Shikibuton: The Foldable Futon

Combine three foam blocks, about 21 square feet of fabric, and your personal sewing skills and you can make a shikibuton, aka a "foldable futon."



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You can stitch up a foldable futon in a few hours. It's made from three foam cushions covered in heavy fabric "jackets" hinged together in a way that allow the pillows to be folded on top of each other
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Diagram shows the approximate dimensions and assembly relationships of the foldable futon's parts.
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A foldable shikifuton provides comfortable, simple seating.
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Take your foldable futon for a walk! The lightweight mat is easy to carry along with you for visiting overnight, camping, or just lounging in the back yard.
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When it's fully extended, the mattress can serve as a convenient pallet or exercise mat.
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