How to Buy Tatami Mats

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Tatami mats are woven straw and packed rice straw or styrofoam. All tatami mats have a uniform size and shape. Buying tatami mats and placing them on your floor like carpet follows the Japanese tradition of flooring.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the size of tatami mats your need for your area using a tape measure. Tatami mats come very thick; it is best to figure out how to fit the mats without cutting them.

  2. 2

    Decide how the mats will be arranged in your room. Some arrange the mats vertically or horizontally while others do four sides like a square and fill the middle with one or two mats depending on the size of the room.

  3. 3

    Locate a retailer online or by the local yellow pages after you have determined how many and the size mats you need for your area.

  4. 4

    Go to Japanese.co.uk website Japangarden.co.uk. Peruse their endless choices of tatami mats. This site has photos of what the mats look like, and how they stay snug on the floor.

  5. 5

    Find out about guarantees, refunds or warranties. Once you get the product you may realize that you want something different.

  6. 6

    Talk to a consultant on the phone, so you grasp exactly what you are getting for your money and order your mats.

Tips and warnings

  • Tatami mats do vary in color because it is a natural product. The color differs from a pale green to a straw color.
  • Tatami mats are very comfortable and relaxing overall.
  • The traditional size of a tatami mat is 35.5 inches by 71 inches by 2 inches.

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