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J-Life Shikifuton with Usagi Purple Removable Cover

J-Life Shikifuton with Usagi Purple Removable Cover

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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 imported directly from Japan that features traditional Japanese patterns.

This futon cover features a playful bunny pattern printed on plum-colored fabric. Visit our blog to learn more about rabbits in Japanese culture.

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.

Scroll through the product images to find the tatami and futon size guide, which shows the appropriate tatami mat size options for your shikifuton.

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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Bernard D.
United States United States

Simply comfortable.

It has improved my sleep however; the cover should be redesigned to unzip on three sides in order to allow the cover to be laid on the tatami matt and the shikifuton to be placed on the cover to be easily zipped up. It's a little heavy.

Kayla R.
United States United States

Saving My Hips and Back!

I've been using my new shikifuton for the last week and a half, and the difference in my sleep quality has been staggering. I've always needed firmer mattresses to prevent back, neck, and hip pain but due to my weight and tossing and turning even the firmest mattress was too soft within a year. So far when I lay down to go to sleep now, I'm getting to sleep faster and staying a lot more still than I have in the past. It's been pretty wild to wake up with the covers still on and me in roughly the same position without any soreness. I will say as far as cons go they are all small and/or manageable in my opinion. The futon itself is pretty heavy so getting it into and out of the removable cover as a single person is pretty difficult. Flipping it or rotating it to make sure everything settles evenly has also been difficult because of that weight. Finally, it is a lot warmer than any mattress I've used before and I live in a high mesa desert, so we'll see as I'm heading into summer if that becomes a bigger issue. Right now it's not too bad and I am very much looking forward to the extra heat in winter. The only other potential con if you are obese like I am is that I would highly recommend getting a pillow that you can keep between your knees if you are a side sleeper. I can use my buckweat pillow or a regular pillow on my side but without the knee pillow I find that I still get a pressure point on my hip that becomes painful after a while. With the knee pillow that is completely alleviated and it helps keep my spine in alignment. I already had one and don't mind using it, but I know some folks may be uncomfortable with that set up.