Post Reply Is switching to a Japanese futon bed a good idea?
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Posted 5/25/15
I'm moving soon and I need a new bed. I've become curious about the traditional style of Japanese bed, the shiki futon. Previously I've slept on traditional western style spring beds. Nothing super high quality like a temerpedic, but not super low quality either. There's a local store in my area that sells these futon mattresses, along with the foam tri-fold style of bed too, and tatami mat bed frames and stuff. I went and felt the softness of the futon and it seemed really nice and high quality. I really like the idea of a bed I can move easily, and a bed made with natural materials. I've also read online that this style of mattess is good for your back.
Has anyone switched to this type of mattress? Did you like it? What thickness of futon do you use? And what do you think the pros and cons of this is.

More info: I'm a stomach sleeper and I usually get medium firm to firm mattresses at the store.
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Posted 5/27/15
Do you mean you are thinking about to sleep on the floor level? I slept on futon when I went to my grandparents house in Japan. I don't remember the thickness, but I can give some pros and cons. I liked it actually.

Pros:
- Usually it's cheaper than a bed.
- It's Easier to clean and maintenance. Especially if you found bed bugs or spill some liquid.
- You can fold it and move it away after you awake for more free space in the room.
- No worries about falling (I don't think you need to worry about this anyway...)
- If you have a child or husband/wife, It's easy to sleep together.
- It's easy to carry over when you are moving again.

Cons:
- You can't hide or store anythings like books, DVDs. There is no under like a bed.
- Ants or any other not flying small creatures can easily jump onto you. (I saw a gecko that coming toward me when I slept in Japan!)
- Someone might steps on you by accident when you're sleeping (like in a comedy anime)

I don't know that which is better by focusing on physical health.
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Posted 5/27/15
Be aware of what kind of floors you have.

Put a Japanese-style futon (or just about any thin mattress, for that matter) directly on a concrete slab floor (even if there is some kind of flooring between you and the concrete slab), and it will likely feel hard as a rock. Be especially careful of this if you live on the first floor in a house with no basement (as is common in the American South).

So if you do try it, just make sure that there is a little bit of give to whatever floor you are going to put it on.
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Posted 5/27/15

SoranoIto wrote:

I'm moving soon and I need a new bed. I've become curious about the traditional style of Japanese bed, the shiki futon. Previously I've slept on traditional western style spring beds. Nothing super high quality like a temerpedic, but not super low quality either. There's a local store in my area that sells these futon mattresses, along with the foam tri-fold style of bed too, and tatami mat bed frames and stuff. I went and felt the softness of the futon and it seemed really nice and high quality. I really like the idea of a bed I can move easily, and a bed made with natural materials. I've also read online that this style of mattess is good for your back.
Has anyone switched to this type of mattress? Did you like it? What thickness of futon do you use? And what do you think the pros and cons of this is.

More info: I'm a stomach sleeper and I usually get medium firm to firm mattresses at the store.


It's fine as long as you're OK with spiders are other creepy crawlies getting into your bed with you.
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Posted 5/28/15
Well I had one for a couple of years, it was nice, only 3 inches thick.
The frame I had folded up into a couch style, it wasn't the softest but I always slept decently.
The frame was also raised off from the ground by 20cm, so I wasn't sleeping that close to the ground
I'm a stomach sleeper too, so I made sure I had a soft pillow so my face wasn't squashed into the hardness of the bed.

Pros
- Really easy to move around
- provides excellent back support
- Folded into couch style easily
- Easy to clean, just remove the cover

Cons
- Eventually developed lumps from being folded into couch style
- Maybe not soft enough?

It's a great bed, I think I'm going to get another
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