What are futons?

There is sometimes confusion about what constitutes a futon. Is the futon a couch? Is it a folding sofa frame? Is it just a bed without springs? In Japanese tradition, a futon is a cotton-filled mattress that is only about three inches thick. It is stitched to keep the wadding in place. Futons are designed to be placed on tatami flooring, and are traditionally folded away and stored in a closet during the day to allow the tatami and futon to breathe and allow for flexibility of room usage. Futons must be aired in sunlight regularly, especially if not put away during the day.

The futons made at INNATURE are based on the Japanese original, with some improvements, taking into account the New Zealand climate. Our futons are adjusted to the New Zealand climate by including layers of wool for better moisture management. They can also include a core of natural latex (50mm or 38mm) or of coconut fibre (75mm) to increase their lifespan and add an additional properties such as durable give or durable hardness. We make our futons thicker and larger than Japanese futons, resembling a traditional mattress in size. Futons in New Zealand are usually used on slat bed frames or on sofa beds. Especially for sofa beds, we recommend an additional removable and washable cover available in a variety of colours.

Futons require a bit more maintenance than Natural Latex mattresses and need to be flipped and aired in the sun at least once every other week. A futon mattress is generally on the firm side of the comfort spectrum and with proper care should last between 8 and 12 years.