Handmade Wool-Filled Shikibuton

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

Price: $432.00$873.00

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2. 62% (FLAX) LINEN and 38% COTTON
3. 49% (FLAX) LINEN and 51% COTTON
5. 100% WOOL


When choosing the fabric, you can click on the links to find more information about each or read here.

All of our fabrics are 100% natural and thus offer high moisture absorption and breathability. They are all soft to the touch but not overly soft as fabrics that have been chemically treated.


  • with piped edges (piped edges keep the mattress more structured)
  • without piped edges
  • mini piping

We can add ties at the end or elastic ring so you can roll away and store more easily your shiki. Send us a note if you like such addition.

Handmade and hand tufted with linen thread.



  • Made from all natural materials
  • Healthy and safe to sleep on
  • Non-toxic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dust mite, mold and mildew resistant
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Wool is naturally fire resistant which allows us to craft mattresses that have not been subjected to toxic flame retardants
  • Perfect for hot sleepers
  • Recommended for allergy and asthma sufferers
  • Suitable for people with chemical sensitivities
  • Wool keeps outside moisture away from the skin and wicks away perspiration, thus keeping the body warm and dry.
  • Provide motion isolation
  • Customizable firmness
  • Can be used as guest bed as well as sitting cushion
  • Relatively lightweight and extremely portable
  • Easy to store – just roll it up and put it away


Shiki comes from the word hiku meaning to lay, and when attached to another word, the futon is now pronounced with a b and becomes buton, forming the word shikibuton.

In Japan, these simple mattresses are part of a style of minimalist living that goes back centuries. According to Handmade Style: Japan, a shikibuton is usually laid out on the floor atop a straw mat called a tatami mat and then, when not being slept on or used as a sitting cushion, folded up and stored in cupboards.

The shiki is multi-functional, multi-purpose, and there will be no wasted space in your home. What could be more minimalistic?

People think that very soft comfortable beds are better for bad backs, but according to many researches over the years, it has shown that a firm (but not hard) bed is better for your back. It keeps your spine aligned, and you do not wake up with back pain on a shikibuton.


We realize that it is difficult to describe how a wool mattress feels and give advice, because comfort is a matter of personal preference, but we can say wool mattresses are softer during the first couple months of use while the wool compresses. After that they could be described as mid-firm to firm. You do not sink deep into the mattress. Still, wool mattresses could not be compared to any other type of mattress because of the unique way wool fibers support our body weight. Wool mattresses give you a completely new experience of comfort and are unique in how they regulate your body temperature. And you really start to sleep tighter and longer.

Wool mattresses perform best on solid flat surfaces. Best would be a perforated hardboard base, because it allows the bottom part of the mattress to air. But you can use it directly on the floor as well, just note that in that case you will need to rotate more frequently so the bottom side will be able to air out. Slatted frames are also a good base as long as they have less than 2″ distance between the slats so the mattress will not sag in the openings. Slatted frames allow the bottom side to air so you can rotate the mattress les frequently.

We place metal zippers on all 4 sides of the mattress – long ones along each short side and short ones in the middles of the long sides. Please, let us know if you need a different solution. We can also offer plastic zippers upon request.

We include a long needle and a thread with every mattress purchase. If after a few years (approximately 10) you feel that the mattress needs to be refilled, you may return it to our shop or simply do it by yourselves – it is easier than sewing a button.

Wool mattresses weigh less than latex or spring mattresses. We send them rolled up in a cylinder measuring about 24″ diameter x 39″ tall.


Note: Wool mattresses should last you 20, 30 or even more years depending on how you care for them. When you receive the mattress, the wool will still be freshly carded so it will come a bit thicker than advertised, and in the first months of use the wool will settle and the mattress will end up at about the advertised thickness. During that time, you will need to flip and rotate the mattress weekly (or more often if you can) head to toe and top to bottom – this will ensure wool compresses evenly. After the first 2-3 months, we advise to flip it once monthly. And finally – once a year, on a sunny day, allow the mattress to air out in the sun – sun has a natural cleaning ability.


Our wool has not been bleached, carbonized or dyed. It is granted authorization according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for meeting the human-ecological requirements of the standard precisely established for baby products.

Sheep Wool is a natural fiber and it has a complex physio-chemical structure, which cannot be artificially manufactured. It has a natural crimp which gives it bounce, body, and soft support characteristics. Due to these specifics, it has many benefits listed below:

  • Environmentally Sustainable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fire Resistant
  • Regulates Body Temperature
  • Water Repellent
  • Ultralight Insulator
  • Mildew Resistant
  • Dust mite resistant
  • Diminishes Body Odor
  • Promotes peaceful sleep
  • Breathable
  • Durable

Read more here.

If we don’t have in our shop what you’re looking for, please contact us. We can customize fabric, size, shape and thickness (height) upon request.

We are so glad you stopped by our store!

Thank you for your time!

Additional information


TWIN – 97 x 190 x 10 cm ( 38.25" x 75" x 4" ), SINGLE XL – 90 x 210 x 10 cm ( 35" x 83" x 4" ), FULL – 140 x 190 x 10 cm ( 55" x 75" x 4" ), QUEEN – 153 x 203 x 10 cm ( 60" x 80" x 4" )




Piped Edges, Non-Piped Edges, Mini Piping

24 reviews for Handmade Wool-Filled Shikibuton

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kirsten B

    I’m very impressed with my new Shikibuton, as well as the entire purchase/customer service experience with The Home of Wool. This type of mattress is a major change from a standard mattress, and without having seen or used a Shikibuton it was hard to know whether I would like it or not. After a lot of research I stumbled on this overseas shop my many questions were met with patience and detailed responses. The mattress was made/shipped within the time stated and the only minor annoyance was a one week void in the tracking information once in the hands of Canada Post. Suddenly my new mattress arrived – extremely well packaged and very nicely made. Still getting used to the different sleeping experience, but so far I and my young German Shepherd really like our new bed!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thanks so much, my mattress arrived and it’s just what I wanted and needed!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Rosica worked with me to create a custom order. She was incredibly responsive. I love the finished product. Thanks!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yueh-Han Lin

    The Shikibuton looks fantastic. It smells of country, but it is a mild and pleasant smell. I picked the 100% linen cover and purchased the lambswool cover along with it. In comparison to my old spring mattress I really like how the Shikibuton feels solid. The old spring mattress had springs that had begun to sag, which caused some back discomfort. I’m guessing since the Shikibuton does not use a spring system that’ll it will last much longer and provide more back health. If all goes well I’d definitely purchase from Home of Wool again. Thanks!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    All my items are amazing and so well made. I’ve been sleeping better and breathing better on the new shikibuton with the wool comforter and wool topper. I’ve never used wool in bedding before and I am so glad I switched since I am sensitive to chemicals. I will definately be a returning customer!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    MMelissa Johnson

    We love it! I tried to save money previously by going with a wool stuffed mattress topper as a shikibuton which failed miserably when my husband shrunk them, not only once, but twice! I originally refrained from purchasing this one from this seller because of shipping overseas. However, that was not an issue as it arrived in a timely manner. This mattress is much thicker than our old topper, you don’t feel the floor through it (a big plus for my husband). I’ll probably invest in some mats to put under it. The idea of using a shikibuton style arrangement was supposed to be temporary for us, but my husband and I love it so much we’re probably going to stick with it! It did smell a little sheep-like when we got it, but I don’t smell anything with bedding on it, now. We’re saving money for a second for the kids.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    This mattress is amazing! The shipping was quick and the product is beautiful. I can’t believe how much better I sleep on my new mattress.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is my second mattress from the Home of Wool, and I am even happier with my order than the first time around, which says a lot. The mattress, pillows, and duvet I ordered are of excellent craftsmanship and comfort, but even more importantly, Rosica and Ivan take whatever anxiety you may have about ordering such a huge, costly item internationally. They are so attentive, thorough, and professional, making the whole process go smoothly…I don’t know how they do it! Additionally, shipping was surprisingly quick from Bulgaria to NY — about 10 days, if that! If you’re considering purchasing, do not hesitate! Thank you Ivan and Rosica for another dreamy nest of wool 🙂 I’m genuinely so grateful to you both!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    M Turney

    Wonderful, comfortable mattress. I like the smell of the wool. Solidly made. I hope that this last me a long time!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adrian Garrison

    Very nice wonderfully made real quality item that I would highly recommend to anyone. I LOVE this mattress, it is soft yet very supportive at the same time. Love being able to get this product that is the most natural of all mattresses that I have researched and found. I love the zippers making it easy to refill when needed. The stitching is very strong and good and the quality if material is thick and strong.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you so much for the lovely item and for the samples!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Bell

    The shikibuton arrived in time, we were able to communicate with Home of Wool easily and we are still excited about our new bed! Worth the price and wait 🙂 Thank you!!!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Randi Rosack

    Excellent quality and very comfortable!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brendan King

    HomeOfWool has been great! Very prompt responses and delivery to our home in Tasmania, Australia 🙂 We are very happy with the 3″ Queen Wool Shikibuton we have received. Awesome job!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    The shipping was very fast to the Netherlands, 3 days. It’s a quality item and exactly what we ordered. Communication with the seller was always excellent and we would buy from them again. Thank you!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannon Sellers

    Absolutely love this shikibuton! It’s beautiful and very comfortable to sleep on. I am proud to have guests over and them be able to get a good night’s rest on it. I also love that it rolls up small enough to be stored in a closet, nice and out of the way but ready whenever we need it.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    this is the third mattress I’ve ordered from the Home of Wool…needless to say, I’ve absolutely adored my mattresses and this one is no exception. thank you so, so much Rosica, Ivan, and family for my lovely nest of wool <3

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautiful product. Excellent customer service!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    The mattress is perfect in every way! Very comfortable, quiet, and firm. Exactly what we were looking for! Thank you so much <3

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Witching Hour Leathercraft

    This bed is stunning in person. It smells incredible as soon as you open the packaging! Also… I should add that I’ve never slept so well in my life. Thank you so much for such impeccable quality!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chloe Lewis

    Super comfy! Its firm but I made sure beforehand to talk about this with the sellers. its nothing but pleasant 🙂 thank you!!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    thank you rosica and your wonderful team! the product arrived very well packaged… thoroughly impressed with the individualized care. a beautifully constructed piece. my body gets what my body wants! thankful to have stumbled upon home of wool!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia-Ankit Resnitsky-Jain

    The mattress is great! Beautiful item and our son loves it.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent as always. I forgot to leave a review when I fist got it but the service, product knowledge, and quality are top notch as always. 10/10, if you have any doubts, these guys can get rid of them for you.

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  • Q. Can you make every item in a custom size and shape? 

We make all of our items to order so we can make all of them in the size & shape you need.
Just drop us a message to let us know what dimensions you’d like.
There are limitations in terms of weight and size for international packages, but most items will fit in them.

  • Q. What is the make time for your products? 

We usually make smaller items in 2-5 days and larger items in 7-10 days. We will send you a tracking number as soon as we dispatch your order.

  • What is the delivery time of your products? 

Packages that weigh 4 pounds or less, such as protectors, chair cushions, bassinet mattresses, take 8-10 days to deliver to any country.

Larger items take 8-12 days to most countries in Europe, 2-3 weeks outside Europe, and up to 4 weeks for some remote areas like islands.

The Christmas holidays are a busy time at the posts and some packages may be delayed, but not necessarily. Sometimes we’ve had deliveries taking up to 5 weeks, in December and January.

In the first few days to a week, you will see one of the following updates on the tracking – “Preparing order for shipment”, “Processed Through Facility”, “Insert item into bag”, “Receive item at office of exchange”.

  • What shipping method do you use? 

We use registered mail so you will have a tracking number to follow the package and a signature will be required to collect it. If you’re not home they will leave you a note so you can pick it up from the post office. They normally keep it for 2 weeks, but I would advise strongly that you keep an eye on the tracking so you know when it arrives, because we have cases where the postman doesn’t leave a note at the door even though they attempted delivery.

  • Where do I track my package? 

We use registered mail so you will have a tracking number to follow the package.

You can track your package here:  http://www.track-trace.com by placing your tracking number at the empty field against Post/EMS(with USPS).

The first update means that your package has LEFT Bulgaria on the shown date.

The next update will become available only after the package enters your country, no updates in the meanwhile (5-15 days, depending on your country and size of order)

You may contact us if your package has not entered your country in 20-25 days. We cannot speed up the delivery, but we can issue an official query to the post to try to locate the package.

Lost packages are extremely rare in our experience.


  • Q. How much does it cost to have a custom item made? 

We calculate the price depending to the size of the item, your choice of fabric for the cover, and the amount of the wool filling.

  • Q. How does a wool mattress feel? 

We realize that it is difficult to describe how a wool mattress feels and give advice, because comfort is mostly a matter of personal preference.
All wool mattresses are softer during the first 2-3 months of use while the wool compresses. After that they could be described as mid-firm to firm. You do not sink deep into the mattress. Still, wool mattresses could not be compared to any other type of mattress because of the unique way wool fibers manage to support our body weight. Wool mattresses give you a completely new experience of comfort and are unique in how they regulate your body temperature. And you really start to sleep tighter and longer.
You may read the reviews from our clients here.

  • Q. What base should I use for a wool mattress? 

Wool mattresses perform best on solid flat surfaces. Slatted frames are also good but should have no more than 2″ distance between the slats so the mattress will not sag in the openings.

  • Q. Is tufting simply decorative? 

As beautiful as tufting is, it is in fact a structural part of the cushion. It is intended to keep the wool filling in place. Thus there is a thread connecting the ‘buttons’ on both sides of the cushion. If you want to remove the wool filling to machine wash the cover, you need to snip all tufts and re-sew them after. We include a needle and thread with all tufted items.

  • Q. How should I choose the best cover fabric for my item? 

Click on the link next to each fabric to find more information about it and a close-up photo for the color and texture.

Linen is the most dirt repellent and one of the most durable. The higher the linen content, the more durable and easy to keep clean the fabric is.This makes items in linen suitable to be used directly on the floor. Linen is great for outdoor use as well.

Wool is the most mildew-resistant one. It is the best in regulating body temperature and moisture, so you’re never too cold or too hot, and prevents you from sweating.

Silk is the strongest of natural fibers and is the best for items that will be touching the skin on your face, like pillow cases.

All of our fabrics are 100% natural and thus offer high moisture absorption and breathability. They are all soft to the touch but not overly soft as chemically treated fabrics.

  • Q. Are wool-filled items suitable for outdoor use? 

Wool-filled items are perfect for outdoor use. By nature, wool was intended to be outside (on sheep). However, they need to be protected from direct rain. Because this will soak the entire filling and make the fibers stick and form lumps. Random splashes will be ok, for example by a pool.

  • Q. Should I buy a protector or a zippered cover for my item? 

It is always a good investment to get a slipcover as it will keep your mattress fresh as new for much longer. We make our slipcovers with 3-sides long zippers.
Another option would be to have a mattress protector under your sheets. We make 100% wool mattress protectors . The disadvantage of the mattress protector is that it protects only the top side of the mattress (which would be enough if you are going to place your mattress on a bed frame, but not enough if you are going to place it directly on the floor); and the advantage is that it gives you an additional layer of thick wool to sleep on right beneath your sheets.

  • Q. Are the materials you use organic? 

Our fabrics are completely natural, free of any chemicals, bleaches and dyes (except the fabrics with stripes), and the crops have not been treated with pesticides and fungicides.
However they are not “certified organic”.
We do offer Oeko-Tex certified fabrics you can see here:

● 100% Cotton (heavyweight, unbleached, Oeko-tex certified)
● 62% Linen / 38% Cotton blend (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (from flax, Oeko-Tex certified)
 100% Linen (flax) with multiple blue stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with 2 blue stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with red stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with thin red stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with thin grey stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with 3 grey stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Linen (flax) with black stripes (Oeko-Tex certified)
● 100% Cotton (Oeko-tex certified, unbleached, mediumweight)
● 59% Linen / 41% Cotton (Oeko-Tex certified)

The certificate shows that the fabric is tested for harmful substances and meets certain human-ecological requirements of the standard presently established for baby articles.

  • Q. What is lanolizing? 

Lanolin is nature’s way of waterproofing wool, and one of the reasons wool covers actually work! Lanolizing the wool restores the natural lanolin on the wool fibers that is being washed off from the water and soap.

Lanolizing instructions:

  1. Begin with dry, clean wool (the mattress protectors are machine washable at wool program with a detergent for wool).
  2. Draw a pan/bucket/sink of lukewarm water. Hot water will felt and shrink wool.
  3. Take a separate cup of very hot water, add a pea size of pure lanolin. Stir to dissolve. Dissolving well is very important to avoid sticky spots on the wool.
  4. Once well dissolved add to the sink of lukewarm water and mix well.
  5. Add your wool, soaking it through with the lukewarm, lanolin-rich bath. Let sit for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight.
  6. When it is time to dry the protector gently squeeze the fabric. Hang it and let it dry


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