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A Beautiful Alternative 

Futons have become a viable and comfortable alternative to traditional beds and sofas, and business partners Brad Hughes and Emile Chacon have found that offering people quality, style and fast service keeps their business booming.

The duo owns Futons Unlimited (801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-4789 -- formerly Ocean Imports; 2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 366-2855; 1402 Gause Blvd., Suite B, Slidell, 985-649-9650), which is helping fill a need among people rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

"People need temporary bedding, so they'll purchase a futon while they're rebuilding," Hughes says. " A lot are putting them into their FEMA trailers because the comfort in FEMA trailers isn't the best. Once their house is rebuilt they are moving it into a spare bedroom or giving it to their children."

A futon, however, doesn't need to be temporary furniture. "My competition sells a polyfill mattress that's 6 to 8 inches thick ... and good for about 90 days before it starts deteriorating and they feel the bars on their back. Mine is 10 inches thick, has 13 layers of cotton and two layers of foam." He also offers an innerspring mattress and one that's made by the same company that manufactures Tempurpedic mattresses for conventional beds. In addition, Futons Unlimited keeps an extensive stock so 80 percent of the time customers can get their futon the same day. If it's not in stock, Hughes says he can get it in 72 hours.

The business offers a two-year warranty on frames made of Malaysian rubber wood that can hold 900 lbs. and handle 1,200 pounds of pressure and a five-year unlimited warranty on cherry or pecan wood frames that can hold 1,200 pounds of weight and 1,700 pounds of pressure. Most are available in chair, loveseat, and full- and queen-bed sizes.

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Mid-City Art Market celebrates its second anniversary with a free festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, on Bayou St. John (from Orleans Avenue down North Jefferson Davis Parkway) in conjunction with the Bayou Boogaloo. Local and regional artists will sell their art, local eateries will sell food and drinks, and a variety of bands will play music. The festival will benefit the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.

click to enlarge Futons Unlimited offers furniture that is versatile, converts - to a bed and looks great as a couch.
  • Futons Unlimited offers furniture that is versatile, converts to a bed and looks great as a couch.
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