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.
What chair can I use for a good desk chair, that is also super comfortable to read or watch in?
When designing and building a small space, functionality is vital. Each piece of furniture in our tiny house was designed, re-designed and then tweaked again before we installed anything. It took us nearly a year of living in the house to finally figure out what we thought would be the best living space we could have in La Casita. Our style throughout the house is heavily influenced by boat living. Cedric lived on his parents’ sailboat as a young child and as an adult he re-built a small sailboat and lived in the Ashley River in Charleston. His experiences in that particular tiny living community have inspired much of La Casita’s design. Our built-in furniture is a further testament of that fact.
When drawing out our seating arrangements we knew they needed to be multi-functional, allowing for reading, eating, relaxing, working and sleeping. We were asking our living room to do quadruple duty since space is so limited in the house. Below is our bench seating. To the left we have drawers that pull out and act as a storage space/dirty laundry hamper which helps keep our entire house more orderly. Two little drawers make all the difference in a tiny house!
Under the seating you’ll notice a small hole in the flooring. That is where a stainless steel tube fits into our floor which allows the transformation from bench to dining table. The boards mounted to the wall stabilize the table and keep it from shifting during use. We had the hardest time figuring out how to attractively stabilize the table so that it was functionally sound but also visually appealing. We also wanted to keep as much room as possible available under the table for our long legs. The pipe was left over from our kitchen counter set-up and all the wood you see in the pictures was reclaimed. It ended up costing us nothing to build which was a plus!
We are really enjoying the use of a dining/work table!
Sleeping on the converted bench is a bit like camping. Cedric and I have both tried it out and it’s not quite as comfortable as we would like so we will probably continue to tweak the design. We want a space where a guest could sleep comfortably and not feel quite so cramped. Lengthwise it’s fantastic but it is so narrow it makes sleeping through the night a bit challenging.
All in all we’re pretty happy with the results of our efforts. It’s truly made our house feel more like a home. The space will continue to evolve and we’ll continue to challenge our design but that’s part of the fun of living in a tiny space. It doesn’t take much time or money to recreate it if you want to change an aspect of your design.
What’s your favorite multi-functional tiny house design idea?
Inspired by onion rings, the table can be expanded from half moon shape to full circle; Playing a multipurpose furniture role. This design is from Isariya Boon, what I really like about this table is that for most of the time it can serve as a half table, up against a wall. It would be perfect to place your keys, phone etc right inside the door of a Tiny House, but you could pull it out for a full table for dinner with friends.