What You Need to Know about Innerspring Futon Mattress

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Futon mattresses with springs are becoming more and more popular these days. Although they're mostly used in Japanese beds, American markets have caught up with this type of mattress and now offer innerspring futons to U.S. consumers.

Although memory foam mattress, latex, or air mattresses are more popular because they provide much more comfort, some people still prefer Western-style futon mattresses with springs. Even in Japan, Western-style futons are becoming increasingly popular, because they’re softer and provide better body support than original Japanese futons.

First, let’s see what an innerspring mattress is made of…

An innerspring futon mattress is usually constructed of many springs and multiple foam layers. Each of these parts is important and will affect your night’s sleep. So it’s suggested you pay attention to these components when buying an innerspring mattress for yourself or someone else.

Futon Spring Mattress Cover Layers

Usually, futons are covered in cotton. But they can also contain wool or polyester. So the covering layer staple can be natural or synthetic.

Natural is usually more expensive to produce, so the cost of a futon is higher. Synthetic innerspring futon mattresses may not be preferred by some people, because of possible toxins and health risks. But the price can be lower. Most common synthetic material used in creating futon or innerspring mattress covers are latex or polyester.

You should of course see for yourself what’s better for you. Is it your health? Or is it your money? Actually, you should not save money at the expense of your health. So in such cases, it’s recommended to spend more money on an innerspring futon mattress that’s made of natural fiber than risk your health with some synthetic futons.

Inner-Spring Futon Coils

Japanese futon

Coils are just as important, or maybe even more important, than top layers of innerspring futon. There are different mattresses on the market. Some have a higher number of coils, others use less coils in a mattress. Naturally, you would assume the more coils there are, the better the mattress would be. However, that’s not necessarily true. These days, it doesn’t matter how many coils there are used in the innerspring futon mattress. It’s all about the system of the coils that is used in the mattress.

Most mattresses come with 300 to 800 coils or so. Of course, it all depends on the size of the mattress. The bigger the mattress, the more coils there are. So it is considered that if the mattress has more coils, it will provide better support and will be more comfortable to sleep on. But you should take into consideration that there are different types of coils. A futon mattress with springs may have about 300 coils, but provide the same amount of comfort if the size of those coils is larger than normal.

Another myth is that the firmer the futon, the better support it will give. Earlier, most doctors said that you should get a firm mattress. It’s because sleeping on a firmer mattress will result in less backaches and will keep your back straight.

These were the days when we had to adjust to the mattress. Now it’s different. Mattresses have to adjust to our bodies. The problem was that some statistics said a majority of people slept on their backs. So doctors recommended sleeping on your back or tummy to keep your back straight.

But these days, statistics are different. Most of us sleep on our side. And people don’t want to change their habits. So mattresses have to adjust to our habits and sleeping positions. That’s why firmer futon spring mattresses aren’t good.

When you sleep on a side, your head and spinal column are not in a comfortable position, so you experience aches. In such cases, softer futons are much better. They’ll adjust to your curvatures much better and you’ll be able to have a more comfortable sleep during the night.

In Conclusion

futon mattress draped on a frame

Let’s wrap it up and see what are the most important points you should look at before buying an innerspring futon mattress. First of all, you should choose a quality spring futon. Natural material is better for your health than synthetic, so you should choose natural fiber instead.

Second, don’t consider a mattress bad, just because it has fewer coils than the others. The structure of coils is more important. Besides, larger coils, but fewer in number, can give you just as much comfort as 600 or 800 smaller coils in a mattress.