Are you in dire need of an affordable yet, surprisingly comfortable alternative to making up your old lumpy couch in expectance of a house guest?
The days of your in-laws having to battle it out with that “conveniently” placed metal bar are finally over as futon mattresses of the modern variety and inspired by original Japanese designs alike are here to take the figurative weight off of your shoulders, and the oh-too-real pressure of sleeping on an inadequate mattress off their backs!
These are our top futon mattress picks for 2018.
Inspired by centuries-old traditions in futon making, but wholly modern in its look and performance, D&D Futon furniture’s entry brings the concept of the futon into the 21st century and to the West and is one of the most well-deserved picks on this list.
When in use, you get to enjoy the firm, yet distinct separation from the floor its ample cotton padding provides. As futons go it’s on the narrower side tossing and turning won't be an option, but you’ll be thankful in the morning as you wake up pain free and visibly refreshed.
Once it’s time to store the futon, two straps are tied around it to minimize the space it occupies and keep it from unrolling. Since its weight is comparable to that of heavy winter bedding, the futon can be relocated to another part of the house or brought along in the car on camping trips without much fuss.
Maintenance of the futon is straightforward and easy – all that’s required to maintain its shape for at least five years or more is regular folding after each use, flipping the futon over and rotating it every couple of weeks and thoroughly airing it out a few times per year.
A fine representative of the Western outlook on floor mattresses, Zinus’ 4-inch thick foldup was made both with the environment and a good night’s sleep wherever you may be in mind. A personal favorite as well as a solid investment, it promises sweet dreams and space-saving storage, actually delivering on both.
Carefully chosen layers of complementary padding make this mattress a delight to sleep on. The bottom one shields you from direct contact with the floor; the middle, thicker one gives the mattress its shape and the firmness needed for healthy sleeping; while the upper one is made from memory foam and gives the mattress a softer finish that offsets some of its firmness while providing a more natural resting position.
Unlike a futon which becomes a roll, this mattress consists of three parts whose flexible stitching allows them to fit on top of each other, creating a mattress that’s three times smaller and just as thick, so you can use it either as a minimalist chair or put it away somewhere more easily. If you keep the protective jacquard cover it comes with on the mattress at all times, scuffs and scratches from moving it around become a non-issue.
Similar in quality to Zinus’ entry, but sporting worthwhile features of its own, Millard’s mattress is the one to get if you can never seem to find a good position to rest in and tend to sweat a lot no matter how sparse the covers are. As it helps that its small footprint might be of lesser importance to you, it sure does sweeten the deal.
Once it’s out of its vacuum-sealed container and assumes its original shape, this mattress becomes a healthier twin-sized replacement for your needs, except with it you won't sweat as profusely or be as warm since the foam it is made of is an excellent heat conductor, keeping your body cool and hence, free from sweat. This helps with regular maintenance too as mold won't be prone to settling in if you forget to air it out regularly.
The mattress boasts a 4-inch thick uniform foam which in spite of not being of the memory variety, still does an excellent job of providing firm and anatomically correct support for your body while in use and revert back to its intended shape shortly thereafter. Its folding principle is the same as Zinus’, leaving you with a thick, mobile block snugly enveloped in a soft yet rip-resistant cover.
Folding your mattress up in as small a bundle as possible may be the most effective, but not always the smartest way to make use of it during the day. As innovative as always, Lucid was thinking along the same lines, and has given us a mattress you’ll want to use all the time, particularly if you have children.
Lucid’s mattress can be folded into a small sofa. That way you not only have an extra bed for guests to sleep on, but can accommodate a number of them for get-togethers, movie nights etc. Children will appreciate its closeness to the floor and small-form factor, while adults probably won't mind using it for a couple of hours.
In its unfolded position, the mattress becomes a comfortable sleeping area that supports your body with 3 inches of base, and 1 inch of memory foam. This queen-size version gives two adults enough individual space and let both get some shut-eye while helping to straighten their backs. It’s meant to be transported too and handles have been attached to each side to make this easier. Add a generous 3-year warranty to all of this and you’ve got more than enough reasons to choose this mattress.
What better way to end the reviews than with a futon that comes from Japan itself! Emoor produces hand-crafted futons, and this is reflected both in their products’ quality and their price. If you don’t mind paying a bit more than for other products of comparable size and thickness we’ve reviewed, you’ll find that the comfort and sense of luxury are worth it.
One can really tell that this futon has undergone individual scrutiny – everything from the quality of its stitches to the perfectly even distribution of the 3-inch thick anti-bacterial stuffing is done with customary Japanese precision. This reflects very positively on one’s sleeping experience because even though it is overall thinner than the reviewed folding mattresses, you won't be feeling the floor through it any time soon.
Able to be slept on if placed on hard surfaces or act as a topper to mattresses, the “Classe” is beneficial to one’s health, even if you aren’t ready to give your bed up just yet. Not that you shouldn’t, as sleeping on the floor with nothing but this futon to separate you from it can alleviate existing back problems and help you get some uninterrupted sleep. Treat it well and frequently air it out to reap the benefits for years to come.
The most positive thing to note when going over the reviews is that the top candidates for best futon mattress for sleeping suffer from next to no faults – whether it’s the original design of Emoor’s futon or the markedly Western approach to sleeping on the floor as exemplified by Zinus’ mattress, you can’t go wrong, at least as far as actual sleeping is concerned.
The devil is in the details on this one, so choosing the right kind of mattress will depend more on your personal hardness preferences, the amount of space you have to work with, how much time you’re willing to put into your mattress’ upkeep, and your budget.
Many of our aches and pains can be attributed to sleeping on mattresses that are either too fluffy, or too lumpy. If that feeling of stiffness is something you know all too well in the morning, it’s a sure sign that it’s time for an upgrade, and while with almost any other thing in life it’s not a bad idea to aim for the stars, in this case the floor is definitely where you’ll want to be.