If you don’t like the idea of upstairs sleeping lofts you’ll love this tiny house design by Humble Homes.

It’s a multifunctional design with a genius slide out bed and storage system.

In most tiny homes, there’s a sleeping loft above the kitchen to make the best use of space.

The problem is, you might not want to climb up or down a ladder, especially in the middle of the night if you have to use the bathroom.

So they’ve come up with an incredible solution which was to raise the floor of the kitchen and design and build a slide out bed underneath. Would you use this tiny house plan to build your home?

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I encourage you to watch the complete video tour below to learn how it works:

One of my favorite parts about it is that you don’t have to make the bed. With murphy beds you flip the mattress up but you have to strap your pillows down. With this set up there’s literally no preparation. I love that. This design makes for a great retirement home.. Would you agree?

Would you use this plan to build your tiny house on wheels?

Let us know in the comments.

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Alex

Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • bruce November 24, 2012, 8:26 am

    it appears that the sofa on the end of the bed blocks and prevents the exit door from opening when the bed is in use. that could be problematical if a groggy half-asleep person needs to make a precipitous departure during the night…

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    • Niall November 24, 2012, 2:08 pm

      Bruce – the main entrance door is operable to around 50 degrees with a 32″ wide door when the bed is in use, and the patio doors can also be opened as they’re outswing. The only hazard (in my opinion) of the version shown in the video, is that the stair treads can block the entrance door when they’re pulled out, although this has since been addressed in a later version of this house!

      So hopefully that half-asleep, groggy person will be able to get out of there lickity split.

      Niall
      Engineering @ Humble Homes

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      • Alex November 28, 2012, 11:41 am

        Hi Niall, thanks so much for clarifying!

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      • Susie April 11, 2013, 12:07 am

        I saw it as more of a security thing- blocking a would be intruder..

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    • Lanette November 25, 2012, 12:04 am

      Brilliant! The one drawback for tiny homes has always been the loft bed aspect. Would like to see the counter use to be more desk-like somehow, or a pull out table at the bench area which also would be easily made more chaise lounge if wanted.

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      • Alex November 28, 2012, 10:37 am

        Good idea Lanette, thanks!

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    • Ellen November 25, 2012, 10:32 pm

      Hell yeah! I love it!

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      • Alex November 28, 2012, 11:41 am

        Glad you like it Ellen!!

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    • Rain November 26, 2012, 12:20 am

      I LOVE this design. Having the bed in a loft just does not work for me. This seems to be an ideal solution. I hope to see the plans soon!

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  • Terrie November 24, 2012, 9:40 am

    Love this plan. The only problem I could possibly see with it is, once one gets up in years, one may have a problem pulling out the bed or pushing it back in, let alone going up and down stairs.

    I am not trying to be pessimistic in the least, just stating facts. We age and we lose our strength. But this would be a fabulous little place for people who are still able and still mobile. I really like it.

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    • Mary November 28, 2012, 11:19 am

      Terrie, this was my thought too. A person unwilling to climb up and down a ladder probably isn’t going to want to pull a bed in and out every day either. Though I did find it humorous that it was noted that no one would have to make the bed. Making a bed is much easier than moving a bed every day! A better solution, especially for an elderly person or a person in poor health, would be to widen the doorways and enlarge the square footage enough to accommodate a bed. A queen sized bed is only

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    • Mary November 28, 2012, 11:21 am

      Terrie, this was my thought too. A person unwilling to climb up and down a ladder probably isn’t going to want to pull a bed in and out every day either. Though I did find it humorous that it was noted that no one would have to make the bed. Making a bed is much easier than moving a bed every day! A better solution, especially for an elderly person or a person in poor health, would be to widen the doorways and enlarge the square footage enough to accommodate a bed. A queen sized bed would only take 35 sq’ more…

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      • Terrie November 28, 2012, 11:53 am

        It’s not that I am, or others may be, unwilling, it is that I and others are unable to. The hydrolics concept would solve the bed part but I, or others, would have to have ramps instead of stairs. Like I said, this is a cute little place for those that are still able and I am sure that the plan could be adapted for disabled or frail elderly people to live in happily.
        And you are quite right that it is easier to make a bed everyday than to move one! :) I can still make beds.

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        • Mary November 28, 2012, 12:29 pm

          Terrie, my apologies. I wasn’t inferring that you or others would be “unwilling”. It’s me who’s unwilling. :) I’m clutzy enough with both feet firmly on the ground!

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        • Terrie November 28, 2012, 12:40 pm

          No apologies needed, Mary! :)

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  • Rebecca November 24, 2012, 9:47 am

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I was always concerned about bumping my head in a sleeping loft, but this totally replaces the need for tottering up and down a ladder and you could still have (a slightly smaller) loft above the kitchen for extra storage space. You would need to be extra tidy though – no leaving bits and bobs on the floor before bed, as you couldn’t pull it out (even more reason to like the design in my case)!

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  • Bob November 24, 2012, 9:58 am

    It”s classic projekt!

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  • Eric November 24, 2012, 10:16 am

    Awesome plan. I would cut the bed left and right side boards or it would be uncomfortable when sitting down on bed and floor on top of the sharp edge board sides. Also add back side pillow similar to sofa when the bed platform is closed

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  • jerryd November 24, 2012, 10:27 am

    I like it and has some interesting idea. As for pulling out the bed just having it on good wheels solves that or using s garage door opener to move it and the other storage unit.

    Again no real comfortable seating though the bench seat could be modified with the correct angles and it’s front have a cushion that tilts up to make a double lounge chair.

    But then just taking that farther and flattening it out makes a bed eliminating the need for the under kitchen one. But then that could be used as storage.

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  • Kathy R November 24, 2012, 10:28 am

    I’ve bookmarked their site! This plan has more than a few novel and intriguing ideas that I’ve never seen, but will catalog away for “someday.”

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar November 24, 2012, 10:59 am

    Interesting design!

    The only concern I have is that the stair case and bed pull outs would block the doors creating a fire escape and entrance hazard.

    If you arranged the room differently you could pull that bed out without obstructing the doors.

    I will work up a plan for some similar ideas and post it here.

    LaMar

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    • Niall November 24, 2012, 1:26 pm

      LaMar – No worries! This was a preliminary design, and in the final design the steps will not come out past the entrance door – not just because of the possible hazard but for some plumbing essentials.

      Niall
      Engineering @ Humble Homes

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  • Robert Mitchell November 24, 2012, 12:40 pm

    That is a great idea in regards to pulling it out it could be motor driven (I know just another thing to break down) but it is a solution I also like how the stairs slide out for more storage great concept they have there I might need to borrow a few ideas for my trailer build

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    • Nicole November 24, 2012, 4:16 pm

      You could also use a crank that way you don’t have to have electricity to open the beed

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      • Nicole November 24, 2012, 4:16 pm

        *bed

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  • Randy November 24, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Great idea! Would be fairly simple to motorize the bed. The RV industry has perfected the mechanism for slide outs. Just borrow from them!

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  • Marcus Östlin November 24, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Awsom :-) Very nice. Got my brain working. :-) I have done som tiny houses and container houses in sketchup to. Love this page. ps Im from sweden and so my speling is not top notch. I whnat to build my own tiny home but at this time i dont have the money over after paying my depts. But some day :-) For now i can just dream an build in sketchup. :-)

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  • katrina loughlean November 24, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Hi,
    Great idea! Will be looking for this to come out soon. Please let me know when this is available. And by the way, what is the size of the little house?
    Or is that a secret yet? Have a good evening….

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    • Niall November 25, 2012, 1:25 pm

      Hey Katrina,

      Nope it’s not a secret! The house is approximately 20′ by 8.5′, and I’m a little bit behind on finalising tiny house plans at the moment – I’m expecting to release one of my other designs, The Nook, next week. The plans for the house shown in the video will probably be released around January.

      Niall
      Engineering @ Humble Homes

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      • alex c. November 10, 2013, 4:27 pm

        Yes, I love this design, but for some ppl, they would rather have good desk/work space than a TV (as the model in the video showed), and a comfy spot to just read and lay back… perhaps that could be featured in another model design. Another issue is, where would I store large things like my bike, sports equipment, tools (things that might go in a garage)?

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  • Jordan November 24, 2012, 8:04 pm

    Wow! I thought I was looking at of one of my tiny house designs i have been working on (though your mastery of the CAD design program is far superior to my sad attempts! – as it should be). I have been playing around with this same design feature for my tiny house – it’s great to see it implemented in a working model that I can actually watch. I have the storage inside the “bench”, drawers in the steps, and the kitchen upstairs in one design – it’s amazing how much alike they are. Thank You! Love it! It gives me inspiration for my designs and the piece of mind that they can actually work.

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  • Joe November 24, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Very original design. I’ve seen stairs that actually contain drawers, but never where the whole staircase slides out like that. And not having to make the bed – fantastic!

    Regarding Terrie’s comment that losing strength as we age is a ‘fact’, well – it’s only a fact in our modern sedentary society. There are traditional cultures where the elders do more physical labor than most modern twenty-somethings…and research has shown that old people in nursing homes can improve their strength by almost 100% by doing regular strength training. Guess I’m a little off topic – sorry :)

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  • TomLeeM November 24, 2012, 9:27 pm

    I think that is ingenious. I like how there is storage at the end of the bed that rolls out. I also like the door that has storage in it. It does all that with a lot of style. I like it.

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  • Josie Nutter November 24, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I would totally want to build this on wheels! The under-kitchen bed idea is fantastic.

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  • maryj November 25, 2012, 1:07 am

    this really is a great design, my first thought was accessing the loo in the middle of the night with the bed out but quickly realised the bed would at the most be 5ft. wide and that leaves room to both access the loo and the door to the outside world. In fact it reminds me of the tiny house guy with his bed hidden under his balcony in the same manner, he uses a small portion of it as a couch or pulled out completely for sleeping or reclining to watch the big screen. A great idea for those of us worried about ladders in the middle of the night, especially if you want to get up several times :))

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  • Eric November 25, 2012, 1:49 am

    also build exterior long storage drawer underneath Kitchen floor next to bed at end side if there is enough room

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  • Eric November 25, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Will the closet next to bathroom have room for hanging clothes with rod? It is 1/2 space shorter when it slides opened.

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    • Niall November 26, 2012, 9:12 am

      Hey Eric,

      It is possible to have a few items in the closet, but they would have to be parallel to the back board (no-duh right?).

      I suggest using it for those more expensive clothing items that you don’t want to fold, like a suit etc.

      Niall
      Engineering @ Humble Homes

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  • ST November 25, 2012, 12:51 pm

    First time I’ve seen a 2nd entrance/exit on a tiny house. Will follow this plan for updates.

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  • Iti November 25, 2012, 4:48 pm

    I too would not want the loft. I like this plan, its well thought out. Granted, the sitting isnt the best, but could be helped by using spring netting, etc, and back cushions.

    Actally there are several ways the sitting could be done. I like the pull outs, however the bed is so low.

    My bed is about 3 ft from the ground and I love it, easy in and out.

    I have tried to research the drop down beds, that are on counter weights. Very little info for them, even though the system has been around for ever!

    I would love to see the counter weight bed in a tiny home design. In the above design, it would just drop down to the seating level, and perhaps you would climb the stairs (one or two) to climb in bed. Although not necessary.

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    • Glema November 26, 2012, 12:34 pm

      I love this idea on wheels! Terrie, how about add some small hydraulics to assist the pull out or a spring type of system? My Gazelle uses hydraulics for the advanced person, they aren’t too large. It may be that they could handle it. Engineers what say you?
      Keep up the great work just love it!

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    • Mike January 13, 2013, 9:40 am

      The drop bed is called a trundle…I have four and most frames are twin size…I can see where a trundle could work great in this application.

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  • Robert Mitchell November 26, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Do you mind if we borrow ides from this design as I’m working on a tiny house/cabin that has to weigh under 2000 lbs an this looks like an ideal solution to my problem as I’d like to be able to have company with me and have them not feel cramped or claustrophobic as well as having 3 dogs so I need to make the most out of my little space…Thanks for sharing the design with us would love to see more pictures of it if I may

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    • Niall November 26, 2012, 12:36 pm

      Hey Robert,

      By all means use my design for ideas/inspiration – I also get ideas from different places/people/things, that’s just how it goes I think :).

      I don’t currently have any more pictures of this house, just the video. Although I’ll probably have some more when I complete the plans. Check http://www.humble-homes.com around January to see them.

      Niall
      Engineering @ Humble Homes

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  • Terrie November 26, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Hydrolics is a wonderful idea! n’t think about that. Thanks!

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  • Lisa November 26, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Genius!!! I absolutely love it!

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  • Samantha November 26, 2012, 11:12 pm

    I thought this was so creative. There are few alternative plans for tiny houses. You are now my favorite company!

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  • Linda November 27, 2012, 12:31 am

    Years ago I saw plans for a slide out bed under the dining area of a studio apartment. I planned to use one when building my tiny home but thought plumbing under the kitchen would be a problem. Nice to see that it is workable!

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  • Rando November 28, 2012, 1:30 am

    Most of what I have seen the past few years re: tiny houses has been done before ala RV’ers. Ideas of scaling down and maximising floor footage such as using a bathroom floor as the actual shower is nothing new. Many of the “Tiny” houses have been glorified RV trailers built w/ more traditional materials than a trailer designed to travel more often than sit parked as a homesite. Finally I’m seeing innovation resulting from thinking outside the box. Very nice design moving in the right direction.

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  • Jeanne November 28, 2012, 6:08 am

    Love the European look of the bathroom. I don’t see any sink, though – did I just miss it? I know it’s common for some of these designs to utilize the kitchen sink for washing up after using the loo, but walking across the living space for this is not something I would care for. Other than that (and my own preference for lower sideboards on the bed), I love the space.

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  • Adam December 4, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Hey Alex,
    We originally going to incorporate this into the Tall Mans Tiny House, but scraped the idea. After it was done we kind of wished we would have and had it as a plan if we did another. If its designed right I think it could be very convenient.

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  • Jackie December 7, 2012, 6:56 am

    I love it where can I buy the plans so I can build this wonderful home

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  • Derrick December 19, 2012, 5:28 pm

    The one thing that I live about this design is the ability to escape in case of a fire. Every time I see a loft I think “what would I do in case of a fire?” This defiantly solves that question!

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  • Amandalynn January 1, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Hey Niall!
    When will plans be available? I have always been intrigued by tiny houses but have never been able to get past the bedroom above (as I have an unearthly fear of falling, and when I do fall i tend to break things – namely myself!) but this floorplan suits me great! I looked at the site, but could not find these plans listed.. (or maybe I am not looking at the right place?)

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    • Niall January 2, 2013, 9:57 am

      Hey Amanda,

      You’re right the plans aren’t up on the website yet! I’ll have them finalised and on sale by the end of next week – Friday the 11th at the latest.

      Have a happy new year! :) Hopefully it has less falling involved!

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  • Kimberly January 3, 2013, 1:21 pm

    I can’t wait until these plans are available for purchase! I’ve been looking at Tiny Houses for years and this one suits me more than any I’ve seen! As a notorious klutz (especially in the morning), I’ve often worried about making it down a loft ladder! This is perfect! I love it!

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  • Bob January 12, 2013, 3:55 pm

    very original projekt.

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  • Peggy January 29, 2013, 11:32 am

    First design that I have really liked! So what’s the name of it other than “no loft”? Is it on wheels?

    This would work great as a retirement home considering that I am not likely to be able to climb a ladder. Lovin the no loft design. Would love to find more.

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  • Glendon February 1, 2013, 12:44 am

    I’m a fan! Clever, I like it

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  • Lisa February 1, 2013, 2:12 am

    Cool design, a little too angular for me. Anbody know the music with the video? Nice presentation.

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  • Robert Mitchell February 1, 2013, 2:04 pm

    I like the idea of the slide out as it is a good way for doubling up on unused space the trailer that I’m currently designing will make use of the slide out portion but I’m thinking that it wont be for a bed as I kinda like the loft idea, just need to have stairs that go up to it. But the space could be used for food storage or clothing…the sky is the limit

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  • Susie April 11, 2013, 12:29 am

    by far this is the most practical long term tiny house plan I have seen for those of us who due to (ah.hheeeemm) er, shall we say ‘mis-spent’ extended youth’ with reckless abandon, are now very wary of ladders or having to cramp up into a tiny loft space. The thought of having to get my bearings, negotiate a ladder, and get out of only one exit in an emergency has been bothering me. As one who has often blazed her own trail, not always in friendly territory, I really like to have more than one exit.
    Kitchen and dining space instead of loft is genius!!!! I love it!!! I am definitely going to downsize, I love Vermont summers, but hate the winters, and am house poor, so I’ve been checking out these tiny houses very closely. I am very impressed!!
    That sliding door/closet is genius! who says that hangers have to be on a rod? (like you’d still be a stuffed shirt if you lived in a tiny house anyway) but if you HAD to have one, hang the darn thing sideways on a hook… heck, I don’t ever want to have to iron ever again…
    Now, what about under floor heating?? solar power?? that and a bottle of propane, a bucket of sawdust, and no more giving it all to the man.

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