Raku Tatami Platform beds are an Eco-Friendly product constructed in a manner that is less harmful to the environment than many other furniture products on the market today. To begin with, the Raku bed is made from solid Parawood, also known as Rubberwood, and does not contain any particle board or MDF. In addition, Parawood is a sustainably produced wood, sourced from plantations when the Rubberwood has reached the end of its productive sap-producing life.
To prevent cracking and warping of the wood, the Raku is constructed with solid blocks of Parawood finger joints and finished with an inert lacquer finish. The finger joints can add a unique look to the lighter natural and honey oak finishes but blend into a more uniform look on the dark walnut finish.
The Raku bed frame uses minimal hardware for assembly, the corners are joined together by means of an ingenious slot-locking system that is simple, sturdy, and easy to put together and take down. The center support rail(s) utilize steel bolts to fasten the middle legs and to the rails of the bed frame creating a strong and extra sturdy foundation for the solid wood slats, upon which you can place a mattress or Tatami mats.
The eco-friendly properties of the Raku can be further bolstered by the use of Tatami mats as a replacement for a box spring (mats sold separately). Western-style mattresses, typically 7"-18" thick, can be placed directly on the slat deck of the Raku bed. The thinner more malleable Eastern-style Shiki mats and futons will need a more solid surface as they will sink down between the slats, Tatami mats are the preferred method to create this surface and the Raku Tatami mats fit perfectly to create a level surface with the frame of the bed.
We recently bought a Raku bed frame with headboard from Haiku Designs and we love it. It was easy to put together (due to the tight fit of the slots I would recommend two people). I prefer simple designs and I love the fact that there are only four metal bolts and that everything else is held together using gravity. And oh my is it solid. The only nitpick I have is that the bed took almost two months to arrive after we ordered it, but the staff at Haiku Designs kept us up to date with the delay and were very easy to work with. I would recommend Haiku Designs and the Raku bed to everyone.
I loved the look of the Raku Tatami Bed in the pictures on the website, but I love the look even more in my bedroom! The Customer Service person who answered my questions before I ordered was great. In just one week, I made my order and received the bed. They had what I wanted in stock, so that helped with the quickness of the process. I did have a brief moment of panic when I couldn't find the instructions. However, after opening the boxes fully I found them wrapped securely at the end of the long frame pieces. Assembly was easy, and I love the fit of the frame pieces which go together like a well-made block puzzle. I was long overdue in replacing my traditional metal bed frame, and box spring. Sleep was great that first night on the new bed!
I just wanted to let you know that I received my Raku Tatami bed on Wednesday of this week. I also wanted to say that the call directly from Haiku to explain the process was quite unexpected. Your customer service should be applauded. I was also amazed at the EASE of assembly. I was excited to see the finished product so I put it together myself in about 20 minutes, most of which was spent unpacking the securely wrapped pieces. There was no damage to the product in shipping. This is the first time I have ever placed an order for a piece of furniture online. Having done so I would recommend Haiku to anyone wishing to purchase fashionable and unique furniture items of GREAT quality. Thanks again.
I have received the "Raku" japanese platform bed queen size, last Friday by UPS (just 3 weeks after ordering it!); I wanted to tell you that I am very pleased with it. The quality of the product is just great, and that reddish walnut finish just the perfect color to match the other pieces of furniture I already have in that room. It was very well wrapped (and individually wrapped) for such a long risky distance. It just looks so great!!! Thank you also for your pleasant cooperation.
This is the second of the same model that we have purchased because we love this bed. I noticed that this second bed seems to be manufactured in an even more sturdy manner and therefore we wish to send well-deserved kudos to you folks. This Tatami mat bed frame is very subtle, tasteful, and well constructed. Thank you!
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