I have recently been trying to wrap my head around how to incorporate the ability to do laundry in a small space. I have struggled with this because laundry is something I do only every few weeks, so it begs the question, is it worth the space in a tiny house or should one just “outsource” it as some call it, to a laundry service. If I were to have it in my tiny house the bathroom is a logical space because it is a space that you use for only a small part of the day. The same is true for a laundry room so it makes sense to combined them and make the room more useful. So today I wanted to show you all this video from Ikea and how they approach this problem.
I found this interesting cellar that was originally designed to store wine, but it occurred to me that it would be a great way to put your bulk storage in a very unobtrusive space. Jay Schaffer talks about how ever person needs about 100 cubic feet of bulk storage for those things that you need, but don’t use often. For me this bulk storage is going to be my backpacking equipment (one of those things you can’t go backpacking without it, but you don’t use it a whole lot) and tools I used to build the Tiny House. The possibilities are really interesting when it comes to bulk storage, but one thing I really want to make sure is that these items are out of sight, that you don’t have them clutter your everyday space, a solution like this would be great!
So when you get into the 400+ range of Small Houses, you begin to add luxuries of things like stairs. I often run into this issue when it comes to thinking about using sheds as a house. The biggest thing I struggle with when it comes to stairs is that they take up a lot of room and the space below is open, but hard to utilize. It is a pretty awkward space that I feel often results in items being placed in the far back, never to see the light of day again, which is contrary to intentional living. Here are some ideas of what to do with the space, but I still haven’t found anything that I am really happy with.
How would you utilize this space?
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Interesting concept here for multipurpose living solutions. From dinning for a group of people to a large bed. This setup has tons of storage and functionality. I have often touted the many benifits of multipurpose furniture that can be reconfigured for the current need. Here is part of the description from the designer:
Matrjosjka means grandma in Russian and used in common terminology to identify the wooden dolls that are set inside one another. As reflected by the hidden space within the dolls, [Matroshka] has the potential to revolutionize the storage and maximize quality of life, especially for those in limited dwelling houses.
I found this loft bed with an office below it. This certainly isn’t anything new, but what I really did like about it is that it incorporates steps and a little walkway behind it. One think I really don’t like about lofted/bunk beds is that they can be a bit awkward to get into. It certainly was fun to climb a ladder when I was 10, but now I just can’t get that into it. I would think that this is a much better way. The designers have also done a great job with the integration of storage into the stairs and with the different models (a desk and a closet).