Three major concerns when we were looking for a futon. We wanted something comfortable, nice looking, and very sturdy. This futon seems to fit the bill well. The mattress is a typical futon mattress, thus when my picky father comes to visit, we may slap a memory foam mattress topper on it to add some cushion. THe wood is very quality, and though it took some time to put it together, the construction is relatively easy and surprisingly well built. There are legitimate bolts with threads and metal reinforcements, as well as supports throughout. The only thing made of plastic are the wheels that allow the futon to fold up and down, but I suspect they'll still hold up well. The drawers DO come with the set, whereas on some futons they are additional/separate purchases. They, however, are just sliding drawers... there is no track or mechanism by which they attach to the actual futon, they just have wheels on bottom and slide in and out on top of carpet. However, when shut, you'd never be able to tell, and the fact that they are separate gives you flexibility in how you use them. Only reason I give 4 instead of 5 is because of the slight ambiguity in instructions for assembly, the smell of the mattress, and that no additional colors were available at the time of purchase.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Wood is a bit lighter and mattress only available in red at the time.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great. Wood is not flimsy and the bolt/hole connections are real hardware.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good.
It took a while to get it put together by myself but, with patience, I did it. I am not a novice at furniture assembly and I had the tools (mallet, pliers, better wrench set than the one sent with the furniture, etc.) ready. And I carefully read the instructions. YOU GOTTA DO THAT! Then, once I got the frame and the slatted piece together, I did have to find a friend to help me with the last part...uniting these. You can't do it alone. I know...I tried. Then came the time to unpack the futon cushion and put it on. Thankfully, it came with the cover already on it. It opened up to full size once the plastic cover was cut off and we put it on the frame with no problem. And it feels wonderful to sit on...just the right amount of firmness. I probably won't be sleeping on it...it's in my exercise room, but in a pinch, it would be comfortable to do so. And the drawers that roll out underneath it are really handy for storing stuff. You could get a set of bedding in there but probably not a comforter or pillows.
I just finished putting this together and have some mixed feelings about it. On one hand, the wood frame looks great once assembled and the mattress is fairly comfortable. However, I have several complaints. 1. Workmanship: Whoever built the arms forgot to drill one of the bolt holes. Not a big deal, I drilled it myself, but still a silly oversight for a fairly expensive piece of furniture. 2. Value: Not great. I don't have a lot to say about this. I just don't think it's worth $600. 3. Design: My biggest complaint is that the front and back stretchers are 6' pieces of 1x3 lumber with nothing for support in the middle. It doesn't feel very sturdy sitting in the middle while it's folded. Speaking of folded, it's too heavy to easily fold by yourself. So there it is. It's not great, but not terrible.
Received it today. Took my teenage daughter about 2.5 hrs to assemble. Problems ...there were no corresponding numbers on the wood and I ordered a Black mattress but got a Red instead ( but I think OS sent a lovely colour to match my beauty). Were you out of black OS? Anyhow its assembled and sitting pretty in the cave for the boys.
It went together nicely. A couple ideas that would make it easier to put together. It says to get all the connections (screws) in place but not tightened until the end of each step. Good idea. The problem is the wrench sent with it will take hours to tighten everything. I have a tip for my hand drill that sped it up A LOT. Be very careful not to strip the heads. You will never get them out once stripped. This took over an hour with two putting it together. I probably could do it by my self in 2 hours but would need help putting the back into the frame. A little more than I wanted to pay, but good value. My wife wants another for the guest room. Will see