Cozy Japanese Table Offers the Comfort of a Giant Warm Bed – Design You Trust

Cozy Japanese Table Offers the Comfort of a Giant Warm Bed

1

The kotatsu is an ingenious invention that traces back to 14th century Japan, serving as a space heater when the weather gets colder. It’s fairly simplistic in design, consisting of a heat source underneath a table with a skirt wrapped around it, capturing the heat during the cold season. The end result is a warm and comfortable cocoon that tempts you to hide away all winter long.

2
Image credit: Matthew McVikar/Sjchen

Typical kotatsus involve the table and blanket only, however in the modern day, they have been reinvented to take comfort to a whole new level. These hybrids, called oki-gotatsu are bed-table-couch combinations that look incredibly cozy and make the perfect place to take a nap.

3

Though the production of traditional kotatsus have declined over the years with the introduction of indoor heating, the fact that they only consume half the energy of typical air conditioning has caused these clever creations to experience renewed popularity in efforts to save energy.

4

The kotatsu is a traditional centre place for the family to gather, cook, and mingle, however they are also the perfect place to curl up and relax with a cup of tea and a good book during winter. You’ll never have to leave bed again.

5
6
7
Image credit: Hamamatsu Kamera Tsuushin

8

Via My Modern Met, Bored Panda. All images via BelleMaison unless otherwise stated.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Design You Trust Facebook page. You won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Bride-To-Be Invents IKEA Bag Hack To Pee Worry Free On Her Wedding Day
This Japanese Company Found The Most "Prefurrable" Way To Improve Productivity
This Public Seating Installation Was Inspired By Snowbanks That Gather Around Trees And Street Lights
New Stick-On Soles Let You Forget Flip Flops And Go Barefoot
LEGO – The Patent Of The Brick That Revolutionized The World Of Toys
It Only Takes $100 To Turn Your Yard Into A Parallel Dimension With This 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler
This Artist Has Created Some Awesomely Geeky Nesting Dolls
Crocodile Trying To Do Things In Hilarious Sketches By The Japanese Illustrator Keigo
The Internet’s Gone Bezerk For A Burrito Blanket!
"Leotaurus": The Epic Example of the Classic Russian Tyre Art
Teabags Designed To Look Like A Goldfish Is Swimming In Your Mug
Forrest Gump Rear Wiper Decal
Anthony Hopkins Testing Different Masks for Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, 1991
Banksy Designs New Souvenirs For Hotel With The ‘Worst View In The World’
"The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet" Exhibition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Groovy Opel Car Calendar Of 1970
A Girl Encounters A Giant White Horse Frozen In Mid-Air Within The Venice Biennale’s Argentinian Pavilion
The R.A.F. MK1 Cluster Bomb Drinks Cabinet
Giant Lion Carved From Single Tree By 20 People In 3 Years Becomes The World’s Largest Redwood Sculpture
Designer Puts The “Suit” In Wetsuit With $3,900 Optical Illusion
Paul Cocksedge’s Time Loop Represents the Transformation of The Hong Kong Neighborhood
These Are the World’s Oldest Masks Ever Discovered, And Are Estimated to Be 9000 Years Old
This Female Artist Creates A Superb Scary Face Paintings
Designer Turns His Favorite Sneakers Into Works Of Art And The Attention To Detail Is Amazing