Futon Mattresses

We know Futons want you to have as much information as possible when making your futon buying decisions.  Here we compile information on the various types of futon mattresses available to you the consumer.  As with traditional beds and mattresses, there are a number of different options, your decision will depend on what you are looking for and need from your futon.

All Cotton– The all cotton mattress mirrors the traditional Japanese futons from which the modern versions descended.  All cotton futon mattresses contain no foam or other layer than a basic cotton filling.  Today, all cotton mattresses tend to be mde of a cotton-polyester blend that creates a more comfortable cushion for most sleepers.  The all cotton mattresses tend to be extremely firm, so if you are looking for a traditional style futon with a very firm feel, the all cotton mattress may be the one for you.  The all cotton futons are generally the heaviest with a Twin size mattress weighing between 38 and 45 pounds, and a Queen size topping the scales as high as 75 pounds.  While heavier, the cotton mattresses are generally easier to fold when forming the sofa or love seat that they may double as.  Cotton tends to clump, to minimize this, you should rotate and flip the mattress every few weeks to once a month.

Cotton and Foam– Cotton and Foam futons are the most popular type of futon on the market today.  The cotton and foam mattress tend to hold their form better than the 100% cotton variety, yet are still very affordable.  Similar to the cotton mattresses, the cotton and foam mattresses will need to be rotated and flipped on a regular basis to minimize clumping.

A good routine to follow for rotating your mattress would be:

  • Rotate the mattress 180 degrees- sleep on it for a month
  • Flip the mattress over- sleep on it for a month
  • Rotate the mattress 180 degrees- sleep on it for a month
  • Flip the mattress over- etc, etc.

If feasible, setting your mattress out in the sun once or twice a year or so will help the cotton fibers rejuvenate and  ‘plump up’.  The core of the mattress is made with layers of foam, which are surrounded by cotton batting, the more foam layers, the softer the mattress will be.

Foam and Polyester– The foam and polyester mattresses have greatly improved the durability and life span of the average futon mattress.  Typically the less cotton in the mattress, the longer it will last.  Polyester provides the support a sleeper seeks in a mattress.  It will have a foam core with a layer of cotton around the core to provide softness.   The foam and polyester mattresses are resilient and hold their shape for a long time.  The mattresses are light weight and made for everyday use (durable).  Foam and polyester mattresses should be flipped about every three months.

Wool mattresses– The Wool mattresses are not very common because many people have allergies to wool and they tend to be absorbent so moisture and odors can be a problem.  You will need a mattress cover for protection and comfort, plus the wool mattresses will require care similar to that of the cotton mattresses.  Wool is a natural insulator, which makes it eco-friendly and better in cooler climates.

Innerspring– Innerspring futon mattresses most closely mimic the traditional coil beds.  You are more likely to experience the type of sleep that most sleepers are used to.  Innerspring futon mattresses tend to be more expensive than their cotton and foam counterparts, but are easier and more comfortable to sleep on.  Unlike cotton and foam futon mattresses, 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 readily.  When buying an innerspring futon mattress, it is advisable to buy the premium grade coil futons.  This helps insure you are getting a coil that will offer true comfort.  A well made innerspring futon mattress has polyester batting for the outer layers, thick foam barriers for comfort and springs that are individually wrapped, or pocketed, in cotton fiber.  Innerspring mattresses don’t fold up so they are designed for futons that are solely for sleeping.  It can be sized from a Twin to a King.  Similar to a regular innerspring mattress, it should be flipped every six months.

Visco/Memory Foam– The visco, or memory foam futon mattress follows the popularity of the regular visco foam mattress for traditional bed sets.  The visco foam material conforms to individual body shapes and gets even softer with the heat of the sleepers body.  Visco foam mattresses include a layer of 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 also has properties of being more breathable, better airflow, better recovery time, low odor retention, and are hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.

There you have it, an overview of the different futon mattress offerings.  We Know Futons hopes this has added to your basic knowledge of what I available and helps in making your futon buying decision.

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