The innovators of the Sleep Shop concept and home of SA Futons,
opened the very first Futon Shop in South Africa 17 years ago.
The shop was located in the Church Street Mall. The Jensen factory
was established in Cape Town but has since moved to Darling, Western
Cape, because of expansion.
cotton, the principal component of a good cotton mattress, is
an all natural fibre - it made good sense to site the factory
in an area as far as possible away from urban pollution. The move
ensured that there is no contamination to the cotton as a result
of the carbon monoxide.
Futon Shop is now been relocated to bigger showroom - to give
the consumer exposure to the wide range of products produced for
The Natural Sleep Shop.
MD of the SA Futon Factory, has been the perfectionist behind
the production team. He has taken a hands-on approach to the assembly
of the new factory - with as close attention to detail of the
plant as he has done with the products Jensen has rolled out over
the many years of its existence.
It has been
this attention to detail and pride in the Quality of product and
the enthusiasm attached to the service that has put Jensen's at
the forefront of the futon market.
And not only
do they manufacture and sell Jensen Japan Futons, but they go
the whole way to educating the public as to the health benefits
at what they do, the Jensen consultant team are also quick to
advise clients about the fact that the Japanese word 'Futon" means
bedding in English and that inferior products have arisen over
the years - that attempt to claim the same benefits as the Jensen
product. These manufacturers and retailers of such inferior cotton
mattresses have done much to harm the industry.
Jensen, Founder of Jensen Japan Futons: "Out cotton mattresses
are a healthy alternative to any standard mattress. The public
perception that a 'futon' is a cheap alternative to a standard
mattress, has come about because of unscrupulous manufacturers
and dealers of cheap imitations of the Jensen Futon. Their products
are indeed cheaper. They use cheap materials. This is not a marketing
hype. We can prove it."
Jensens' manufacturing process is based on several years of sleep
research, in conjunction with research into fibres and textiles.
Maria Jensen's study of the human sleep environment began in 1980
and she produced her first cotton mattresses in South Africa in