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Man Builds Japanese Style DIY Micro Cabin

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Check out how one man got inspired to build a Japanese style micro cabin on wheels.

It could be used for camping, as a backyard office or quiet reading space.

What would you use this DIY micro cabin for?

Below you can see a few photos and a video on this DIY micro cabin in Florida.

Man Builds Japanese Style DIY Micro Cabin


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  • Nancy
    March 30, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Love the roof, lanterns and everything, but wouldn’t work for me. Require more of a kitchen, bath and raised bed in order to be comfortable, but it is gorgeous!

  • Dean
    March 30, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Nice work! I like how he “sculpted” the interior and exterior walls and floor. Very nice. Only thing he’s missing is a couple of Ofuton’s to sit on and an Okota, so the kids cam camp out in the driveway in the winter time. =)

  • Martin Robillard
    March 31, 2015, 11:27 pm

    I love the cedar finish and the roof, about that does anyone know what that material is ? And if it could hold a snow load ? His pitch seems on the flat side !

    • Chris
      April 1, 2015, 7:17 pm

      Hi, the roofing is Tuftex, I needed four of them. The panels cost about 20 bucks each. I had to cut them but that was easy.

      As for the pitch… you are right there isn’t any… but here’s the trick: the roof is removable! During travel the roof is placed in the secure down position that you see here. When desired, the roof can be raised up and held up through the use of fold up side supports (that I am currently building.) The roof could be raised up to any pitch you desire. This idea isn’t mine however, it came from the original Japanese design by Tiny House Japan.

  • Celeste
    April 1, 2015, 12:36 am

    Got all excited about the roof, started thinking that would be soo awesome!! I suffer from SAAD & the more sunlight the better. Then I remembered why… I live in northern Canada! All my heat would escape through the gorgeous roof. :/ oh well, maybe I can use it for my porch roof…

  • Chris
    April 1, 2015, 8:53 am

    Thanks for all the comments! I am still working on this project and I will definitely add more to the inside!. I was so eager to try it out that I couldn’t wait until it was done, that’s why you see the Japanese style futon in there!

    As for the roof:
    I used Tuftex for the skylight/roof, Tuftex is supposed to be very good in holding in heat. For more on that, see Deek Diekdricksen at relax shacks.com. He works with Tuftex roofs and he lives in a cold climate. Then again, I am not sure how it would work in Northern Canada…!

    • Dean
      April 1, 2015, 4:35 pm


      Apologies for my former comment. I completely overlooked the one shot showing the Ofuton already laid out! =)

      • Chris
        April 1, 2015, 7:12 pm

        I thought your comment was fine! The original Japanese version DOES have a lot more in it, but I think both his and mine rely on a futon. I wonder if you could make a Murphy style bed, that would give you a raised bed and then still leave space during the day.

  • Catalana
    April 1, 2015, 6:01 pm

    This is exactly the type of thing I would like to make both as a backyard office/studio and a place that can be taken out for a weekend (at a place that has a bathroom so just need a place to sleep).

    What size and type of trailer did you use?

    • Chris
      April 1, 2015, 7:10 pm

      Hi, it is a 5×10 foot trailer, flatbed type. I removed the boards from it and built the cabin right into the frame. I had it custom made, but it was cheap because the trailer was very bare bones.

  • Dean
    April 1, 2015, 8:22 pm

    Chris – in your prior post you wrote: “[I]I wonder if you could make a Murphy style bed, that would give you a raised bed and then still leave space during the day.[/I]”
    No reply button for that one, so I’m answering here.
    You could do something that works like the tailgate for a pickup truck.
    Make it from something thick, like 3/4″ plywood and hinge the inside (bottom) edge to the wall and build a small recess for the plywood to fit into.
    Two holes near the outer edge, about mid way on the sheet could serve as “handles” to pull the sheet out with and it would be held fast by the hinges and a chain at each end.
    Cut to desired size, or use the whole 8×4 sheet.
    Simple, effective and it wouldn’t take up any space.
    You could use reinforced plastic straps in lieu of chains. They might pack a little easier.

    • Chris
      April 8, 2015, 9:27 pm

      Thanks! My wife will appreciate that even more than me, I am going to look into it!

  • April 1, 2015, 11:10 pm

    I LOVE the roof! What a great idea. I can’t get to much sunlight. Well done Chris!

  • keepyourpower
    March 30, 2017, 11:51 pm

    Sure reminds me of Japan. Bet you were in the Military and lived there, once upon a time! I was there for 2 years and 2 months.

  • doug greaser
    March 31, 2017, 1:47 am

    In the Japanese build I liked how the ceiling was close to ones head whether standing in the center or sitting at the sides. If you end up trying the sitting on the floor for awhile that seems very Japanese also. Search on “back jack” and get some comfortable seats of fabric and foam on a metal frame. doug g

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