A thin mattress like a quilt, placed on the floor or on a very low platform frame, for use as a bed or chair.
Any of various kinds of low couch or chair that can be unfolded to serve as a simple platform bed.
A thin mattress of tufted cotton batting or similar material, placed on a floor or on a raised, foldable frame.
Origin of futon
Japanese ultimately (although the first syllable is now written with the kanji for fu cloth) from early Mandarin phu´ thↄn´ a kind of mat (Modern Mandarin pútuán cushion made from rushes, hassock made from cattails) phu´ rushes, reeds, aquatic grasses (such as those used for bedding, for example) (from Middle Chinese pfiuə̆) thↄn´ round, to roll into a ball (from Middle Chinese tfiuan)