The Cotton Cloud Story
I started Cotton Cloud Futons in 1981, when I was 17 years old. I guess two driving forces combined to inspire me to start on a journey that, many years later, is going stronger than ever: my parents.
My mom was always a Do-It-Yourself type of woman; it was the 70s, and women were coming into their own power. She was also the single mother of two kids, and had to get inventive to make ends meet. My dad was also very creative and encouraged me to always examine the world around me and talk about what I saw. Their support of my creativity and my own way of looking at the world gave me the foundation I needed to begin the adventure that would one day be Cotton Cloud Futons.
Cotton Cloud has always been a labor of love. Ever since I can remember, I have had a very close connection to nature, and a deep respect for the planet with which we’ve all been entrusted. By chance, I took a class on futon-making, and from that moment on, it was clear to me that making beds out of cotton provided the perfect synergy of art, craft, and mindfulness for the Earth. At first, I was living in a little farm house out in the woods, making covers on a treadle sewing machine and building each mattress by hand. The whole experience was very zen, and it gave me the chance to brainstorm and try different combinations of materials and construction methods.
The Original Cotton Cloud Futons On Burnside
My initial clients were my family and friends. Soon my neighbor, who was a wood-worker, built Cotton Cloud’s first tri-fold frame. I sold the frames and futons at Portland, Oregon’s Saturday Market, my primary source of advertising, for two years. In those days, I delivered each mattress myself, on the city bus!
Soon I needed a more central and expansive house; I moved into a house on E. Burnside. I made futons in the basement and sold them out of a little store front attached to the house. Over the next ten years, Cotton Cloud Futons grew and grew, expanding into the main house. I ended up expanding into Beaverton, Oregon, where I sold futons for fifteen years. Managing two stores allowed me to really hone my skills, not just building futons, but also running a business.
Cotton Cloud Futons @ 1916 NE Broadway
Eventually Cotton Cloud outgrew the house on Burnside and expanded to a storefront on NE Broadway. This larger showroom and production space enabled me to expand my product offerings. The store became a fun and funky place to shop not just for futons, frames, and covers, but also for furniture and accessories that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
13 years later, Cotton Cloud had moved again, into yet another larger space; we are now at 701 NE Broadway. Shortly after moving into this great new space, we moved our production to a separate warehouse and expanded our showroom. We can now display an ever-growing collection of frames and accessories to compliment our futons.
Cotton Cloud Futons @ 701 NE Broadway
Through all these changes, one thing remains the same: all Cotton Cloud futons are still made by hand, with an emphasis on natural materials and attention to detail. My commitment to the planet and my close connection to my community are still as strong as ever. Cotton Cloud has grown up here in Portland, Oregon, and I’m so thankful for the local community of friends, family, customers, and artisans who have helped us thrive all these years. I’m proud to say that Cotton Cloud Futons strives to work in synergy with our earth by selling comfortable, functional, affordable futons, furniture, and accessories. We consciously emphasize products that are made of natural materials, with renewable resources that are harvested in sustainable ways. I look forward to continuing this work, and making these connections, for many years to come.
Owner, Cotton Cloud Futons
Why shop at Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture?
We believe that there are many great things
that set us apart from others and we are committed to offering natural,
sustainable and organic mattresses and furniture to the Portland community
- We understand the importance of supporting our local economy and source
all of our raw materials from Oregon when possible and most of our
furniture is made in the USA.
- We have spent a considerable amount of time researching and testing
natural, organic and sustainable products so that you don't have to.
- Our store has a peaceful feel with muted lighting where you can come
dressed in your pajamas and try out any of our mattresses on our showroom
and we won't bother you unless you have questions, although, we may have
to wake you up around closing time. ;)
- Between our manufacturing facility and our showroom, we provide
jobs for over 30 of our fellow Portlanders. We do not outsource.
- We are female owned and have a supportive, diverse environment where
our employees can truly shine. We believe that happy employees equals
- Our handcrafted mattresses don't have the perfected look of one off of
an assembly line, but each one is made with care.
- We manufacture the mattresses here, in Portland, OR and offer factory direct prices. We prefer to
offer quality products at affordable prices instead of inflating our
prices just to mark them down for big sales.
- We actually care about you and will go out of our way to make you happy
and take care of any issues. We won't try to sell you products that you
don't need or convince you to buy something out of your price range.
- We enjoy giving back to our community and donate to many various
organizations and often hold book drives and food drives.
- There is only one Cotton Cloud store in existence and we have built a solid reputation with thousands of happy customers in the past 30 years.
We encourage everyone interested in a natural or organic sofa or bed to visit our beautiful showroom at 701 NE Broadway. It is designed to provide a relaxing environment where you can take your time and find the perfect bed or couch. We have what you need, including complete bedroom sets, natural mattresses, futon frames in a range of sizes from Queen couches to chairs, handmade futons, tables, and case goods. In addition, we stock pillows, comforters, and the largest selection of futon covers in the Portland area. We carry a large inventory, ensuring that most of what you buy from us can be taken home the same day or in most cases delivered within a week.
We have been handcrafting our own futons and mattresses since 1981. This allows us to to provide high quality futon mattresses at affordable prices. We consciously emphasize selling products that are made of natural or organic materials and renewable resources and that are harvested in a sustainable way. All of the futons we sell come with a limited lifetime warranty.
With our e-commerce website, you can securely make your purchase on line. When purchasing on-line, you can opt to pick up at our warehouse, or have us deliver and set up your goodies at your home. If you live outside of our local delivery area, we can ship to any home or business in the 48 States at very reasonable prices.
However you choose to purchase from us, you can rest assured that you will receive the superlative customer service that you have come to expect from Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture.
Cotton Clouds Commitment To Our Environment
Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture commitment to the environment started with it's inception in 1981. Cotton Cloud was started with the simple idea of hand crafting futon mattresses of the highest quality using natural, renewable materials. As Cotton Cloud has grown so has the variety of merchandise we sell.
Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture continues to consciously emphasize selling products that are made of natural materials, made with renewable resources and that are harvested in an sustainable way. When making concessions we always weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the products we are selling.
For instance when we began adding foam cores to our futons to increase their comfort and longevity we chose to use only high density foam. We viewed adding foam to our futon mattresses a concession, but high density foam in our experience doesn't break down over time. In fact we have re-layered futons we made over ten years ago and the foam is still holding up. Below are ways we are attempting to be considerate citizens of the earth.
- We have reduced our waste stream through recycling and composting.
- Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture makes a conscious effort to sell products made from renewable resources and that are harvested in an sustainable way.
- We offer organic cotton, wool and 100% organic latex products
- The majority of futon frames we sell are made using rubber wood. Rubber wood is plantation grown and only harvested after it's finished being used as a source for Latex.
Cotton Clouds Commitment To Our Community
Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture has grown up in Portland Oregon and we are very thankful for the local community of friends, family, customers and artisans who have helped us thrive all these years.
Cotton Cloud Natural Beds and Furniture strives to work in synergy with our earth by selling comfortable, functional, affordable futons, furniture & accessories. We consciously emphasize selling products that are made of natural materials, made with renewable resources and that are harvested in an sustainable way. We look forward to continuing this work, and making these connections, for many years to come.
As a token of our appreciation we donate to local fundraising efforts and organizations, work with local small businesses, and support community organizations that we think help make Portland a wonderful place to live.
Donations we've made include:
- Grant High Booster Club
- Portland Store Fixtures
- Black Lives Matter
- Portland Food Project
- Multiple Portland Public Schools
- Mercury Gift Guide
- Sustainable Off the Grid Living
- In Other Words
Local businesses we've worked with include:
- Green Burial (Eugene, OR)
- Flying Stag Lodge
- College of Oriental Medicine
- Bradley Angle House
- Community Warehouse
- Alchemy Salon
- Bizzy B Seven
- No Bones About It doggy daycare
- Troutdale Abby
- Spa Sasse
- Horn of Africa
- Levy Chiropractor
5% Off Bring in your current membership card with any of these organizations for 5% off your total sale. Not valid with other discounts or coupons.
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