If you’re considering sleeping on a futon, you may be wondering a few things: what are futons made out of? How long will they last?
These are important questions to ask when determining whether or not a futon is right for you.
In order to understand the question you’re most curious about, it’s important to understand the factors that are involved with the futon’s durability.
A Background on Futons
Futons have been slept on throughout Japan’s recorded history.
Typically just a few inches thick, these mattresses are stuffed with cotton to provide the user a supported sleep.
The futon itself is made of cotton and is wrapped in a cotton case, which is quite penetrable by moisture and other not-so-good liquids. Cotton is a long-lasting and durable material depending on how it is cared for.
The futon is placed on a Tatami mat, a mat that’s filled with rice straw for strength and topped with a rush grass cover for protection. This mat prevents the futon from slipping around at night and is also what prevents the futon from touching the ground directly.
It is the only barrier between the futon and the floor, which means it bears the brunt of the grime that beds can gather. The mat is cheaper than the futon so it is easier and more cost-effective to replace the mat when the time comes.
The Tatami mat serves multiple purposes, all of which benefit the life of the futon. While not necessary to have, these mats will help your futon live a longer life. They offer a more solid firmness than carpet and more cushion than cement, and they are what protects the cloth of the futon from the ground.
How Long Do Futons Last?
How long futons last depends on the quality of the futon and how you care for it, but they can last for up to 15 years.
Like with most home items, the amount you spend on the object typically is a good reference to its quality. A better futon will have your desired thickness and hold, and will be able to maintain its sleep benefits for over a decade.
A futon that is well put-together won’t break as easily as a cheaper alternative.
But the amount you spend on the futon isn’t everything.
A futon must be cleaned properly even when a mat is used. Having it professionally cleaned is always an option, or it is possible to care for it at home.
Regularly wash the futon in warm water for only a few minutes with a light detergent. Be sure to let it air dry thoroughly. If you don’t want to spend time washing it and waiting for it to dry, just hang it outside for a while to let the sun evaporate any moisture that might have been absorbed.
Properly caring for your futon is the number one way to extend its life.
A has a lifespan of up to 15 years, but it lasts as long as you care for it.
To give your futon extra time, wash it regularly and make sure to protect it from the floor. As long as you take care of it, they should not break.