Yes, it is a table. But! Do you know what kind? It is....(drumroll please.....) A Kotatsu table! Ta-daaaa! This little table has been in my dreams for a long time! Well, every time we lived in a cold climate, I dreamed about someday having a table like this. When I was growing up we'd go to visit my grandparents house and on cold days we'd sit around their table (which was much larger) and I'd listen to my relatives all talking and laughing and eating around this table as I was laying half under it. I would be so cozy and warm. This table, not only does it have a nice thick blanket over the frame but it also has a heating unit built under the frame top! It is really quite ingenious!
Here is the heating element turned on.
The heating element is adjustable and the outside of the heating elements cage is softly flocked and it never gets too hot to touch. Yesterday I ate my lunch there and then sat for a while to do some knitting. It was very nice.
My mother had this sent to me a few weeks ago and I only just got it put together. I had to rearrange the room to accommodate the table. Then I had to find pillows for the floor (the japanese name for the pillows is Zabuton), and these that are shown are not real zabuton pillows. They are actually floor pillows that I purchased from Pier One. But they work, at least for now.
I am not the only one that has enjoyed this table....
Ethan has been enjoying it too! And when I am sitting there he climbs on my lap and then Ricky (the dog) lays down beside me on the quilt and we are all quite the happy little campers!
Thank you Mom for this table and the good memories! ;-)