Tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring mat made from rice straws. Newer varieties of tatami mats feature a compressed wood chipboards or polystyrene foam to enhance durability and cushion. Other types of tatami mats feature an interlocking pattern, allowing the mat to cover more space. Unlike traditional tatami mats, interlocking tatami mats can be adjusted to provide the right level of coverage. In today’s post, we are listing down reasons why interlocking tatami mats make an excellent flooring mat:
Tatami mats are incredibly eco-friendly, even the more contemporary varieties like tatamis with interlocking designs. The material used to make this mat is made from a vegetable plant byproduct. The rice straws are often harvested, bound, and stitched by hand, reducing your carbon footprint. There are no intensive processes involved in making tatami mats. This means tatami mat manufacturers do not contribute to pollution of the water or air. As an added bonus, tatami mats are manufactured without using chemicals that could pollute the earth.
No trees are cut down and no forests are destroyed when making tatami mats. Again, because the mats are made from a vegetable plant by-product, the material is sustainable. In addition, the rice plant matures faster than say, hard wood. A single oak or maple tree has to be at least 80 years old before it can be processed for flooring. On the other hand, rice plants take about four to six months to reach maturation. A regular tatami-interlocking mat can last for 15 to 20 years.
Tatami mats warm up the living space and give your home a comforting appeal. It has been used for thousands of years and serves many purposes. You can use the mat to perform yoga, to make the floor safer for the kids, or to accentuate your living space. You can even use tatami mats in place of a subfloor! Tatami mats are perfect for home insulation too. It stays nice and cool during the summer time and warm, and cozy during the winter season. The material is highly absorbent too. It can absorb moisture in the room, reducing humidity in the air.
Installing the tatami mats is very easy. Just choose the spot to place the mat and lay the mat. The mats feature a non-slip backing so it stays in place once installed.
Because most rooms in North America do not suit traditional tatami measure, interlocking tatami mats make a great alternative to traditional tatamis. These mats can be adjusted to suit a specific floor area, providing perfect coverage anywhere in the home!
Durability and Safety
Again, the materials of the tatami mats are not treated with chemicals that could harm the health. These products are perfectly safe, even for babies and pets. In Japan, martial arts students use tatami mats. These mats absorb shock very well to reduce the risk of injuries among students. You can bet that your tatami mat is more than capable of handling everyday wear and tear! That is why tatami mats make the ideal flooring solution for baby rooms, children’s play area, meditation room, and yoga room.