Mirthglen, the parent company of Futonsonline was formed in 1980 as an independent specialist futon company involved in the manufacture and retailing of futon furniture. Initially "futons" were a category of the furniture trade that wasn't well known but that situation evolved steadily.
Over the next twenty years futon products could be found on most high streets and in many department stores, establishing their niche in the furniture world. We have always believed that futon sofabeds are unique with enormous potential and not a disposable product with built-in obsolescence which is the way catalogue companies and supermarkets have tended to regard ready to assemble furniture.
Mirthglen, grew to be a company with six shops spread across the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium and the Netherlands. We used our experiences to design wooden and steel futon sofabeds and were part of the breakthrough into quality futon products that offer comfort and durability at affordable price points.
In the past decade Asian companies with modern facilities have made a good job of manufacturing wooden and steel futon frames, part of the reason why they have a virtual monopoly of supply. Our range of frames reflects the diversity that currently exists but better news is that all our futon mattresses are hand made in the UK.
Some of the fillings used for our mattresses are at the cutting edge of natural fibre technology and recent customers have been very suprised by the advances of contemporary futon mattresses, they look neater, are much lighter and last longer. These positive attributes make "convertible" furniture an ideal option that will not disappoint.
Worldwide, people have realised a futon offers an excellent sleeping and sitting surface at a realistic price and compare favourably to upholstered sofabeds that have limitations when used as a bed, as the mattresses used are a block of foam that has to squeezed under the sitting surface.
As an environmentally aware company we realise timber is a scarce resource and therefore make every effort to find suppliers that use renewable resources.
If your futon mattress has seen better days but the frame is still OK we offer a simple solution, get a new futon lease of life with a replacement futon mattresses. How you feel about your mattress usually defies easy description and futon mattresses are no different, but, at futonsonline.co.uk we have a wide range to ensure there's something from our selection to suit your particular requirements.
The past 30 years has seen a massive improvement in overall quality of naturally filled futon mattresses. Better, more varied fillings are now lighter and stronger, production methods have changed and modern methods have led to improved retention of mattress shape and form. Greater variety in the range gives scope to aid and provide solutions for customers with individual needs. Most of our fillings are natural but we do use man made materials where appropriate, if a customer asks for a futon mattress that needs a quick recovery from body "impressions" or needs to be particularly light, we can suggest a model and in different sizes.
Our futon mattress range is precision cut to size and pre compressed to avoid compacting and lumpiness. Hand finished and made in the UK, our videos demonstrate the care we like to take in providing naturally filled futon mattresses that are manageable and flexible.
Our belief that it's important to offer healthy mattresses which must be also comfortable and affordable set us a formidable challenge. To say its taken over 2 years to devise, sample, source materials and then manufacture with textiles that are new to the market would be an achievement but it doesn't tell the most difficult part of the story. The UK has in place Fire Retardent legislation, these laws have standards that require a lot of testing but we stuck to our task and have the required certification, I'm pleased to say.
If you are interested in the debate that rages regarding Fire or Flame Retardents and their effects please have a look at the videos on these pages. To make a mattress with a cover that was legally chemical free is a sucess story for Woodbury in Devon.
Just to show how much we care about choice and that our customers should be able to choose what will suit them and their desire for comfort, we have Chemical Free Covers available in either CottonSafe or Pure Choice. Click on the product pages for more information.