The history of the futon

by Shameelah Khan March 02, 2022 2 min read

The history of the futon

Now, we’re sure that you've heard about the futon bed. But did you know that this bed is not necessarily as modern as it seems? Did you also know that it originated in a country in East Asia? Well, here at Funritureful we decided to create this insightful blog on the history of the futon so that all our wonderful customers can gain a better insight into this bed that is being more and more popular day by day. Whether you’re an avid history buff or just obsessed about the variety of beds available out there, this blog is sure to be for you. So, without further ado let’s get into it!


Where and when did the futon bed originate from?


The futon bed is a traditional bed that originated from Japan. It came about in the 17th century as a bed for nobles. The futon bed then gained widespread popularity from the 18th century due to their ease of use and the fact that they could be rolled up and put away when they are not being used.


What does a futon bed consist of?


A futon bed is made up of quite simply a bed and mattress. In Japan these are calledshikibuton and kakebuton respectively.


How are modern futon beds cleaned? 


Modern futon beds require airing so that they do not develop mould. This means that most Japanese people air their futons by hanging them over balconies. Alternatively, those who have no space to air their futons can use a futon dryer instead. A futon dryer is an electric device that warms and dries futons by allowing warm air to enter through it.


So, now that you've learned about some of the illustrious history of the Japanese futon, what do you think? Comment down below!

Shameelah Khan
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