Futon is the Japanese traditional style of bedding. In Canada, we use a futon mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep and also as a sit-sleep sofa bed. For sleeping, all you need is a futon mattress on its own. You treat it as you would as any normal mattress. For a sofa bed, you’ll need three components: a futon frame, futon mattress, and a slipcover, or futon cover.
We make our futon mattresses from layers of cotton and foam, or many layers of just cotton, and with a canvas fabric casing to hold everything together. The more layers, the more comfort. Each layer of cotton is about half an inch thick. We use two different types of foam. Low density foam, LD, which is lighter in weight and more economical and high density foam, HD, which lasts a lot longer than LD foam. All of our foam layers are one inch thick.
You need a futon cover if you want to use your futon as a sofa bed. They work like a slip cover to protect your mattress from wear and tear. Futon covers are removable for an easy wash. They are available in many colors, plain or patterned so they give you the flexibility to match your sofa bed to your room decor.
Futon frames provide the structure for the sofa bed. You can open them to give your futon mattress a flat sleeping surface, or close them during the day for a comfortable seat. They come in many standard sizes and they’re made of wood, metal, or a combination of both.
Our futons follow standard Canadian mattress sizes. As a sofa bed, a double futon is the most common size. We do make all other sizes such as single, queen and king, which is more common for sleeping than a sofa bed.