An overview of futon mattress

On the market there are a plenty of futon mattress available with different types and brands. It is also various in manufactured materials and the level of firmness/ softness as well.

Among them, filling is considered as one of the most important factor which decides the quality of a futon mattress. The level of firmness and longevity of a futon mattress will be determined by the type of its filling. You can choose several types of fillings. Cotton, innerspring, foam or combination of cotton and foam are the common fillings in manufacturing futon mattresses.

Among them, cotton is considered as the most economical because of its cheap price, however this material has its own limitations such as it does not take too much time to lose its firmness or its ability of absorbency is a bit more than the others. Therefore, futon mattresses made from combination of cotton and foam are more popular due to their outstanding features. Their lifespan is longer than the full-cotton futon mattresses. Innerspring is another type of filling in manufacturing futon mattress. It include a system of coils surrounded by neither cotton nor foam. You can see that it is a little bit the same as the traditional futon mattress, however in fact this type is thinner.


Similar to conventional mattresses, futon mattresses are categorized into three levels of firmness: soft, medium and firm. The level depends partly on the filling, the other is the thickness of the mattress. Therefore, we highly recommend you to choose a futon mattress with the thickness of more than 6 inches because it is the standard thickness people feel comfortable. Some people have a thought that the quality of a futon mattress is reflexed via its level of firmness. This opinion is not really true because it just show the preference of the consumers only.

How to choose a futon mattress for a college dorm room

Once you have an overall information about futon mattress, you need to know how to choose it. Futon mattress is becoming more and more popular these days due to its various benefits. One of its outstanding features is to save space so people with small room or department are usually in love with it. College students in dorm rooms are not exceptions. These areas have very limited space, it is important and necessary for occupants to minimize the number of things in their rooms. As a result, students have to carefully choose what furniture is needed to take with them. Besides, there is a common belief that almost students have a tight budget. From all above reasons, futon mattress becomes the most suitable choice for today’s college students.

Purchase a futon mattress that fits your dorm room is not a difficult task. Firstly, you have to look around and search for a place to purchase. You can find information in school newspaper, Craigslist, or garage sales. If you want a second hand futon mattress, you should keep in mind that used things are not always clean and look great. Therefore, it is a must to thoroughly clean the mattress up before using, and remember to follow the instruction of manufacturers.

If your budget is not too tight, it is highly recommended to purchase a new one. You can directly go to the mass retailers such as Target or Walmart to have a try. There are a lot of superstores offering futon mattresses all the year at very reasonable price and attractive promotion programs. However, there are few options of futon mattress size, color and style for you to choose from. So, if you want to have a standard futon mattress, superstore can be a good place.

Another option for you is online stores. You don’t need to go to the store, just stay at home and turn on the computer, search for the one you want in terms of brands, price, styles and size. Nowadays there are a plenty of sites offering futon mattress and it is not hard for you to find one. One benefit of purchasing futon mattress online is that many sites have free-shipping policy.

When choosing a futon mattress, you can see there are a lot of option to select. As a college student, you have better purchase one which has not only a reasonable price but also have suitable features you need.

Some facts about futon mattress

You have purchased a futon mattress but are you sure to know some interesting facts about futon mattress? Today we will introduce you a list of things.

As you may know, futon mattress is originally a traditional bed of Japanese. In their traditional houses, there is no image of a regular bed but just futon mattresses. If you have a chance to visit this place, you can see there is a large space in the center of the room without any furniture like table or couch. This is the place for the futon mattress at night, during the day it is folded and stored away to save space for other activities.

Futon mattresses have appeared in Japanese culture for several years. They can be made from soft materials such as cotton, foam, wool or latex. Because of being used mostly for sleeping, they must be comfortable enough.

Economic integration is becoming global trend, due to this situation, futon mattress is more and more common and has already been adapted by the Western culture. Western version of the futon mattresses still have their impact features, but have some changes as well. The modern futon includes both futon mattress, futon frame – which is usually made from plywood or metal. If needed, you can use more accessories such as futon mattress cover, pad or pillow to make your experience on the futon more comfortable.

In comparison with the traditional Japanese futon mattresses, futon mattresses in the Western countries are somehow larger and thicker since they consist of several layers of foam, cotton or other materials. Moreover, they also use futon mattress covers to keep it clean and prevent it from dust, dirt, water or harmful factors. Futon mattress covers are mainly made from water-proof materials so that they can protect futon and keep it clean for a period of time. They also help the mattress to last longer as well.

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Vicky Berman

I love to sleep (and I'm proud of it)! I'm on the hunt for the best, most comfy mattresses and futons on which to sleep. I founded Futon Advisors to share my research and love of sleeping with the rest of the world.

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