The Futon Shop Who we are and what we do. Our health and the planet’s health are connected through the ingredients we use to make furniture and mattress that pass through to America’s homes and families. Ingredients in furniture should be as natural as possible and grown in a way that sustains the natural resources everyone depends on—soil, water, air and trees. Organic mattresses, futon and sofa beds and all furnishing in our homes should support our health and well being bringing together families and friends together for celebration and sharing.
The Futon Shop Proudly Invites you to Tour our Futon Sofa Bed Factory
has been manufacturing futon mattress and sofas in San Francisco since 1976. Tucked away in a 30,000 square foot factory located at 2150 Cesar Chavez St. on the border of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood in San Francisco The Futon Shop will operate tours open to the public the third Thursday of every month from 2-3 PM. The Futon Shop manufacturers Futon Mattresses for sofa beds and platform beds, Folding foam beds, custom mattresses as well as slip covers and pillows right here in San Francisco. The Futon Shop employees 50 Californians from Northern to Southern California in the 10 sofa bed showrooms as well as in the organic mattress factory in San Francisco. The Owner of all The Futon Shop Showrooms and Mattress Factory, Suzanne Diamond and her team will personally run the public tours and answer questions as well as give demonstrations on the art of Futon Making. During the tour guests will see and feel pockets coils in all standard mattress sizes, chemical free Dunlap Latex, Soybean based memory foams, organic cotton and wool, learn how cotton is felted and explore isles of decorator fabrics.
Observe the ancient art of organic futon mattresses being manufactured from start to finish. View fair trade American grown organic cotton and virgin wool being felted from bales from America's farmlands to finish bats of fiber for inclusion in each handmade futon mattress. Touch and feel the texture and strength of each ingredient use in the manufacturing The Essence Mattress Collection Chemical free Dunlap Latex, organic cotton and wool being the key ingredients of this mattress collection. Watch the layers of organic mattress ingredients piled 15 inches high as it is inserted into the futon mattress making machines.
Experience the natural wonder green and sustainable soybean based memory foams and pocket coils and participate in building your own temperpedic futon mattress. The Futon Shop's Royal Contour Futon Mattress Collection features soybean based foam futon mattresses in 5 different densities and firmness. It is amazing to watch how the layers of ingredients built a finish futon mattress. Included in the Tour will be viewing of a mattress tufting machine as it places 35 individual lace tufts, (like buttons) into each and every futon mattress with it's foot long needles that automatically ties and secures the ingredients inside each futon mattress. Touch and feel all the Natural ingredients used in manufacturing these San Francisco based futon mattresses.
The Tour will conclude in the futon mattress and futon frame testing showroom. Where samples of each futon manufactured is displayed and can be tested by each participant. While siting on each mattress experience the benefits of the ingredients you viewed during your tour and see how they affect the softness or firmness of each futon mattress. Resilient Soy based memory foams will feel different than latex, wool will feel different than cotton, pocket coils will feel different than bonnel coils. The tour guide will explain the benefits of each ingredients and how it affects the support and lifetime of each futon mattress.
Signs on as Strategic Partner with The Futon Shop to unveil their Rejuvenating Futon Mattress Collection
The Futon Shop and their San Francisco headquarters expand their base with another highly experienced company. Phiten®, the innovator and original maker of the titanium necklace and precious metal-infused sports accessories, has entered into an exclusive national licensing agreement with The Futon Shop®
Phiten®, the innovator and original maker of the titanium necklace and precious metal-infused sports accessories, has entered into an exclusive national licensing agreement with The Futon Shop® to design and distribute a new line of Rejuvenating Futon Mattresses.
The Futon Shop and Phiten’s new collection of Rejuvenating Futon Mattresses are a great choice to experience the Phiten technology and as an organic solution to your sleep environment. These mattresses will be organized into 3 separate mattress lines Find, Empower, and Renew. The concept of the Find Collection is designed to support women with an active lifestyle. The Empower Collection is designed for men with an active lifestyle while the Renew Collection is designed to target those people who are more conscious of maintaining a recuperative state.
The Futon Shop line joins Phiten’s roster of official lines, which also includes the MLB Authentic Collection, NHL Collection, and the NBA Collection. Phiten’s growing popularity among athletes and sports enthusiasts has allowed the company to expand into these new areas while The Futon Shop has been the leader of the organic futon mattress movement here in the United States.
“We are excited to officially introduce the Phiten brand to our loyal customers,” said Suzanne Diamond, owner and CEO of The Futon Shop. “Our new line is a great way for supporters of Phiten to bring the Phiten technology into their sleep environment.”
Phiten is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports lifestyle accessories and produces necklaces, bracelets, supports and apparel developed for active, health-conscious living. Phiten’s technology centers around Aqua-Metals, which are incorporated into every product. Phiten is worn by elite athletes all over the world but is truly for anyone inspired to live a healthy lifestyle. Phiten is a license partner and produces official merchandise for the NBA, NHL, and MLB.
About The Futon Shop®
The Futon Shop is a vertically integrated retailer that manufacturers over 33 organic and green futon mattresses from start to finish. The company dates back to 1976 led by Suzanne Diamond and her team of specialists dedicated to producing the best eco friendly furniture and bedding. Their mission is to provide the best eco-friendly/chemical-free Organic and Green furniture for American families available today.
We can’t wait to introduce you to the most unique and amazing mattresses coming soon to a Futon Store near you.
Organically yours, The Futon Shop
The Futon Shop History
1976 - Suzanne Diamond made the first hand-made Japanese style cotton futon in Boston as a student at the Boston Museum School of fine arts. Michio Kushi a reknown macrobiotic teacher suggested the health benefits of sleeping on natural fibers instead of polyurethane foam. Futons are lightweight easy and portable. Artie Diamond purchased the staple cotton and wool for the futons and Suzanne hand–made them with a friend Maya Edwards. These futons were made in all sizes from twin, full, queen and king to also accommodate custom sizes and these futons are suggested for use directly on the floor without a frame. The thinness of the handmade futon made it ideal for rolling up for storage during the day.
1977-1979 - Artie and Suzanne Diamond moved to Los Angeles California in 1976 and continued to make hand made Japanese style futons for customers in the Los Angeles area. The Diamonds were part of the beginning of the health food and healthy and alternative lifestyle of the mid 1970’s. Artie worked for Erewon Health Food Stores, organic produce farmers and they manufactured natural cotton clothing as well futons. The futons were mostly sold by word of mouth within the natural food movement. The customers buying futons wanted natural fibers on and around there bodies as well as organic food in there bodies.
1979 - The Diamonds moved to San Francisco and opened the first official store selling futons to the general public in San Anselmo California called The Futon Shop (TFS). This was the first official futon store in America. Suddenly the spirit of natural fibers was gaining in popularity and futons started to become more mainstream bedding.
1980 - William Brower a Boston architect who enjoyed working in wood, designed a beautiful black walnut hardwood futon frame that folded in three parts. This futon frame was displayed in the Arts and Craft museum next to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Diamonds started offering these frames in Bebinga, black walnut and warm cherry to the general public in California. The Diamond’s opened there first futon showroom selling futon mattresses and futon frames in San Rafael California. So many Californians wanted futons that the Diamond’s opened a factory in Corte Madera California.
1981 - Around the same period of time Peter Kloos a wine barrel maker (copper) who lived in Napa Valley made on of the first American made Pine folding and flat futon frame in a few different styles. Peter originally from Amsterdam, worked in a beautiful stone building In the heart of Napa Valley. He is still there with his family and has a furniture store in downtown Napa.
1980 - The Diamond’s expanded there futon stores to Berkeley and San Francisco selling William Brower hardwood futon frames and Peter Kloos’s pine futon frames and platform beds as well as there very special all natural hand-made futons.
1981 - The Futon Shop was so busy that a new factory was opened in the mission of San Francisco and the Diamonds had over 30 employees. There futon and frame line was expanded on to include a larger variety of futons and futon sofa bed frames, natural fiber futon, futon frames and washable cotton slip covers where all manufactured in Boston and California.
1982 - The Futon Shop continued to expend operations the Diamond’s opens a 2nd futon store in San Francisco and opened more stores in Palo Alto and Fremont California.
1983 - The Diamond’s opened another futon store in Albany California and Oakland California.
1984-1991 - By 1991 the Diamond’s had opened a total of 22 futon stores in California from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Still manufacturing quality futon mattresses right here in San Francisco.
1992 - The Futon Shop purchased a felt Garnett Machine to process wool cotton and all natural fillings for their futons. This machine allowed them to purchased organic and natural cotton and wool from local American farmers and supported greater control of quality and consistency of their futon mattresses.
1993-1995 - The Futon Shop opened 3 franchise stores in Tallahassee, Ft. Walton Beach and Jacksonville Florida and a 800 square foot franchise futon store in a shopping mall in the heart of Singapore.
1993 - The futon industry continue to grow and the Diamond’s launched a wholesale division with their futon mattresses farm their San Francisco manufacturing plant.
1994-1997 - The Futon Shop became frustrated with the poor quality of the futon frames that were available so they purchased there own woodworking oak factory and manufactured Solid American made Oak futon frames from Southern California.
1998 - The Futon Shop was invited to partner with JETCO Japanese Economic Trade Commission to introduce American futons to the Japanese public and wholesale agents. The Diamond’s shipped their 1st container of futons to Tokyo, Japan.
2000-2007 - Through the ups and down of the 90’s and into the 21st century the Diamond’s continued to innovate and make the best quality natural futon bedding for over 2 million happy customers throughout the world. The Futon Shop still manufactures and offers 24 quality futon mattress in 8 sizes, hundreds of washable and removable futon covers, folding foam beds, and a huge selection of futon frames.
2008 - The Futon Shop introduces Soy-based foams into all their hand-made mattresses. The Diamond’s still believe in natural fibers and natural living in all areas of their lives. From 1976 onwards the Diamond’s have promoted natural futons and proudly offer them at their 10 retail stores, and through selected retailers.
2013 introduction of Phiten Sofa Beds - TFS continues to enjoy working with the best team and strive to innovate & manufacture America's best natural futons mattresses. We are currently working towards being totally Green by the year 2014.