The East Coast is waking up to a blanket of snow this morning. From Maine to Florida roads have given way to ice and front lawns have turned to mounds of fluffy cotton. Just a week after Christmas, Mother Nature is delivering the best she could do in regards to a White Christmas. And while some are thinking of how to spend their day off from work or out of school, others are trying to decide which Netflix to binge on while they lay snuggled in their bed. Truth is, the latter option only sounds inviting based on the type of bed your tiny house has. If you are still camping out on some sort of air mattress or you are using a foam cushion to create a pallet, chances are you don’t want to Netflix and chill at all! So the question comes into focus. What is the best type of bed for a tiny house?
Obviously one can’t have a California king that is 10″ thick. Not only would it make for very close quarters in the average sleeping loft but it would also be nearly impossible to even get up to the loft. Maybe a twin size mattress makes more sense? How would that work out though? If it didn’t fit you in 8th-grade baseball camp chances are it won’t fit you now. Consider the following options as potential bed solutions for this beautiful, snowy day.
THE MURPHY BED
Logistically, it can be a challenge just to get a bed through the door of a tiny house. That’s why an increasing amount of tiny houses are being built with the bed already installed. Rather than being a mattress on the floor though, they are in the style of a fold-down bed or Murphy bed. All the owner has to worry about is sliding a mattress in, setting it in place on the Murphy bed, and then folding it up, into the wall. For those who may not know, a Murphy bed is a bed that is hinged at one end to store vertically against the wall, or inside a closet or cabinet. They have been in use since around 1900 and originally allowed struggling artists to have a workspace and “entertaining space” in just one room!
ELECTRIC LIFT BED
These type of beds are being seen more and more in tiny houses as they lift up to the one area that seems to have an abundance of open space: the ceiling. An electric lift bed is on electric tracks that lift or disappear when not in use. Espace Loggia’s Electric Air Bed model lifts up to the ceiling to transform sleeping space into living or workspace by day. The idea seems to be catching on as a number of DIYers are making lifting beds with marine wenches, gears, etc.
Tatami mats are a kind of rush flooring used in traditional Japanese homes. Made of woven rush grass around a rice straw core, they are gentle but firm underfoot, and also give off a calming scent, especially on rainy or humid days. While Tatami is technically the flooring a growing number of people (especially those who love firm mattresses) are simply laying down thin futons to sleep on. It certainly is not unheard of as it has been a common practice in Asia for centuries.
At a couple of the past tiny house festivals, we have been to we have noticed more DIY tiny houses sporting hammocks for sleeping arrangements. The idea originates in a number of South American countries, where space constrictions and heat are both things to be considered. They can easily be put up or taken down, and they are a great way to take advantage of breeze and outdoor living space.
What about you? What is your sleeping arrangement preference? Can you imagine curling up in a hammock on a snowy, winter morning? Maybe you prefer being sprawled out on a Sleep Number? Let us know in the comments below or continue the conversation on our Facebook page!