What is “Kotatsu” ?

The kotatsu is familiar to many Japanese people, but those who have never experienced a Japanese winter may not know what it is.

The kotatsu is said to have originated in the Muromachi period (14th century). A kotatsu has a heating hearth on the floor and a roof over which a futon is draped for warmth. In modern times, kotatsu tables are commonly used. A safe electric heater is attached to the underside of the tabletop, and the heat is covered by a futon, into which a part of the body is placed to keep warm. This saves electricity because you don’t need to heat the whole room to keep yourself warm.
Also, family members and pets naturally gather around the kotatsu. Winter time spent around the kotatsu with family and friends is very popular and fun. They play card games, have pot parties, and have a great time.

kotatsu party futon tokyokotatsu cover japanese traditional pattern

There is a electric heater under the table top.



Do you sell a kotatsu table ?
A. We are looking for a good quality product made in Japan, but so far we have not been able to find one. Even if we could find one, the shipping costs would be very high, so we don’t think it would be practical to ship it overseas. We hope you can find one in your country (e.g. on Amazon).


I’m not sure which kotatsu size futon will fit my kotatsu table.
A. Please check this page. If you are still unsure, please contact us.

What is the difference between a kotatsu futon and a kotatsu futon cover?
A. A kotatsu futon is a futon with a padding. When new, it is about 5 cm thick. It is not washable like our other handmade futons. A kotatsu futon cover is just a bag of cloth with no padding. It is used by putting the kotatsu futon inside. It can protect the inner kotatsu futon from dirt. It is about 3 mm thick. It can be washed in a washing machine. 


Can I wash the kotatsu futon?
A. Just like our other futons, they cannot be washed. The secret to a long life is to dry it in the sun and keep it fluffy.
If there are any stains, please wipe them off with a cloth. We recommend the use of a cover.


Is it possible to customize the size of kotatsu futon and kotatsu futon cover?

Some items can be customized according to your requirements.
Please let us know the size and items you like and we will give you a quote.

Kotatsu futon cover – this is the only customizable product.
Japanese Kotatsu Futon Cover Fabric Solid Relaxing Color, Smooth Plain Weave Cotton SLP color

Kotatsu mat –  We don’t have a customizable kotatsu mat. Tatami mats can also be used as an alternative to kotatsu mats. Please take a look.


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