The Organic Cotton & Wool Shikibuton takes the traditional cotton shikibuton and goes it one better by adding a layer of insulating, moisture resistant and fluffy 100% organic wool while still utilizing the traditional Japanese construction methods established centuries ago.
The cotton and wool construction shares the same contemporary look, supportive feel, and versatility of our Organic Cotton Shikibuton, but has the added benefits of organic wool – moisture resistance, thermal regulation, and mildew resistance - creating a more comfortable sleep experience and a longer lasting bed (the wool acts as a protective layer around the cotton).
Our shikibutons are made from layers of 100% organic cotton and wool encased in 100% organic cotton twill and then hand-tufted for long lasting comfort.
Surprisingly lightweight at approximately four inches thick (we build by weight), our shikibutons are easily folded and stored to make better use of your space and are instantly available for overnight guests. And 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 adding a topper for a customized and customizable bed set-up.
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 (see care tab), although we have many customers who are still comfortably using Soaring Heart shikibutons bought fifteen years ago. To see measurements, click the size guide button above.
All of our organic mattresses, futons, and shikibutons fully meet federal flame retardant guidelines (1632 and 1633) and pass all requisite tests without the use of any synthetic or chemical fire retardants whatsoever; no PBDE's, no boric acid powder, no nothin’ - just organic cotton and wool. There are no prescriptions needed or hoops to jump through, just peace of mind that you are on the safest, healthiest, and most comfortable mattress available.
Each Soaring Heart Organic Cotton & Wool Shikibuton is made by hand in our Seattle workshop from layers of long-fiber organic cotton sustainably grown in the United States and Premium organic wool batting, our own blend of wools sourced from eight different breeds of sheep hailing from the Oregon and California coasts. These layers of supportive cotton and soft organic wool are then hand tufted to insure superior resilience and enduring comfort.
Keep Your Shikibuton On 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. We do need to see it in person so we can assess what needs to be done, but once we figure it out we can usually finish the revitalization that same day.
For customers outside the Seattle Area who want to ship the item for revitalization services, simply put the item in a box, pay for shipping to our Seattle location and we will pay the shipping to return your revitalized item to you.
Schedule a Revitalization
I love my handcrafted, organic, cotton and wool shikibuton! It is very comfortable, healthy, beautiful and versatile. Since moving to an organic bed, I no longer wake up stiff, achy or congested. I now get a deep sleep and wake up rested, refreshed and rejuvenated. Combined with the organic deluxe wool topper and tatami mats, it is truly the best bed I have ever owned. Thank you Soaring Heart Natural Beds!
- Kim Brooks
I'm in love with my new cotton/wool shikibuton! It has transformed my sleep experience. Thank you for making such high-quality, affordable products with so much heart!
- Julie S., San Francisco CA
I just got my shikibuton and love it! Thanks so much!
- Hannah Moore
Philosophically, I have changed my idea of comfort. Meaning this bed is not comfortable in the American traditional sense but in my idea of traditional sleep this hits the spot and is now very comfortable! I had some really bad SI joint problems that would leave me so locked up that getting out of my old bed was really a chore. This Shikibuton has been a major part in my arsenal to remedy my back problem and in general it fits my idea of simple living. Please let the company in some way know that I appreciate the work yall have done. Thank you again for getting me a deal on this shiki! I have recommended this to other friends.
We purchased our first shikibuton, medium buckwheat pillows, mini buckwheat pillows, and wool mattress pad from Soaring Heart and we could not be happier! I did A LOT of research on shikibutons and somehow ended up on Soaring Heart. Not only are their online reviews fabulous but their customer service is phenomenal. We appreciate their ability to answer all our questions as well as their fabulous products. This is the best sleep we have ever had! We would highly recommend their shikbutons and pillows to everyone looking for great sleep that is good for the brain and body. The only thing we wish they had is a showroom in Minnesota!