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Top 5 Tips To Maximize Your Limited Space
Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 4:55 PM | 0 comments

Houses are getting really small nowadays and our furniture are increasing as the days go by.

Here are some tips for you to make full use of your space so that it will not look cluttered.

1. Create zones
Consider the main things you do in each individual room - work, sleep, relax & eat.
Pair study/work with sleep, and relax with eat. 
Form the separate zone for those activities as subtle boundaries will make the spaces feel larger.

2. Trick the eyes
Get a full length mirror to create an effect of expansiveness.
Mirrors reflect light; making a room look brighter and larger.

Having light paint colours on the wall deceive the eyes to make the room look bigger.
Soothing colours reflect light and add warmth to the room. Thus, maximizing the effect created by natural light.
Paint your wall trimmings a lighter colour and this will make the wall appear like it is further back.

3. Keep the area clutter-free
Tidy & organize your space. 
The space will feel bigger with things arranged neatly and out of sight.
There is always a focal point in every room.

For example, the focal point of a bedroom is the bed. The focal point of a dining room would be the table. 
Arrange everything near the focal point so that the room looks less cluttered.
A cluttered room would mean a smaller space.

4. Built-in storages
Have built-in storages so that you can utilize every inch of space. Keep items out of sight like luggages, winter clothing and items that you do not use on a daily basis.
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5. Get multi-functional furniture
Find a table that can function as both a dining table and a study table. 
Get sofa beds that can double up as guest beds. In this case, you won't have furniture lying around like a white elephant.
Visit our showroom @ 235 East Coast Road to try out our Tatami foldable mobile sofas


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Missing Bond In Families - Ways to improve family bonding
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 8:06 PM | 0 comments

What is the first thing
 that comes to mind when "family" is being mentioned?

A family spending quality together, or one whereby everyone is on his/her gadget, too busy to even utter a word? 


Are you like the sisters choosing their mobile devices over having a drink with each other, or like the family enjoying a meal together? 

You know the answer.


Technology is all around us these days, and we are too engrossed with our phones and tablets.

Research has shown that families only spend an average of 8 hours together per week. They are either trying to meet the demands of their daily hectic schedules, or simply being too consumed by technology.

Here are some reasons why families are not getting enough quality time together.

Don't you think that you are missing out on family togetherness at home? 
Don't you wish to have a short family time daily?
Don't you ...


Here are some suggestions to improve your communication gaps!

1. Plan a holiday

In fact, 65 per cent of families go on holidays just to have some quality time together. 
However, once they are back to the comfort of their own home, the distance begins all over again.

2. Go out for a meal twice every week

Let someone choose the place.
This place must not be repeated until you've really run out of places to choose.

3. Create a small Tatami area to reinforce family bonding

You can drop by our showroom @ East Coast Road to have a clearer idea of our handcrafted Tatami platform concepts & foldable mobile furnishings.

Take some time off your devices to have a family bonding session at your very own Tatami cozy corner. 
Set a rule to spend at least 30 minutes on your Tatami area every day.
Play a game or watch the television together.

"Creating a lifetime and intangible family value is important."

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Tatami benefits all walks of life
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 7:47 PM | 0 comments

Here's a video of how Nick & his family use our Tatami Nile Sofa Bed.

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Ways to reduce backache
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 6:31 PM | 0 comments

Working at your desk for many hours can create a build-up of stress on your back and affect your mood for the entire day.

The causes of backaches are as follows:
- Bad posture, not only in the office but even when driving.
- Too heavy bags
- Very soft mattresses that have been used for many years

Do you want to know how to reduce backaches? 

Read on to find out!

Choosing the right back support cushion with the right material is also important. Here at The Tatami Shop, we provide not only family bonding spaces, but also back cushions to create a right posture. 

Below are some Tatami cushions which are suitable in giving a good back support.

1. Lumbar Cushion

The lumbar cushion fills up the gap behind your lumbar area, giving you the right support for your back. 
When you lean against it, it feels like as if there is a pair of hands supporting your back. 

Handcrafted with Igusa rushes*, the Tatami lumbar cushion makes a whopping difference to the user's comfort as body heat is able to ventilate through the natural material.

* Igusa: Japanese water rush reed.

2. Neck/Ankle Roll

The Tatami Neck/Ankle Roll can be used to elevate your legs when sleeping to help improve blood circulation. 
The Neckroll also helps to stretch the muscles if your neck is aching after sitting for too long.

The plus point is that there are many different fabric colours for you to choose from!

3. Chaperon

The Tatami Chaperon Cushion comes in a compact size that not only fits into most office chairs but it is of the right size to support your mid and lower back perfectly. 
It fits to the curve of your back and encourages you to sit in a relaxed and upright posture. 

The inner foam filling provides a small springy effect to help you get off your seat easily after many hours of sitting. 

The natural grassy fragrance that is distinctive of Igusa is also believed to be calming and refreshing.


Users are encouraged to take a break from their work every once in a while to engage in back and neck stretching exercises as advised by physiotherapists.

Do not ignore the pain, reduce it.


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Top 10 Housewarming Gifts
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 6:18 PM | 0 comments

The Tatami Team looked through different websites and picked out the top 10 gifts which we think would make the best housewarming gifts!

1. Personalized door mat
Something really creative & up to your family/friends' style

2. Bottle Opener & Cockscrew
You'd definitely find this useful if you did not forget the bottle ;)

3. Customized Cakes
We know that it's stated as "birthday cake" popsicles. You can call them "housewarming sweet treats".

4. Coffee Maker
A coffee a day keeps your mind awake!

5. Terrarium 
Tadaaaa! A mini indoor garden!

6. Vacuum Cleaner
(Unless you do not clean your house...)

7. Cake Marker Cutter
We prefer the cake instead.

8. Toilet Roll Cake
If you know someone who has never used toilet paper in their entire life, please keep it to yourself.

9. Wine Glasses

10. A Tatami Petite Sofa!
With its self supportive backrest, the foldable Tatami Petite Sofa is perfect for lounging & napping.
Not forgetting that it is multi-functional and space saving. 

Come down to The Tatami Shop to have a try on our sofas & have a unique experience that you'll never forget!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 6:38 PM | 0 comments

History of Tatami
“We are not makers of history, we are made by history”
 “History never repeats itself”

Tatami has been around for almost 2000 years in history, and was made specially for the Royalties. It was considered as a luxury product at that time but after that any class of the society use it. 

Tatami became a common usage in the 18th and 19th century. 

Even up till now, people still sleep on hard traditional Tatami mats with a layer of Shiki futon. 

Story of harvesting Igusa specially for us… (It’s reaaaally a tough process!) 
 “Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts”

Ever tried reaping crops? It’s not an easy job!

During the harvesting period, farmers wake up early everyday to tend to the crops. Plant, water, plant, water.

Once the Igusa are fully grown, they have to dry them before selecting only the best rush to weave. This is done by making sure each rush does not have stains on them. Not only that, the length of each Igusa strand has to be more or less similar.

Everything is handmade with precision and intricacy. This whole effortful process takes a year to accomplish.

What about The Tatami Shop?
"Take a deep breath and enjoy life"

Being the sole distributor of Tatami outside Japan in Southeast Asia, The Tatami Shop offers a classic range of handmade items for you and your family to enjoy.

With space being a concern with smaller houses these days, the presence of foldable Tatami is important to create more room for additional usage. Also, The Tatami Shop has innovated different Tatami flooring densities to suit our local context.

Handcrafted for the convenience of our customers, The Tatami Shop reduces the constant process of taking out & keeping the shiki futon.

Up till today, Tatami is still a Japanese national identity.


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