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J-Life Shikifuton with Solid White Removable Cover

J-Life Shikifuton with Solid White Removable Cover

11 reviews


Regular price $395.00 USD
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Like sleeping in Japan!

Made to painstaking traditional Japanese specifications by an American manufacturer, the J-Life Shikifuton offers the ultimate comfort of a true shikibuton. This authentic Japanese futon comes with a beautiful removable cover in 100% cotton imported Japanese fabric, as pictured.


Years ago, we decided to offer Americans a true Japanese style mattress; one constructed of quality materials, without foam or innersprings - pure and simple. So, we deconstructed Japanese shikibutons, worked with master shikifuton craftsmen in Japan, and developed the design of the J-Life Shikifuton. Now, over 20 years later, the J-Life shikifuton is a trusted choice for those looking for a reliable, authentic Japanese style sleep experience.

All-Natural Materials

True to Japanese custom, our futon is composed of a pure, 100% unbleached cotton duck cover, filled with 100% American-grown cotton. The J-Life Shikifuton has no wool, foam or innersprings. In accordance with US fire retardant standards, our shikifuton mattress uses naturally-derived boron as a fire retardant.

The custom zippered removable cover is designed to snugly fit our Japanese mattress. Each custom removable cover is handmade of high-quality, 100% cotton fabric. This futon cover is made of crisp solid white fabric.

Futon Firmness

The J-Life Shikifuton is available in two thicknesses: a popular 4-inch option and a more traditional 3-inch. Firm sleep surfaces, like that of a Japanese style floor mattress, help to improve sleep posture, resulting in rewarding sleep and pain-free mornings. Comfort level is firm.

Scale showing firmness of shikifuton mattress: on a scale of 1 (soft) to 10 (firm) a 4" shikifuton is a 6 and a 3" shikifuton is an 8

J-Life Futons & Tatami Mats

Traditionally, a Japanese futon mattress is intended for use on a flat solid surface, such as a tatami mat, floor, or platform bed. While J-Life Shikifutons are sized to fit American bed frames, please note that they are not meant for American style futon frames. Pair your shikifuton with a Japanese tatami mat to ensure proper air circulation and to provide added comfort.

Use our guide below to find the coordinating tatami mat size for your shikifuton:

J-Life Tatami and Shikibuton Sizing | Shikifuton and tatami mat size guide/ chart

*King size futons are made by placing two Twin XL futons side-by-side.

J-Life Japanese Mattress Sizes

The J-Life Shikibuton mattress can also be ordered without a custom removable cover. We also offer a Shikifuton Protective Cover for extra protection against dirt and moisture.

Visit the J-Life Blog to find our Shikifuton Care Guide, FAQs, and more product resources.

Please allow 5 to 7 days for production before shipping (excluding weekends and holidays).

Please Note: Due to compression caused by the packing and shipping process, futons may be smaller than their actual size upon delivery. Please allow your shikifuton at least 1-2 weeks to expand to its actual size.

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Donovan SVG verified by SHOP

Best thing I ever slept on 100000% recommend it

Isabel SVG verified by SHOP
United States United States

Very comfortable…my back health has improved so much. It’s high quality and you just have to remember to flip it so it gets even use and you get the most out of the cotton layers.

Robert C.
United States United States

Decent, but stinky

I used to own a twin size J-life shikibuton and slept on it for about 3 years with positive results—that was around 10 years ago. When I moved states, it was damaged and I stayed in an apartment for a while that was already furnished, so I’ve moved back to mattresses for a while, getting a new one about once every two years because I can’t find a good one. Lately I wanted to come back to the shikibuton, so I got one from J-Life in queen size. As it came, it was lumpier than I remember my old one being, and the odor is quite strong. I gave this a month of letting it air out and fluff up in a spare bedroom before I slept on it. The lumpiness hasn’t really gone away, despite beating on it while it hung freely over some furniture, but sleeping on it a week or so, the lumpy spots have compressed enough that it’s not an issue. It’s absolutely fine as a side sleeper, but you do want something soft under it, like carpeting or tatami, so you don’t get pressure points on your hip and shoulders. I’m using tatami, also from J-Life, which is great. My main issue at this point is that this shikibuton really has a sharp, chemical smell, which I assume is the boron fire retardant that the cotton has been treated with. Pure cotton doesn’t smell like this. Granted, you don’t smell it as much when you have a cover or fitted sheet over the futon, but it’s definitely still there. It’s not pleasant…maybe you could say it’s a neutral odor, but I’m leaning toward slightly gross and unpleasant. I don’t remember it being this strong on my old shikibuton, but maybe I got used to it back then. Jury is still out if I can get used to it again, but after a month, it has not gone away.

Megan R.
United States United States


I love my new J-Life mattress!! Best sleep of my life!

Sabrina P.
United States United States

Best sleep of my life

My husband and I have been sleeping on this futon for about 2 weeks now and we have both never slept better in our lives! The cover was definitely worth the investment as well since it is a thick and good quality cotton cover. We will never go back to sleeping on a traditional bed that’s for sure.