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10 Best Japanese Futons

The Japanese futons combine two fundamental aspects, rich culture, and comfort. The Japanese people are known all over the world for their stranglehold on culture, and in this aspect too, they have not disappointed in the creation of the futon.

The Japanese futon is a simpler and more portable type of bed. Its popularity among the Japanese dates back to several centuries ago. The Japanese are firm believers of a minimalist type of living. Minimalist living means getting by in life with as little possible, and as little as possible does not mean living in poverty. On the contrary, it is managing to live with the fundamental needs of life such as housing, food, healthcare, education, sanitation, instead of leaving in luxury.

Hence, the futon is a simpler version of conventional beds, and they offer the same if not better comfort than western-style beds. Furthermore, its low-key and portable nature makes it ideal for people who like uncluttered spaces and living organically. This list below will recommend the top 10 best Japanese futons in the market to help transform your lifestyle.

  J-Life Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon

J-Life Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon - QUEEN SIZE

The Japanese futon mattress is mostly used to lie on the floor. The Japanese believe that it is a modest way of living, a leaf they borrowed from the Buddhists’ book, who are also staunch crusaders of minimal living.

The day in day out of placing of a futon on the floor can have a wearing effect on it within a short time of use. Therefore, the J-Life Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon was made to offset the effects of aging fast. This futon is made of a premium type of fabric known as twill whose main characteristic is its durability.

The twill is several ounces thick which helps to reinforce the surface and cover the fluffy layers of the cotton in the Shikibuton, which houses the fluffy cotton that act like the mattress. The essence of covering the Shikibuton with a twill is to enable it to stand the effects of daily use. And in this fabric material, the J-life found a very durable cover that can be used for a very long time regardless of frequency of use.

J-Life is very portable. The fabrics used to make this futon is very flexible which makes it easy to fold and unfold, move and store. It folds to up to a third of its original size, making it a common feature in residential spaces with minimal spaces such as boarding houses, hostels, bed and breakfast outlets. With J-Life, comfort is almost guaranteed for a longer time.

Emoor Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress

  Emoor Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress

A stark contrast from the J-life. The Emoor Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress is not as is imposing as the J-life with its intricate cover design and puffy surface. The “Classe” as it is fondly known is Emoor’s best and long-selling (also the best choice of other review sites such as, standard futon the company has ever produced.

Comfort and movability were the main components that were targeted when this relic of a futon was first being produced. The Classe comes with fully-packed soft filings which are arranged accordingly inside the covers to make the surface more comfortable. The comfort is further reinforced by a polyester pad that separates the layers of filings in the mattress. The pad is used to partition the layers of soft filings making the Emoor Japanese Traditional Futon Mattress firmer for enhanced support of your back.

This Futon cannot be washed if you are a person who likes to go all out when doing laundry. Unlike the J-life which can be washed, the Classe comes with an optional outer cover which can be washed seperately when they get dirty.

The Classe is further treated with a special anti-fumigation spray that protects the futon against attack from bedbugs, lice, ticks.

It is recommended for travels and life on the move type of living.

FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon

     FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon

The FULI was designed and produced with the sole aim of fusing the traditional way of creating futons as done by the Japanese, with the modern methods of designing and full-scale production. Therefore, FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon was produced by Japanese craftsmen who had been adequately trained on the traditional ways of making futons and modern designs.

The FULI is heavy-duty and durable bedding that anyone can invest in for their comfort and posterity. Comfort was at the core of the design of this futon. It has three layers of polyester stuffing which are made for extra comfort. With this futon, it can be very difficult to differentiate whether you are sleeping on an actual bed or the floor.

The cover of the FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon is made of 100% cotton. Hence, the smooth surface coupled with the fluffy surface makes FULI the best sleeping surface you can sleep on.

Despite this fluffiness, it is easy to fold and unfold making it very movable.

Single Size Tatami Floor Mat- Japanese Bed

Single Size Tatami Floor Mat- Japanese Bed

The Single Size Tatami Floor Mat- Japanese Bed, has embraced both the past and modernity quite successfully.

In one hand, futons have to honor their heritage in their designing but at the same time keeping up with modernity. Therefore, this futon was designed to serve clients from the young generation while maintaining the old generation client base.

Unlike traditional futons, this version combines American designs with Japanese designs. The Single Size Tatami Floor Mat combines all the features of a conventional futon. For example, this futon is very durable. Its cover is made of authentic polyester which is a durable material to cover a piece of furniture that will be predominantly laid on the floor.

The extra feature that makes the Single Size Tatami Floor Mat standout is its ability to combine the three parts of Tatami Floor Mat into a single pack like the American sleeping bag. It makes the Tatami an ideal choice of bedding to travel with.

The surface is also extra fluffy owing to the foam which is covered by more cotton stuffing.

Emoor 8-Piece All-in-One Japanese Futon Set Leben

Emoor 8-Piece All-in-One Japanese Futon Set Leben

The Emoor All in One Japanese Futon piece consists of a mattress, duvet, pillow and the covers, a pair of blankets for summer and winter seasons. Therefore, it brings with it all types of beddings you could need. Hence, it is recommended for those who are not sure about exactly what they want to buy.

The mattress is very comfortable as it comes with a three-layered surface which is covered with a sizable amount of cotton. The reasonable number of other beddings that accompany this futon underlines the importance of comfort but at the same time curtailing the idea of minimalism.

The futon gets criticized for the baggage that accompanies it, but it is a handy household tool to possess if you are a person who gets visitors regularly.

Hxxxy Tatami Floor mat, Traditional Japanese Futon Japanese Bed

The name of this Japanese mattress might be complicated, but it compensates for that positively in its design and look. The futon’s design is very simple and easy on the eye.

The materials and science behind the designing of this futon are incredible. The material it is made of can soak up water from its surrounding to keep the mattress clean and nourished for use. This process keeps the futon clean and free from pests such as bedbugs. It is also surprisingly thin but very comfortable. This futon is a wildcard; you never know what to expect with it.

Emoor Compact-Sized Japanese Futon Set

Emoor Compact-Sized Japanese Futon Set, you think of versatility and comfort. The Emoor-Compact Futon set comes with a duvet, the mattress, and a pillow.

This futon provides a whole bed experience but on the surface. The pillow is added to enhance comfort. The mat is filled with soft linings. The soft linings are stuffed evenly to ensure the futon is very comfortable. The padding is made fluffier to act as extra protection for your back against the pressure inflicted on your back due to sleeping on the floor. Hence, it keeps your back free of any back aches in the morning.

Versatility is the hallmark of the Emoor Compact-Sized Japanese Futon Set. From the way it is easy to set up, to the way it is easy to fold and store. These components have not even factored how many other roles this futon can execute.

The Futon can act like your bed at night and act as the picnic mat during the day. The padding and the duvet can also be used to accessorize your bed for extra comfort and support.

Colorful Mart Grey Futon Tatami Mat Japanese Futon Mattress

Futons are synonymous with being hard on its user’s back. Of all these 10 Best Japanese Futons on this list, this one was made with softness in mind.

The futon is made of very thick layers of microfiber and polyester which are packed inside the cover making it very soft and comfortable. At first, this can seem like baggage that does not fit the profile of being regarded as a futon. However, at 3 inches thick, this futon can be compressed to a fraction of its original size. Therefore, it is wise to consider that looks can be deceiving when shopping for a futon.

Moreover, it is not stressful to clean if there is a spillage. It simply needs cleaning with a wipe and the stain will be removed. The drying process is also very short, with a few hours on the sun, the futon is crispy dry.

It requires extra layering with other layers of bedding such as comforters to weather effects of winter.

Luxton Home Japanese Shiki Futon Foldable Mattress

The Luxton Home Japanese Shiki Futon Foldable Mattress is a very popular futon, especially in the current moving world. It is compressed nature makes it excellent for carrying to a picnic, reinforcing your bed for improved comfort or using it as a regular sleeping futon.

The futon’s slim feature makes it a flexible piece of furniture that someone should purpose to own. It can be used as a conventional futon by being used to sleep on the floor. However, if you are someone who prioritizes comfort, the Luxton Home Japanese Shiki Futon Foldable Mattress can be used as an extra mattress for your actual bed. It can be placed between the main mattress and the bed frame. This way it acts as an extra mattress.

If used as a futon, it can be an obstacle for someone seeking comfort. However, it provides a very firm surface which can be helpful for someone who wants to correct a back problem.

The Luxton Home Japanese Shiki Futon Foldable Mattress is protected against the risk of contracting infections from the ground by being infused by anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial properties.

Emoor 100 % Cotton Fitted Sheet for Futon Mattress

Futon manufacturers sometimes tend to produce futons without the outer cover. The covers are an integral part of a futon experience because they help keep the futon clean despite being regularly placed on the floor.

However, the “Crown Prince” as it is popularly known, comes with an attached cotton casing which keeps the mat clean. The futon also comes with a pillow and case which resembles the color of the futon casing. Therefore, with this futon, one does not have to bear the extra costs of buying an extra cover for your futon.

The “Crown Prince” is very slim which makes it more foldable and portable. Its design was anchored on the Japanese belief on the importance of minimalism. This futon can be used as a bed in your house, and it still is the bed on your road trip. What is more minimal living than traveling everywhere with your bed?


The main theme that has played out frequently in this futon review is comfort and durability. The minimalist type of living is a compromise in itself. Therefore, it fair to ease the effects of the new life by being as comfortable as possible. The best recommendation for such type of living is Emoor Compact-Sized Japanese Futon Set, but if you want to go all out and enjoy the experience, the Emoor 8-Piece All-in-One Japanese Futon Set Leben is a great place to start due to the many options it offers.

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