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 and 9 other hot beverage innovations Toggle comments [ 7 ] Nice! Very simple and cool. I wish I had an IKEA by me! 0 agree 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/ 0 agree 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. 0 agree Reply I can't believe I had never seen this post until now. Life = changed. 1 agrees 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. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.