When it comes to living in a tiny house we have to get creative.
Some of us don’t want to go up a ladder and into a loft, so we create amazing staircases.
But what if you don’t want to go up any sort of stairs or ladders?
In these cases you can consider murphy beds, futons, micro bedrooms, or…
You can consider one of the 3 amazing (and pricey) hidden, space-saving beds for small spaces featured in this post.
1. Espace Loggia’s Electric Air Bed: Transforms your Bedroom to Dining/Work Area
At night when the bed is in sleep position, your room is a simple bedroom. But when you wake up, you can transform the living space into a dining room, work area or just more open space. Check it out below:
Images: Espace Loggia
2. Entertainment Center that Magically Turns your Living Area into a Guest Bedroom
The Poppi Theatre Bed from Resource Furniture is also great because if you have enough space for it in your living room it can also easily double as guest sleeping quarters. See below.
The TV stand area slides over and covers the shelves so that you can open up the bed. Pretty cool way to double up on space that you already use although I’m not sure this would fit in most tiny homes on wheels but for some it could. It would also work great in small apartments, studios and cabins.
See it in action in the video below:
More info on the Poppi Theatre Bed here.
3. Wall Bed that Turns your Living Room into a Bedroom
This Atoll 000 bed from Resource Furniture is cool because it doubles as a couch for your living room. And it’s a queen size bed. I really like how you can still leave some items up on the shelf and it easily comes down with the bed. Although I’m not sure I’d rely on that feature with any of your beloved breakables. Great for books though!
Even More Space Saving Furniture Ideas and Products (Video)
Thanks, Anita, for sending us some of these ideas for this post.
Which of the three did you like best and why?
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None really. Best is the TV one.
The first is an expensive, hard to do way.
The last already has a bed under the murphy bed!! Just eliminate the Murphy bed and save space, hassle, cost. KIS
And please why do 75%+ of your TH’s posted here have lofts when it’s obvious most don’t want them, their problems, costs? When are TH designers, builders going to figure it out?
Much better is a fold out couch futon style or even recliner/bed.
The loft makes sense for storage if not for sleeping. We’ve been married 30 years but for the first 7 years we lived in a 1-bedroom apartment, and both our kids were born while we lived there. We gave them the bedroom and we slept in the livingroom on the sofa sleeper which quickly pulled out to a bed and quickly went back in afterward. It was extremely comfortable when it was new–absolutely wonderful–but that didn’t last long as it quickly went to sagging.
The bigger problem I see with all these ideas though is that they usually require cleaning up the desk or table and putting everything away before you can even take a nap for example. That’s totally impractical. (I’ve taken naps most of my life. Naps are known to be very healthy.) We’ve been shown many multi-use things, but they only do one thing at a time, which I find problematic. The loft OTOH solves much of this, and it’s nice to see that some new THs are including stairways with railings.
I think they all make good multi-use of existing space, as guest beds. None of them look substantial enough to be your nightly sleeper. I know many readers are sleeping in a loft on a roll of foam, but not for long. You may get away with that in your 20s or 30s, you may. It won’t be much into the next decade and you’ll be searching for comfortable and supportive options, or the back seat of the car may look better than that foam roll! 😉
Nice add ons though.
Test email on different computer. 😀
Okay, that’s “good news and bad”. I can’t do any posting at any of Alex’s sites on my mega-expensive laptop but I can post on my P.O.S. netbook that’s a billion years old? ~sigh~ More money gone to fix laptop. Bummer. 🙁
But….the wee netbook works so YEAH!!!! Loved reading these particular Comments. Ah, the Wisdom that comes with age and experience! LOL Yes, foam pads, lofts, pull out sofas…all the unexplored areas of “youth”. Then, you get older and everything creaks and you count your medication in 10’s, not single pills and suddenly all these temporary beds don’t look so hot any longer…or the ubiquitous “mattress on the floor in a loft”<<<a double whammy!
For the cheap, why not consider a classic Daybed? They've been around since the Romans and do double duty as a wonderully long sofa to stretch out upon and also a fantastic bed for full time sleeping! We have a vintage daybed from Essensay Silent Film Studios in Chicago and it seats 4 very happily and people sleep like babies on the actual spring mattress. Yeah, it's a custom mattress but how often do you need to buy them? Once? Twice? Lots of other ways to lose money so I'll invest it in a proper sleep. z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z———
Perhaps it would be good to give some attention to bedding in the TH websites. The comfort of our many-decades-old bed is certainly not coming from the empty space under it, ie, holding it up off the floor. Even with foam, I suspect a great deal of comfort could be had by layering the correct densities right on the floor– but I have not had the occasion to experiment so far.
As a layman who had done a lot of research into the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry though, I can say that all those medications are almost certainly doing more harm than good, including to your joints. Even arthritis and bone-density drugs have been proven to be counterproductive in the long run. That’s a bit off-topic though, so I’ll stop there.
Oh, and Alex….this is a nice blog posting. I’m not dissing it. But, from experience with a sleeper sofa for a solid 365 days of my life years ago, I can permanently cross that off my Bucket List. LOL
For the past 8 years or so I’ve been alternating between sleeping on a 6″ foam slab in my Boler trailer and a modified Ikea Beddinge sleep sofa in my 250 sq ft studio apartment. There are chemical issues with foam but I’m not a purist and the comfort is amazing. There was a horrible condensation issue in the trailer but that was solved by replacing the non-breathing fibreglass compartment the foam sat on with a wood slat and frame.
The Ikea piece flops out into a double if needed but I just sleep on it in sofa mode. I raised the whole thing to be easier on my knees and the back legs a bit higher to make it level so I don’t roll into the backrest, added about 4″ of foam to the skimpy mattress and it’s been a comfy sleeping nest ever since. There are a bunch of decorative pillows for back support that just get dumped on the floor at night. You could store extra fabric items in the pillow cases. Good place for down jackets in summer. It’s not the best bed frame for storage but it was cheap and easy when I was setting up home. The next improvement is going to be a sleeping roll that flops out for the night and tucks away for daytime storage so I don’t need to leave bedding on the couch all day. It will be a duvet cover type thing with a pocket for the foam mattress underneath a bottom sheet and a top sheet and cover attached at one side and bottom only, incorporating a top pocket for a comforter in cooler weather. In warmer weather you just leave the comforter out. It can be tossed under the couch out of sight during the day or left outside to air a bit or whatever and is easily laundered. I made a version of it for an air mattress guest bed, solves the problem of trying to keep sheets on it.
The couch is always ready for sitting or napping and turns into a bed without a lot of fuss. If you need to do too much to make it work, it doesn’t really work. Some of the convertible function pieces are ok for occasional use but for everyday life can drive you bonkers.
How clever! I am a huge fan of lofts with ladders or stairs, but I gotta say these are so fun! Keep up the good work!