Traditionally, futon mattress in Japan used to have a thick bottom mattress and a quilted cover. According to the Japanese neat home decor futon mattress are perfect, as these traditional mattress could be folded during the day and kept aside, and during the night they could be rolled out for sleeping.
If you buy a traditional futon in Japan you will find additional items like a pillow or blanket free with it. Now, with advancements in mattresses there are many type of futon mattresses which can be custom-made to your liking.
Futon Mattress Sizes & Other Shopping Tips
One of the most important thing you need to consider when buying futon mattress is the material. Modern futon mattresses come in various materials and combinations of materials, so you can choose a futon material which you like.
Every material has its own benefits and disadvantages. It is available in cotton, cotton and foam mix, polyester material and innerspring material. Cotton mattresses are not so popular today, because after some time they become lumpy.
There is cotton and foam combination which makes a good bed for back pain. It has a longer shelf life and gives cushioning to the spine. There is futon which is filled with polyester. This is more durable mattress. There is also pure foam futon, but it is more expensive than these types.
Another material used to make futons is the innerspring. The innerspring system gives a better and thinner mattress. Futons are many times used as sofa bed mattress, so make sure the material of the futon you choose can be comfortably rolled or folded.
The next aspect you need to consider are the various futon mattress sizes. They are available in these sizes-
- TWIN comes at 39 inches by 75 inches.
- FULL DOUBLE comes at 54 inches by 75 inches.
- QUEEN mattress comes at 60 inches by 80 inches size.
- There is also CALIFORNIA KING which is 72 inches by 84 inches.
- CHAIR is available at 28 inches by 54 inches.
These are the standard sizes of futon mattresses. However, you can get a custom-made futon mattress. You can contact your local futon mattresses dealer, and customize it to the dimensions which suit your need.
Also, you can choose the mattress thickness which you prefer. You can order a mattress which is 5-10 inches thick. Generally, 9 inches thickness is recommended. For a mattress, which will be used by guests 6 inches thick mattress is okay.
If you want a futon mattress which you will be using as a sofa and bed then order a high quality innerspring mattress or foam mattress which is around 9 inches thick.
But, if you are not looking for a long term use, then 6 inch thick cotton mattresses is also a good choice for a sofa cum bed. So, get a good estimate before you order a mattress which fits in the room and provides comfort while sitting or sleeping.
If you want to match your futon with your home decor then you can order the futon covering in a color of your choice. They usually come in white color, but can be custom colored too. Though, the more the customization of the mattresses the higher its cost will be. Standard sized mattresses are mass produced and hence come for cheaper.
You can find a futon mattress at any departmental store or order it online. Make sure you check out various online sites, contact your local dealers and the departmental stores to find the best mattress for money. When selected wisely, a good quality futon will provide you comfort for a long time.