A good mattress, adapted to its needs and its morphology, is essential to enjoy a restful sleep. Also before buying or replacing yours, find out about the different types of existing bedding and their characteristics. Have you ever heard of Japanese futon? Excellent alternative to the traditional mattress, it offers many advantages. Discover them and let yourself be seduced!
The futon bed, what is it?
A futon bed is a kind of very firm mattress of Japanese origin. Traditionally composed of several layers of carded and pointed cotton, it offers optimum resistance and comfort. In Japanese interiors, it is thin enough to be rolled and stored in a cupboard during the day.
The models available in Europe have been adapted to the local morphologies and comfort standards: thicker, they can also contain other materials than cotton for a better flexibility.Coconut fibers or latex can be added between layers of cotton for extra softness.
The different types of futon
The traditional futon is no more than 8-10 cm thick so that it can be rolled and transported easily. It is perfect as an extra mattress, on a massage table or in a small room that can be released to make room for an office or play area for children. You can even opt for this type of sleeping in camping, in a van or for a comfortable night under the tent!
We now find more easily futons “Western”, that is to say, 12 to 18 cm thick. If the thicker get closer to the classic mattress, the finest lend themselves to the game of the sofa bed with the possibility of falling back into 2 or 3.To you to make your choice according to your constraints and your habits of life.
Regarding the materials used, there are more and more variants of natural cotton. If latex and moss bring mellowness, versions containing noble materials such as wool, cashmere or silk can be offered.
The advantages of a futon
They are multiple:
Practicality : A futon can fold, or even roll if it is thin enough, and therefore adapts to small spaces. It can be placed on the floor or on a tatami mat and therefore does not necessarily require a box spring. It can be found in several sizes, in a 90 cm square version and a 160 cm wide version. Its life is long, about ten years, as much as a classic mattress of good quality.
Health Assets : Many health professionals recommend a firm bed for people with back problems. A futon is therefore a good alternative: it is firm enough to support the back and adapts to each morphology without sagging, thus avoiding the spine of the sleeper to arch during sleep. In addition, for couples where there is a large difference in size or weight, it has the advantage of not widening where the pressure is highest, creating a disturbing imbalance for the other sleeper.
For children : More and more educators and pediatricians are stressing the importance for the child to acquire progressive autonomy. With this in mind, a mattress on the floor allows the little ones to go to bed and get up alone, without risk of falling. In a small room or when several children share space, futons can easily be folded during the day to make room for games and various activities of the day.
Healthy material : The cotton used to make futons is an excellent heat regulator. It will both spread heat in the winter and keep it cool when it gets warmer. Moreover, it is a natural, healthy, breathing material. So many advantages that make cotton futon an ally against bacteria, mites and allergies.
The disadvantages of the futon
Before making your choice, you should know that a futon may not please everyone. Some find for example the traditional futon too hard; then opt for a softer model containing latex.
The only major flaw of the futon is to be heavy, and therefore difficult to carry alone. If it is fixed, it’s perfect, but if you plan to fold it to move it every day, better be sure to be two to not hurt your back!
Another potential fault if your home is experiencing moisture problems: a futon installed on the ground can deteriorate, in this case it will be necessary to opt for a bed or a box spring to raise it.
A futon can also seem expensive. If the basic models of supplement are to 150 USD, the prices can fly beyond the 100USD according to the matter, the dimensions and the characteristics chosen. Count on average 400USD for a good futon for daily use that will last 10 years, no more than a classic mattress of good quality.
Bed futon: the care tips
The only real constraint related to the futon is its maintenance. To prevent the cotton from getting stuck, it must indeed return regularly, ideally every two weeks, and make him do a little “gymnastics”: fold / unfold, roll / unroll to maintain its flexibility.
It should also be ventilated, preferably when you return it, to allow the moisture of the cotton to evaporate.If time permits and the configuration of your home lends itself to it, expose it to the sun on each side for a few hours.
A futon is theoretically not washable because it does not support moisture. In case of stains, brush the affected area with a little soapy water and absorb a maximum with a clean, dry cloth. Specific covers exist, but you can very well opt for a simple standard fitted sheet to protect your futon.