How to Make a Futon Mattress

Do you need a new mattress, but you want to try out something different and save both money and the environment at the same time? Have you thought about making your own futon mattress?

Futon mattresses are one of the most affordable and eco-friendly sleeping solutions and even more so if you make one by yourself.

Although making a futon mattress may seem to be a complicated thing to do, you will be pleased to learn that doing this is well within your abilities.

In this guide we will provide a few simple tips on how to create a perfect futon mattress for you. Last updated Jun 24, 2020 @ 4:01 pm

Making Your Own Futon Mattress

When making your own futon mattress, expect to spend some money on materials that will be both firm and supportive and thick enough to provide you with the support and cushioning that you need.

But, expect to save too, compared to the cost of a store-bought mattress and futon, when you make a traditional futon mattress yourself.

Step 1 – Taking Measures

Before you buy materials for your futon mattress, you need to determine how big it will be and how much space it will need. You can stick to the standard sizes and measure your old mattress for instance to get the exact size of your new futon mattress.

Although this may seen as unnecessary, this step will help you determine the size of your new mattress cover and the amount of foam and other materials you need to buy. Therefore, be sure to make your measurements as precise as possible.

Step 2 – Get the Right Materials

Now that you have taken necessary measurements, you can get the materials you need to make your own futon mattress.

Usually all fabric specialty shops and craft stores have large sheets of foam rubber and other materials you will need, so finding the right material for your new mattress shouldn’t be that hard.

Make sure you bring your measurements with you so the store staff can cut the sheet of your choice down to the size you need.

If you are looking for foam, make sure the type of foam you choose is very flexible as the the layers of foams that are too thick won’t be able to bend in a manner that conforms to the shape of most futon frames and they won’t be that comfortable.

Use the upholstery needle to tuft the foam sheets along the edges. If you have foam blocks thicker than 6 inches, you can tuft the layers together for a couple of time to avoid slipping.

You can also get the cotton batting and make the stacked layers of cotton and use them to make the futon mattress. Use an upholstery needle and sturdy thread to keep the batting from shifting during use and draw the thread through all the layers about every six to nine inches and knot it off underneath.

If you plan to make a higher futon mattress with many layers of cotton batting, you can tuft a few of them at a time and tack the adjacent layers together at the corners.

Step 4 – Get an Appropriate Fabric Envelope and Cover

Now that you have chosen the foam or cotton batting and made the layers out of them, it’s time to make an envelope and cover for the same.

Get muslin or a couple of cotton sheets and create a fabric envelope to contain the foam or cotton batting.

For the cover, you can use a cotton cover again, or use a regular zipped mattress cover, or even mattress protector or something else, depending upon the measurements you took.

Make sure the cover you choose is washable and removable so you can take it off and wash it when necessary.


If you need a new mattress, you can either buy an expensive mattress or make a futon mattress and save both money and environment instead.

Although making your own futon mattress may seem a complicated thing to do, it doesn’t require a great effort and you can do it yourself.

Follow these few simple steps that we mentioned above, take the measurements, find the right materials and build yourself a comfortable mattress.

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