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J-Life Limited Edition Traditional Japanese Shikibuton

$399.95 - Free Ground Shipping*

Authentic Japanese Fabric Cover, Authentic Size

For centuries the Japanese have made beds in a unique way to fit a simple yet elegant lifestyle.

Futons covered in exquisite fabrics. Futons filled with pure and simple cotton. Futons that offer comfort at night and compact storage during the day.

We have reproduced small quantities of this quintessential Japanese futon mattress and can now proudly offer the J-Life Traditional Japanese Shikifuton in four distinctive limited edition 100% cotton fabrics from Japan. Each is hand made using vintage equipment found nowhere else in the United States.

The J-Life Limited Edition Traditional Japanese Shiki Futon is about the size of a twin mattress in the United States - 100cm x 200cm (39” x 78.75”). 4” of 100% USA cotton inside. It folds easily into thirds for storage.

The Japanese cover these futons in white cotton covers. Ours comes with a removable 100% cotton ultra sateen cover - shown at left.

This futon ships within 24 hours excluding weekends and holidays. 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Comfort level: Firm.

*Free Ground Shipping is limited to the continental United States.

The J-Life Shikifuton is an authentic Japanese Futon

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, talked to shikibuton master craftsmen in Japan and developed the design of the J-Life Shikifuton.


True to Japanese custom, our futon is made from pure cotton. The J-Life Shikifuton has no wool, foam or innersprings.


The cover is also 100% unbleached cotton duck - tough enough to warrant the Manufacturers 5 Year Warranty on materials and construction.


The futon features 'knife' edges that make it lay flatter and fold more easily. Fold our futon into thirds for storage.


The J-Life Shikifuton is available in two thicknesses, a four inch and a more traditional 3 inch. (In Japan, new shikibuton are about 3 inches thick. Our more popular 4 inch futon is made to accommodate the larger frames of American sleepers.)


Comfort level is firm.


Ships within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays)


The J-Life Shikifuton is also available with a custom removable cover made of 100% cotton fabrics imported from Japan. Shop for them here.

Futon Sizes

J-Life Shikifutons are sized to fit American bed frames. Please note that Japanese style shikifutons are not meant for American futon frames. They require a flat solid surface such as a platform bed or tatami or floor.

Cot Twin Twin XL Full Queen
30" x 75" 39" x 75" 39" x 80" 54" x 75" 60" x 80"

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

The Japanese Futon

For centuries, the people of Japan have had to make the best of the little space available. The average family had one room, which served all purposes - eating, sleeping, working, and living.

Out of this grew the Japanese futon.

Shikifuton, also called shiki futon, shikibuton or shiki buton, is the Japanese Mattress.

The premise behind a Shiki Futon is not to be a cheap alternative to a bed but rather to be a complete sleep system.

However, your level of desired comfort depends on a number of factors. The most important factor when considering how much of the sleep system to purchase is what you are sleeping on now.

Your body and all its muscles adjust to your sleeping surface over time. Just as you may wakeup feeling sore or uncomfortable or get a poor night's sleep in a hotel room, you may have a short adjustment period to your new futon. This is usually about a week.

If you have been sleeping on an American Futon that is typically 6-12 inches in thickness or a sofa or directly on the floor, the Shiki Futon will be heaven in comparison. If you have been sleeping on a pillow top mattress, and transition over, you may find the Shiki Futon a bit firm.

The best way to determine your needs is to purchase the Shiki Futon to start. Try it for at least a week. If you feel that you need additional support or comfort, purchase the 3-Fold Mattress.

Everyone is unique in their sleep needs and only you know what you need, however, we have found in hundreds of cases that most people who have suffered a bad back and cannot sleep for more than a couple of hours at a time due to muscle soreness, etc. have seen some type of improvement by using our Shiki Futon. This is due to the proper posture attained by sleeping on a firmer surface and adding our Soba Gara Makura (Buckwheat Hull Pillow) for proper body alignment.