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    I'm thinking of ditching my bed and getting a tatami mat. Mainly because my current room is small and to keep rent costs low in the future - if I don't have a big bed, I can rent a smaller room for less $ and not feel crammed.

    I wanted to know if it is a must to have a futon to lay on top of the tatami mat or if a nice soft blanket is adequate for bedding.

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  • #2
    FUTON....i lived in an old japanese house for years..tatami are not that comfy...

    I like sleeping on the floor. I dont use chair in my house now, but I have a bed...
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    • Faldoe
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      seifukusha wrote:
      FUTON....i lived in an old japanese house for years..tatami are not that comfy...

      I like sleeping on the floor. I dont use chair in my house now, but I have a bed...

      So by "FUTON" you mean a futon is a must for use with a tatami mat?


  • #3
    Tatami mats are just another type of flooring, they have a bit of give in them which makes it more comfortable to sit or lie on the floor.

    They're not bad if you're just having an afternoon nap, but for a good night's sleep I'd definitely get a decent futon.

    By futon of course I mean the Japanese mat type thing, not the foldout sofa with the thick mattress.

    Ime sleeping on a futon on tatami floors beats a futon on wooden flooring.

    Also best if you sleep on your back.

    I live in a place with tatami, but we still have a bed.
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    • A.P. Ryder
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           A futon on the floor is not that comfortable.  When I lived in San Francisco I slept on a futon on the hardwood floor of my room.  Not until I put a thin rug under it did it feel comfortable.

           A futon on tatami is ace.  I've been sleeping like that for 20 years.  The tatami has more give, like Ambient said, so it's good to have under your futon.

           I can't sleep in a bed, anymore.

       


  • #4
    Depends how fat you are. I can't get away with sleeping on a floor/mat or even a crap mattress but my old roommate who was a tiny Chinese girl had no problems with thinner sleeping material
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