Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads?
I've recently moved out on my own and bought a futon for the master bedroom. I've always found them to be comfortable and priced right. It's a Day & Night Eureka model. The frame is made from oak, but the hinge section features this rubber contraption
attached to the back deck which makes it pretty easy to assemble and transform.
Problem is, my partner and I combine to exceed the weight allowance for the futon, and more than once, the front deck has popped out of the hinge, so the bed spontaneously disassembles beneath our heft. By avoiding the tender points of the bed, I've managed to avoid many unpleasant collapses, but it's now given out on me in the middle of the night while sleeping solo, so something must be done.
I'm evaluating my options to reinforce the thing. I'm not concerned with locking the futon in Bed Mode
- that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make - but if possible, I'd like to do this without making irreversible modifications to the frame
(e.g. drilling holes). That said, I'm evaluating three options right now:
- Lash the decks to the futon arms with rope or zip ties
- Prop up the futon beneath the joint connecting the decks with bricks or wood
- Drill through the arms into the decks and insert large bolts
To aid in visualization, here are some snapshots of the frame in question:
low-flying bird's-eye view
(the front deck is on the left side)
rubber hinge assembly
Any and all suggestions are welcome, especially those from handyperson/woodworking types that have a sense of what's structurally sound. Thanks very much!
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