How to Assemble a Bifold Futon

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Bi-fold futon is one type of futon. The other kind is tri-fold. While tri-fold futons fold twice, bifold futons fold once along the length of the mattress. Bi-fold futons are sturdier, more expensive and their mattresses thicker. Bi-fold futons can be made of metal or wood. Even though each manufacturer has specific sets of instructions for their setups, bifold futons are generally assembled the same way. Assembling a bifold futon is easy and quick.

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Things you need

  • Two stretchers
  • Wooden dowels
  • Four runners
  • Four 40mm bolts
  • Washers
  • Allen key
  • Two futon arms
  • Back deck
  • Seat deck
  • Barrel nuts
  • Screwdriver
  • Clevis pin
  • Locking pin
  • Bi-fold futon mattress

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  1. 1

    Remove all the components included in the box of the bifold futon. Cross check to see that the components are complete and in the numbers specified on the box.

  2. 2

    Fit the wooden dowels into the middle hole at the ends of each of the stretchers. Fit runners into the holes on the side rail of the back deck after placing washers around each hole. Screw in 40mm bolts on the reverse side of the holes with an Allen key.

  3. 3

    Attach the two arms to the stretchers by loosely screwing in bolts with the Allen key. Insert barrel nuts into the holes below the strike plate of each stretcher with a screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Insert the back deck into the arms one side at a time. Tighten the bolts on the stretchers with the Allen key. Lift the back deck to an upright position.

  5. 5

    Fit the seat deck into the back deck between the two arms. Connect both decks with a clevis pin and secure with a washer and locking pin. Place the bi-futon mattress on both decks.

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