What is a futon?
It is a Japanese hand-made mattress made of cotton. Currently is used all over the world and is highly valued as a practical and healthy sleeping surface.
What are the advantages of a futon?
The futon is made by hand with 100% cotton, a natural fibre that is very respectful of our skin, does not cause allergies, it has thermic properties (it's fresh in summer and warm in winter) and allows a correct transpiration.
Can the futon be placed on any bed base?
In Japan, the futon is placed on the tatami, the traditional floor made of rice straw (igusa). This combination of natural products allows a perfect transpiration of the futon. If there is no tatami, another option is to place it on a solid wood slat bed base. The futon cannot be placed on a spring bed base or on top of a compact surface that doesn't allow the circulation of air.
What kind of maintenance does the futon require?
With time, the thickness of a futon made with 100 % cotton inevitably decreases. To prevent the futon from becoming too matted, it is advised to move it frequently –folding it and turning it weekly, allowing the air to enter the layers of cotton and the futon to stay soft and comfortable.
What is the average life span of a futon?
The average life span of any mattress is usually around 10 years. After this time it should be changed. The futon can also last 10 years but it will inevitably loose thickness and become harder. Moving it frequently, ventilating it and folding it, and avoiding humidity will help extend the life of your futon. The combination of the cotton and the latex enables a longer use without such regular maintenance.
When my futon gets harder, can I take it to your workshop to have it remade?
No. Old mattresses like our grandparents' could be remade and refilled periodically, but the futon is made with a different system and therefore can't be remade. Moreover, the costs of handling a used futons plus the replacement of the cotton filling are the same or higher than making a new one.
What is the latex futon?
It is the Western version of the classic Japanese futon. It is thicker and heavier than the original futon and includes a thick layer of natural latex (5 to 10 cm) covered at the top and bottom by layers of cotton. This is currently the most popular mixed futon in Western futon shops, because it combines the essential qualities of the futon (hand-made with natural fibres) and adds the interior of latex to avoid hardening and the need to move it regularly. Futons are made to order to fit the client's combination of choice of latex and cotton.
What is natural latex?
As opposed to industrial latex, made of synthetic materials, natural latex comes almost entirely from the resin of the rubber tree (hevea brasiliensis). The total amount of natural resin used in the making of a mattress is the indicator of its level of quality. A mattress with between 80% and 90% of natural resin is considered to be "natural latex". The quality of our latex mattresses is certified by the Eco, the German agency of quality control.
Can a latex futon be placed on a tatami?
Just like the traditional cotton futon, this current latex version can be placed on a tatami or on a slat bed base made of wood that should never be flexible.
What is a tatami?
It's the traditional Japanese floor, composed of units made of pressed rice straw (igusa). More information under http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatami
What maintenance does a tatami require?
The two essential tips to take care of your tatami are: never wear shoes on it and avoid getting it wet. The best way to clean it is the vacuum cleaner or a brush used only for this surface. If it gets dirty accidentally, the surface can be wiped with a wet cloth and a little neutral soap, always avoiding excess water. When the tatami is new the straw of the exterior is green and it has the smell of fresh straw. With time (and the incidence of direct light and sun), the surface of the tatami gets dry, turning into a colour typical of dry straw and the smell fades. Occasionally, if the tatami is covered only partially by a mattress, the drying process happens in patches, leaving the part under the mattress greener than the rest. To prevent this from happening, the tatamis can be moved, revealing the covered parts and helping them dry out. However, such differences in the process of drying are only visual and pose no problem whatsoever for the tatami.
Is it possible that the tatami carries insects?
There are Internet forums with comments from people who have had problems of insects in their tatamis. It is very important to buy them in a specialised shop which guarantees the product. As with many goods, tatamis may vary in price, quality, place of production (mainly Asia) and durability. Our tatamis are totally guaranteed, we have been buying them for more than 20 years from our Taiwanese supplier, which exports mainly to the Japanese, American and European markets. Prior to export, tatami have to comply with a strict quality control, with special focus on the elimination of any insects. Tatami are a 100% natural product and cannot be treated with toxic insecticide. Therefore, the elimination of possible insects is carried out by means of a thermic process: the straw used in the making of the tatami is placed inside an hermetic room at a very high temperature (almost 100° C). The same process is repeated after the tatami is made and packed in cardboard, to guarantee that the product is clean from plagues when put in the shipping container in Taiwan. Once in our warehouse, the tatami is stored in a clean, dry and ventilated area with its original cardboard wrapping. Once at home, it is important to observe the same conditions of cleanness and good ventilation. Excess of humidity or lack of ventilation could lead to the presence of insects in the tatami.
What sizes are the tatamis?
Standard Japanese tatamis are 90 x 180 cm. We also offer tatami adapted to the length of Western beds (200 cm) and with three different widths: 76, 80 and 90 cm. Our tatami are 5.5 cm thick.
Can the tatami be placed directly on the floor?
Yes, the tatamis can be placed directly on the floor, as its 5.5 cm depth isolates the mattress from the floor allowing transpiration. Also, we can place them slightly above the floor on a solid wood frame allowing an even better circulation of air. This attractive arrangement also provides better transpiration for the mattress. These structures are very robust, between 10-20 cm high and include a solid wood slat base and a simple and elegant solid wood frame. Available in many sizes for one, two or three tatamis.
Can we place another type of mattress other than a futon on the tatami?
Basically, the firmness and the transpiration qualities of tatamis are correct for any sort of mattress. In our experience, besides the classic or the latex futon, futons of wool or any other natural fibre (such as coconut fibre, horse hair or kapok…) give good results on top of a tatami. Lately, we have heard from customers that they have used mattresses of synthetic materials (viscoelastic, tempur), although we don't have much experience in this field.
Do prices include VAT?
Yes, the prices we show include 18% VAT.
Is delivery included in the price?
Our prices include free delivery anywhere in the Spanish Peninsula for orders over 600 €. In the metropolitan area of Barcelona we also assemble the furniture without any extra cost.
Is the mattress included in the price of beds and tatamis?
The prices of beds only include the bed bases, not the mattresses. The prices of tatami platforms include the tatami and the wood platform, but not the futon. On the other hand, the prices of the convertible sofa beds include the structure, the futon and a futon cover.
What is the guarantee for the products?
All of our products are guaranteed for two years. During this period of time, any bed, tatami or accessory that turns out to be defective would be swapped for a new one at no extra cost. Concerning mattresses, it is important to bear in mind that one of its natural properties is the progressive loss of thickness, a normal process that cannot be considered a manufacturing fault.