Today we will look at the types of Futon Mattresses available on the market. The decision of what type of futon mattress to get can be as important. probably more so, than the frame. Here is a brief rundown of what you have available to you, for a more detailed look at futon mattresses visit our Futon Mattress page.
Cotton Mattresses– The traditional futon mattress, a basic cotton or cotton-polyester fill. Cotton only futon mattresses are very firm and very heavy. A Twin size can weigh between 38 and 45 pounds, with a Queen size tipping the scales as high as 75 pounds. Cotton mattresses are flexible and easier to fold so they work well when you need to use them as a sofa or love seat. Cotton tends to clump so you should be prepared to flip and rotate your mattress every month. If you are looking for a traditional style very firm mattress, the cotton mattress may be the one for you.
Cotton and Foam– The most popular futon mattresses on the market today are the cotton and foam variety. Cotton and foam mattresses tend to hold their form better than the all cotton variety, yet are still very affordable. Due to the cotton, you will need to care for these in a similar way as you would an all cotton mattress- rotating and flipping monthly. The core of the mattress is made of foam layers which are surrounded by a cotton batting. The more foam layers, the softer the mattress will be.
Foam and Polyester– Foam and Polyester have greatly improved the life of the average futon mattress. Polyester provides the support one wants in a mattress. There is a foam core with a layer of cotton around the core to provide softness. These futon mattresses are resilient and hold their shape for a long time. The mattresses are light weight and made for everyday use. Foam and polyester mattresses should be flipped about every three months.
Wool– Wool futon mattresses are not very common because many people have wool allergies. Additionally, they need good care as they tend to absorb moisture and odors- much like cotton. Care of wool mattresses is similar to that of cotton. Wool is a natural insulator, which makes these mattresses eco-friendly, and better in cooler climates.
Innerspring– Innerspring futon mattresses most closely emulate the feel of a traditional coil bed. Giving you the closest experience to the type of sleep most consumers get on a traditional bed. Innerspring futon mattresses tend to be more expensive than the cotton and foam varieties, but are more comfortable to sleep on. The typical coil futon mattress has added spring and cushion, when you roll over at night, the springs will absorb the pressure of your body more quickly. A well made coil spring futon mattress has polyester batting for the outer layers, thick foam barriers for comfort and springs that individually wrapped in cotton. These types of mattresses don’t fold so are used n futons that are for sleeping only. They should be flipped every six months.
Visco(Memory) Foam– With the popularity of the ‘memory’ foam mattress, this type of foam mattress is worth touching upon. Visco foam conforms to the individual body shape of the sleeper, and even gets softer from the heat of the sleepers body. Visco futon mattresses include a layer of the visco foam to create an additional level of comfort. The visco/memory foam mattresses are more expensive but require less care than traditional models. Visco foam has characteristics that include: better breathability, better airflow, better recovery time, lower odor retention and they are hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.
Best of luck in your search for the best futon for you, the team at We Know Futons wants to provide as much information for you as possible.