Tiny houses are big on charm but short on space. Every single square inch mattress and furniture needs to serve not just one but two or more purposes. It’s a tall order to fill but definitely within the realm of possibility. In this article we talk about various hyper-versatile furniture concepts available to tiny houses. You can get surprisingly good results with sharing tips like these on your TikTok account as you will find your target audience there. For quick and guaranteed results buy tiktok likes.
HAVE A SEAT
Sofas typically serve a single function: comfort for our resting bodies. We must ask more of this beloved furniture piece though. And we must ask it not to be so large. In hOMe, our 207 square foot modern tiny house on wheels, our storage unit (a cabinetry ensemble from IKEA) not only provides copious amounts of storage, but also serves as the base for our seating area (Image 1). The furniture piece in Image 2 uses an open shelving system that also doubles as the structural frame, creating a pretty comfortable seating area/reading nook.
TIME FOR WORK!
Though a house may be tiny, productivity doesn’t need to be anything less than huge. In fact, we hear from a lot of other professional tiny houses that they are more efficient and effective working out of their tinys than they were at any other time in their lives. In hOMe, where we work full time, our office supplies are stored inside our IKEA cabinetry and since both of us have laptops, we simply pull them out of the cabinet when it’s time to work and put them away when it’s time to close up shop for the night. Other options are available such as the office desk in Image 3. It is simple, aesthetically pleasing and allows the desktop to fold up when not in use, freeing up a lot of floor space. The closet office in Image 4 is another great example of using space efficiently. If your office needs are very basic, then a simple folding desk may do the trick (Image 5).
THE MURPHY BED GROWS UP
Beds are typically used for only a portion of the 24 hour cycle so why waste all of that prized floor space during the day? Fortunately there are genius multi-purposed beds out there now. The bed in Image 6 provides a sleeping surface, a sofa and a pretty decently sized shelf that pivots and remains horizontal during the process of lowering and raising the bed (allowing one to keep all of the items on it). Similarly, the bed in Image 7 offers a shelf but replaces the couch for a work desk. The set up in images 8 and 9 is brilliant. Simply raise the bed during the day and a workstation magically appears. Lastly, one of my favorite raised beds is the one in Image 10. Though all of these beds as they are now would be difficult to incorporate into a true tiny house on wheels, there are design principles here that could be integrated.
SWISS ARMY KNIFE KITCHENS
If you are the type of person that dines out on most occasions or is perfectly happy with a good ol’ TV Dinner several times each week, a hidden/folding kitchen may be just the solution. After all, kitchens can take up a significant portion of the space in a tiny house. The kitchen set up in Image 11 would be perfectly adequate for the occasional chef and provides storage for a decent amount of culinary accouterments. Image 12 showcases a clever concept: once the cooking surface is pulled out, the counter space it was sheltered in transforms into an eating bar. The example in Image 13 is even smaller and boasts not just a cooking surface but also a sink.
WOULD YOU PLEASE PASS THE GRAY POUPON?
The concept of a folding/hiding/collapsing dining room table makes perfect sense in a tiny since one generally only eats three meals each day. Various options exist and one can buy one pre-made or build one to suit. The folding table in Image 14 is a great option because it allows for a comfortable eating area when out but when collapsed, it takes up a negligible amount of space. Folding chairs can be hung on the walls or stashed away. When deciding on which dining option to go with, assess how many people eat at the table regularly and how much space each person will need. Image 15 shows a table unit that provides nested storage for the chairs when not in use, and seating for six when opened up. Because it sits on casters, it’s easy to move out of the way once you are done eating. In hOMe, we use a $20 folding card table (which we store in the bathroom when not in use) and bring our two outdoor, lightweight metal chairs that sit right outside our front door, creating seating for four (Image 16).
As you can see, various furniture options exist that can be easily modified to tiny house use. One of the fun challenges in creating a well designed tiny house is to ask each of your furniture pieces to do at least double duty (if not triple!). By taking some of these furniture concepts and making them your own, you too can have a brilliantly designed tiny house.