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If Ikea can flat-pack its furniture, why not a tiny house?


If you thought assembling a bed from Ikea was a headache-inducing experience, imagine being tasked to build a whole (if tiny) house for pennies on the dollar.

That was the assignment tasked to two Danish architecture students who were challenged by Ikea to create an adaptable living structure that would use as few materials as possible, as cheaply as possible. (You can see where this is going: Ikea is totally going to flat-pack a house eventually).

Ikea Flat Pack Tiny House

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Johanne Holm-Jensen and Mia Behrens were invited to perform a six-month-long residency project at Ikea’s Space10, a Denmark-based future-living lab to create the cheapest, most versatile living structure possible and to say they succeeded is an understatement. They named their project “Building Blocks,” and managed to create a fully functional micro-home for $192 per square meter, or $9,400 in total.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Jerry Dycus September 17, 2018, 6:25 pm

    While my 3 THs and 2 sheds are not built by flat pack, they are designed to be moved by flat packing them if needed.
    I build with screws a lot instead of nails as can no longer handle the using a hammer for long.
    Just by using screws in the corners you can unscrew the walls, roof and lay them on floor on top of each other, flat.
    But since they can also be moved by trailer or Flat bed tow truck even at 10′ wide easily, cheaply, that’s how I’d do it with all my stuff inside..

    • Alex September 18, 2018, 11:30 am

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing, Jerry!

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