We have features lots of cool furniture for small spaces, and in this post, we will try to gather some of the best pieces of furniture for small tiny houses.
The tiny house furniture ideas are always good inspiration for small apartments and cabins.
We have included as many DIY projects as possible because we know tiny house folks love DIY as much as we do.
Convertible Chair, Bed and Lounge chair in one
This box can be folded out as a comfortable lounge chair, and you can also use it as a guest bed.
It is the perfect piece of modular furniture for tiny houses and small apartments.
Convertible furniture like this is typically not easy to do yourself but this design is as easy to make as it is smart!
When you fold out the bed you also get a small night table for your phone and magazines.
This piece of furniture is perfect for anyone doing interior design in a tiny home on a budget.
The construction is rather simple and most people can pull it off.
Furnishing is always important in a confined space like studio apartments and cabins, and these next pieces of furniture will make your small house a little smarter, as well as save you lots of space, to give you more possibilities with the opportunity to have open space.
If you are looking to optimize your sleeping area you need to check this out. We have gathered all the best bed ideas we have seen here. There are a ton of creative ways to hide or implement your bed into your small space.
Dining Tables For Tiny Houses
We love space saving dining tables. And in a tiny home, you REALLY need to be able to clear the floor space once in a while.
Let’s take a look at some of the creative ideas we have come by.
Simple DIY Wall-Mounted Table
We love DIY ideas. And the simpler, the better.
It’s great when you feel like you can build it yourself without having to call a carpenter or a handy friend. This table is very simple and it’s a solution we have seen in multiple tiny houses we have filmed.
This is a simple and cheap DIY solution that works well almost anywhere in a small space.
And here the table top is folded up in order to create a standing work station.
It can also be used with a barstool as a sitting area with a laptop in front of you. There’s no extra space for external monitors though.
Here’s another solution with a larger table.
It can also fold down. Why not utilize the vertical wall space 100%?
Here you can sit 3-4 persons and eat on a daily basis. And when the kids want to play on the floor you just flip the let in and the table can drop down.
Collapsible Dining Table / Coffee Table
This design is very similar to some extremely expensive designs we have seen from Italy. They are typically impossible to find at a reasonable price but we got lucky!
This one is less than $300 over here at Wayfair!
A REALLY good price for a foldable dining table of this kind!
Slide-Out Table For Dining
This table can be pulled out from under the sleeping area.
It can stay out during the day (and it probably will in most cases). but in a compact space, we have found that you just need to be ABLE to fold the stuff away.
We also keep our homemade Murphy bed down most days but we can get rid of it when we are hosting a party.
We rarely pull out our homemade 10-person console vs. dining table, but when we have to we can. This way we are able to host dinner parties when we need to.
Folding Dining Table (Square & Rectangular)
This next dining table we saw when we did a home tour of the “Skylight” tiny house from Free Range Homes.
They have made a dining table you can store under a kitchen shelving unit.
Here you can see what it looks like when it is folded together as a square to accommodate up to six people for dinner:
You can see the full home tour we did below
The table is folded out around 2:24:
Folding dinner table for 2-10 persons
This table is great for small apartment spaces as well as tiny houses.
It will seat 2-10 people. For daily use, it will serve as a dinner table for the family, and when you need to entertain or have a family dinner, you just pull out the table to extend it.
Just today I did a little more research on this table and found it over at Amazon where we found it cheapest.
You can also get it online at Expandfurniture at $1,999.
We love these extendable dinner tables that you can pull out. We actually have one in our own bedroom/ office/living room – which is the same room.
It’s always great fun to pull out the table when we have friends over for dinner.
People get surprised every time when they see how long this tiny console table actually gets.
And this post about space saving furniture with modern design.
Beds And Storage
The sleeping area is often placed at sleeping lofts in tiny houses. But this is not always ideal.
They typically look something like below.
This is Maria sitting on a sleeping loft inside a tiny house we were about to shoot on video for the blog:
Some people are not able to climb the stairs and others do not like to climb down during the night to go to the toilet. Others have small kids who cannot climb the stairs during the night.
So here are some alternative ideas to the sleeping lofts.
If you have a high ceiling, you can take advantage of it by building a low platform with a built-in trundle bed.
It’s a great way to hide the bed during the day and adding that extra level to part of the house can create a very cozy atmosphere.
This first image is from a tiny apartment space but it can easily be worked into the plans of a tiny home on wheels:
The second idea (above to the left) you have a combination of storage and a sleeping area. The bed is hidden and the stairs up to the reading/relax zone is filled with storage.
You can even build this up with a desk and shelving if you have a high ceiling.
But normally you will have better use of the space by inserting a sleeping loft. But if you have a high ceiling that’s not quite high enough for that you can get that extra space by raising the floor a bit.
Below there’s another idea with plenty of storage.
Most families will be able to hide all the toys and clothes here:
The Murphy beds
The classic way to hide the bed is the Murphy bed.
The Murphy bed is an old invention, and it has been redesigned over and over again.
We especially love these great Italian Wall beds:
We have written a separate post about these cool fold-up beds, and also a post about a Wall bed / Couch combo.
DIY Murphy Bed
You can also build your own bespoke solutions to fill out your space completely.
We have built our own Murphy bed with storage behind the bed and lots of storage underneath as well.
This is what it looks like when the bed is down:
Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen
And here the bed is folded up.
We have a low daybed and a small coffee table that fits below the bed:
Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen
We don’t have to move the daybed and the coffee table when the bed is up. Because they are designed a little lower than normal to fit under the bed. (also Maria’s design)
We also did a separate website with building instructions for our own Murphy bed.
Staircase ideas for tiny homes
When space is limited, it’s important to think creatively about storage, and staircases are often a good place to hide storage.
You can do this in many ways: Cabins below the staircase, drawers inside the steps or you can even build a little plateau into the staircase with lots of space for storage:
Being able to organize your stuff like this is neat, and the idea above to the left is a good way to hide extra comforters and pillows, so you have it ready when you have guests sleeping over.
You can also place Fido under the stairs.
Or may you can build the washer and dryer units into the stairs:
Hidden tub in the floor under hatch-door
These last ideas are mostly for tiny homes built on a foundation. That opens up a lot of opportunities to work with space and storage beneath the floor.
This tub is hidden in the floor, and you just lift up a trapdoor in the floor, and voila…
You have a tub!
This might not work in a tiny house on wheels, but for a house on a foundation, you could go for it. It’s not as risky as digging out a basement, as this is only a small limited area.
We have seen it built into a sofa at one point, so that’s possible too – and that might actually work for a house on wheels!
And if you are more into wine, how about a wine cellar in the floor?
It’s a great way to utilize the space beneath the house. Most places will allow you to dig down in order to install more space for storage.
This corner is utilized pretty well also.
Maria is opening a small cabinet built exactly to fit hanging clothes. Next, to the cabinet, you find a couple of shelves with additional items.
It’s all about finding the little nooks and corners where you have unused space.
These modular shelves are placed in our apartment.
Behind a door they are mounted on a chimney we don’t use anymore.
We have designed each shelf with its own height and depth so they each fit a section of our books without leaving ANY empty space:
Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen
When you build custom furniture you make sure to utilize all the space you have.
Where To Buy Furniture For Small Spaces?
We have our favorite places to find space saving furniture for tiny spaces.
Here are some of the stores online we can recommend:
- Expand Furniture: Visit the store
Folding tables, Murphy Beds, Sofa Beds, Shelving, Storage, Home Office Furniture, Freestanding Mezzanine solutions
- Wayfair: Visit the store
Wall beds, Storage solutions, Shelving
Built-in Dog Crates In The Kitchen
What dog wouldn’t love to live in the kitchen? I know a few who would.
It is totally possible to have a dog in a tiny house, and here are some brilliant examples from Pinterest, where Fido’s got a fine little home:
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Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.