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8 Cute ideas to save tiny house bedroom space if you don’t have a loft

Don’t lose sleep over it! Even if your tiny home doesn’t have a sleeping loft, there are many ways you can get some cozy sleeping spots in.

So, let’s get creative with beds!

#1 Bunk Beds

First of all, even without a sleeping loft, you can use the generous height that most tiny homes offer by using bunk beds. Great for kids and sleeping-over relatives alike, bunk beds offer a great solution to lack of bedroom space. Did you know that bunk beds can have a queen-size bottom bunk with a twin-size top bunk? So many options!

Make the bunk beds cozier by adding privacy curtains or canopies. Kids will love the feeling of being nestled inside their own little nook. Consider folding away the bottom portion of the bunk bed for use as a home office space or kids play area. 

Pros: Great for kids 

Cons: Not great for couples

#2 Beds Under The Floor

A popular option for those of us with limited mobility, or limited desire to climb up ladders and stairs to get into bed, is the roll-out bed stored under the floor. In this tiny home model, the kitchen floor is lifted, so you have to step up to it. Under the entire kitchen is a giant “storage box” on rollers which is where you keep your bed all made and ready to sleep in. In the morning, simply roll it back in. 

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Pros: Your bed is always made and ready, no need to climb anywhere.

Cons: Feels a bit like sleeping on an air mattress in the middle of the floor while visiting your sister. Needs to be built into the floorplan, can’t be easily added to an existing tiny home.

#3 Murphy Beds or Wall Beds

Murphy beds or wall beds are built on a hinged mechanism at the head of the bed. In the folded position, it is vertically positioned against the wall, with usually some shelves on either side and perhaps a photo wall on its underside. With the bed completely folded away, you are left with lots of floor space that can be used during the day. Since whatever is in the “bed area” will need to be cleared away before lowering the bed, you won’t be able to put any permanent furniture. However, with some creativity, this space can be used for yoga, fold-away home office, or even a big dining table that folds away at night. 

Pros: The bed folds away is well-hidden, leaving a lot of floor space for other use during the day.

Cons: Whatever you put on the floor freed by the Murphy bed will need to be moved out of the way every night. 

#4 Sofa Beds

A popular option for space-saving beds in a tiny house is the sofa bed, which looks like a stylish sofa during the day, perfectly complementing your living room decor. Then, at night, the sofa cushions fold out in various ways to create a bed. 

 

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Pros: No compromising your living room look or daytime sofa-lounging comfort. 

Cons: Since the sofa cushions are the bed, you don’t have as much control over the firmness as you would with a mattress. There is also an awkward “seam” where the cushions fold, which you may find yourself trying to avoid. 

#5 Day Beds and Trundle Beds

Day beds and trundle beds have various mechanisms of turning a smaller bed into a larger one. What looks like a twin-sized bed during the day can become a queen-sized bed at night, or wheel out an additional twin-sized bed from underneath. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of cushions, the “day” version of the day bed can be styled as a sofa and used in the living room. 

 

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Pros: A smaller bed is still available during the day to use as a sofa or lounging area. The plus side over the sofa-bed is that this comes with the comfortable mattress of your choice.

Cons: There is still a twin-sized bed you need to find room for. And you might like to have a sofa instead.

 

#6 Beds on a Platform

If you are someone who enjoys the sight of a well-styled, gorgeous bed all day and don’t feel like hiding it, put it on a pedestal instead! A built-in platform that raises the level of the bedroom floor in the tiny home will allow for ample storage space underneath. You can even fit your kayaks in there! 

 

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Pros: Instead of hiding the bed, hide the other stuff and enjoy the sight of your beautiful quilt and fancy cushions all day long.

Cons: You need to commit enough space in the floor plan to a full-sized bedroom.

#7 Beds that move up and down

A little bit different than the wall bed, this bed moves up and down. It is featured in one of the homes in our for-sale section! Instead of climbing up to the bed, bring the bed down to you.

Pros: Keep your bed out of the way all day, but made and ready to go!

Cons: The cables may get in the way a little bit, but that’s about it.

#8 Beds with Storage

Whatever bed you decide to go with for your tiny home, make sure no space goes to waste! Take advantage of every inch of storage under, around, and even over the bed. 

 

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Pros: No need to vacuum under the bed! 

Cons: There are no cons. It’s one of those decisions that you will never regret. Enjoy!

 

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