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Antique Folding Bathtub Ready For For Primetime

Let it be known that Lloyd Alter is a huge friend and advocate of the tiny house world. He has written a number of articles about tiny houses, tiny house projects, and innovations made through smaller living. He is also the managing editor of TreeHugger. In an older article he brings to light an innovation that perhaps was well ahead of its time: the folding bathtub!

Not to be confused with the fold up bathtub (or closet bathtub) which saw popularity in the mid-1880s and worked like a ‘murphy-style’ piece of furniture, the folding bathtub requires no plumbing, no dedicated room, and is completely portable. Tiny houses are small. That much is for sure and a number of tiny house builders have struggled with how much room to dedicate to such facilities. But with a Robinson Folding Bathtub that need would be addressed and turmoil averted.

The ad above (placed, no doubt, by Robinson Cabinet Mfg. Co. itself) promises a “An absolutely new invention that has taken the entire country by storm. Nothing else like it. Gives every home a modern up to date bathroom in any part of the house. No plumbing, no waterworks needed. Folds in small roll, handy as an umbrella. Self-emptying and positively unleakable.” How feasible then would it be if a tiny house or small house were able to have just a small shower stall and then have available a folding bathtub for those aching muscle moments or general (yet few in western culture) soaking times? It is the ultimate space saver for luxury.

There is no real record as to the selling performance of the unit but few seem to be lingering and those that are are well-preserved in museums across America. Historically The Robinson company had more success with the fold up bathtub and marketed the folding tub to those with little space or those who traveled in some capacity. It’s time for the spotlight though and with the scientific advances in military-grade rubber a model could be made quite effectively and economically.

This is not to say that some clever alternative don’t currently exist including the Sylwia Ulicka Rivera designed bathboard shown above (image: yankodesign.com) or the portable folding tub popular abroad where very few flats have little more than a spigot.

It seems in today’s market folding tubs and inflatable tubs and the like exist almost exclusively for children. However, if it is good enough for them, should it not also be good enough for us?

Your Turn!

  • Would you give a fold up bathtub a chance?
  • Are you planning only a shower or also a tub in your tiny house?

 

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Leviathan Table

I have always been interested in table ideas that I can pull out for a dinner party, but have tucked away when it is just me.  I usually will eat my meals watching a TV show (the only time I watch TV) if I’m alone, go out with friends, or go to my families house for dinner.  I like having people over for meals, but in the end it may happen one-two times a month.  Though that is the life of a bachelor I guess.

so this table breaks down to a smaller size.  While its a coffee table I like the concept and it could be done on a larger scale.

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One Chair To Rule Them All?

Today I’m asking for your help: I have been trying to find a chair that can serve as a decent desk chair, but also something that is super comfortable enough to lounge in to read a book or watch a movie.  Up until this point I have had two chairs (or a desk chair and a couch):  One for working and one for relaxation.

If you think about it, they are quite different.  A desk chair is more up right, not made for laying back and kicking your feet up.  While a lounge chair typically allows you to stretch out, lean back and take a load off.  Currently the chairs I have a standard desk chair and then an Ikea POÄNG chair with an ottoman.  The POÄNG chair is incredibly comfortable and leans pretty far back.   You couldn’t easily work at a desk in this type of chair.

It seems like a lot of my generation really likes to use there laptop on their lap while sitting on the couch, but I can’t seem to do any real work when trying that.  Since I work from home, I do need a place to get serious work done, which it can be tricky to both live and work in a tiny house.  I also have a desktop, so I need to be at a desk for that reason as well.

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What chair can I use for a good desk chair, that is also super comfortable to read or watch in?

 

Transforming Micro-Apartment

I was emailed by this designer and thought it was really interesting.  There are several pieces of furniture in this video that I have seen before, but there are some new ones.  The nice thing to see is them all integrated into one space.   Below is a video of the house’s features being demonstrated.

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Three Tables In One

I have talked up multi purpose things numerous times here on the blog; Today we have a table that can convert into a dining table, a desk and a coffee table.

The site describes it below:

The 3styletable includes just five components, which can be moved around (without using tools) to go from dining table to coffee table to desk. The three pieces that form the base are made from white ash, the top panels from plywood skins glued onto a frame. Everything is held together by a series of slots and ball springs, firmly locking pieces together yet allowing them to be disassembled.

To go from dining table to coffee table, the panels are taken off and the base turned on its side so it’s just 18 inches above the floor. The panels are popped back on, one a few inches above the other, making a two layered table. The desk uses a wider base and only the larger of the two panels. It’s a bare bones design- no drawers.

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