One of the big selling points of this futon for me was the higher back. Trust me, it is worth the extra $50 or so! A pillow/cushion by the armrests, plus an ottoman/footrest, makes this a quite comfortable futon!
It took me two hours, by myself, to assemble this futon. This was relaxed-mode, having my materials organized, and a glass of wine nearby! You literally won't need more than a Phillips-head screwdriver, everything else is included.
Know that when they say "Right side", they mean as you are looking at it, NOT as you are sitting in it: This will help with your orientation. Also, you may want to take a minute and twist an appropriate screw into the holes as those assembly-sections come up: the pieces are drilled first and then powder-coated, so it is harder to insert the screws where they need to be while balancing longer pieces in place with screw-holes that aren't exactly 'pre-tapped'.
The transition from bed-to-couch is a little awkward at first: lift the bottom first a little (where your knees would be), then move to the side of the unit and pull the back toward the bottom, and vice-versa.
While the photo on walmart.com makes the mattress look thicker than it is, it is still a comfortable futon. I have been sleeping on it for just over a month now, and I feel fine with it. I am a healthy 48-yr old female with no back problems, and see this purchase as an affordable and versatile addition to my small apartment, especially since my pitbull sweetie can sleep with me, not like my old twin mattress!
BTW, twin sheet sets work fine on this futon. I wouldn't recommend it for regular sleeping for someone over about 5'8" tall, you might bang your toes on the (sustainable wood) armrests, unless you typically curl up on your side, or don't mind sleeping diagonally!
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