Foam Shikibuton

The foam Shikibuton is a variation of the japanese futon, a traditional bed usually used on tatamis and folded during the day to be stored.  While still a thin and firm sleeping surface, the foam in the center will offer a softer cushion for sleepers that might find the Eucalyptus Shikibuton or Cotton Shikibuton too firm.  The foam Shikibuton is also a perfect option for a mattress topper.

  • Heat-regulating
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Made in Quebec
  • No Excess Packaging
  • Soft and Durable Fabric

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Futon d’or : Manufacturer Since 1981

Estimated Production Time : 0-4 weeks.

  • Our mattresses, futons and bolster cushions are hand-crafted using very few machinery and minimum packaging to reduce environmental impact.
  • All our products are inspected one by one for quality control.
  • The mattresses are standard North American sizes, select the needed size for more details.
  • We can make custom-size mattresses, futons and covers for all kind of usage : special size, floor cushions, recreational vehicule or other personalized project. Contact us with details about your project.

Special Orders Production Time : 4-6 weeks.


Foam Shikibuton Components

The Foam Shikibuton is made of two layers of eucalyptus fiber for freshness and 2″ of soft foam. Compared to our Eucalyptus Shikibuton or Cotton Shikibuton, it is softer.

This Shikibuton contains :

  • Made of two layers of eucalyptus fiber and 2″ of soft foam.
  • The initial thickness is approximatelay 4″ and gradually compresses.

The symmetrical confection allows a rotation of the Shikibuton and makes it last much longer.

Recommended for sleepers looking for :

  • a fresh, hypoallergenic, dust-mites resistant mattress with no toxic fire retardants added.
  • A softer version of the traditional japanese mattress that offers a firm sleeping surface.
  • A mattress that can easily be rolled or folded. Two straps are sown at the bottom to tie the futon.

Recommendations and care

  • Shikibutons are not meant to be used on a futon frame as you would feel the slats. Tatamis are recommended to keep the mattress off the ground and prevent humidity and molding, which is not covered by warranty.
  • A removable and washable cover is a great addition to your Shikibuton in long term.
  • Keep your Shikibuton clean with an occasionnal vaccum. Rolling and shaking the mattress will give back volume to the fibers and fresh air and sun will kill bacteria.
  • Make sure to rotate your Shikibuton to prevent humidity accumulation.

The Cotton Shikibuton Japanese Futon, made entirely of cotton layers for a more traditional feel, provides a firm and grounded sleeping surface.

For a wider range of authentic and comfortable Japanese futon options, explore our collection.

Component Description – Quality Foam

Quality foam is used as a core in some mattresses and allows to make a durable mattress at a very competitive price.

  • No partner disturbance as movements are absorbed.
  • Great lifespan.

Type of foam : Soy-based polyurethane 
Origin : Montreal
Density : 1.5 lb/cubic foot
Firmness Measurement : ILD/IFD firm  39-44 

The foam we use is made specifically for bedding usage. It’s non-toxic and tested and certified by an independent organism, CertiPUR-US®, to make sure to follow the specific characteristic of performance, emission and environmental impacts.

Foam has been for many years an integral part of our futons and mattress. There is a variety of foam on the market which makes our products more diversified. While foam is a synthetic product, a percentage of soya oil, usually around 18%, can be added to the manufacturing process to obtain a similar product than all-synthetic foam.

It’s possible to choose foams of different qualities and different firmness. It’s important to ask information about the density of the foam, as it will determine it’s durability. A density of 1.5 lb/cubic foot is excellent for sofa/guest bed.

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Unlike latex, the firmness of the foam is not related to it’s density.  People that are use to a firmer bedding surface will like the firm foam.

A quality foam make a very good core in a mattress due to its durability. However, if you sleep directly on the foam, it doesn’t breathe at all and the humidity makes it uncomfortable. It’s essential to add layers of natural fibers like wool and eucalyptus on the surface of the mattress so it breathes.

Component Description – Eucalyptus Fiber

Eucalyptus fiber is used as the first layer under the mattress envelope. Already used in some textile products, this fibre has extraordinary temperature-regulating properties and we are proud to be among the firsts to use it in the materials that make up our mattresses.

  • Soft and comfortable, it is ideal when combined with latex or a firm foam to achieve a balance between firmness and comfort.
  • Regulates heat well, allowing the body to remain cool and dry.
  • Naturally hypoallergenic and anti-dust mites

Volume : 2″ (5 cm) before compression
Origin : Australia
Confection : Montreal

Eucalyptus fiber is a derived product of the eucalyptus tree pulp. The produced fiber is soft and perfectly convenient for mattress manufacturing because it is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-dust mites. Its great capacity to absorb humidity compared to its volume. Eucalyptus fiber has very high humidity absorption and breathing capacity which repels parasites like dust-mites who tend to infest humid environments. Also, its very fast drying ability considerably reduces the propagation of bacteria and moist, adding to the life span of the mattress, countering the development of bad smell in long-term.

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Added to all these positive effects on our sleep, growing the eucalyptus plant is very easy, making it an eco-friendly material. The plants do not require any pesticides to survive and the tree reaches maturity very fast. Even better, eucalyptus forests almost need no water spraying to grow. Studies show that eucalyptus only needs 155 gallons of water/pound of produced fibre and half an acre of territory can produce about a ton of fibre. In comparison, organic Californian cotton drains 782 gallons of water/pound and needs 3.5 acres to get the same amount of produced fibre. Eucalyptus can also be planted on low quality lands without altering the fibre, giving access to good arable land necessary to grow high quality food.

The fiber goes through different steps for its manufacturing. The tree is first cut to wood chip and mixed with amine oxides, an organic, biodegradable and non-toxic solvent. The fiber is slowly dissolved, cellulose is extracted and its agglomeration forms the fabric. Then multiple cleaning and drying cycles finally allows creating a final product clean and soft to maximize quality and comfort.

99% of the solvent and water used in the process are recycled and used again, the loss being minimal is ideal for an eco-friendly product. Finally, the tree automatically reproduces its own new sprouts, considerably reducing the energy loss and carbon emanations form heavy machinery normally used by industries to replant trees.

Eucalyptus layers must be compressed and held by small tufts on the surface of the mattress. These tufts are made of a cotton string with a plastic end visible on the mattress, for a more handcrafted style.

Shikibuton Size Chart : Boreal Bed-size Tatamis

When used with Boreal bed-size tatamis, refer to the configuration image beside to determine the amount of tatami mats trequired to match the mattress size.

Shikibuton Size Chart : Traditional Tatamis

When used with Traditional tatamis, refer to the configuration image beside to determine the amount of tatami mats trequired to match the mattress size.

The Boreal Mattress Vision

Our Mattresses

We believe a mattress of quality is :
Healthy – Naturally hypoallergenic and without the addition of toxic flame retardants
Durable – Durable components to provide a true long-term value
Comfortable – Firm yet flexible support, and temperature regulating for a restorative sleep


Respect for our Customers
Transparent approach without any marketing gimmicks or false promotional offers
Detailed information on the materials used
Respect for the Environment
Environmentally friendly handcrafting process requiring minimal equipment
A $10 donation per mattress sold will be made to the organization Nature Conservancy Canada