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Futons withstand economic downturn through 2010

January 27, 2010 by aaron · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to new innovations in futons and futon technology, there are many new styles available that shoppers will be interested in learning about. Some of the latest futons to hit the market include new models made by Strata Furniture. Strata makes futons which have special wall hugging features that do not require their futons to be moved a significant distance from the wall.

These types of futons are ideal for those using their futons daily as well as others who prefer ease and quality over budget. Futons made by Strata do not require you to slide your futon along the floor and away from the wall each time you want to convert your futon into a bed. Instead, the utilize a brilliant design that allows their futons to be extended outward while keeping the legs of the futon stationary.

Other exciting models have continued to stand the test of time regarding fashion. One example comes from a reputable company that has been in business for some time. Night and Day Furniture, a company based in Vancouver, Washington, makes a truly unique two-toned futon called the Aurora. Other pleasing futons in their line include the Twilight, the Nightfall futon and the Orchid futons.

A giant among futon manufacturers, Lifestyle Solutions provides tremendous variety and solid quality throughout their various price points. Their futons include innovative models such as the Dio futon, the Manila futonand the Kobe futon.

As the economy continues to adjust, hopefully pulling itself up by its bootstraps, there will likely be a slew of new futon designs to hit the market. In the meantime, futons continue to be a logical choice for those who need multi-purpose furniture. One reputable dealer of futons claims that 35% of their in-store futon sales are made by those putting their futons in family rooms, another 35% go into guest rooms, 25% go into bedrooms, and the remaining percentage of futons sold occupy other spaces within the home or office.

“We’ve seen huge fluctuations in business over the past couple of years,” says Gabe LeBlanc of Futon Planet. “Still, futons are great products that occupy an important niche, and while people have smaller budgets, they are still finding futons to suite their needs at a price they can afford.”

Best Futon Company

September 25, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Who is the best futon company in your area? Which are the best futon companies nationwide? When shopping for futons, we often want to cut through all of the complex marketing jargon that dealers so often contrive to make themselves look like the best futon company in the world. As consumers we just want to get to brass tax.

What we really want to know is, how much, how long until we get it, what’s the warranty? Of course, we understand there are many options and factors that might go into helping you, the dealer, to give us a more well-rounded answer, so maybe you can give us simpler categories. Here’s an idea. Why not give us the option to select from good, better and best? That’s three general categories that we can choose from.

From there, we can go on to select whichever category appeals most to our senses of quality and budget. For good measure, make the prices large enough to read and make sure the prices accurately support what the pictures display. That would be nice for a change. I think the best futon company is the one that is the most straight up.

Consumers get tired of reading “Optional, sold separately, not-included, etc.” If it’s not included, then please don’t show it! Futon Planet might have the best prices, or Affordable Futons might have a neat website and that’s great, but I really care about are quick simple answers to my questions so I can buy your product and get back to whatever whatever I was doing before I got caught up with options-galore and “not-sold-as-shown” on your website!

Now what was I doing before I started writing this article? Oh yes, I was shopping for a futon and looking for the best futon company from which to buy. ;)

Top Ten Futon Retailers of 2008

August 5, 2008 by FM · Leave a Comment 

Top 10 Futon Companies

This special August Edition reviews America’s top ten futon companies. For 2008 the top ten futon companies include:

  1. Futon Planet
  2. CSN Futons
  3. Futons Etc Factory Outlet
  4. Ellens Futons
  5. Futon Creations
  6. FutonsNow
  7. Affordable Futons
  8. theFutonShop
  9. Today’s Futons
  10. Futon Street

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Three Smart Questions to Ask Your Futon Dealer

August 5, 2008 by FM · Leave a Comment 

Asking some basic questions of your online futon dealer means getting on the phone. This is one reason Futon Magazine advocates ensuring your futon dealer is accessible by phone. While the following recommended questions to ask your futon dealer form a general basis, you should ask as many questions as you can. The more things you ask the more likely you will be happy with your purchase.

Searching Reputations with Google

Before delving into the suggested questions, look for signs of reputability like Better Business Logo’s, Visa Logos, Privacy and Security Policies, Terms and Conditions, contact information. However, not every logo should readily be trusted. A great tip is to search for the dealer by name. For example, a Google search of the large advertiser Mercantila shows a link to a slew of dissatisfied customers. For example, Brad writes this about Mercantila saying:

I will start by saying this is the worst online shopping experience I have ever had. Now this is saying something. I have been shopping online extensively since 1998 when I first bought tickets off of Ticketmaster. I have bought from probably over 100 different online-only merchants these past ten years, many (if not most) being “gray market” or seemingly “fly by night” operations. I have never been burned.

Another customer writes about Mercantila, “Horrendous experience! I find it hard to believe they are a web-based merchant…” This customer writes “DO NOT buy from them at any COST. ” Reading through the list you will find dozens of negative customer experiences that make it seem like Mercantila is likely a company to avoid for futon purchasing.

Dig deeper by checking the Better Business Bureau at http://bbb.org to see what they have to say about a retailer your are considering to give your business. In some cases, it might be better to shy away from buying from bulk companies doing business from countries like Asia and India. Doing business with a domestically based futon company will often yield a better opportunity to get your money back or get helpful status reports.

Three Smart Questions

  1. How long have you been in business selling futons?
  2. When can I expect delivery AND how can I track my order?
  3. What is your return policy if I am unhappy or dissatisfied?

Most companies will have honest answers to these questions. Further probing will give you a better sense of the futon dealer’s mastery of their products and will give you an idea of how safe you think it is to do business with them. Keep in mind that most companies who offer free shipping, will expect some type of reimbursement should you decide to return your futon.


Web Spotlight: FutonsETC.com

August 5, 2008 by FM · Leave a Comment 

This month’s Futon Magazine Web Spotlight is on Futons Etc Factory Outlet. This website features an easy to use interface, clear selection, and friendly customer support. These features make Futons Etc a great destination for the first time futon buyer.

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