I'm looking for the perfect futon (sofa-bed) in the UK (preferably the South East) that will work equally well as a bed or sofa, long-lasting, and easy to convert.
Over 10 years ago I had one almost exactly like this
and it served me well for a little over a year as a full-time bed and occasional sofa. I'm thinking of getting something similar again, but I don't really like the metal-frame. I'm hoping to find something more like this
. What I am not
looking for is something like this
that requires picking up and folding the mattress and wrestling with the frame. It needs to switch from sofa to bed like the first three: pick up the edge of the seat, give it a tug, ease it down, and it's a bed.
One that unfolds long-way out from the wall (instead of long-way along the wall, like all the favorable pictures above) would be great but I haven't seen anything like that.
I've seen some on websites like the wooden ones pictured above, but as they are all wood (instead of the sprung metal hinges like the first one I had, pictured above) I am worried--will they last with frequent changes between sofa and bed modes? If I wanted a wooden frame, are sprung metal hinges a must?
So...can you recommend a great futon sofa-bed that is
a. easy to convert from sofa to bed and back
b. sturdy enough to be converted a few times per week for up to 2 years
c. as comfortable as these things ever are for up to 2 years
d. is delivered in pieces (to go up narrow, winding stairs)
e. has arms in sofa mode
f. under £500
Anyone have a great futon they'd like to recommend?