All tradition futon mattresses from Japan (the origin or futon mattresses) are simply made of batts of compressed cotton. This traditional futon mattress, is call a shikibuton in America, can be rolled up for easy storage during the day. A traditional futon from japan is very thin, so it is easy to store away during the day, as many Japanese live, sleep and eat all in a one room apartment, so saving space is essential. Although this concept is ideal for one room living, American futon mattresses are very different than their Japanese cousins.
There is an advantage to most futon mattresses; you can unzip them and see what is inside. An American futon mattress can be made with springs, pocketed coils, polyurethane foams in the form of high resilient foam, memory foam or memory gels, cotton, wool, Dacron, latex or even coconut coir. Any futon mattresses that is at least 8 inches thick can be used on a futon frame as a sofa and occasional night bed, or on a platform bed and slept on every night.
The best futon mattresses, on the market today are made with natural or even better organic ingredients without fire retardants. These mattresses use wool as a natural fire barrier so these manufacturers can leave toxic and harmful fire retardants out of their futon mattresses. The original concept of a futon mattress from Japan was a natural sleep service. This has not changed, in the better futon mattresses on the market today. Natural fibers in any type of futon mattress or mattresses in general always win over synthetic fibers, if you are looking for health benefits and comfort.
Futon Mattresses hand crafted by The Futon Shop offers the largest selection of premium natural and organic futon mattresses, so comfortable that these futon mattresses are often used as an every night bed mattress. The Futon Shop manufactures all their mattresses in the heart of San Francisco, garneting their own comfort bat layers of organic wool and cotton. Their futon mattresses cannot be beat for chemical-free options, organic options comfort and support.
Futon mattresses, hand crafted with the same ingredients or traditional and convention mattresses are equal to a regular mattress except a futon mattress can be folded in half. Most futon mattresses on the market today are not concerned with natural or organic ingredients but are made with petroleum based foams with Dacron and cotton layers. Many of these cheaper futon mattresses are imported from China or other countries.
Here is an interesting fact on futon mattresses. The mattress flammability require for futons are the same as for mattresses 16 CFR 1632 1633. What is so interesting about this flammability requirement is most mattresses even some of the natural futon mattresses use Dacron polyester or polyester fiber as a fire barrier. The Dacron or polyester fiber melts instead of burns so it passes the fire flammability requirements but the smoke from melting is completely toxic. So when flammability is needed as all mattresses and futon mattresses require find a product that uses natural or organic wool as a fire barrier. IT is clearly the healthiest option.
These mattresses have been designed for use on a futon sofa bed frame and are not recommended for every night sleep They are intended for occasional use on futon sofa bed frames in guest rooms or home offices. The goal of these mattresses is to provide look and comfort while not breaking the bank.
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