Futon Review: EMOOR Japanese Futon (Queen-size)

This is it – the best sleep. If you have come looking to find a comfortable futon for daily sleep, the Emoor Japanese Futon mattress is just the thing. I know what you are thinking: how can a 2.5 inch thick mattress possibly be more comfortable than an 10 inch latex mattress? Before you read this review, check out my thoughts on getting the best nights sleep here. I didn’t think floor sleeping would help my tricky back but it really did. Experts are starting to agree and many folks are finding it works for them too. The EMOOR futon mattress was where it all started for me and I still love it.

Features

Let’s break down the parts of a Japanese bed. There is the skikibuton (the mattress), the kakebuton (the comforter or blanket) and the makura (the pillow). While EMOOR also sell the full set, this is the shikibuton only, the Japanese sleeping mat. It is designed to be thin, just 2.5 inches thick. The mistake many Western folks make in converting to a Japanese style bed is that they choose a futon which is much thicker: 4″, 6″, up to 10″ thick. This will not be as comfortable in the long run and will be a pain to move with the added weight. So stick with a thinner Japanese bed to enjoy the full benefits of sleeping on the floor.

The Japanese mattress needs a little extra care. Take a look at my post here on how to care properly for your new investment. Weighing in at only 19.8 pounds (9 kg), this queen size beauty will be much easier to move and maintain than just about any other mattress you have tried.

Let’s talk stuffing. The EMOOR Japanese futons are filled with an antibacterial polyester. Not cotton, I know, but the durability and resistance to mold is big a factor for my situation. Remember that when you sleep, natural oils and perspiration from your body end up in your mattress, so for my peace of mind, I prefer this specially treated stuffing. If you are looking for all cotton, you have some choices like this one from J-Life – the downside is the 55 pound weight. I can easily fold up move the EMOOR on my own. For those with $$$ to spend, you could go for this one from Haiku Designs Gallery: organic cotton filling, made in the USA and still only 3 inches thick.

For my money, the EMOOR Japanese futon represents great value. It is comfortable, the quality is excellent and you know it has been made properly (in Japan). The queen size is a fraction of the cost of a regular mattress. The design and price are such that if floor sleeping isn’t for you, you can always use this as a mattress topper.

It has a soft cotton cover and it measures 63 x 83 x 2.5 in. (160 x 210 x 8 cm).

If you are unwilling to sleep directly on the floor or want a little less maintenance, you’ll need a queen size futon frame to go with your Japanese bed, like this one from World of Futons which also folds into a sofa. I reviewed a similar one in more detail here.

Specifications:

  • Made in Japan from high quality cotton (outer) and anti-bacterial polyester (inner)
  • Easy to store, easy to carry, easy to fold away
  • If you need more padding, buy two and double up.
  • Dimensions: 63 x 83 x 2.5 in. (160 x 210 x 8 cm)
  • Weight: 19.8 pounds (9 kg)

Pros:

  • Excellent quality at a great price
  • Comfortable – for daily sleep, for guests or for those who move frequently
  • Easy to fold away and store
  • Easy to maintain – one person lift
  • Made in Japan – they know futons!

Cons:

  • If you don’t like floor living, you’ll need a futon frame. See my review of a good frame here.

In short:

This is my top pick for a quality Japanese futon mattress and the one I recommend for daily sleep. Give floor sleeping a try!

 

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