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