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How To Get The Most out of 269 Square Feet

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This is Aiko’s 260 sq. ft. apartment in Japan.

She used a multifunctional coffee table to create a living room that easily transforms into a dining room.

Since the apartment has 11.5ft ceilings, Aiko was able to take advantage of the vertical space too. So the bedroom hovers over the kitchen, and the bathroom is slightly elevated with storage underneath.

Aiko’s 269 Sq. Ft. Multifunctional Tiny Apartment in Japan

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Images © IKEA

The Living Area Easily Converts into a Dining Space thanks to a Multifunctional Coffee Table 🙂

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You Enter the Apartment Through the Kitchen… Go Up the Stairs to Your Bedroom and Bathroom!

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There’s storage space under the bathroom (through the white curtains).

Floor Plan for this Tiny Apartment (The Bed and Bathroom Are Elevated)

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Images © IKEA

See the full tour of Aiko’s apartment (and learn more about some of the furniture/decorations she used) over at IKEA.


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  • Michelle
    April 17, 2018, 5:05 pm

    The wall of windows, outdoor space, open lofted bedroom and ceiling height, all work to make this feel really open. Not the claustrophobic feel you (unfortunately) get with many tiny homes! I only wish they had shown pics of the upper level. I would have loved to see what the ceiling height was up there. Love it!

  • Michael
    April 17, 2018, 5:56 pm

    Well done and lucky her to have 11.5 ft ceiling to avoid cramped sleeping loft but I guess she isn’t that tall.
    Michelle, just go to the IKEA link and you’ll see a pic of the sleeping area.

    • James D.
      April 18, 2018, 1:05 am

      A typical road legal THOW can have an interior ceiling height of around 11’… So 11.5′ is only about 4-8 inches more than you’d find in a typical road legal THOW…

      That would seem like enough to make it feel roomier but not all lofts are placed at the same height as it’s a compromise between dividing the vertical space for the loft from the space for what’s below it.

      So a typical THOW can have the loft placed anywhere from 6.5′ to 7′, which you subtract from the total height and then subtract the thickness of the loft and the bed for the final loft headroom height, along with variables like roof line shape and whether something like a skylight can provide a few more inches or not, and thus it can vary by up to several inches.

      Note from the 3rd photo showing the woman standing directly below the loft/bed, with the fridge immediately to her left providing some scale, that this loft/bed appears to be placed higher than 7’…

      So that negates what little max height advantage there was and thus there doesn’t appear to be any significant extra height in this loft/bed when compared to other Tiny Houses.

      However, they did use a trick that makes it more comfortable as they also created a platform between the loft and the floor level that provides a platform immediately next to the bed/loft that you can stand.

      A similar loft design was used by Bear’s Tiny Homes (Farmington, GA) in the last house they showcased, as well as by a few other builders… You basically just need a area that doesn’t need full standing height below, such as a storage spaces or things like sitting spaces, that you can then place the platform on top of…

      Thus allowing access to the loft/bed in a manner more similar to how you would access a regular bedroom bed… Though, against the wall, only able to get in and out from one side, and close proximity to ceiling can probably still make it feel like you’re getting into a bunk bed…

  • Alison
    April 18, 2018, 6:36 pm

    This is a cool apartment. (It looks like IKEA does not currently offer that convertible coffee table/dining table, though I found similar ones elsewhere online. Would like to see one in person.) I wouldn’t like the half-height storage area, but it is better than nothing. I wonder if there is access to that space from outside, maybe to store a bicycle?

    • Alex
      April 20, 2018, 7:01 am

      Hmm. That spot would be great to store a bicycle and access from the outside.

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