Some of us have a secret (or not-so-secret) fantasy in which we purchase a cozy bed, stock up on ridiculously warm products and stay right there. All. Winter. Long.
And now we can, thanks to another ridiculously brilliant Japanese home staple that needs to come to the U.S., ASAP. It's called a kotatsu, and it's a heated table that you can build into your couch or bed. Observe this thing: You can sleep under it...
Or read in it...
Or have a friend over to gab... IN YOUR BED.
The secret is a built-in heater, which is sometimes located underneath the bed and table but usually built into the table itself. Then you layer blankets and cushions around the table, making for the fluffy nesting spot of your dreams.
The kotatsu-friendly sofas shown above are from Japanese retailer Belle Maison. You can purchase something like their 3-piece sofa sets, which are perfectly designed to accommodate a kotatsu, and then add either a homemade kotatsu or buy one online. Kotatsu are a staple in many Japanese homes, so they're very easy to find.
And if you need something to sip under those covers, we're here for you:
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