We talked about how we were going to discuss futon mattress covers that were not only good for you but also your guests (in case that’s who uses your futon). With all the talk these days of ‘eco’ this and ‘green’ that, we thought it would be a great lead into this article regarding the organic materials that can be used for your or your guest’s bedding. Have you ever heard of all the mites, dust and chemical off-gassing that is happening right under your nose every night? Maybe there are some things to think about the causes of snoring as well. The jury seems to be out in most cases of snoring problems. All that is offered to some people is a snoring mask and a tank of oxygen. Maybe with a cleaner environment, their sinuses and other air passages would not get swollen.
It’s been well established that the contents of many typical brand name and popular ‘traditional’ mattresses contain several different types of chemicals and compounds that will ‘off-gas’, especially when new – which is how most people prefer to buy their mattresses. Now, while futon covers won’t necessarily block this off-gassing as they are fabric and allow gases to come through, they will be a wonderful complement to protect your best organic futon mattress. So, what’s so special about organic covers, sheets, or bedding you might be wondering?
Other Types of Futon Slipcovers Are Available
What makes organic cotton slipcovers so appealing is for their health benefits to you and the guests you care about. You might now want to put one on the in-law’s futon, but that’s your business – hehe. Really, wouldn’t you rather know that just a few inches away from your nose and mouth is a totally safe, organic fabric that won’t irritate or harm you? Whether you use your futon as a couch, lounger, or bed – the benefits of organic are clear. There are other health benefits as well. Because organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and such, you can be comfortable knowing that your other ‘resting place’ (ie. planet earth) will not be harmed by such chemicals. Many times, the companies that make and market organic cotton futon covers will also use natural dyes or some stitching to enhance the look even further. Not only that, but many of these companies will also employ fair labor practices by paying fair wages and avoiding sweatshop labor. This is certainly an added bonus – and think, you just thought you were helping yourself with your new organic covers.
Since there are several manufacturers of these futon bed covers, you’ll want to do a little more research before settling on one. Check to make sure that all these qualities exist with the company you choose. Also, if your slipcover has a zipper, brass is the way to go. One more important note: make sure to order the size of your futon cover about 2″ deeper than your futon mattress height to allow for shrinkage that will occur. For example, your futon mattress is 6″ tall, order the 8″ size cover.
How do you care for your organic cotton covers? The recommendations for washing futon covers are to use mild, biodegradable detergents (no bleach) and tumble dry low (remove promptly) – same as you would for any of your other regular cottons.
Finally, what can you expect to pay for one of these organic futon covers? You should check around online because prices do vary greatly. You shouldn’t spend more than a few hundred, depending on the size of your futon mattress.
Futon Mattress Covers To The Rescue!
From the dorm room to the board room. That’s what you could say about the turnaround of the image of the infamous futon mattress. Okay, so maybe not the boardroom, but definitely the bedroom again. What used to be reserved for the sleep weary on a budget has become somewhat of a chic item in many households that can afford the finest Egyptian cotton sheets money can buy. Why do you think this mindset has shifted? Well, you probably already know, that’s how you found yourself here, looking for futon covers. But to many people like you searching, the question remains: what types of futon cover patterns and futon cover fabrics are available?
Because of their ease of use and ability to transform a room in moments by simply changing what you’ve got covering the futon mattress itself. As you continue your search, you will find that there are styles, fabrics, and sizes to fit any futon mattress and any budget. From roughly $30 for basic cotton covers in a simple pattern up to $300 or more for luxurious fabrics and patterns, like leather. Or, as one contestant would say on one of those ‘Project Runway’ seasons ‘letha’. Yes, she was from New York. Yup, can you believe it, leather futon covers!
Whether you’re used to futon slipcovers or not, it will take you about the time it takes to put away your laundry to have your new cover in place. The hard part is picking which one to buy. That’s where this site comes in. We’re dedicated to covering all the angles you can think of. If there is something we’ve missed, stay tuned, because it will show up in a future post here. If it exists in the futon world, it will be discussed here. That’s what is so great about the internet, we’re actually able to have a forum to discuss specific topics like this.
Remember, the internet is a great place to search for cheap futon covers, but that doesn’t mean you will scrimp on quality. In future posts, we’re going to talk about a specific fabric and its pros and cons. It’s not necessarily a discount futon cover, but it isn’t made of gold or silk thread either. If you think you already know what fabric you’re going to go with, hold on! If you are stuck on leather, then we can’t stop you (it is pretty cool) but you’ll get some benefit from reading our next installment. Hint: these futon covers are good for you AND your guests for several reasons.