I've got new **** to show off.
Background: I am a small apartment dweller, and I shifted everything to Japanese style. Here is my bedroom! It's a work in progress, by the way.
At night, I have this setup. Shikifuton on top of Tatami with a buckwheat hull pillow. That's a Kotatsu in the middle, with a built-in electric heater--I use a ceramic room heater at night to keep temperature, and the Kotatsu when I'm awake and present. It stays warm underneath.
Yes, I have a second rice paper blind to hang ....
During the day, the futon folds into thirds and goes in the closet. A Goza mat goes on the tatami to protect them--they're meant to support the kotatsu directly, but screw that.
I need to get shoji screens, build some small furniture (shelves, a small desk for the computer), and get a kakefuton (silk-filled comforter).
This cost me...
$330 - Shikfuton
+ $50 x 2 - Buckwheat Hull pillows
+ $620 - Kotatsu
+ $260 - Kotatsu futon
+ $30 - Shoji Blinds
+ $109 x 3 - 3x6 Tatami, three of 'em.
+ $300 - kakefuton stuffed with hand-pulled silk (Don't have yet)
+ $170 x 3 - Shoji screens I'll get to set the aesthetic (and hide shelving that I'll put along the walls) (Don't have yet)
Total: $2477, plus some $500 of shipping.
Some things to consider:
- The shikifuton is actually better than my $1000 bed; I don't toss and turn and I sleep better on it. Go figure. Sex is probably more fun on an inner spring mattress (and even more so on a water bed)--a concern for Tempurpedic memory foam mattresses as well.
- Importantly, I live in a smaller apartment and have made maximal use of the space, rather than getting a larger apartment for $200/mo more plus added heating/air conditioning costs.
- $2500 is a lot. If we discount the cost of furniture--say, the $1000 bed I could have not bought in the first place, a dining table I don't have room for anyway, etc.--it becomes significantly less.
I need to hang that blind, buy those shoji screens I want, and get the kakefuton....