Are You and Your Futon Mattress a Perfect Fit?

A futon bed that is not set up right will leave lasting effects on your day! Rightly said! An improper bed can ruin your sleep and leave you looking dull; this in return impedes your daily activity and can also leave a bad impression. You might get away with an improper made regular bed, but Japanese futon bed requires a process to look and feel comfortable.

So, are you and your Futon mattress in a perfect fit? It might seem easy to say yes, but if you have just transitioned from a traditional American bed to a traditional Japanese Futon mattress then it might take a second look to give a confirm answer.

Locals love their futons and find it useful and healthy to lay it out at night and roll it back in the morning. This is the daily routine they follow. Japanese call these manners as for them bed has to be neat and tidy and should only be out at night for sleeping. Moreover authentic Japanese futons are made of 100% cotton which makes it even lighter and easy to manage.

American adoption of futons has however changed the filling as per their desire of comfort, yet the way to lay out the futon is same. If you want ultimate comfort and benefit of Japanese bed, it’s recommended that you use cotton made futons and take advantage of the contemporary to modern designed futon covers and sheets.

And if you are following the rituals than here’s the proper procedure to lay out a futon mattress so can rest peacefully and achieve he freshness you aim when you wake up:

How to Lay Out a Futon – For Ultimate Comfort

You might already know but let’s start with the elements of futon set, they are; mattress (shikibuton), futon cover (Shiitsu), kakebuton fitted sheet, and blanket (Moufu), and tatami matt.

  • Lay out the tatami matt first. Tatami mat is like a yoga matt, it’s purpose however is not to raise the futon from floor since Japanese keep it firm and minimal, but to add comfort and leave the futon mattress clean from the base. If you are using traditional Japanese futon and find the mattress too firm, than start with another similar mattress at the bottom.
  • Next is the futon itself, lay out shikibuton mattress on top of the mat. Keep both mat and mattress on a carpet which will add more cushion.
  • Lay out the sheet on top of futon with sides neatly tucked in. Japanese futon covers have zippers on the side which keep futons steady and avoid rippling of the cover. They mostly are white cotton made covers, but you can also buy traditional Japanese designed and patterned futon covers.
  • Next lay out the kakebuton on top of futon and futon cover.
  • Kakebuton covers also come in two styles; an open window style which as design or pattern showing out of the window, or a closed-window style where the cover is made out of one cloth. In both cases the covers are tightly fitted to kakebuton.
  • Some of the kakbuton covers have loops on the side for tying the covers to kakebuton. You will find a variety in covers and sheets.
  • Remember to keep the main side of kakebuton facing upwards.
  • Last, place the pillow on the head of the futon. Fold back the kakebuton and sleep between kakebuton and futon. If the weather is very cold, keep the blanket along with kakebuton in the similar way.

Makura – Japanese Pillow

Japanese pillow is also a special kind and is made out of buckwheat husk or synthetic beads. The pillow is generally smaller as compared to regular American pillow, but shapes the head and neck perfectly. You can avoid makura and use the regular pillow that matches your comfort.

A strong health benefit of sleeping on a futon is; perfect back and no joint pain. You will never hear a local complain of joint issues that is because sleeping on a minimal mattress elevates the body correctly. It protects the joints from becoming loose and keeps the spine and neck in the correct shape. Japanese futon mattress also is vital for the people suffering from allergic conditions.


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