The Scandia Outdoor Futon Chair White Oak with its innovative patented flip-bar design has clean simple lines and distinguished by the single, solid hardwood board that runs the length of the body connecting arms neatly. Additionally, the horizontally oriented hardwood slats comprising the support deck of this frame are harder to come by than the more often used short, vertical slats found in other sofabeds. These long slats are an integral part of the bridge-like design of the hyper-efficient Nikita uniframe or one-frame design wherein the slatted decks, supporting structures and arms are one integrated unit. Further, the horizontal slat design not only provides added strength and integrity to the frame, it helps to keep your futon mattress in place.
Scandia Outdoor Futon Chair White Oak With Natural Teak Oil Finish - Dimensions
Just Lean Back was for many years called Nikita Convertibles and was founded by Nikita Grigoriev, who designed the first patented futon convertible sofabed in 1982. The patent (US # 4,538,308) was granted on Sept 3, 1985 and it established a new product category in the US patent office.
Nikita Grigoriev was an aeronautical engineer and an airline pilot. He quit the airline and began making Convertible Furnishings in 1983. Two years later, Nikita purchased an old building in Richfield Springs, NY and assembled a crew of three production workers and one sales representative.
The early convertibles were rather elaborate contraptions with wheels and springs and storage boxes and even self stowing headboards. They were made of solid maple and cherry and were beautifully finished. They sold for about $900 retail.
As product recognition and demand for futon convertibles grew, Nikita opened a second store in 1987 in Oneonta, NY under the name of Simple Design. Based on market feedback and accumulated design insight, that year Nikita completely redesigned the convertible sofabed frame. The new generation convertibles were then known as G - 2, for Grigoriev second generation convertibles.
The new futon convertibles were revolutionary in that they were much simpler, lighter, had sloping seats that automatically leveled for bed position, shipped in compact boxes and, most importantly, sold for half the price of the earlier ones. This significantly helped to expand the popularity of futons and broaden the market base.