Buying a futon can be a great investment. They are incredibly versatile; during the day you can use it as a sofa and at nighttime easily turn it into a bed. Many brand-name mattress manufacturers now produce top quality futon mattresses. The Jamison Futon Mattress is one such example.
Before buying a futon mattress you should make sure it is compatible with the futon frame. There are basically two types of frame; bi-fold and tri-fold. The bi-fold simply folds the mattress in half to form the seat and back support. A tri-fold frame will fold it into thirds; one third being the seat, one third being the back, and the final third either folding over the back or underneath the seat. The tri-fold utilizes the shorter "width" of the mattress for seating while the bi-fold utilizes the longer "length". The Jamison futon mattress is designed for use with a bi-fold frame.
Futon mattresses used to be very simple affairs but many mattress manufacturers now make ones that can offer more or less the same comfort and support of many conventional mattresses. The Jamison futon mattress definitely falls into this category. The mattress is a semi-firm support cotton wrapped foam futon mattress. The construction of the mattress is first rate and comprises the following key points.
The twill fabric used provides proper strength to hold the tuft in the mattress. This is an important component because many futon mattresses have a short life expectancy but a Jamison will give many years service.
The futon mattress is 9” thick. This is great for that comfort feel. However, because the mattress is so thick, the futon mattress has mainly been designed for use as a bed rather than a sofa, something to be borne in mind.
The main support and comfort feel comes from the use of a blend of 9” multi-firmness 1.5 lb density foam; most futons of this quality and price-range have the same components, so nothing unusual here.
The cotton batting is pre-flattened with high pressure in the packaging process so the mattress will keep its shape and feel longer.
Finally, the tape edge closing process insures proper fit and finish of the mattress cover.
The futon mattress comes in the usual sizes; full size, queen size, twin size, chair size, full split and twin split.
The company's futon mattress is good; however, as the mattress has been designed to be mainly used as a bed, it might have been better if it had designed a mattress that incorporated springs into the mattress as with the Sealy Posturepedic Futon Mattress. There’s no denying that springs definitely add to the support, comfort and longevity of a futon mattress. However, it must be said that inner springs don’t come cheap; the Sealy Posturepedic Futon mattress is considerably more expensive that the Jamison Futon mattress.
All in all, the Jamison futon mattress is a good quality mattress in its price range and is made by one of the best, independent mattress manufacturers in the U.S.