Last updated: August 6, 2021

Welcome to our large futon mattress test 2021. Here we present all the futon mattresses we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best futon mattress for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a futon mattress.




Summary

  • A futon is suitable for everyone: Whether you want to live more minimalist or natural, improve your sleep or just try something new.
  • A distinction is made between traditional and modern futons. Both variants are available in different sizes, colours and qualities.
  • You can find out which futon mattress suits you best with the help of our guide.

The Best Futon Mattress: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a futon mattress

What exactly is a futon mattress?

The futon originated in Japan and translates as "bed linen" or "bed roll". It describes a mattress that can be rolled up and put aside. This principle has been used in Japan for about 2500 years.

In Japan, a tatami lies under the actual futon mattress. This is a mat made of rice straw, which also has a heat-regulating effect. (Image source: pixabay.com / Jing)

The samurai slept on futons. The houses of samurai families had a central room that was a living room, dining room and bedroom all in one. There was a low table and some seat cushions.

In the evening, the table was put aside and the futons were taken out of the built-in cupboards. This is still the practice in traditional families in Japan. It is said that the samurai not only practised weaponry, but also trained their mental strength.

The futon played a very important role in this holistic way of thinking. The rice straw mat prevents the futon mattress from resting directly on the floor, which allows the air to circulate better.

Nowadays, there are already special futon bed frames or futon slatted frames made of wood. Whole futon beds are also available.

The special thing about traditional futons is that they are made exclusively of cotton.

Who is a futon mattress suitable for?

In general, a futon mattress is suitable for everyone. However, it is important to remember that futon mattresses are harder than traditional mattresses. A futon is best suited for people without physical complaints.

However, a firm and compact mattress is also recommended for back problems and joint problems, making futon mattresses increasingly popular with everyone. In addition, the futon is space-saving. It can be rolled up during the day, which increases the space available in your own four walls. Especially students or people living a minimalist lifestyle enjoy this feature of futons.

What alternatives are there to a futon mattress?

Mattresses come in many different materials. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. In the following section, we give you a brief overview of the alternatives to futon mattresses.

Type Description
Spring core Cavities between the springs provide unsurpassed ventilation.
Cold foam Optimal for allergy sufferers, but not for heavy sweaters due to poor moisture regulation.
Viscose foam Suitable for circulation disorders due to good pressure relief and point elasticity.
Latex Must be turned regularly, which is difficult because the mattress itself is very heavy, but it is the most durable.

How much does a futon mattress cost?

The price depends on the quality and size of the futon mattress. In general, you can expect a price between € 70 and a few hundred euros. Traditional Japanese futon beds with a rice straw mat as the underbed can sometimes exceed € 1000 here in Europe.

Decision: What types of futon mattresses are there and which one is right for you?

Generally, a distinction is made between two types:

  • Traditional futon mattresses
  • Modern futon mattresses

The traditional futon offers many advantages, but is not suitable for everyone. In the following section we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What are the characteristics of a traditional futon mattress and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The traditional futon is very hard for western sensibilities and therefore takes a lot of getting used to. However, it offers outstanding health benefits. According to ancient Japanese wisdom, a firm, compact sleeping surface makes the body harder and more resistant to illness and pain.

Another point is the materials used, because of which the futon mattress is said to provide a particularly restful sleep. A traditional futon mattress is made of 100% cotton. It is layered in several layers and sewn together compactly.

Advantages
  • 100% natural materials
  • Easy on the back
  • Space-saving when rolled up
Disadvantages
  • Very hard
  • High maintenance

A big point to consider is the increased care required for traditional Japanese futon mattresses. These are tapped and rolled up, preferably daily. You can find more information on this below in the care instructions.

What distinguishes a modern futon mattress and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If an authentic Japanese futon is too hard for you, you can choose from a wide range of modern versions.

Advantages
  • Soft sleeping comfort
  • adapted to the size and weight in the West
Disadvantages
  • Poor ventilation
  • risk of mite infestation therefore only conditionally suitable for allergy sufferers

Modern futons are also adapted to the size and weight of us Westerners. They do not have to be rolled up regularly, but can also lie on a conventional slatted frame because of the filling material.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate futon mattresses

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible futon mattresses. The criteria you can use to compare futons are:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Colour
  • Guarantee

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Size

Mattresses are available in many sizes. The standard length for futon mattresses is 200 cm. The width of a classic futon is 90 cm. However, all conceivable widths are already available in stores.

There are also custom-made and smaller futons for children and babies. (Image source: pixabay.com / fujikama)

The traditional futon is also suitable as a guest bed because of its flexibility. If there are visitors in the house, it can simply be unrolled. Otherwise, it can be rolled up and stored in the cupboard. Also worth mentioning is the use of a futon as a couch.

Currently in great demand are modern futons in combination with bases made of pallets. Here, several small futon mattresses are combined with each other.

Material

Modern futons differ from traditional futons in the filling material. In the following we explain the differences:

Type Material Properties
Traditional 100% cotton very hard-wearing, temperature-regulating, suitable for allergy sufferers
Modern foam, latex, rubber distributes body weight optimally, provides elasticity
new wool, horsehair warms very well, regulates moisture
coconut fibre, hemp fibre increased air permeability, insulates heat

Colour

In contrast to traditional mattresses, the futon mattress offers a rich choice of colours. The traditional colours are beige and brown, although rust red and muted greens are also popular.

Warranty

As a rule, manufacturers or dealers provide a warranty period against material and production defects of the mattress core if used properly. This can be between 2 and 10 years.

However, for example, the guarantee will expire if the covers are not hygienically perfect or if an unsuitable slatted frame is used. More information about which base is the right one for a futon mattress can be found in the next section.

Facts worth knowing about futon mattresses

What surface should a futon mattress be placed on?

Traditionally, the futon lies on a rice straw mat called tatami. Nowadays, however, there are already special slatted frames for futon mattresses. In general, however, futon mattresses need a homogeneous base.

Futon mattress against back pain?

It is now known that the firmness of the mattress plays a major role in back problems. A mattress that is too soft can exacerbate these problems. The pain specialists at Liebscher & Bracht say that the mattress should serve as a ruler to which the body aligns itself. So the softer the bed, the more compliance.

The flexibility in turn flatters the contractions because they cannot be dissolved. In the case of back pain, a futon mattress can have a positive effect on the body. You should avoid using a pillow and sleep in the supine position or always try to do so.

How do I care for a futon mattress?

A futon mattress can be cleaned like upholstery or upholstered furniture. If your mattress has light stains, you can wipe them off with a damp cloth. For more serious stains, it is also possible to dab the surface with a mild detergent and then wipe very carefully with water.

To protect your new futon mattress, there are special removable and washable covers. Often it is enough to lay a sheet loosely over the mattress. (Image source: pixabay.com / chonchoro7)

Keep in mind that it should never be too wet. If water seeps into the core, it can cause irreparable damage and void your potential warranty. For general care, there is also a distinction between traditional and modern futon mattresses as follows.

  • Traditional futons need to be patted, shaken and rolled up regularly. This airs out the cotton fibres and prevents them from bunching up. In addition, traditional futon mattresses like to be placed in the sun every few weeks so that they can dry out completely.
  • Modern futon mattresses, on the other hand, do not require such regular care. In the beginning, it is enough to turn the mattress every 14 days. After about 4 months, it is sufficient to turn it every 2 - 3 months.

When should the futon mattress be changed?

If your mattress shows signs of damage after only a few months, even though you have taken good care of it, you should contact the manufacturer or dealer.

With regular care, as described above, you can enjoy a traditional futon mattress for 12 - 16 years.

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