Futons Have their Place in the Houselhold

By: Julien Raynal


The word futon bed refers to the bedding system originally followed by the Japanese. The Japanese term for futon is shikibuton which means mattress. The definition given by Americans for the term is slightly loose and can mean either the mattress or the furniture on which the mattress rests or both. The furniture on which the futon bed is placed is actually convertible furniture so that it serves as a furniture during the day and as bed during the night. In addition to futon mattresses, futon sofas or chairs are also available for comfortable sitting or sleeping.

The best thing about a futon mattress is that it can be very easily folded and kept separately. Therefore futon beds and mattresses can easily be added to any room to provide comfortable lodging for visitors. It can also be taken outdoors and laid outside to enjoy the outdoors. The mattresses are stuffed mainly with cotton batting and are available in various sizes, colors and fabrics. People who are accustomed to sleeping in futon beds or mattresses appreciate the good back support provided by high quality futons.

The futon beds and mattresses are more preferred by those who have purchased a new house. Apartment renters use them mainly for saving space. Students are a perfect example of user. There has been dramatic improvement in the quality, style and finish of the futon beds and mattresses in recent times. Earlier the futon mattresses were covered with durable plain materials but now the choice of the color and fabrics of the futon covers are multiple. Simply changing the futon cover of your furniture is a quick and cost effective way to give a new look to your room.

On average, one third of the life of every human being is spent in bed. Therefore it is very important to purchase the mattress that ensures sound and comfortable sleep. While purchasing mattresses for your futon bed, the important aspect to consider is the correct size of the mattress required. There are several sizes such as twin, full, queen, or king. The next important thing to be considered is whether you sleep on your side, back or your stomach as you can pick a mattress that has a good combination of comfort, firmness or softness. Normally side sleepers and back sleepers prefer bed with proper firmness so that they have a good night sleep while the stomach sleepers are usually advised to change their sleeping style for better comfort.

Another important thing while buying a futon bed or mattress is to test and make sure the mattress is comfortable. The best way is to remove the shoes and to lie on the mattress for some time in your normal sleeping posture and make sure you do not experience any discomfort. Last but not least, consider the warranty of the futon bed and mattress. There should be a warranty that insures the mattress for a long time, sometimes up to twenty years in addition to in-home warranty for thirty days.

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