How to build a Japanese-style heated floor desk #Home#Asia#desk#furniture#hacks#IKEA#Japan#living small#table#winter January 26 | Cat Rocketship Koyasan © by michaelvito, used under Creative Commons license. I'm all about floor-furniture like the kotatsu, a 14th-century invention used in many Japanese homes all winter. It's like the floor-oriented table often associated with Japanese homes, but with the added convenience of a heater and blanket. Sometimes I have daydreams about how awesome it would be to have one of these suckers. SO WARM. So cozy. None of the crampy discomfort of a western-style desk! I've got a little floor-desk of my own going on, and this IKEA hack came just in time for me to play with. Via Spoon & Tomago. With two Lack tables, a small heater, and a nice padded blanket I could be ON MY WAY to no longer bundling up to work. And maybe then I'll hack up an accompanying zaisu. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS The retro 3-in-1 Breakfast Station and the joy/pain of single-use kitchen appliances NEXT Hot chocolate on a stick Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Nice! Very simple and cool. I wish I had an IKEA by me! Reply SO warm and toasty! I would love one of these, and I have a feeling that my cats would love it too. 1 agrees Reply I would make sure that whatever heating element you use has a safety cut off. All the kotatsu in Japan have these so you don't accidentally burn your house down! 1 agrees Reply I've been plotting out how to build a kotatsu for over a year; my Japanese professor in college even invited me to her house to take pictures of hers! Now, with this tutorial and with those pictures….I HAVE THE POWER!!!!! *ahem* Thank you. 1 agrees Reply Here is another step by step for building one (using the LACK table), if you decide to buy a proper Japanese heater (around $80 on ebay!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-American-style-kotatsu/ Reply A kotatsu was one of my favorite things about living in Japan. (Along with heated toilet seats, the trains, and generally being a rock star to my students.) Just want to mention that it's not a good idea to fall asleep under one, tempting though it may be. Leg burns aren't fun. Reply I can't believe I had never seen this post until now. Life = changed. 1 agrees Reply You can use the seat part of an Ikea VÅGSBERG swivel chair, or the child sized Ikea JULES junior desk chair shell as a cost effective Ikea zaisu: http://astrobeano.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/ikea-zaisu-kotatsu-floor-chairs.html Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.