Japanese style futons is a holistic sleep product supporting healthy sleep and science of natural fibers. They are also very versatile in storage, having the ability to be rolled up without losing shape. The cotton futons are mostly stored away in Japan, where lack of space is common but it also helps to create good energy.
Traditional Japanese Futons are cotton futon mattress, not just on the outside but 100% cotton all over. In the prefectures in Japan, they are hand stitched with tufts to hold the cotton down. A Japanese style mattress is the great way to sleep as the natural fibers adapt and support our sleep structure efficiently, especially when laid against a hard surface
Inexpensive futons available in the US are nothing close to the real Japanese cotton mattress. Japanese futons do not have layers of polymer foams or even worse polyester mixed with cotton. A lot of these confuse you by using organic cotton fabric on the outside but then the layers underneath are artificial fills. A Japanese style mattress also does not use coil springs as that is a modern invention, it would impede the natural science behind your body resting on a soft but packed futon cotton surface.
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These Japan futons are eco-friendly given their complete use of natural fibers. If you desire to help with the environment, these firm cotton futons are a wise choice. By eliminating foams in natural futons and not using coil springs, you help reduce highly intensive industrial outputs that pollute the earth. A lot of the marketing with 90 day man-made coil mattresses or futons make it easier to be allured with these polymer fills.
A Japanese futon is an only cotton fill mattress that is laid on a flat platform wooden surface or a knitted tatami mat. It comprises a cotton cover that is layered with cotton and then finished with tufts to keep the cotton fully packed/compact.
How modern are these japenese futons, here is a brief history of this mattress.
For a sleeping surface that has survived so many years, the reason for that is simple - immense health benefits and beauty of its construction. With no factory-made foams that eek of various industrial scents or steel springs and coils that fill modern mattresses, the futon is suddenly being sought after just like all other things from the past that are deemed to be natural.
Shikifuton, also called shiki futon, shikibuton or shiki buton, is a cotton mattress that is thinner in height. It normally a 4” loft mattress that is to put on bare floor separated by a mat to ensure there is a thin layer of comfort as normally hard wooden surface does the job of .
An American futon is not the same as the cotton mattress used in Asia and Africa, it’s a cheap foam mattress sometimes even provided in a polyester cover. The only thing common is probably the height profile.
The Japanese futon is ideal for people who have slept on hard surfaces either in terms of materials in an existing mattress like latex or experienced this in other parts of the world. There is something natural about this type of sleeping that not millions but billions of people have no sleep issues that Americans complain of.
The human body adapts beautifully to natural sleeping surface especially for cotton fills. It might not be as high as modern mattresses or even looks as beautiful but it probably the ideal sleeping surface.
The Japanese futon in the US differs in one main element, the fire retardant layer. In order to make these sleeping surfaces safer, we need to add either a natural fire retardant in wool or chemically created materials such as Boric acid or Polyester fill. Hence the true experience of a a futon from Japan is going to be altered but it is still the best alternative to most other options.