Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Assemble a Futon Bed - Part 1 of 2 - Directions and Assembly for the Bed Corners

Fig.1 Cottonwood 
Futon bed
By Gary Boutin                

Tools and Supplies: 
Cottonwood Futon
full size Bed Kit

Futon bed with hardware kit
Ryobi Cordless Screwdriver with Phillip Bit

Michael works for a program called Uncommon Good that teaches students about green energy. His home is located in Upland, California, a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in a rural setting. He had just purchased a century-old home and wanted to preserve its look. Being a principal member of Uncommon Good, he was using the house to teach others how to go green. He called to assemble his Cottonwood futon bed. 

This post shows the four steps to start the assembly of a Cottonwood Futon Bed. 
Step 1: Fig.1 shows the Cottonwood Futon full size bed kit. Fig.2 through fig.4 shows the plans to assembled the bed. Fig.3 and fig.4 shows the section for assembling the corners of the bed.
Fig.2 Full plans
Fig.3 Bed corners
Fig.4 Bed rails
Step 2: After reading the plans in fig.2 through fig.4. Fig.5 and fig.6 shows the wood bed frame upside down to install the bed corner braces. Notice the bed legs are on the corner of the wood frame.
Fig.5 Bed frame
upside down
Fig.6 Corner installed
Step 3: Fig.7 shows the plans for the middle support rail and how the bed legs needs to be installed. Fig.8 to fig.11 shows the installation of the middle leg on the middle bed rail. Notice in fig.10 the wood legs have already installed a Metric #8 E-Nut Wood Insert to make it easier to install the legs.
Fig.7 Middle rail
Fig.8 Leg bolt
Fig.9 Bolt threaded
Fig.10 Metric
8 E-Nut Insert
Fig.11 Insert
screw into leg

Step 4: The next post will address the wood slats that hold the mattress and the rubber feet at the bottom of each legs. 

Interesting Internet Links Below:
  • Futon Primer: This is a business page that had several Internet links that can provides all the reasons why to choose a futon bed, assembly and interesting facts about futon beds.

How to Assemble a Futon Bed:

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