A Brief Futon History
A Futon is a Flexible Mattress, which was originally filled
with Cotton. Futons gained popularity in the US in the
1970s. Derived from the original Japanese futon, the
"shikibuton", which was a thin cotton filled mattress which
was placed on a Tatami Mat, on the floor. Living
quarters were very small, and families were large, so these
mattresses were rolled up daily, and unrolled and slept on
at night. Americans found the futon convenient and
affordable, but this more original type of futon mattress
was not very comfortable, yet they were still very popular
among college students, apartment residents and first-time
homeowners because they were very economical, space savers,
and multi-purpose, quickly and easily converting from a
couch to a bed, and visa versa. The frames were very
crude, yet effective frames which are still made today,
similar to the 3 Way Lounger, frames, and were mostly
made of pine and fir. They were also easy to assemble
and disassemble making them easy to move from place to
place, perhaps in the back of a VW Van. Many people
now refer to the futon mattress, as a futon, or the futon
frame as a futon, or both the futon mattress and futon frame
as a futon.
In the 2000's Futons came a long way. They are now being used as actual
furniture due to the beautiful designs of the frames, as well as the
advancements in futon mattresses. Some of them rival the feel of the
finest sofa or bed mattresses available and are made with very high quality
combinations of ingredients, including several types of Memory Foam, Latex,
Springs, Wool, Soy Foams, Cotton, Organic Cotton, Polyester, Innersprings, Silk,
Cashmere, and more. There are also Natural, Green, and Organic Futons for
those with chemical sensitivities or that just want to get away from all of the
harmful chemicals that are put into bedding these days. Futons are no
longer just a temporary bed or couch for college students or kids. Futons
have found a perfect niche in the furniture industry. There are many
different qualities of Futons, and the inexpensive ones are pretty much like to
old ones used to be. But there are now very high quality futons and for
what they offer they are still economical, and multi-purpose, but now they are
also extremely comfortable, long lasting, beautiful, and it's very easy to make
them fit into your decor, because of all the types and finishes of woods, and
all of the beautiful fabrics used for futon covers.
Futon Mattresses are different from the traditional Japanese futons. The Japanese futon was a mat placed on tatami floors and folded and stored in a closet after use. On the other hand, western futons are convertible--used as a sofa to sit on during the day and a mattress to sleep on at night. They are built with a futon metal frame to support the mattress and allow the futon to convert.
You can find the mattress cover you're looking for at Fantasy Futons. Choose from numerous colors, patterns and textures. We've got warm, cabana-like choices, baroque-inspired designs and even bold animal-print futon mattress covers.
Moreover, this bedding system has become completely customizable with endless color, style and design options for
futon covers to suit the owner's personality or match a rooms existing decor. If you have pets, children, or maybe a husband who things he can fix anything and then ends up a little dirty on the futon for a nap, we've got just the ticket. We carry a full line of
Box Spring Encasements and
Plush Guards for Beds
or Plush Guards for Futons
These items will protect your futon or mattress investment, or will protect you from Bed Bugs, Dust Mites, Urine or liquid damage, and will help those with allergies.
At Fantasy Futons, we offer an assortment of
futon frames. Looking for a wooded look to match your warm country decor? We offer hardwoods like Oak, Ash, Maple, and even Bamboo. Begin browsing our line of frames now! Whatever motif you want we'll have a futon frame that will surely catch your eye.
Economically the past year or two have been pretty difficult and many of us are trying to make things last as long as they can. If you need to repair your futon frame check our
futon hardware section for all of the hard to find parts that we've accumulated for 25 years of being in the futon business. Futon Frame Hardware can be especially difficult to find, which is why we provide all kinds of parts and items to fix a broken futon frame. From brackets to bolts to glides to rollers. Don't know what you're looking for? All of our futon hardware listings include detailed photos and specifications, so you can find exactly what you need.
We know that the Stimulus Bill didn't work very well, and I don't have much
faith in the new Obama Care that was just passed, but I think if everyone just
bought one of our futons, it would solve everything.
The Fantasy Futons Team.