A Japanese futon (or a shikibuton / shiki futon) is a quilted cushion that is often 3-4 inch thick.

The Japanese put it on a grass woven mat (called tatami mat) and sleep on the futon mattress.

You may find this too hard to sleep on if you’re used to soft and sink-in mattresses.

But it is good for your spinal alignment, which helps you avoid having back pains.

And trust me, once you get used to it, you will love sleeping on a Japanese mattress – just like me (read my story here)

Benefits of sleeping on the floor (or just a hard surface)

Benefits of sleeping on a japanese futon bed
Sleeping on the floor with a Japanese futon set

Sleeping on a hard surface is known for better sleeping posture that allows your spine to stay in its natural curve.

Indeed, many pregnant women have said they prefer to sleep on the floor

This is because when pregnant, their belly is the heaviest part of their body.

And it sinks into the mattress the most, making the spine curve in an unnatural way.

Sleeping on a hard surface prevents that.

However, sleeping on the floor alone places too much pressure on your hips and shoulders.

What you can do is placing a thin cushion underneath – in this case, a Japanese futon.

A Japanese shiki futon is 3-4 inch thick, which gives you enough cushioning to relieve the pressure at your hips and shoulders.

How to make your Japanese futon last longer?

Most, if not all, Japanese futons are not washable.

Therefore, you should use a mattress cover to protect your shiki futon, especially if you are going to put it on the ground.

With most japanese mattresses, you will have to hang it in the sunlight and beat it up every 2 weeks.

This is to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in the shikibuton and to fluff it up.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best Japanese futon mattresses!

1. EMOOR Compact-Sized Japanese Futon Set (Best value)

Japanese futon set

Summary

This Japanese futon set is the best for value.

This authentic Japanese set comes with a futon (shikifuton), a comforter (kakebuton), and a pillow.

If you want to feel like you are in Japan, this is a must-have.

Pros

  • Can be used as a mattress topper or a floor futon
  • Good for spinal alignment and back pain when used on the floor or a tatami mat
  • Light weight & portable
  • Easily roll up and store away
  • Compact packaging
  • Laid on floor: Firm, good for spinal alignment (compare with cheap foam mattresses that lose their forms over time)

Cons

  • Will have to air it out every week to fluff it up
  • Maybe thin if you want softer bed
  • (check out my pro tip in the FAQ section on how to make the futon more comfortable)
  • Will need to buy covers

Features

  • Comes with a Comforter (Kakebuton), a Futon Mattress (Shikibuton) and a Pillow.
  • Available in Compact single and Compact Twin Size
  • Product Dimensions for a Compact Twin Size:
    • Comforter (Kakebuton): 59.07 x 78.77 in. (150 x 200 cm) Weight: 2.65 lb
    • Futon Mattress (Shikibuton): 37.41 x 76.80 in (95 x 195 cm) Weight: 5.51 lb
    • Pillow: 16.93 x 24.81 in. (43 x 63 cm) Weight: 0.88 lb
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton, 200 Thread Count Cotton Broadcloth
  • Stuffing: 100% Polyester
  • Authentic Japanese

2. (Best comfort for Japanese futon) EMOOR -CLASSE Series- Shikifuton, Japanese Futon Mattress

Japanese futon ikea

Summary

This Japanese futon mattress is best for comfort. With a high density pad with special sandwich quilting technique, it will give you a firm support but still cushioning enough so that you won’t feel the floor.

Pros

  • Good cushioning
  • Foldable, lightweight, and portable
  • Ships flat and rolled

Cons

  • Will have to fluff it up by airing the futon on a sunny day regularly.

Features

  • High density polyester pad 
  • Outer fabric is 100% cotton.
  • This sandwich structure provides you good cushioning
  • Available from Twin to King size
  • Product specifications for Twin size:
    • Dimensions: 39 x 79 in (100 x 200cm)
    • Weight: 11 lbs 
  • Non-washable
  • Made in Japan

3. (Best for camping) MAXYOYO Portable Roll up Floor Mattress

Roll up mattress

Summary

This roll up mattress is best for camping with its dense filling, dust proof cover, and other accessories. Lightweight and portable, you can easily roll it up and store away when not using, or bring it with you on road trips.

Pros

  • Comes with a dust proof cover
  • Dense filling, giving support, very comfy
  • Lightweight & portable
  • Easily roll up and store away

Cons

  • Size may differ (manufacturing problems)
  • Comes with a tote bag to carry around, but it rips easily
roll up mattress ikea

Features

  • Dust proof cover with patterns: 100% Cotton 
  • Filling Material: Cotton + Memory Foam
  • Avaliable in Twin to King
  • Product specifications for twin size:
    • Dimensions: 4″ thick x 39″ wide x 80″ long 
    • Weight: 10 lbs
  • Set includes: 1 futon mattress, 1 same color mattress dust proof cover, 1 pair of bandage, 1 canvas storage bag.

With the dust proof cover, you can extend the durability of the mattress.

The filling is indeed high density as it is compressed from 17cm (about 6.7 in) to 10cm (nearly 4 in) after quilting.


4. (Most portable – for a sleepover) EMOOR Super Ultra-Compact Japanese Futon Set with Storage Case

Japanese futon blanket

Summary

This shiki futon set is the most portable as it only weighs 7 lbs in total. It comes with a japanese futon mattress (shikibuton), a thin comforter (kakebuton), and a storage case.

I would say this is the best for a sleepover.

Pros

  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Easily roll up and store away
  • Comforter washable (use a washing net)

Cons

  • Thin comforter
  • Thinner futon mattress that some people may find it hard to sleep on

Features

  • 2 pieces: the japanese futon mattress (shikifuton), and a comforter
  • Storage case included
  • Comforter washable
  • Futon not washable
  • Dimensions twin size:
    • futon: 30 in W x 77 in L (75x195cm)
    • comforter: 40 in W x 77 in L (100x195cm)
  • Weight: 7lbs

5. FULI Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress Shiki Futon

japanese futon frame

Summary

This Japanese futon is also very good for comfort. It might be too thin for some of you to sleep on the floor, but it works great as a mattress topper to make your guest bed more comfortable.

Pros

  • As a mattress topper (on a couch), makes the guest bed more comfortable
  • On the floor or a tatami mat, good for spinal alignment and back pains
  • Light weight
  • Can roll up and store away
  • Portable

Cons

  • Thinner than advertised
  • You will have to hang in sunlight and beat it weekly to make it fluff

Features

  • Made in Japan
  • Packaged in a reuseable vacuum bag
  • Product Size: Twin to Full XL (read the product size of each, may be different from standard US sizes)
  • Packing size: 29″ x 40″ x 2-1/2″
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton. Stuffing: 100% Polyester
  • Weight: 10 pounds

The cushion is soft to relieve some pressure at contact points such as your hips and shoulders.


Conclusion

If you want to sleep on the floor at home, go for the EMOOR Japanese futon set or the EMOOR Classe Japanese futon mattress (option 1 and 2). They are both comfortable. The difference is the set comes with a pillow and a comforter while the mattress only is better quilted.

If you want a camping trip, go for the 3rd mattress – Maxyoyo roll up mattress. You will sleep higher from the ground than the other options. The mattress is also high density, which gives you plenty of support.

The 4th option – the ultra compact japanese futon set – is good for a sleepover. The whole set weighs only 7 lbs. The comforter is thin, suitable for indoor temperature or the summer.


Comment below if you have any suggestions for Japanese futon mattresses to help other readers!


FAQ about Japanese futons

How to make your Japanese futon bed more comfortable?

If the floor is too hard for you, place the futon mattress on a tatami mat. It will give you a bit more softness.

If it’s still too hard, you can place one layer or more of waffle foam underneath your Japanese futon mattress. Waffle foam is very cheap and can be found in Walmart.

How to care for the Japanese futon?

First of all, most Japanese futon mattress are not washable. Therefore, you should always have a mattress cover on your futon.

Every now and then, hang the shiki futon under the sun where there is a good air flow. This prevents mold and bacteria from growing inside the mattress. And it will also fluff the japanese futon up.

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