A modern twist on the Japanese classic, the Organic Latex Shikibuton perfectly blends the versatile, minimalist shikibuton with the supple comfort of 100% organic Dunlop latex wrapped in 100% organic wool and cotton twill.
This shikibuton is great for apartments or for people who love the feel of latex but don't want a larger traditional mattress. Surprisingly lightweight and only four inches thick, our shikibutons are easily folded and stored to make better use of your space or be available when guests are in town.
If you want to keep the versatility of the shikibuton, but want a softer sleep experience, try layering two or more shikibutons on top of each other or add a topper for a customized and customizable bed set-up. We recommend a Latex Shikibuton with an Organic Cotton Shikibuton on top of it and capped off with an Organic Latex Topper.
Organic shikibutons work best when used with a Tatami Frame and Tatami Mat set-up, which best emulates the traditional tatami mat flooring used in Japan. Preferable to the floor or bed slats (slats can be felt through a single or even two shikibutons), tatami mats allow the shikibuton to rest on a flat, solid surface while still being able to properly breathe. Good ventilation will make your shikibuton last longer. For a truly traditional experience, match your new shikibuton with an Organic Buckwheat Pillow.
Our shikibutons, like all of Soaring Heart's mattresses, are made of only the highest quality materials using time-honored construction techniques. Your shikibuton should last you eight to ten years with proper maintenance, although we have many customers who are still comfortably using Soaring Heart shikibutons bought fifteen years ago. To see measurements, check the size chart below.
- Please allow a 2-3 week lead time for production, as this is a handmade product.
When we say all natural and organic, we mean it. Since 1982 Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company has been making mattresses and bedding using time-tested techniques, honed and polished over three decades. Soaring Heart makes everything by hand and uses only the highest quality, certified organic, materials available.
Soaring Heart works closely with our suppliers. We travel to their operations, getting to know them and their materials. We collaborate with our suppliers so we can meet and exceed our exacting standards. We take huge pride in our products and in all the people behind them.
It's because of these special relationships with our suppliers and their wonderful organic wool, organic latex, organic cotton and their commitment to upholding organic certifications that we aren’t forced to spoil our products with chemicals or synthetics. No Soaring Heart product has any chemical-based foam or synthetic fire retardants whatsoever.
Our latex is made from pure rubber tree sap. We use organic wool as our fire barrier, and it is selected from only the finest sheep farms in New Zealand. Our cotton is 100% organically grown in the cotton fields of Texas. Nothing but good, honest organic materials provided by good, honest people.
We are very proud that our latex used in mattresses, pillows and more is >95% organic; GOLS certified.
Keep Your Shikibuton Off Non-Breathable Surfaces
We recommend all futons and shikibutons be kept off the floor. Latex and innerspring mattress need to be kept on slats. Not keeping your latex or innerspring mattress on a slatted frame or foundation will void its warranty.
The more air that can circulate around all surfaces of your natural bed, the better. When not exposed to air, cotton can begin to mildew because the temperature difference between your body heat passing through the futon and the relative coldness of a non-breathable surface (the floor, solid plywood, etc...) can allow condensation to build up.
Use an All Natural Mattress Pad For Prevention
To prevent body moisture from getting into your bed (which can prematurely compress and harden the natural fibers and make your bed lumpy and uncomfortable), always sleep with one of our all natural organic cotton pads . Don't use a poly-blend pad. They aren't absorbent and can cause you to perspire more during sleep. Wash and dry your natural mattress pad with your sheets. Make sure the pad is completely dry before putting it back on your bed, and your mattress will stay clean and healthy for years to come.
Flip & Rotate
Make sure your organic futon or shikibuton wears evenly (avoiding body impressions) by flipping and rotating it regularly, so you end up sleeping on all different parts of the bed equally. We recommend doing this once a week for the first month, then once every other week thereafter.
Give Your Bed a Sun Bath
A couple times a year, on a sunny day, put your futon, shikibuton, or topper outside in the sun for an hour or two on each side. It's like giving your bed a natural dry-cleaning. The sun fluffs and revitalizes the fibers, discourages microbial growth, and evaporates any residual moisture. Does not apply to latex - latex can be deteriorated by sunlight.
Even if you lovingly follow all the steps listed above, there may come a day when your natural bed doesn't feel quite as comfortable as it originally did. In that case, feel free to click the button below to send us information about your product so we can schedule a revitalization time. Often times, all that's necessary to bring new life to your faithful futon is a few new layers of cotton or wool, and that can cost significantly less than a new bed. This service is for Seattle area residents only.
Schedule a Revitalization
I got the organic latex shikibuton and the wool mattress pad. Love them both. The only problem I have is I now don't want to get up in the morning because I am too comfortable. Rob was great every step of the way-helping me with shipping to Alaska, which is a feat in itself sometimes.
- Sheri H.