Tatami Mats Advantages and Disadvantages

January 20, 2021

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Advantages and disadvantages of tatami mats

Tatami has been used in Japan for a long time and has various charms as a flooring material. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of tatami mats.

Advantages: Excellent heat insulation and humidity control performance

Tatami, which is made from a rush, contains air in each material and has high heat insulation performance. Since it can take in a lot of air with low thermal conductivity, it can block the cold air coming up from under the floor.

Tatami also has the function of absorbing and releasing moisture in the air. During the rainy season, the tatami mats absorb moisture, which keeps the humidity in the room low, and during the dry winter, it releases moisture to prevent the humidity from dropping.

Advantages: Relaxing rush scent

Rush, the raw material for tatami mats, contains various aromatic components. The charm of tatami is that you can expect a high relaxing effect depending on the scent.

However, since the scent and properties of tatami mats are lost over time, it is not expected to be very effective over the years.

The time to replace the surface of the mat is about 10 years.

Disadvantages: Difficult to clean and manage

One of the disadvantages of a tatami room is the difficulty of maintenance. It is easier to get dirty than flooring, and if you spill a drink, it will soak in, so you must wipe it off immediately.

Regular ventilation and cleaning are also important to maintain the performance of tatami mats. In particular, if the product is left with water such as dirt, dust, and sweat accumulated in it, mites and mold are likely to occur, which may accelerate deterioration.

How to make good use of the tatami room

Tatami and flooring have different advantages, but if you have never lived in a Japanese-style room before, you may not know how to arrange the tatami room.

Here, we will show you how to turn a tatami room into a comfortable space like a Western-style room.

Place the bed and arrange it in a stylish bedroom

If you’re really worried about dents, you can also lay a carpet under the bed or use a “floor bed” without legs.

About breathability, you can take measures by choosing a floor bed with a slatted floor. You can also place the tatami mat under your Japanese futon when sleeping as the traditional way.

Flooring part of tatami mats with tiles and carpets

If you are particular about the appearance of the flooring, you can also lay floor tiles made of wooden boards one by one on the tatami mats.

There is also a type that can be laid directly on the tatami mat without using adhesives, so it is possible to easily create a flooring space.

Besides, there is a flooring carpet as an item that can turn a wide range into flooring. It refers to a carpet whose surface is made of wood, and because the lining is made of cloth, it is a major feature that it can be laid without damaging the tatami mats.

Many of them are insect-proof and mold-proof, and if you are careful not to make the room too humid, you can prevent the growth of mites and mold.

Things to keep in mind when considering tatami mats

-Tatami has excellent heat insulation and humidity control
-Tatami requires regular maintenance
-Flooring is friction resistant and easy to clean
-Flooring has less heat insulation than tatami mats
-You can use it like a Western-style room even in a tatami room with a bed or carpet

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