The Bedroom in Your Tiny Home
Clearly, tiny homes aren’t called tiny for no reason at all. These compact homes shrink your usable space by a significant margin, thus requiring you to really think about what’s most important to you. The result is a transformed way of life for many homeowners, and few ever regret the decision.
But, one of the most common hurdles new tiny home owners have to come to terms with is the size of their bedrooms. In a tiny home, large armoires and walk-in closets are a thing of the past. And as for the bed – it practically takes up the entire space.
However, there are some ways that tiny home builders are able to provide a more familiar bedroom environment for tiny home owners. Here are a few ideas for you to consider in your tiny home project.
The Loft Option
With such potentially drastic floor space limitations in a tiny home, most builders increase the amount of usable space by adding lofts and in many tiny homes, the loft serves as its bedroom.
When using a loft as a bedroom, the amount of space you have for other features, like nightstands and the like, is determined by the size of the mattress. Most traditional tiny home loft bedrooms feature queen mattresses, some lighting, a bit of open space on either side of the mattress – and that’s about it.
Some lofts are specifically designed to hold just the mattress. In this type of loft, the design allows for a formal staircase to be used instead of a ladder. One of the great things about loft bedrooms built in this fashion is that the steps that lead up to it can serve as an excellent source of storage.
From pull-out drawers to curtained cabinets to open cubbies, a set of stairs offers a wide variety of functional storage spaces. Or, you can use an open staircase to allow for more light to flow through the space.
Another great way to take advantage of a loft is to use it as the home’s living room, with the bedroom instead located below the loft. This is ideal in cases where the loft isn’t quite big enough to support a larger-sized bed.
Additional Tiny Home “Bedroom” Options
Of course, not every tiny home family is going to consist of just one or two people. In the event that a family with children is looking to join the tiny home movement, there are options available to help increase the amount of sleeping space available.
For instance, the use of bunk beds can provide up to two children plenty of space for sleeping. Or, a foldout bed can serve double duty as a couch during the day, and a bed at night.
If your tiny home’s bedroom is large enough to afford you ample space for one or more nightstands, then the type of nightstand you will want to use is one that can perform more than one function.
For instance, using a wood crate will provide you with both a surface for placing a lamp or a vase of flowers, and additional storage space below for housing books, knitting materials, or anything else you want to have close to you while in bed. Remember, in a tiny home, any source of storage is extremely welcome and valuable!
Of course, the smaller your mattress, the larger your nightstand will be able to be. For some, this is important, such as those who require the use of a CPAP machine for sleep apnea.
Others might simply prefer the extra storage space the nightstand provides over having more bed than what’s necessary. Ultimately, knowing what you’re comfortable with will help you choose the right bedroom design for your tiny home.
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