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Student's Digs? Futons!

January 10, 2014

Student's Digs? Futons!

Symbols of the ‘60s and ‘70s, futons are seeing a massive resurgence in popularity. Today these old-school sleeping solutions are becoming one of the most fashionable furnishings around. 

Traditionally in Japan, futon referred to a mattress (shikibuton) and a quilt set (kakebuton) that could be rolled up and stored out of the way during day. The ability to fold away the futon during the day, allowing the room to be used for other purposes, has made it one of the most versatile and popular sleep solutions for varsity and college goers. 

Why so popular?

Most college or varsity goers’ rooms or digs are small, with every inch needing to be utilized. Folding  up your futon in the morning means that you can turn your bedroom into a lounge or more spacious study area. Or if you have a larger place, use your futon as a couch in the lounge and convert it into a spare bed for friends to crash on. 

Another key reason why the futon is so popular is the ease in which it can transform not only from a bed into a couch, but the way it can be changed visually - tired of having a red couch? Redecorating is as easy as slipping on a new futon cover. It is easy get a custom made futon cover or make one yourself to ensure that you have that unique look!

Eastern or Western Style? 

When you purchase your futon, there are two major styles of use for your futon: the traditional Eastern style, or the modern Western style.  

The traditional Eastern style means sleeping on your futon on the floor on top of a mat or a traditional Japanese tatami (a type of traditional Japanese flooring material), while Western style would involve a base underneath your futon or folding it up into a couch. 


Much like any mattress, a futon needs to be looked after. Just like a normal mattress will need to be flipped occasionally, a futon will need to be aired out at least once a month.  It is also a good idea to have a carpet or, if you really want to be authentic, a tatami mat underneath your futon in order to help keep it clean if you are planning on using it Eastern style. If you live in a moisture rich environment you can use silicon packets to absorb moisture (Those little packets with the big “DO NOT EAT” warnings on them - they absorb moisture and turn it into a gel, protecting your futon). 

It is easy to see why futons are so popular! Take a look at The Bed King’s range of futons which are available in black, khaki, lime, red, navy and stone base colours (Don’t forget that you can get a futon colour to match your exact or changing tastes). The Bed King’s futon range offers medium to soft comfort - perfect  accommodate to your body and have been specially designed to prevent lumps caused by the filling from moving around inside the futon. 

Gussuri oyasumi! Sleep tight!   

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