The longing to live life in a simpler, more sustainable style continues to lead many people, including a growing number of families, to pursue the dream of designing and building a tiny house. While the idea of what a tiny house actually is may often be molded and changed to fit the needs of the builder, most agree that the definition is a residence having less than 400 total square feet, whether on wheels or on a foundation.
Considering that the average single-family home in the United States is now nearly 2500 square feet in size, with new construction now being even larger, it becomes easy to understand the importance of utilizing and conserving every inch when designing a tiny home. Since beds typically take up the most space of any home furnishing, opting to use a non-traditional sleeping space like a queen-size Murphy bed can be the perfect solution for a tiny home.
The combo tiny-house office/sleeping space
Since many of those attracted to the tiny-house life already think outside the box by opting to use solar power and earn their income from home through the gig economy, having an office space is critical. But having dedicated office space in a tiny home may be difficult or impossible, especially if the home is occupied by more than one person.
Opting to forego a traditional bed and install a Murphy bed can make it easy to enjoy a comfortable queen-size bed at night and then transform the space into an office during the day. To do this, tiny house owners can install a fold-down shelf on the cabinet of the Murphy bed that they can open and use as a work surface whenever the bed is in the upright position.
The eating area/sleeping area combo
Tiny-house owners who entertain regularly or those with families often want to preserve a space to comfortably seat several people for meals or enjoying card or board games. But in a space that may well be even less than the size of a studio apartment, having both a dining table and a large bed is just not feasible. Luckily, the same concept used to create office space can also work to create a larger surface suitable for eating meals or for use as food preparation area.
Instead of attaching the table to the wall of the tiny home, as the directions show, it will need to be attached to the cabinet that houses the Murphy bed. In order to make sure the table will be at the right height for dining when in use, make sure to measure carefully before using strong wood screws and supports to attach it to the surface of Murphy bed cabinet.
The bed or guest room/living space
Another great idea for saving space in a tiny home using a Murphy bed is to install one in the living area of the home. By day, the space can function as a comfortable area for family time or relaxing on the couch. At night, simply move the coffee table out of way and unfold a comfortable Murphy bed to instantly transform the area into a welcoming bedroom without taking up additional space in the home. If the home already has a dedicated bedroom, the installation of a Murphy bed in the living area can provide needed space for overnight guests and eliminate the need for a guest to have to spend an uncomfortable night on the couch or in a sleeping bag.
To learn more about the many benefits you can enjoy by including one or more high-quality Murphy beds in your tiny house design, visit a furniture dealer who advertises a good selection of this unique but very useful bedding option.