Futon Mattresses: An Overview
A futon is flat, thick mattress that is stuffed with filling. These mattresses go on futon frames, which are Japanese-style beds. Traditionally, futons were designed to be stored away during the day. Futon mattresses are great for college dorms and guest rooms. Although futons are not ideal for everyday, futon mattresses have made a major comeback through the years.
The most important component of a futon mattress is the mattress filling. This filling determines how long the mattress will last, as well as the firmness of the mattress. Futon mattress filling can be cotton, foam or innerspring. Cotton filling is used often because it is very inexpensive. However, it does break down faster than innerspring fillings and foam fillings. Many futon mattresses are made up of a mixture of cotton and foam. The foam is added to the cotton to cut down on cost and to help extend the life of the mattress. Innerspring futon mattresses are similar to innerspring traditional mattresses. The main difference is that futon mattresses are obviously thinner. Latex futon mattresses are available for more high-end mattresses.
Futon mattresses come in the standard firmness levels: soft, medium and firm. Much of the firmness level depends on the type of filling that is used. If you want your futon mattress to last longer and to have a high-quality, you need to choose a futon mattress that is at least six inches thick.
It is also important to choose a good quality futon frame. Choose a frame that will last as long as you need the bed. If you are looking for a cost-effective bed for your college dorm or guest room, a futon mattress may be just what you need.
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