Futon mattresses are easy to make.
If you want to have one to rest on be sure that making it is well within your reach.
Futon is originally from Japan.
It is their traditional style of bedding.
The complete set has a mattress and a duvet.
The set is made in such a way that ensures they can be aired, folded and kept away in storage when not in use.
The room where they are laid can be used for other purposes.
A futon mattress is not only affordable but also eco-friendly.
The most interesting thing is that you can easily make it by yourself.
If you are among the people who love and enjoy doing DIY projects, this is for you.
It will be a great chance to make something incredible and quite affordable.
The best thing about making the mattress yourself is that you can customize it to your specific requirements.
Also, you can make it in any size you want, not only the standard sizes available in the shops.
Simple steps required to making a DIY futon mattress:
You will require a few tools.
They include a measuring tape, mattress cover, foam block and an upholstery needle.
The instructions are as follows
- Make the right measurements
This is the first step. It is an important one since it will determine the size of your mattress.
If you want the futon mattress to be placed in your old bed, you will be required to measure the size of that bed.
You can also measure the size of the old mattress if you still have it.
In the case you don’t have anything to measure to determine the size, you can use the standard sizes which are as follows:
A full-size mattress is 54 by 75 inches; a queen mattress is 60 by 80 inches in size and lastly a king size mattress is 78 by 80 inches.
If you want a specific size that is not necessarily a standard size, ensure you have the measurements for that too.
This step will guide in getting the right size of foam and the size of the mattress cover.
Ensure you are keen and accurate when doing this.
- Ensure you get the right foam
After having the right measurements, it’s now time to go shop for the right foam.
Many shops that sell fabrics and crafts have foams.
This makes this step a walk in the park.
Ensure you carry your measurements when going to shop.
When shopping for the foam, the main thing to look out for is if the foam is flexible and can bend over to suit a futon mattress.
Also, you may not get the exact measurements and may have to cut it to suit your size.
Some stores may help you in doing this.
If they don’t, just use your knife and measuring tape to cut your foam block to the required size.
- Look for the right kind of mattress cover
After selecting the right foam for your mattress, it’s now time to look for a cover for your new mattress.
Having your measurements at hand go to a store that sells mattress covers and select one depending on your preference.
When purchasing the mattress cover, ensure you purchase a good quality one that fits perfectly.
A mattress cover plays a big role in ensuring the futon mattress stays durable for a long time.
Foam cannot be washed and thus the cover acts as its protector.
The cover will prevent any dirt or spills from getting into the mattress.
It is also removable and thus can be washed regularly to avoid any odors from entering the mattress.
When odors get to the mattress they can be quite hard to get rid of.
To avoid this, the cover should be washed regularly.
- Prepare the mattress cover
If you’ve chosen a regular cover that is not zipped, you’ll need to tuft the sheet along the edges.
An upholstery needle will be required for this.
You can leave one end un-stitched for the cover to be removable.
If you selected a zippered mattress cover, you will not need to go through this step.
- Making the mattress
The final step is making the mattress.
After all the preparations, we can finally make the futon mattress.
This last step is quite easy, and anyone can do it.
You will need to place the foam block on the floor and stuff it into the mattress cover.
When doing this, you will be required to constantly arrange the cover sheet along the edges to ensure a smooth finish.
And that’s it, you have your futon mattress!
You can now lay on a bed sheet and a comforter and enjoy a comfortable sleep in a new mattress that you made all by yourself!
Caring for a futon mattress
After making your futon mattress, the next step is to take care of it.
You need to do this for it to last longer.
It can be quite disappointing after doing all this hard work and the mattress does not last for long forcing you to look for Go Load up.
Below are some tips that can assist in ensuring your futon mattress stays new longer and in good condition.
- Ensure you wash your mattress cover regularly for maintenance and to avoid any odors. If odors get to the mattress it will be difficult to get them out. Therefore, the mattress cover needs to be washed regularly. Also, a good mattress cover avoids dirt or any spill from getting into the mattress.
- Rotate your mattress. This helps in avoiding thinning quickly and preventing it from being uncomfortable. If the mattress is used regularly, it can be rotated once a month or after a few months of use.
- Airing the mattress out in the sun is also a good way of taking care of it. The fresh air will aid in rejuvenating the fibers in the mattress especially if they are mashed together.
- Ensure the futon mattress is not placed directly on the floor. This is to avoid any wetness that can form mildew. You can use a slatted frame to keep the mattress off the floor.