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Futon Mattress Shopping

Shopping for Futon Mattresses can be confusing to say the least. There are so many different futon mattress styles, names, and thicknesses that can make consumers feel they are getting a deal when in reality they are simply victims of cleaver marketing.

The challenge to buying a quality futon mattress begins by knowing what to look for. Each futon mattress will have a unique description to convince you to buy it. One retailer might tell you his futon mattress has 10 layers while another tells you his futons are 10 inches thick. What if a third dealer tells you he offers you an eleven. Does he mean an 11 inch, an 11 layer, an 11 year warranty, or something else? This may sound silly, but just be sure to ask appropriate questions such that get the dealer to describe what kind of layers are used, how long the mattress will stay at its advertised thickness, etc. Of course many times a dealer will be correct in pointing out that futons have life spans that are directly related to their use. Any dealer who tells you otherwise is either intentionally misleading you or simply misinformed.

Sometimes customers will buy a futon mattress only to discover that it does measure up to the thickness they thought they were buying. This mystifies customers leading them to believe they have been duped. In some cases they have been, but not always.  Read on.

Futons are malleable cushions that will change shape and flatten out over time. This is especially true of cotton filled futon mattresses. This is not to say that futons with cotton are poor quality, but cotton batting will always get compacted over a period of time.  A futon mattress that started out as  8 inches thick when it left the factory, might be 7.5 inches by the time it hits the dealer and by the time you get it home and use it for a week it could compress to 7 inches.  Lower quality futons might even buy a 6 inch, 5 inch or less within a few weeks. Help to ensure that you are getting a quality futon mattress by reading on.

The word "futon" essentially means bed in Japanese. Unlike ordinary spring mattresses, futons have a unique flexibility allowing them to fold neatly onto a specially designed wooden or metal frame. This provides the functionality of outdated sleeper sofas without the sleepless discomfort and potential back problems associated with them.

When shopping for futons, it is vital that you distinguish quality futons from poor quality futons. For this reason, you are urged to shop at professional futon shops where you are likely to find knowledgeable futon sales people. Asking them questions will alert you to their specific knowledge about futons and better establish a their credibility.  Never be shy to ask direct questions to your futon salesperson. A good salesperson will greet these questions in a professional manner and with logical answers.

More on Futon Mattress Quality

Quality futons have layers. However, one sales tactic in bedding and futons is to try to convince you that more layers mean higher quality.  While this is true to an extent, ten layers of cheap quality cotton stuffing is NOT better than 7 layers of high quality, treated and compressed cotton and specialty foams. Get the sales person to explain each layer in the futons he or she carries.

Generally, it is considered desirable to have a cotton batting that is treated for flame resistance and to help prevent dust mites from infesting the mattress. The cotton batting should be pre-compressed, preferably under 300 lbs. of pressure or more.

Modern futons generally come with foam cores. It is preferable that the mattress contain two core layers of foam. We like to see 1.6 to 1.8 density foam in futon mattresses.  The thickness can vary from 1 inch to 2 inches thick.  Thicker denser foam will be responsive and aid in creating both cushion and responsiveness to the futon mattress. Very dense foams can make a futon hard. Extremely low density foams will tend to do very little for a futon mattress,

Futons should also be tufted and the casing (outer shell) of a futon should have quality seems that are preferably 5 surged stitched to ensure the futon mattress never unravels. Zipper futons are not preferable, because the zipper allows children and animals a way into the mattress where the treated cotton batting makes for a real mess.  Nonetheless, zipper futons are common on the market and in some cases can be favorable buys.

Although, futon mattress can be thin, those that are thin are not considered good enough to be placed upon a futon frame. A general rule of thumb is to avoid any mattress of six inches or less. A sales person who recommends a thicker mattress should be well received by the savvy shopper. Futon mattresses that are eight to nine inches roughly tend to make the most comfortable and best looking futons as they fill their coverings well. Ten inches can often force a customer to select only the more expensive custom covers as they are usually to thick for most basic covers.

Like a new pair of shoes, quality made futon mattresses often take time to break in. Sometimes they will fail to stay put when converted from bed back to sofa again. This is common in newer futons and simply means it is in need of use. Sitting on it, perhaps while doing some light reading for an hour or so seems to do the trick. Preferably, you should scoot down the length of the mattress. This is the best way to break it in evenly. You'll probably even find your futon has become even more comfortable as time passes and it breaks in even more.

Futon mattresses with spring coils deserve a lot of attention. A shopper should avoid cheap coil mattress altogether. Coil mattress made by American companies are always the best choice. Be careful, however, about some name brands who are primarily bed mattress companies. While they might make quality traditional beds they may also out-source their futon production and just slap on their labels or sell it out all together to a foreign manufacturer. This means your manufacturer's warranty might be through a foreign third party or made from different quality standards than a US firm. Again, it's best to stay with a reputable and preferably domestic futon manufacturer.