Many Japanese still use futons

When futons are worn out ...

In the mid-80s to the beginning of the 90s, we experienced a boom in futons in Germany, beds that were as low as possible and flat mattresses, found their way into German bedrooms. Similar to the current hype about box spring beds and one-fits-all mattresses, futons disappeared from the scene at some point. An analysis...

Let's start in the country of origin: Japan. Traditionally, the Japanese live in an extremely functional apartment. Spaces are enlarged or minimized by sliding, thin walls made of light wood and paper as required. Actually there life and love takes place on the ground. The rooms are bright and flooded with light. The workplace, dining area and sleeping area are on tatami mats. In order to be able to use these mostly small rooms universally as needed, the Japanese sleeps on futons. Materials such as coconut, sisal, virgin sheep's wool or horsehair are layered in thin layers and covered with a silk or cotton cover. So that the different layers do not become detached from each other, so-called staple pins are pulled through the core across the surface of the futon and held in place by a button at each end.

Maintaining is now the program.

The real futon mattress is basically a perfect space-saving mattress. It is rolled out on the tatami mats in the evening, rolled up again in the morning and deposited in a cupboard or in a corner of the room. An important little thing, however, is to shake the mattress once before going to bed so that the layers in the mattress loosen up and give the sleeper a comfortable night. And before you stow away a futon after getting up, you have to repeat the procedure from the previous evening for the same reason: shake it. Rituals that a Japanese internalized from childhood and that are natural to him. If you do not do this, however, this mattress will wear out after a short time.

Now we come to us Europeans. We have always used a room in the apartment as a bedroom. The furnishings usually include a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, usually two bedside tables and finally ... the bed. Consisting of bed frame, slatted frame and mattress, it stands firmly in the room and is only moved once, if at all, for visual reasons. The mattress is freshly made regularly and, if you think about it, rotated once a year to ensure even wear. That's it then! At some point, depending on the quality of the mattress, it will be worn out and should then be replaced at the latest.

Futons lie flat.

Many who bought a Japanese mattress at that time were enthusiastic about the lying properties and the new look in the bedroom. Sleeping in the Japanese style was mega-in. However, the well-intentioned care instructions from the dealers were completely ignored or, after initial attention, no longer heeded due to lack of time and "laziness" and ultimately forgotten. Due to the constant pressure and the constant supply of moisture every night, the individual layers of material in the mattress stuck together and, within a very short time, turned into an uneven mountain and valley landscape, which lost all adaptability and became harder and harder. With mostly considerable back problems, it quickly became clear that the next place to sleep would again be a durable and, above all, easy-care mattress. Futons were suddenly "out" again.

The compromise with a latex layer.

Today there are futons in designs adapted for the European market. Integrated natural latex layers make the mattresses higher and more dimensionally stable (they are nowhere near worn out) ... and / but much more expensive. They are still a breeding ground for house dust mites. So be careful, dear allergy sufferers! You can get futons today mainly in natural stores, while the many different futon shops have completely disappeared from the market in the 1990s. The innovative 6PLUS1 concept does not want to jump on any of these lifestyle trains, buy it off, and then disappear again from the market. We want to consolidate our place in the market over the long term. We are primarily concerned with your individual, long-term good sleep, and we do not make any compromises here. Quality is our priority. But our mattresses don't have to hide optically either, right?

Oyasumi nasai ...