How to Fix a Futon That Won't Stay Up

June 12, 2023

Futons are a terrific, adaptable addition to your living space. But when they start sagging, it can make them less comfortable to sit on or even impossible to lie down in. While adding more cushioning to the top of the futon is a good remedy, improving the structure of the frame can also help. From rearranging the slats to using a pillow for additional support, there are several easy fixes that can save you from having to buy a new futon.

The First Fix: Check That Nothing is Jammed

When you notice that your futon won t stay up or is difficult to fold or unfold, the first thing to do is to remove all bedding and blankets from it. Sometimes a comforter or other bedding may become trapped in the mechanism, which can cause it to break down or get stuck. Removing the bedding and checking that all the hinge pins, rollers, and other moving parts are clear will usually solve this problem.

If you have a futon that has a bed-like main frame that supports the slats of the seat, you can try rearranging the slats and rollers to see if this makes a difference. If you do this, remember to loosen the screws on each end of the stretchers (the long pieces that connect to the arms), and then slide the rollers into their grooves. After doing this, retighten the screws to ensure that they are secure.

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