Japanese Futon vs. Memory Foam Mattress

January 8, 2012

Japanese Futon Mattress
Japanese Futon Mattress

The human brain just keeps getting better and more creative. Mankind never seems to run out of new inventions that simplify and comfort our lives. Malls are continuously growing larger because there are now too many equipments and equipments to choose from. Days spent in shopping can be exhausting, but such things are forgotten once we experience the innovations of our new and exciting things. That’s probably why people don’t mind lining up for hours and hours just to get a hold of the latest products from Apple.

Consider a bed, for example. There was once a time where all beds looked alike, where there weren’t many options when it comes to choosing a mattress. But we have reached an age where even bed mattresses have their own categorizations and specifications, which regards to room-size, width of space, personal preferences, and special customizations.

A large number of people are now using 2 types of beds in their homes: the Japanese Futon and Memory Foam Mattress. One of course, is Asian, and the other one is Western-made. Let us see how they differ and how we can determine which one is the best for you.


A Japanese Futon, which contains beans or plastic beads, is a type of mattress that is laid directly on the floor. Its thickness varies from 4 to 6 inches. The fabric exterior is stuffed with cotton. Because it is undoubtedly thin, the futon can be folded and stored in a cabinet.

On the other hand, a Memory Foam Mattress is heavier, because it is denser than the other mattresses. It is safe to say that it is really soft, as it contours around the body when pressure is applied on it.

Sleep, Structure, Safety

Memory Foam Mattress
Memory Foam Mattress

Since a Japanese Futon is placed directly on the floor, the absence of springs makes it more comfortable to sleep on. There is also no hassle in worrying about the kids falling off the bed or rolling under it while they are asleep. A memory foam mattress is comfortable too, as it assists the body into relaxation with its comfortable contouring characteristics. It greatly decreases pain on the neck and back because pressure and stress are lessened.

The downside, however, of a Japanese futon, is that it makes it harder for the sleeper to get up, because the futon is positioned directly on the floor. This may not be advisable bed for the elderly or pregnant women. A disadvantage, on the other hand, for the memory foam mattress is that it is sensitive to changes in temperature. It becomes too firm in cool weathers and too soft during warmer seasons. This could be a reason for an uncomfortable sleep for the sleeper. You also need to replace the foam every 5-8 years, because the high density composition wears the mattress easily.

Both beds offer comfort and are surely beneficial. It just depends on the specific needs of each buyer. Whatever the choice may be, a good night’s rest is guaranteed!