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Comfy Japanese Table Beds

What if we told you that you could stay in bed all day and still be productive. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, then there's one table that you need to see. A kotatsu is a type of Japanese table that places a blanket between the table's base and top, along with something warm underneath. Check out the pictures below to see these smart inventions in action, but be warned, they do look extremely cozy, so try not to fall asleep while looking at them.

Kotatsu trace their history to the 14th century when irori, or cooking hearths, were used.


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It wasn't until the 17th century that irori were dug into the ground and named oki-gotatsu, which looked very similar to a fixed kotatsu.


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Traditional kotatsu used a charcoal pit, while modern ones tend to use electric space heaters.


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They were designed to benefit someone dressed in a traditional Japanese robe. Warm air would enter the bottom of their robe and travel all the way up their body, heating everything along the way.


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Today, homes in Japan don't have very much insulation, so kotatsu are still widely used.


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If you're interested in building your own, a kotatsu table can be purchased online for around $100. Once you have that, all you need is a big blanket and a source of heat.


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Doesn't this look like the perfect Sunday?


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Even pets can't resist the kotatsu's warmth. More like koCATsu, am I right?


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