Tatami Mat The Japanese Mattress

Tatami Mats for Sleeping in Japanese Rooms

A tatami mat is quite famous in Japan. It is a mat put on floors in mainly Japanese styled rooms. This mat is made out of rush, which is woven in. Mainly machines are used for the making of Tatami Mats and between 4000 – 7000 rush is used. The process takes around 1 – 2 hours. Then, it is covered by a cloth. The name Tatami is derived from the Japanese word, Tatamu; which means to fold or pile. Tatami Mats can be used for simple and everyday use. It can also be used for martial arts for training and competitions.

These mats are located in traditional Japanese rooms, also known as Washitsu. Some may automatically assume that Tatami Mats cannot be used out of Washitsu, but that is not the case. Tatami Mats can also be used in Western-style rooms. These mats are more commonly referred to as Unit Tatami or Oki Tatami. These mats resemble the Tatami Mats and are rectangular sized.

Historically, tatami mats were only used by the nobility or royalty. The lower classes and even the middle classes used mat covered floors only. These days in Japan, houses have very few rooms that are covered with Tatami mats. This is not rare and is also not considered disrespectful. The Standard Tatami Mats is about 910 mm x 1820 mm and 4 sizes come under this category. These sizes are called; Kyouma, Chuukyouma, Edoma, and Danchima. Tatami Mats can also be used for Judo. These mats are more commonly referred to as Judo Tatami. Although it resembles a Tatami Mat, it is quite different. Tatami Mats use rush, but Judo Tatami does not. Judo Tatami instead uses polymer and has a rough surface. These materials are used for a very important reason. It allows the Judo Tatami not to be destroyed even though there may be a lot of rough use during Judo.

Best Tatami Mats for Room

The following are the top Tatami Mats:

1. IKEHIKO Japanese Traditional Tatami Mattress


This product has a 4.6 stars rating out of 5. It also has amazing reviews on Amazon and it may be the ideal choice for potential customers.

The color used is Natural. There are 3 sizes, which allow the customer to choose according to their room setting etc.

It has a rush grass surface. The mat can also be folded in three.


2. Oriental Furniture 6' x 3' Tatami Mat


This mat has a rating of 3.9 stars out of 5 and generally positive reviews on Amazon. It comes in 5 sizes, allowing consumers many choices.

The mat uses a double strength woven rush and it is also moisture resistant.

The latter feature allows the mat to be used more freely and is very appealing.


3. EMOOR Tri-fold Tatami Mattress (Woven mat)


This mat has a rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. It comes in two colors; natural and brown.

The customers can choose from 4 sizes, allowing them to have many options.

It is lightweight and is also very thin (0.4 inches). This feature makes the product very easy to carry around and also travel with.

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There are 3 aspects to every Tatami Mat; Tatami Doko, Tatami Omote, and Tatami Fuchi.

The first aspect deals with what is inside the Tatami Mat itself; which is usually styrene foam or compressed wood chips. Historically, Tatami Mats contained compressed rice straw inside it. But this led to many problems, like the Tatami Mat becoming uncomfortable, etc.

The second aspect deals with the surface portion of the Tatami Mat. The surface of a Tatami Mat is a woven dried rush.

The third and last aspect of the Tatami Mat deals with the edge. On the edges or the sides of the Tatami Mat, a cloth is wrapped around. The purpose of doing this is to make the mat look more appealing and to hide the ends of the woven area. The edges may also be attached to brocade. This third aspect is not necessary, as there are many Tatami Mats out there that have no sort of edging.

Tatami Mats can be placed in 2 ways, and these are called; Shyugi Shiki and Fushyugi Shiki. The first is the one that is usually adopted. This way requires that the Tatami Mat be placed in such a manner that the 4 edges of do not gather in one spot. The second event is used for unhappy purposes. For example, it may be adopted the case that a family member has died or is sick. There are important rules when it comes to Tatami Mat. One important rule is that a person should not go into a room where Tatami Mats are placed with their shoes on. The Shikibuton mats are another type of Japanese futon or mattress that can be used as an alternative of Tatami mats.

The reason for the existence of this rule is that wearing shoes might damage the Tatami Mat. Another important rule is that a person should sit in the following styles when sitting on a Tatami Mat; Seiza or cross-legged. The latter is considered a casual style of sitting. While the former is a formal way of sitting. In Seiza, a person is required to bend their legs and sit on those bent legs. The feet of the person may be crossed at the bottom.