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Have you seen our new Studio mattress?

For any of our two seater bases the Studio has a thicker Twin Loft filling and removable section for a cleaner "sofa" look.

Have you seen our new Studio mattress?

Bespoke Style Futons

Now you can customise your futon to the style that suits you!Read more

Bespoke Style Futons

Pure Choice Chemical Free Mattress

A bed mattress that is completely fire retardant chemical freeRead more

Pure Choice Chemical Free Mattress

Cushions & Bolsters Now Available

Feather cushions and hollowfibre bolsters in your choice of fabric.

Cushions & Bolsters Now Available

Futon sofa beds, bed mattresses & accessories from Futons First


With over 30 years in the industry we have a wealth of knowledge and experience which means we can guarantee:

  • The most extensive range of UK handmade futon mattresses available from traditional futons to our completely natural bed mattresses for ultimate comfort.
  • Solid American Oak Futons and Sofa beds and top quality New Zealand Pine from a certified ecologically-friendly farmed source for our  outstanding ‘A’ frames.
  • Great range of fabric choice and exclusive designs.
  • Fast free delivery (often within 2 days) to most parts of mainland UK.
  • A safe and secure shopping experience using Sage Pay.

EXCLUSIVE - We now offer a complete range of futons and sofa beds, as well as our bed mattresses which are NATURALLY FIRE RETARDANT without the use of chemicals.

 

Call us on (01223) 480034 to discuss your requirements and let us help you make the right choice for your unique circumstances. Local to Exeter? Come and see our products in the Cambridge Futons Factory Shop in Woodbury.

 

Find our opening times and a map on our About Us page.

 

Rest assured, when you purchase a futon from us you are getting a top quality product at an unbeatable price.

 

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About us

We are a female outfit in the (mostly) male futon world! We work really closely with Cambridge Futons to get you the right product as quickly as possible.

We want to make you happy and so we try and offer the best customer services and futon buying experience available on the internet.

We are happy to provide fabric samples to help you make your choice, just ask for our fabric samples on our contact page.

Our team is always happly to help and will guide you from enquiry to delivery, just call us on (01223) 480034 or, if you prefer you can drop us an email from our contact page.

All of our Cambridge Futons are handmade to order but we do also stock a few ready-made futon mattresses for some great Special Offers.

We also like to offer something different with new and exclusive fabric designs and also useful products such as Slumber Support for customers who have had hip-replacements .

Latest Reviews

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Cotton Rich Pocket Sprung Futon

"Dear All at Futons First, This is just to say a huge 'thank you' for the futon which arrived yesterday and was slept on for the first time last night - it's wonderful! This morning my backache and neckache, which I'v... Read more

Slumber Support Standard

"I received my pillow yesterday and last night I had the best sleep I've had for 4 weeks. I actually didn't wake up till 10 this morning - bliss! If anyone has had a hip replacement op I would certainly recommend the... Read more

Premium Standard Futon

"I wanted to say thank you very much for all your help with my recent order. It arrived safe and sound on Thursday and has already been used - with very good feedback. It was one small order but you attended... Read more


Futon Facts

What is a futon?

Futon mattresses have developed from 'traditional' to 'western' styles. The original futon comes from Japan. It would be laid on the floor as a thin mattress only and then in the morning it would be rolled up and placed in a cupboard or closet. It consists of a combination of cotton, wool and man-made materials. The traditional futon mattress would also be taken outside on a regular basis to be beaten with a stick and to be aired and dried to stop deterioration of the mattress. At Futons First we offer a Monk futon which is the closest to a traditional Japanese futon made with two layers of felt. This can easily be rolled and stored for occasional use only. Our Children’s Futons are also roll-able, easily stored and are fine for sleepovers or a spare bed.

In Japan the futon is quite thin but the western version of the futon began to have extra layers of filling to give the extra comfort required. Unlike the Japanese futon that was folded up each morning and stored, the large futon couldn’t be rolled and stored as easy. So futon sofabeds were developed as a sofa during the day and a bed at night.  

Futon Mattresses

Originally futon mattresses were sold by layers for example you could have a 4 layer up to a 9 layer mat. But there was no regulation and each manufacturer decided on the thickness of each layer and the materials used. This caused confusion to the customers and made it difficult to compare. So, don’t be misled by futons simply described by the number of layers. Your choice will depend on your support requirements (click here for more details). All our quality futons are handmade to order.

Futon Quality

Here at Futons First, we don’t talk about the number of layers but the quality and type of the fillings. We only supply top quality fillings designed to meet the support needs of individual customers. But do be aware - at the cheap end of the market what looks like a futon mattress can be made of crumb foam and this can’t be compared with a futon!  It offers no comfort and support and will not last or give value for money.

Tri-fold futon mattress

The tri-fold or standard futon mattress is developed to sit in the ‘S’ shape required on an ‘A’ frame (such as the Cambridge or Darwin) or a two seater frame (such as the Cavendish or Akino 2 seater). The premium standard tri-fold can be upgraded with cotton rich (white) filling which makes it more breathable, or to the flexi pocket tri-fold for ultimate bed comfort.

Bi-fold futon mattress

The bi-fold or twin-loft mattress is the right shape for any three seater frame (like the Akino or Cavendish) or can be used on a slated bed frame. Whilst this is an exceptionally comfortable mattress it too can be upgraded depending on your support requirements to the cotton rich (white) filling.

Other types of futons

We also supply a unique futon designed for use with the Selwyn or Pangkor futon. This has velcro straps to hold the futon in place on the frame and can be upgraded with a reflex-foam core, if the frame is to be used as an every-day bed.

In addition our brilliant and stylish Studio Futon is made in two separate parts – allowing any two seater frame to have the comfort of a bi-fold mattress. It means that the futon frame can sit right against the wall, without the futon going over the back, giving it more of a traditional sofa look. The additional futon cushion (which makes up the 4’6 bed) can be stored separately if required.

Luxury specialist futon mattress

As many of our customers have specific support requirements, just like when you buy a ‘normal’ bed mattress, our suppliers Cambridge Futons are the only specialist futon retailer able to offer a huge range of specialist mattresses. Whether you are looking for a softer feel (Pocket Sprung) futon or a firmer feel (Cocoloc, or TradLux) we are sure we can find your perfect futon mattress. Click here for more details.

Natural Futons

What does ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ mean to you? All futons have to pass UK fire regulations. Futons made in the UK use a fabric cover which has to be back-coated with Fire Retardant (FR) Chemicals. Whilst some of the filling may be classed as natural or organic this doesn’t mean they are not treated with chemicals and this certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t have fire retardant chemicals in the cover. Cotton Drill, Chenille’s or other fabrics including organic cotton alone will NOT pass the fire regulations without back-coating. Our Cottonsafe will – natural and safe! 

Cottonsafe and Pure Choice Bed Mattress

We are also delighted to be able to offer more traditional bed mattress which are Fire Retardant Chemical free.  These use organic cotton and our unique Cottonsafe or Pure Choice fabrics to provide a luxurious 1000 pocket sprung mattress.

Wooden Futon Frames

Futon frames can be made from any type of timber. We use pine, oak and hardwoods. But again beware – although all futon frames may look similar futon frames need to pass strength requirements. At Futons First we know that quality futon frames are made with strong under-rails and wood without finger-jointing. Sprung slats also add to making a really comfortable sofa and bed.   

Metal Futon Frames

Again, here strength is the key. We only use top quality steel in our multi-functioned metal futon sofabeds. These also have sprung slats for performance and comfort.  

Slumber Support

Futons First is the retailer of the medical cushion called Slumber Support. We offer the standard and deluxe cushions to help people wishing to safely sleep on their side after having hip replacement surgery. 

Delivery and Customer Service

As we are based in the manufacturing factory, we can provide a speedy service, second to none. We have up-to-date knowledge of frame and fabric availability. Our small customer service team are happy to help you through the ordering process, give advice and guidance based upon years of working in the futon and mattress world. We will give you a named contact for your order, who will see your order through from manufacture to delivery. So, contact us today – we are ready to help!