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How to Take Apart a Metal Futon

Updated February 21, 2017

A futon is a piece of furniture that serves a dual purpose. It acts as a sofa or love seat when in an upright position and becomes a bed when reclined. Futons are made in a variety of styles using different materials to match almost any decor. All futons are basically made in the same design having a hinge, or hinges, a back panel, a bottom panel and a structural frame. All of these components can be taken apart for moving or storage of the futon.

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  1. Untie the cushion, remove it from the frame and fold it in half. Slide one end of the cushion into one of the large trash bags. Slip another trash bag on the other end of the folded cushion. Wrap the seam between the bags with tape to protect the fabric.

  2. Lower the frame of the futon into a relining position. Locate the hinge piece between the seat and back frames. Use your hex wrenches to remove the retaining bolts along the hinge line. Lift the back part of the frame and set it aside.

  3. Remove the retaining bolts holding the bottom panel onto the mainframe of the futon. Lift the bottom panel free and set it aside. Remove the bolts holding each side of the mainframe. Lay the horizontal frame pieces and the side panels aside.

  4. Remove the bolts holding the pieces of the bottom, back and side panels. Arrange all of the components of the futon into piles of like-sized pieces. Place the retaining bolts into a plastic bucket and press the lid firmly onto the bucket. Tape the bundles of components together on each end.

  5. Tip

    Some manufacturers use Phillips head bolts instead of hex bolts. The tool required may be different but the process will be the same.

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Things You'll Need

  • Futon
  • 2 large, plastic garbage bags
  • Hex wrenches
  • Plastic bucket
  • Electric tape

About the Author

After learning electronics in the U.S. Navy in the 1980s, Danny Donahue spent a lifetime in the construction industry. He has worked with some of the finest construction talent in the Southeastern United States. Donahue has been a freelance writer since 2008, focusing his efforts on his beloved construction projects.

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