Futon sofa beds, bed mattresses and Oak Furniture

Our Futon mattresses are all handmade to order with free delivery.

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 options and exclusive designs.
  • Fast free delivery (often within 2 days) to most parts of mainland UK.
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Rest assured, when you purchase a futon from us you are getting a top quality product at an unbeatable price.

Free delivery on all orders to mainland UK


What is a futon?

The 2 seater Akino & The Cambridge futon sofa beds

Futon mattresses have developed from ‘traditional’ to ‘western’ styles and traditionally came from Japan. It would be laid on the floor as a thin mattress and then in the morning it would be rolled up and placed in a cupboard or closet. Consisting of a combination of cotton, wool and man-made materials the traditional mattress would be taken outside on a regular basis to be beaten with a stick, aired, and dried to stop any deterioration of the mattress.

The Monk is the closest to a traditional Japanese futon made with two layers of felt. This can easily be rolled up and stored for occasional use only. Our children’s futon is also roll-able, easily stored and are ideal for sleepovers or a guest bed.

In Japan the futon is quite thin but the western version began to have extra layers of filling to give additional comfort. Unlike the Japanese futon that was rolled up each morning and stored, the larger futon was too thick to be rolled up and stowed away so easily. The futon sofa bed was developed to give extra comfort and functionality which was more suited to the western lifestyle, it could now be used as a sofa during the day and a bed at night.


 Futon Mattresses

Originally mattresses were sold by layers, for example, you could have a 4, or up to 9 layer mat, but there were no regulations and each manufacturer decided on the thickness of each layer and the materials used. This caused confusion to the customer and made it difficult to compare. So, don’t be misled by retailers describing their products by the number of layers. Make your choice based upon your support & firmness requirements.


 Quality

We don’t talk about the number of layers, instead we focus on the quality and type of the fillings; we only use the high quality fillings designed to meet the support needs of our 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 very little comfort or support and will not last or give value for money.


 Other types of sofa bed

We also supply a unique futon designed for use with the Selwyn or Pangkor futon. It 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 stylish Studio futon mattress is made in two separate parts which enables any two seater frame to have the comfort of a bi-fold mattress. It means that the frame can sit right against the wall, without the mattress going over the back, giving it more of a sofa look. The additional cushion (which makes up a 4’6″ double bed mattress) can be stored separately if required.


Tri-fold mattresses

Tri-fold or standard mattresses were developed to sit in the ‘S’ shape required for 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 mattresses

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.

A diagram of a folded Tri-fold futon mattress
A diagram of a folded bi-fold futon mattress

Cottonsafe and
Pure Choice Bed Mattress

We are also delighted to be able to offer traditional bed mattresses which are fire retardant yet chemical free. These use organic cotton and our unique Cottonsafe or Pure Choice fabrics to provide a luxurious 1000 pocket sprung bed mattress.


Luxury specialist 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 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.

A Cottonsafe® bed Mattress
The Akino 2 Seater Sofa

Metal Frames

We only use the best steel in our metal futon sofa beds. Our metal frames also have sprung slates for extra support and comfort.


Wooden Frames

We use Pine, Oak and hardwoods to make our wooden futon frames. We know that high quality frames are made with strong under-rails and wood without finger-jointing. Sprung slats also add to making a really comfortable sofa and bed.


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.

The Oslow is one of our most popular metal futon frame
The wooden Cavendish frame

The Slumber Support Medical Cushion - for post hip replacement operation comfort


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 customer service team are happy to help you through the ordering process, give advice and guidance based upon years of working in the industry. 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!