leather upholstery can last for many years, while maintaining its presentation.
Such surfaces are not susceptible to deformation and mechanical damage.
A multifunctional sofa will cost cheaper, for the lining of which eco-leather is used. Externally, this material looks no worse than genuine leather, but it differs greatly in its operational characteristics. Such upholstery is less durable and wear-resistant. Over time, scratches, cracks and abrasions may appear on it.
Such material does not tolerate temperature extremes.
For textile upholstery, materials such as flock and plush are most often used. These varieties of takni are durable and wear resistant. The main disadvantage of such decoration of upholstered furniture is that it absorbs foreign odors.
For this reason, textile sofas are not recommended for use in the kitchen or on the balcony.
How to replace a folding bed in a sofa?
Replacing folding mechanisms in upholstered furniture is quite complicated. If you do something wrong, you can ruin the sofa. Today, there are many companies offering their services for replacing cots using quality and reliable parts.
Repair and replacement of mechanisms is recommended to be trusted only by experienced professionals.
Today in furniture stores there are a variety of models of folding sofas. Their design is far from those clamshell models that were popular in the recent past. Here's what you need to know when choosing:
- Before buying furniture, you should measure the room. This is necessary in order to calculate the appropriate size of the sofa. Keep in mind that it should not block the passage.
- Decide in advance for what purpose you want to purchase a sofa bed. If you need such a model to accommodate guests, then you can not overpay and buy a cheaper “guest” option with simple designs.
If you are going to use such a sofa regularly, then it is better to turn to more expensive options with strong and wear-resistant mechanisms that will not sag.
- The sofa should fit the overall style of the room and interior. Buy this furniture only in trusted stores that have a good reputation in your city.
- Before buying, be sure to check the operation of all the mechanisms available in the cot. A sales consultant should help you with this.
- Inspect the surface of upholstered furniture. It should be in perfect condition: without scuffs, cracks, scratches, stains, etc.
- Pay attention to the seams. If they are crooked, sloppy and have protruding threads, then it is better to abandon the sofa.