The history of traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements

by Shameelah Khan March 04, 2022 2 min read

The history of traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements

Well, here at Furnitureful we decided that it was about time that we exposed our customers to a more in depth history about different types of beds around the world. And so, today we've decided to focus on the illustrious history of Japanese beds and their history of evolving sleeping arrangements. From futons to tatami mats, we’ll explore the world of Japanese bed arrangements as well as its various pros and cons. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get into it!


The History of Japanese sleeping arrangements


It has always been a part of Japanese tradition to sleep on the floor with either a tatami mat or  futon bed acting as a bed for the Japanese. In modern times this is the most practical option and in the past sleeping on the floor has been an arrangement that is one of the oldest traditions of Japan. For example, the use of tatami mats dates as far back as the 8th century. The Japanese believe that sleeping on the floor is healthier for the body too.


Where and when did the futon bed originate from?


The futon bed is a traditional bed that originated from Japan. It came about in the 17th century as a bed for nobles. The futon bed then gained widespread popularity from the 18th century due to their ease of use and the fact that they could be rolled up and put away when they are not being used.


Where and when did the tatami mat originate from?


The tatami mat is a traditional mat used as a flooring material in Japanese homes. In the past they were used all throughout Japanese homes but in modern times they are typically only found in bedrooms.

Shameelah Khan
Shameelah Khan


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