Japanese Tatami that also use a futon mattress has a long history in Japan. In medieval times Samurai would use this combination to sleep on as they were on the move constantly.
Hence the principle that the parts were lightweight and portable. These warriors had high status and no doubt a servant would carry his masters' bed.
How times have changed. The combo has steadily seen many transformations so that here, now, in Europe we use Tatami mats in a slightly different way.
Modern living is a challenge when we think about how much space our homes have. Any opportunity to have multi functional type furniture is a significant bonus. Consequently Japanese Tatami with Futon mattress seems like a perfect opportunity to use as a sofa and a bed.
Tatami Mat use
Being very versatile and comfortable is at the heart of their use. Therefore,when x 1 mat is in use it becomes a single bed or a surface to use for exercise or meditation.
In addition when x 2 are in use the possibilities are endless. Stack on top of each other for use as a sofa. Side by side for a double bed, right angles to fill a corner etc.etc.
Use with the family for relaxation or playing. Without doubt this is a surface that is child friendly. If when fooling around they should fall then it is a "soft" landing and they will not hurt themselves.
Most noteworthy is a finishing touch that all genuine Tatami Mats exhibit. Down one long side is a strip of brocade. This piece of fabric is there so the edges will not be subject to any damage.
Especially relevant is the cost of a package like this, not expensive is a phrase to keep in mind.
Another notable characteristic is that these mats are available in many sizes. Generally the traditional mats are 200 cm in length but from 60 - 100 cm wide.
Lighter versions are now an option, instead of pressed rice straw the filling is a coconut derivative. Portable folded mats are now readily available online or in retail outlets.