Why do we sell
U.S. & European made futons?
the past fifteen years we have designed, sold and serviced many
thousand futons and futon frames. The primary lesson we've learned
is that quality is paramount. "Buy it right and buy it once!"
the futon market is flooded with low quality imports, primarily
from Indonesia and China. While we have the greatest respect for
these vibrant and diverse peoples and their abilities, we have many
reservations about furniture made in Asia.
is the wood. Solid hardwoods from temperate U.S. and European forests
that are sustainably harvested and kiln -dried (like our maple,
ash, and beech) are far more dependable than the mixed tropical
hardwoods used by most Asian manufacturers. These Asian woods have
a much higher moisture content. When they get into your home they
can split, crack, and fall apart.
is the glues, finishes, and hardware. Over the years, the service
department at our retail store has repaired many futon frames that
were not originally purchased from us. We notice a far higher incidence
of glue joint failure and finish problems with the Asian frames.
The dowel joints that hold the arms together have such a high failure
rate that one might assume this is "planned obsolescence".
We can't even count the hundreds of stripped and bent hex-bolts
because the softer, Chinese made metal just couldn't withstand the
test of time.
are the labor and environmental issues. Let's be very honest- the
main reason why most futon frames are made in Asia is that desperate
people can be induced to work long hours at a dangerous job for
just a few dollars a day. These factory workers have no unions and
no protections from wholesale exploitation. In addition there are
no expensive environmental regulations for these factories. Wood
fired boilers and spray booths without filters pollute the air and
factory waste is discharged into streams.
is the vision of what we want our country to be. Let's not just
accept a two-tiered economy where minimum paid service workers cater
to well-heeled white collar executives. Well-paying manufacturing
jobs make our country stronger and fairer. A solid hardwood futon
frame made here in the US is good for you and good for all of us.