Futon Mattress overview

Futon Mattress Overview-

A Futon mattress, while similar, is not the same as one for a traditional bed.  Here we will take a few minutes to review some of the futon mattress options available to you, should you decide to go the futon route for your bedding choice.  You can get a more complete rundown of these choices at our sister site We Know Futons, specifically on the Futon Mattress page.

Futon mattress types:

All Cotton– This futon mattress contains no foam or others layers than basic cotton fill.  They do tend to be a blend of cotton and polyester fibers that create a better cushion than the traditional cotton only japanese futons.  An all cotton futon mattress tends to be extremely firm, and requires a fair amount of maintenance- you should rotate and flip your mattress every month.  These mattresses tend to be heavier than other varieties and you should use a mattress cover as they are apt to absorb moisture and odors.

Cotton and Foam– Cotton and Foam combinations are the most popular type of futon mattress found on the market.  they hold their form better than all cotton, and they are affordable.  As with cotton, it is important to rotate and flip the cotton and foam mattresses on a regular basis.  Setting them out in the sun every 6 months or so will also allow the cotton fiber parts to ‘plump up’.  The core is made from layers of foam which are surrounded by a cotton batting.

cotton and foam futon mattress

A cotton and foam futon mattress cut away sample

Foam and Polyester– The Foam and Polyester option has greatly improved the life span of the average futon mattress.  Generally, the less cotton, the longer the mattress will last.  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 are resilient mattresses and hold their shape well.  Foam and polyester mattresses are light weight and made for everyday use.  Foam and polyester mattresses should be flipped every three months or so.

Wool– A Wool futon mattress is not very common, they require care similar to an all cotton mattress and many people have wool related allergies.  Wool tends to be absorbent (moisture, odors) so you will need a mattress cover for protection.  Wool mattresses do normally have a foam center so they will hold their shape better than all cotton.  Wool is a natural insulator which makes it eco-friendly and better in colder climates.

Innerspring– The innerspring futon mattress most closely approximates the normal coil mattress used with traditional bedding systems.  The innerspring mattresses though tend to be more expensive that their cotton and foam counterparts, but are easier and more comfortable to sleep on.  The typical coil futon mattress has added spring and cushion.  The innerspring coil futon mattresses don’t fold so they are designed for bed only futons.

Visco (Memory) Foam– Due to the popularity of the visco foam mattresses, we include this type of foam mattress as well.  The visco foam conforms to the individual sleepers body shape and gets even softer with the body heat from the sleeper.  These include a layer of visco foam to create an additional level of comfort.  These are more expensive mattresses but require less care than traditional models.  Visco foam is more breathable, provides better air flow, has a better recovery, lower odor retention and are hypo allergenic and dust mite resistant.

memory foam futon mattress

A memory foam futon mattress cut-away sample

There is our 5 minute Futon Mattress primer, we hope you found it helpful and that it provides a starting point for your futon research.