Frequently Asked Questions about futons

Frequently Asked Questions Q: What is a futon?
A: In a traditional form, the futon mattress is a pad of cotton batting that is flexible and therefore easily folded. Designers of today are incorporating more comfort and luxury into futons by combining cotton fibers with natural rubber, open cell foams, and innersprings.
Q: What is latex?
A: Englander has trademarked the name "Laytex" to differentiate it from petroleum-based latex. The difference between latex and Laytex-TM is that the former is composed of some natural rubber and some petroleum products and fillers. The mixture varies from one producer to the next. Englander's latex is composed of 100% natural rubber from a Rubber tree plant. This product is naturally anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, dust-mite resistant, and has a very long, useful life when compared to any other sleeping or sitting surface.
Q: Why is a futon better than a sleeper sofa?
A: With a futon, we don't include the notorious "Bar in the middle of your back," making it the obvious choice for those prefer sleeping comfortably to tossing and turning all night and waking up with a sore body. Sleeper sofa mattresses cannot compare to even a middle-line futon in terms of comfort. With a futon, it's also easy to change the upholstery and the mattress. You can purchase a second upholstery cover and change the whole look of any given room. Finally, one person can disassemble or move a futon without difficulty.
Q: How do I take care of my futon?
A: Flipping your futon regularly (once a week is recommended), keeping it on a slatted surface so that air can circulate through it and airing it out every once in a while are the keys to futon longevity
Q: How long should my futon last?
A: Depending on how well you treat your futon (See Question 4) and how firm you like your sleeping surface, it should last you between 5-15 years, 10 being about average. Futons get firmer with time, so if you like a really firm sleeping surface, then you'll probably hold on to your futon for a good long time and may even think it gets better with age