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28 ft. Murphy Bed THOW w/ Tons of Storage

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Indigo River Tiny Homes just finished up this 28 ft. “Pioneer” model tiny house for someone in Oklahoma. The new owners chose a bold red cabinet color that really brightens their THOW interior!

It features an open-concept floor plan, with a Murphy bed and oodles of built-ins on one side of the tiny house, and a galley kitchen and full bathroom with a stacked washer/dryer on the other. Pretty awesome!

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Bold Color Choice in this Custom THOW!

The simple exterior boasts a bright yellow door.

And inside, bold red cabinets.

There’s a small catwalk/storage loft up above.

Amazing pull-out pantry.

An oven, microwave and two-burner cooktop.

The door leads into the bathroom.

Besides the red, the red of the home is a light pine.

A pop-up breakfast bar looks out the window.

A ceiling fan helps circulate the air.

Kick-board drawers are a great way to maximize space.

Here you see the Murphy bed on the other side.

The built-in cabinets extend over the trailer hitch.

It’s a mix of drawers of hanging storage.

The Murphy Bed is queen-sized.

In the bathroom you have a full tub/shower combo.

There’s also a stacked washer and dryer unit.

A vanity with a medicine cabinet above.

What do you think of this layout?

28 ft. Murphy Bed THOW w Tons of Storage


  • Murphy bed
  • Built-in storage over trailer hitch
  • Full kitchen
  • Full bathroom
  • Tub and shower combo
  • Oven and cooktop
  • Large sink with window
  • Bright red cabinets
  • Pop-up bar
  • Open floor plan
  • Ceiling fan
  • 28 feet long by 8.5 feet wide
  • Pioneer model
  • Built by Indigo River Tiny Homes

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Linda Baker
    January 3, 2022, 4:05 pm

    Seems to me that the over the hitch storage/bedroom closet isn’t accessible when the bed is down/open, also is that a large window opposite the entry door? I think I would rather have a solid wall instead for furniture or additional storage – I do love the colorful cabinets and door.

    • Marsha Cowan
      January 3, 2022, 8:20 pm

      Hmmm. . .I love the kitchen and the closets over the trailer tongue, and what a great bath for a 26′ house. I am not a fan of Murphy beds, though, as they seem to take up a whole wall one way and about 18″ of floor depth the other way, and then things have to either already accommodate the weight and size and shape of the bed when its down, or be moved out of the way completely. Why not an easy to operate sofa bed instead? By day its a comfortable seating area, by night its a comfortable bed, and then there can be more windows in the living area. Otherwise, its a nice and pretty house.

      • Trish
        January 7, 2022, 3:40 pm

        I have to disagree, I would much rather have a Murphy bed with a real mattress as opposed to a sofa bed. I have never slept on a comfortable sofa bed, there is always some kind of steel bar hitting you thru a really bad mattress. The cabinets for storage are great as far as I am concerned, the bed is going to be in the up position most of the time so access will be easy. Moving a couch out of the way would be easy, just have locking wheels under it so it doesn’t slide when you’re sitting down on it or getting up from it.

        • James D.
          January 7, 2022, 7:27 pm

          Well, there’s always trade offs and people will disagree on which they prefer but there’s usually also multiple options…

          There’s Murphy beds that convert into a couch/sofa… There’s non-folding convertible beds that avoids any bars, etc… There’s modular furniture that rearranging can convert use from seating to a bed… There’s ways to make a bed function as seating, such as a trundle bed that only mostly retracts… There are other forms of store away beds, some can even turn that closet into another way to store a bed…

          A lot just depends on budget, preference, and how much work is acceptable before it is no longer a convenience and becomes a bothersome task…

    • James D.
      January 4, 2022, 12:02 am

      Not a window, another door… It’s set up for front and rear access. So set up on a property and you can have a front and back yard setup with this layout… Not too dissimilar to a shotgun house where you can see straight through to the other side…

      While it depends if you’re bothered by standing on the bed as to whether it’s actually blocking the wall storage when the bed is out… Though, general trade off with transformable bed spaces is you have to fix the bed before doing anything else with the space. Like Marsha pointed out…

      Though, Murphy beds can also be sofas and when mounted horizontally, instead of vertically, they don’t take up as much vertical height and you can still have a window, albeit a little high, without it being blocked by the bed when up… This is just a basic Murphy bed but they can be configured to switch between multiple modes for table, sofa/couch, bed or bunk beds… Commercial versions are just very expensive and it can take quite a bit of skill and specialty hardware to DIY it that way…

  • Stephan of Arkansas
    January 3, 2022, 5:35 pm

    That’s one lovely, practical cooking zone the designers put in with the built-in oven below the countertop mounted 2 eye cook-top, with the microwave in the overhead cabinet. Yes please! Maybe this has been done before, but, if so, I never noticed it. Very well done. And for a little ole single man of 72 like me that cooks only now and then, it would be absolute perfection. High praises to the designers and to the person(s) lucky enough to live in that unit. These remarks are respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas

  • Michael
    January 4, 2022, 3:52 am

    A bed needs a lot of space. That’s why many THOW have lofts which I don’t like because physics are telling us that hot air goes always up. This may be acceptable for a cold climate and winter times but for the FL climate it’s not.
    As James pointed out there are other murphy bed solutions because the pictured standard one makes a narrow space even more narrow.
    My preference is a lift up to the ceiling bed which is always ready to use. A murphy bed needs to be prepared first.
    The wardrobe is huge an hard to find at other tiny houses. I like the kitchen which is designed for somebody who likes to cook.
    Bar style flip up table isn’t my thing. I like to eat facing each other when dining but I think it would be easy to achieve.
    Anyway, it’s well done though.

  • Jackie
    January 5, 2022, 11:50 pm

    Perfect layout, maybe add 6 feet, 1 foot for the bath, 5 feet for the living roomette. Would definitely add a deep color in the bathroom, looks too sterile. Paint the kitchen cabinets hunter green with a drop in or free standing gas stove/oven. Figure out something for the sleeper sofa. Again, perfect layout, just lengthen it a bit.

  • Donna Rae
    January 6, 2022, 12:39 pm

    Though I might choose a different color for the front door…everyone has their preferences, right?…I think this tiny house is fabulous! I might not have chosen those bright red cabinets but I have to admit that the more I scrolled through the photos, the more I liked them! As we all would do, I can see a couple of changes that would suit my purposes a bit better. I would opt for a 3′ x 4′ shower…with a bench, please…rather than the tub so I could add a bit more space to the kitchen. I would really like to have a full-sized refrigerator, though eliminating the doggie door would allow the kitchen cabinets to be moved down just enough to accommodate a larger fridge. The two-burner cooktop would be fine for me and I am wondering if it is Induction. If not, I would opt for that upgrade as it has the temperature control of gas cooking and the smooth top of electric which is nice for cleaning. I agree with others that there are a variety of Murphy bed configurations that would be better than the one shown. It could be eliminated altogether if someone was living there alone, though. Choose a daybed that is a sofa during the day and a comfy bed by removing a few pillows at night. I love the closet/storage space provided! Overall, this is a great home!

    • James D.
      January 6, 2022, 5:56 pm

      Yes, the cooktop is induction…

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