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Modern 21ft Tiny House with Drop-Down Bed and Remote Control Gull-wing Door!

This is the Sturgis tiny house on wheels by Cubist Engineering. It’s a modern 21ft tiny house with “a queen-size bed that appears magically from the ceiling,” according to the builder. Watch how it works in the video below!

It also features a unique trailer with removable axles and trailer hitch. Very interesting! Did I mention the remote control gull-wing door? Take the tour below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The Sturgis Tiny House by Cubist Engineering

© Cubist Engineering

© Cubist Engineering

Video: The Sturgis Tiny House With Drop-Down Bed!

The Sturgis is a 21.5’x8.5′ studio suite. A roomy retreat with everything you need for a relaxing stay, whether it’s your weekend in the country, or a guest given their own space: a spa-like bathroom with outdoor shower, full kitchen with induction cooktop, fridge and deep sink. A full-size West Elm modular sofa (no box with a cushion pretending to be a couch), and a queen-size bed that appears magically from the ceiling.1


  • 21.5’x8.5′ studio suite
  • Cubist Secret Ceiling Bed with queen mattress
  • Built on a Transformable Trailer foundation with removable axles and removable hitch; insulated and sealed
  • White-oak flooring
  • LED lighting
  • Choice of your plumbing
  • Tankles water heater
  • 9′ x 3′ remote control gullwing door
  • Subfloor with three in-floor storage compartments
  • Built in cabinetry
  • Bath with rain shower and dual flush toilet

Learn more below!


  1. https://www.cubistengineering.com/the-sturgis/
  2. https://www.cubistengineering.com/

Our big thanks to Mike Haney of Cubist Engineering for sharing!

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  • Chris Crawford
    December 13, 2017, 3:24 pm

    Very nice! what is the price range on this.

    • Tom Osterdock
      December 14, 2017, 12:59 am

      they say on the website that this one is 99k and options can be discussed. Contact them for a new build and what options are available for a new build with the prices.

  • Sondra
    December 13, 2017, 4:18 pm

    Two things … That gull wing door ? I’d flip it so it opens from the bottom and I could use it as a table for outdoor eating and second, why not show the bed lowered ? I see where it is and all but why not show it ??

    • Alex
      December 13, 2017, 7:19 pm

      I know it’s frustrating that we don’t have pictures to show of the bed/lift but I have added a video that shows it if you want to come back and watch it!

      • Sondra
        December 14, 2017, 1:23 pm

        Right on on thanks ! I’ll check it out !

  • Kbee
    December 13, 2017, 5:10 pm

    I don’t get it either. why show all the useless stuff like light fixtures. what is she sitting on? a table? where is the bed and why not more info abt thay?

    • Alex
      December 13, 2017, 7:19 pm

      Just added a video you can watch to see how the bed works!

  • Dan Jones
    December 13, 2017, 6:46 pm

    That toilet is very visible through the frosted glass. Sitting on it is Not something I would want to display to guests.

    • Alex
      December 14, 2017, 11:10 am

      Yikes! Good point.

    • Tom Osterdock
      December 14, 2017, 4:40 pm

      Dan that is a very good point but you could put smart glass film on the glass. Then you can make it opaque for privacy.

  • Vivian
    December 13, 2017, 6:54 pm

    It has some very nice design features and I’m fond of the industrial look that is hinted here, along with great carpentry. That aside, if I have people over to my home, it generally means I like them. Why would I subject them to even a fuzzy image of me in the bathroom. Ugh. Would also like to see the bed down.

  • December 13, 2017, 6:56 pm

    HAHAHA good one!

    The secret bed is so secret they won’t even show you.

    This is the ultimate click bait because it made me go all the way to their website to watch their youtube video to see the bed lower.

    Bravo good sir!

    • Alex
      December 13, 2017, 7:16 pm

      Let me see if I can find and embed that video in the post so you don’t have to do that!

    • Alex
      December 13, 2017, 7:18 pm

      Ok we’ve got the video here now! 🙂

  • Evening Iris
    December 13, 2017, 7:41 pm

    I love the fact that this is only a twin axel, and not some 38′ monster. Did anyone explain the removable hitch and axels; how is it done? (It may be time to embed another video…) I LOVE the ceiling bed; totally fabulous!
    I’ll take a pass on the glass bathroom doors; not enough privacy for me. How about half glass at the top for light and wood down at the bottom?
    All in all, this is a really nice build and just the right size, too. 😀

    • Alex
      December 14, 2017, 11:09 am

      LOL yes I think I have some more information on the trailer that I’ll be sharing in a post hopefully later today! Stay tuned…!

    • December 17, 2017, 8:25 am

      Hi – Mike, one of the builders here. Totally get the point about the glass. I will say that we tested different levels of frosting with our glass supplier, and at this level, you can see a body is in there, but it’s a very vague shape. Still not for everyone, we know. Every build we do is custom, so half-glass is always an option!

  • Michael
    December 13, 2017, 8:15 pm

    I have been always proposing a lift up bed instead of cramped lofts, stairs and ladders. Looking back on this year the industry seems to me picking up lift up beds.
    This one is a great example. It shows that overall height can be reduced and how much space is available on a small footprint.
    I would place the sofa across driving direction replacing the reading nook which would allow to reduce overall length or get a fold down dining table with foldable chairs near the kitchen.
    Good job.

    • James D.
      December 13, 2017, 9:59 pm

      Lift beds have always been a option, and have been around for years, but it’s not always practical because you’re introducing a system that can and will eventually break down and require maintenance, along with being a higher cost option…

      In this configuration you also lose some of the interior width space because they placed the hardware for the bed lift system against the wall behind the couch and that type of lift hardware requires a fair amount of space.

      Mind, this is a road legal sized structure so this is taking away from the max 8′ 6″ of total width you have to work with, and you’re already losing about a little over a foot for wall thickness.

      So most of the space behind the couch from the floor to the ceiling can’t be used for anything else for nearly a foot of depth, though they did manage to put some small shelving on either side of it…

      Having the bed come down on top of the couch, and not use a couch that can be flattened, also means it’s over three feet above the floor in its lowered position. So you may still need a step up stool or be able to climb up to it. But it also means the bed slides down too close to the window to be able to walk around it… Meaning, with two people one person will have to climb over the other to get in and out of bed in the middle of the night…

      While the total height is reduced but only by around a foot…

      While you get all this for a starting price of $99,000…

      I’d suggest checking out “Built Tiny LLC” in Texas… That builder did a 200 sq ft tiny house with a lift bed system that requires no power, can be accessed at the half way point so you can still use the couch as a convertible guest bed or lower the bed all the way, you can access the bed from either side, even has a lift system for the TV, and he did the whole thing for under $16K…

      • December 17, 2017, 8:18 am

        Hi – Mike, one of the builders here. Thanks for the comment – just wanted to clear up some things about the drop-down bed since we don’t have a lot of information about it here. Can’t speak to the reliability of other designs, but this one is custom engineered, designed and built by us to be, frankly, ridiculously over built for safety and reliability. The bed platform under that maple is welded from 3-inch box tube. It runs on massive industrial rail and bearing systems with 2500lb-load kevlar cables, while using a counterweight that takes the actual load to around 20lbs. Even if the system somehow failed, you can raise and lower the bed with one hand. It’s also attached to its own power source so it works even if the electricity is out. The entire system is accessible behind the panel so it can be easily maintained if you ever needed to.
        To the point about size, the cabinet with the mechanicals is six inches deep off the wall. That’s actually why we built this system instead of just buying a murphy or the other bed lift systems we could find – they were all much thicker and took up more interior space. The couch has removable back cushions, so at it’s lower position, it’s only 15 inches off the floor—with the 10-inch Tuft & Needle mattress on top, its still a little higher than the average bed, but nothing you’d need a step-stool for. 😉
        We’ll keep an eye on the comments, so don’t hesitate to ask if we can share anything else!

  • Dick
    December 13, 2017, 8:23 pm

    I cannot resist the temptation to say this…with that gullwing door, maybe this build should be named the DeLorean Tiny House.

    Hey, I was a class clown in high school–and it carried over!

    • Alex
      December 14, 2017, 11:11 am

      LOL good one! 😀

    • Eric
      January 3, 2018, 4:31 am

      Yeah… but… would take a loooong time to go back to the future. Gotta watch out for them Timestalkers (a far better movie btw than BTTF).

  • deb
    December 14, 2017, 3:55 pm

    house looks more like fish aquarium !

  • Elizabeth Rubio
    December 14, 2017, 3:56 pm

    Oh, yes! All that wonderful glass! Blinds (remote controlled, if you like) can be added to both exterior windows and bathroom partition for privacy when needed. Another option might be windows with blinds sealed between two sheets of glass (Pella is the manufacturer, I believe). A big price for this tiny house, yes, but simple, straight-forward and beautiful.

  • Dan
    January 2, 2018, 7:59 pm

    The bed is nothing new, they have been used in Safari Trek motorhomes for years….

  • Linda
    February 19, 2021, 1:37 pm

    How is the large picture window protected when towing it?

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