What You Need To Know About A Futon Mattress

How Do Traditional And Futon Mattresses Compare?

Traditional Futon MattressWhen it comes to topics that are near and dear to people’s hearts, it is hard not to include great sleeping on that list.  And if you are wanting deep, peaceful sleep, then I would recommend the foamglobes’ affordable futon mattress as a great choice.  We will discuss why through this article and on this site.  If you find that you have a particular question about owning a new futon, search our site.  I’m sure it is covered somewhere.

One of the most important ideas regarding your sleeping futon will be its comfort.  This seems like an obvious statement but it actually encompasses several points.  One of the greatest steps that have taken place more recently has been the comparability between traditional and futon mattresses.  In other words, in the past, you would have had to sacrifice some of the modern comfort conveniences to own a more flexible option in the futon.  Now, this simply is not the case.

A Futon Has Much More In The Way Of Convenience Than A Traditional Mattress

futon brownIf you are new to the futon world, then you might only be aware of the old notion of what they were for.  In the past, these beds were relegated to the college dorm room or poor student set.  Now, because of the advances, we will get to in a moment and because of the flexibility that a sofa-sleeper allows, they have come back in vogue.

Probably the most arguable point in favor of owning a futon-sofa-couch is its ease of use and convenience.  When you do a fair amount of entertaining or hosting, it is likely that you may have some unexpected overnight guests.  This is not a problem with a futon sofa-sleeper type bed.  This can easily convert from the couch at the party to bed for the evening.  And, the best part is, it does not lose anything in the way of comfort doing so.  If you have ever been a guest at someone’s home who had one of these fold-out couch beds you know how that bar always seems to hit you right in the middle of the back making a good night’s sleep all but impossible.  Not so with a futon bed.  These are very comfortable and easy to convert.  No worry about removing the cushions, folding it out, getting the sheets on, stooping over or stubbing your toes or banging your knees on that hard metal frame.

Another Thing To Consider Is Futon Mattress Material Options

You might be thinking that this is where the old traditional mattress will win out.  Granted, there are definitely more options in general when it comes to brands and models of the normal types.  However, what has happened is that the manufacturing of mattress materials have changed quite a bit and this has allowed for greater parity between the two.  Where you once only had access to spring coils in a traditional bed, now is offered in futon styles.  The futon mattress actually has the lead in some categories now!  They also have more natural materials offered at reasonable prices, as well as memory foam and toppers.

A futon mattress will help avoid feeling like you’re sleeping on a bed of nails.

Many of the more traditionally produced mattresses contain chemical agents either used in production or for fire resistance that can cause some people health problems.  Many times, this is due to the off-gassing created by these volatile compounds being released into the home and, specifically, breathing them in while your head is rested and sleeping for hours. Since they make crib mattresses this way too, if you are looking for your child, you might consider this. You could look long and hard for the downside, but you may come up noticeably shorter these days.  The old futon that had problems with flattening out after just a little use and becoming landfill material with a short life span is gone.  The in-fill now is made with better quality and long lasting materials.  I never thought I would see the day of the individually wrapped inner coil spring futon bed mattress.

The Traditional Japanese Futon Mattress

Traditional Japanese Futon MattressNo initial discussion about futons would be complete if we didn’t mention a bit about the history of this type of mattress.  In a traditional sense, the development of the futon was from a floor-sleeping type of approach.  That is to say, there was a mat – tatami – that was used beneath the mattress itself.  This mattress portion of the futon is called the Shiki or Shiki-button or shiki-futon.  Then, there is an often quilted, soft upper cover portion.  This piece is known as the kake or kake-buton or kake-futon.  So, what you would have is a two-part system that would combine these to give you a traditional Japanese futon mattress.  There is more history to this futon story, but you can read more about that by following the link above.  The point is that we have adopted the futon and then adapted it to fit our own Western lifestyle.  There is nothing wrong with change, in fact, it is sometimes how the most innovative home products come about.

The Organic Cotton Futon Mattress

Some organic cotton ready to be used for your futon.

There has been a tremendous push in the last 5-7 years to go ‘green’ with all things related to the home, whether they be household products or things like cleaners and even food choices.  This whole movement has come about because we are thinking more proactively about the way we use our products and the way in which we co-exist within our environment.  So, it should come as no surprise that the child’s bed.

Your kid’s bed is the place where they will fuel up and heal and do all the other magical things that happen to the body with restful sleep.  The last thing that you would want is for you or your child to be breathing in toxic fumes or gasses each night.  Of course you don’t want this, however, you might not even know it exists.  There has been a large trend in children toward more cases of asthma and allergies than ever before.  The scariest part about it is that we don’t always know why this is the case.  There are theories and we know that air pollution, pollens, and other airborne issues are part of the problem, but this is not the complete answer.  The real question is what can you do to help with the outcome.

One thing you can do is use as clean a bed as possible.  Clean not in terms of having the sheets washed thoroughly, though this helps, but having the mattress be as healthy as possible.  This is often referred to as a natural mattress.  It is really nothing more than a mattress constructed of materials that have not been treated with chemical agents to make them more easily grown or processed.  There are other ‘natural’ choices, too, like a latex futon mattress made of natural materials.  Another term for this could be organic.


This organic futon looks just like any other – it’s what it’s made of that matters.

In this case, an organic cotton futon is a very feasible and popular choice.  While these are not quite yet the mainstream way to buy a mattress, they soon could be.  If you knew how healthy organic mattresses were, you would be more than willing to pay slightly more for them.  In terms of a conventional organic mattress, the price tag might be in the thousands, not hundreds, even for a queen.  If we’re talking about a futon mattress that is constructed of organically grown cotton or other organic materials, like hemp, the cost is still higher than that of a traditional futon, but much less than the conventional style.  An organic queen size futon is more likely to fall within the $500 USD range – much less than a traditional bed!

Just like with our foods, organic properties ensure that at least you are starting with a chemical free product.  This doesn’t mean that you will end up with something that is completely free from agents that may or may not affect sensitive folks, but the chances are much more in your favor going organic.  A natural mattress implies that these materials were harvested and grown in a way that Mother Earth intended.

There are also organic clothing items that are reported to help people in the same way that we are discussing here.  So, whether you fear the off-gassing that has been anecdotally reported to cause a wide range of health disturbances or you just want to get a great night’s sleep resting your head down on an all-natural mattress, maybe even covered in organic bedding, either choice ends with a great result.  You can’t go wrong with a natural organic cotton futon as your primary bed or in a child’s room.

One Closing Thought About Your Futon Mattress

Because of the nature of the flexibility of a futon bed, you may be researching one as a sofa-sleeper for an additional room or as your main sleeping bed in your master bedroom.  In each case, a different type of frame could be considered.  Because most temporary guest sleeping arrangements require a smaller sized bed, the frame will usually only afford you the flexibility of some minor storage of magazines and such or have armrests.  On the other hand, if you go with a queen or king size, you can opt for more elaborate headboard designs that incorporate various shelving and storage.  Likewise, the futon frame itself could lend itself to storage options.  So, the next time you hear the words “futon mattress”, you don’t have to think that someone is shortchanging their guests.  They might actually be designing quite a flexible yet comfortable and elegant space.

The Joy of Giving Lessons

When my daughter was old enough to be responsible enough to take care of an instrument, I asked her what she wanted to play. She told me she had loved hearing violins in music and would love to play that instrument. I decided for her birthday to find her a violin class in Singapore to go to and to learn. When her birthday came up, me and my husband gave her a violin. She looked up at us and said “I don’t know how to play!” and my husband got to tell her that we got her lessons. She was so excited!

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2.0″ Visco2 Ventilated Mattress Enhancer Review

The 2.0” Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer by Sleep Better is a cheap memory foam mattress topper that will turn any old mattress into a comfortable night’s sleep. If you can’t afford to replace your old mattress entirely, than a mattress topper (like this one) is a great alternative to get even more life out of your mattress.

2” Visco2 Ventilated Mattress Enhancer Details

  • Open Cell ViscO2 ventilated memory foam
  • 5 times as much air flow as other memory foam
  • Uses plant based ingredients (eco friendly*)
  • Gives comfort, support and relief from pressure points
  • 2 inches high

(*although it states eco friendly please see our customer complaints below for why it may not be)

2 Inches Memory Foam Mattress Topper

This ventilated mattress enhancer is 2 inches high and gives you the benefit of memory foam without committing to a new mattress. Instead it will give new life to an old mattress without costing you a boatload.

Open Cell ViscO2 Memory Foam

The mattress topper is made from a high performance memory foam – ViscO2 – which allows 5 times as much air flow as other memory foams keeping you cooler and more comfortable. The ViscO2 memory foam also improved air circulation from head-to-toe but also supports you well too.

Gives Support & Better Body Alignment

The 2.0” Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer will help support your body and give your body better alignment (supporting the spine) for a better night’s sleep.

Minimises Motion Transfer

It also minimizes motion transfer so that if you need to get up in the night or fidget, you won’t disturb your partner.


Just like all memory foam, this mattress topper is hypo-allergenic.

MicroSafe Treatment

The Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer has been treated with an environmentally safe anti-microbial treatment called MicroSafe. This combats bad odors and prevents the growth of mold, fungi and mildew.

Available Sizes

The 2 inch Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer is available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king and California king sizes.


This memory foam mattress topper comes with a 2 year warranty and is made in the USA.


The 2 inch Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer is available for under $100. By buying from Amazon you can get up to 68% off the retail price. The twin size mattress topper comes in at just under $50 and the California King is available for around $90.

What Customers Say

Customers who bought the 2.0” Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer gave it an average rating of 4,5 out of 5. This is a top rating and customers were extremely pleased with their purchase. Most customers found the memory foam mattress topper to be comfortable and gave them a good night’s sleep. Customers also loved that the mattress topper was cheap too.

Customer comments included:

  • “…I picked this up when it was on sale, and couldn’t be happier with it…This fits perfectly, lost its weird odor in about two days, and is cooler than just my unpadded mattress. And, while it doesn’t make my mattress seem comfy enough to be brand new, its more than comfy enough to put off buying a new one a while longer.”
  • “This visco elastic is the same as the ones out there going for close to $200.00. It came packaged nicely and the first night on my hospital bed i have at home i can’t tell you the pressure it took off my back and the comfort. Being i have 4 herniated discs, 8 pinched nerves and both problems with my si joints among other health issues, the 2 inch was very plush and has yet to lose it’s comfort and go down like pillows to. Excellent price and excellent product…”
  • “I am delighted with my choice. No more pressure points. Very little tossing and turning. No bad foam rubber odor. Very, very comfortable. This pad will not turn a worn out old mattress into a new one, but if you have a good supportive mattress that is just a bit uncomfortable, this is a really good thing.”
  • “This may sound strange, but my wife and I bought this as a topper for our memory foam bed!…The topper brought us immediate relief. And our bed is now much cooler than it was before we added the topper. It’s like a brand new bed! We love it.”
  • “I got this pad to use on the very old twin mattress I sleep on when I visit my mother in Buffalo…The pad is just the right combination of firm and soft. Definitely recommend this for anyone dealing with an old uncomfortable mattress.”
  • “I bought this product based on reviews, which were very good, and I’m adding my own good review…I still get hot at night, but not any more now than I did before the pad…I still love it to death and am more confident of memory foam now!“

Customer Complaints?

Despite the FoamGlobes memory foam mattress reviews having an overall great rating, some customers were disappointed and unhappy with the memory foam mattress topper they received.

One of the main issues that kept arising was that the mattress topper was too warm (even in Winter). Despite the fact that the memory foam mattress enhancer being well ventilated, did not seem to make a difference to it causing people to overheat. One customer stated that there was no difference with other memory foam toppers that didn’t boast ventilation technology. However, only some some customers found this, many found that they had a comfortable night’s sleep on the topper and didn’t overheat.

One customer commented on the eco-friendliness of the mattress topper:

  • “…eco-friendly – it’s polyurethane so I don’t understand this labeling. It is treated with an aloe extract so maybe that is what the manufacturer is claiming as “eco-friendly.” The manufacturers website does not give further details…”

Customer comments/complaints about the 2.0” Visco2 ventilated mattress enhancer included:

  • “This mattress pad bears no resemblance to “memory foam.” It is merely a 2-inch thick piece of foam rubber with holes in it, something that probably cost $5 to produce. The only conceivable use for it is if your mattress is too firm, this will make it softer.”
  • “There was just “something” about it that was not comfortable. We both tossed and turned all night. The bed was too warm…and it was winter time. We didn’t want to take a chance of roasting in the summer so we returned it to the company. The return process was very easy and we appreciated being reimbursed quickly”
  • “I have tried many foam toppers, and this is just as hot as the others.”
  • “I expected a cooler more comfortable sleep. Very disappointed.”
  • “It’s not uncomfortable per se, but it’s just not that comfortable, though neither my husband and I can quite figure out why. Some people have said it’s too soft. I’ve actually found it to be a bit too hard for me. I don’t sink into it much.”
  • “It’s an unbranded, large piece of foam that’s not cut very carefully. It came simply rolled in an oily plastic shrink wrap. No labels, no information, nothing.”
  • “It’s definitely not as heavy as the description claims.”

Despite the customer complaints to the ventilated mattress enhancer, the majority of the customer comments were positive and had nothing but praise for the memory foam mattress topper. Overall the 2.0″ Visco2 Ventilated Mattress Enhancer is cheap (available for under $100), comfortable for most people and gives you a great alternative to buying an entirely new mattress.

Dialogue for Action Africa to Convene Women’s Issues Forum

Experts and speakers dedicated to the empowerment of African women to gather in Libreville, Gabon

The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, in association with Mrs. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, the first lady of Gabon, will be hosting the 2012 installment of Dialogue for Action Africa (DFAA) in Libreville, Gabon. Dedicated to helping women in Africa lead safe, productive, and healthy lives, the forum seeks to creatively address the salient issues faced by African women.

In addition to special remarks by Cecilia Attias and Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, DFAA will feature a unique collection of inspiring experts and speakers from academia, government, NGOs, the private sector, and the medical community. Cecilia Attias comments: “The diversity and expertise of Dialogue for Action Africa’s speakers is astounding. Their dedication to women’s issues is truly inspiring and their insights will be enable us to promote African women’s issues through actionable initiatives.”

These initiatives will culminate in a Plan of Action for Africa, which will be presented at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico in June. At the G20, DFAA’s conclusions will become part of the global agenda and will be discussed by the world’s most influential leaders and policy makers. Creating this bridge between DFAA and government leaders is key to producing change at an institutional level and is an innovative example of public-private partnerships.

Confirmed DFAA speakers and participants include: Cecilia Attias, Founder and President, The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women; Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady, Gabon; Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady, Nigeria; Chantal Compaore, First Lady, Burkina Faso; Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma, Morocco; Chantal Biya, First Lady, Cameroon; Azeb Mesfin, First Lady, Ethiopia; Dr. Malika Issoufou Mahamdou, First Lady, Niger; Irina Bukova, Director General of UNESCO; Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo, FAWE Chairperson and Network for Education for All in Africa (REPTA); Pascal Chaigneau, Affiliate Professor of Education, Sorbonne Paris Descartes University; Holly Gordon, Executive Director, 10×10; Sade Baderinwa, Emmy Award-winning news Anchor/Reporter WABC-TV; Dr. Amy Lehman, Founder Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic; Magatte Wade, Founder and CEO Tiossano; Vickie Remoe, Founder and Creative Director How4Do productions; Casey Cobell, EVP Country Director Indego Africa Rwanda; Philisiwe Buthelizi, CEO National Empowerment Fund; Fatime Christiane Ndiaye, Sr. Gender Specialist International Labour Organization; Denise Epote, TV5 Monde; Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, Co-Founder of the Akilah Institute for Women; Edna Adan Ismail, Founder Edna Adan Hospital; Nahid Toubia, Chair, White Ribbon Alliance Sudan; Coumba Toure, Founder and President of ADA foundation; Dr. Deqo Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation; Jeffrey Gettleman, NYTimes East Africa Bureau Chief and Pulitzer Prize winner; Yomi Abiola, Model, Activist and journalist; Zainab Salbi, Founder Women for Women International; Esther Ibanga, Pastor, Women on the Plateau Peace Initiative; and Letty Chiwara, Chief of Africa Division, UN Women.

With special messages from: Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group; Cherie Blair, Founder, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Angela Dean, Director, Global Business Development at Partner Africa; Ben Stone, CEO, Indego Africa; Ruma Bose, Serial Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Philanthropist and Author; Jill Iscol, President, IF Hummingbird Foundation; Sarah Brown, President, PiggyBankKids, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood; Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, Former President of Chile; Minna Salami, Founder, MsAfropolitan blog and Boutique; Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women’s Issues; and Francoise Girard, President, International Women’s Health Coalition.

Dialogue for Action Africa will be held in conjunction with the New York Forum Africa, an annual action-oriented assembly of the world’s leading business, economic, and regulatory officials. By collaborating with New York Forum Africa, DFAA is seeking to build crosscutting partnerships between the worlds of business and NGOs. New York Forum Africa founder Richard Attias comments: “Non-profits and private enterprises have much to share with one another. They can collaborate on a host of topics, from tackling issues related to efficiency and financing to engaging in discussions of mission and ethics. Collaboration between Dialogue for Action Africa and the New York Forum Africa is a step in this direction.”

For more information please visit the Dialogue for Action Africa website at:


For more information please contact:

Cecilia Attias Foundation For Women

Katie Eid
+1-212-794-8801 x 112

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