Futons for Everyday Sleeping: Good or Bad?


Futons are definitely good for sleeping everyday! It depends on the nature of your sleeping and the material of the futon itself.

In today’s market, there are tons of futons that can serve individual needs. The biggest advantage of futons is that they are lightweight and easy to maneuver. So, you can’t ignore them when decorating a small living room.

We will be going deeper into futons, their functionality and how it can be good or bad for you!

Keep reading!!!

What Are Futons Actually?

Futons have been used in Japan for centuries as a bedding material. They are usually made from cotton and have very thin surface. The Japanese also use a tatami underneath the futon which helps to keep the futon clean.

Usually in small households with limited space, people use futons. But with the advent of modern technology, futons have been replaced with mattresses. Their effectiveness are now confusing and debatable.

Why Traditional Futons Are Not the Best Option?

Traditional futons are just like what the Japanese people have been using. They are designed to be placed flat on the floor. Though there are certain benefits of Japanese futons, we don’t think these are conclusive to judge it as a regular sleeping material.

These futons are lightweight and a single person can easily carry them from one room to another. People who have back pains might get some benefit from these futons.

Because… The back remains straight and touches with the floor. However, it depends on the way you sleep. If you are someone who moves very little during sleep and spend most of your time on the back, futons should be okay for you.

But if you move quite a lot and sleep in various positions, you will hurt your neck, head and lower back. The limited cushioning is not conducive to sleeping regularly.

Modern Futons: Giving You the Ultimate Pleasure

If you want a futon for everyday sleeping, your best option is a modern futon. These futons have the following features that gives you comfort and also supports your back:

  • Thick cushioning: Modern futons have thicker cushioning that gives your body superior comfort. The material is thick but firm, which makes them better than mattresses for back pain. So, your body maintain a good alignment without sacrificing comfort. This is something pretty similar to sofas designed for back support.
  • Futon frame: These futons are designed to be placed in a frame. In most cases, the frames are wooden and gives you back better support. Frames makes the futons versatile as you can easily convert it to a couch or a bed. You can’t get this feature in traditional futons.
  • Springs and new fabric: Modern futons also use polyester other than cotton. So, the price is lower and more affordable than a regular mattress. You can also find springs, memory foams and stuff like that in futons. So, they are a good replacement for your regular bed.
  • Maneuverability: You can easily move the futon frame along with a futon from one room to another. This, you can’t do with a regular bed.


What If You Still Want to Use a Traditional Futon?

If you still want to stick with Japanese futons, get a side sleeper memory foam pillow. These pillows have great cushioning and also hold their shape better. Your head and shoulder will get better support

As we talked with many people who sleeps on futons regularly, they said that their head hurts. So, a memory foam pillow is the best addition they found that works with traditional futons.

Wrapping Up…

If you understand how to choose a futon and the way you sleep, you can easily use a futon for regular sleeping. Our advice will be to keep a traditional futon at home for guests and a modern one for you to sleep on it everyday.