All About Futons: The Various Benefits

Many people opt for futons as an option for additional bedding in their home. Invented in Japan, futons can be a practical choice.

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Futons are a comfortable household item that can serve as a portable or transportable bed. Although futons can be damaged, they can be repaired more easily than a traditional mattress since its interior matting is packed in a structured, layered way. Originally from Japan, futons are a convenient and economical choice, and a preferable option to people on-the-go or living in small spaces.

Couch Futon

Japanese Futons

Measuring two inches (5 cm) thick and filled with cotton and/or synthetic batting, Japanese futons are typically flat and designed to be spread out on tatami flooring, a special kind of flooring in Japanese architecture. Japanese futons are usually sold in sets consisting of the futon mattress (shikibuton), a comforter (kakebuton) or blanket (moku), a summer towel-like blanket (towelket), and a bean or plastic bead-filled pillow (makura).

Japanese futons are usually stored in a closet, but must be left to air in the sunlight when not put away. These futons are typically beaten with bamboo to keep them in shape.

Japanese Futon

Western-style Futons

Western-style futons are closer to mattresses; also, they are stuffed with multiple layers of foam and/or batting, but they do not have springs. Western-style futons are placed on an adjustable frame resembling that of a couch, and are designed in the fashion of a sofa-bed to be used as a couch and a bed. Western-style futons are constructed larger and thicker than Japanese futons, and are cheap compared to regular mattresses or beds.

Futon Mattress

Western-style futons are common now in Japan. These hand-made futons have no synthetic filling, and are stuffed primarily with cotton. Western-style futons in Japan are environmentally friendly and are not composed of any chemicals whatsoever, distinguishing them from the traditional bed set.

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