Tiny Houses

Elevating bed makes for more spacious tiny house

The elevating bed was built for around US$500 using standard hardware store parts
The elevating bed was built for around US$500 using standard hardware store parts
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This space for the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's washer/dryer is usually covered by a kitchen unit on wheels
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This space for the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's washer/dryer is usually covered by a kitchen unit on wheels
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's raised kitchen area has storage space beneath
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's raised kitchen area has storage space beneath
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's bathroom includes a movable clothes closet on a track
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's bathroom includes a movable clothes closet on a track
This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
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This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
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This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
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This storage cabinet in the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's main living area slides for easier access from the kitchen
This Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's clothes hangar is made from piping
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This Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's clothes hangar is made from piping
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit can be used as two separate desks, one large desk, or a dining table
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit can be used as two separate desks, one large desk, or a dining table
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit, configured as one large desk
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit, configured as one large desk
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit with the desk sections lowered
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit with the desk sections lowered
All the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's windows are triple-glazed
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All the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's windows are triple-glazed
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed and sofa both ready to be used for sleeping
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed and sofa both ready to be used for sleeping
The elevating bed was built for around US$500 using standard hardware store parts
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The elevating bed was built for around US$500 using standard hardware store parts
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed in its most raised position
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed in its most raised position
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed in its most raised position
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's elevating bed in its most raised position
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House measures 24 x 8.5 ft (7.3 x 2.6 m) 
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The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House measures 24 x 8.5 ft (7.3 x 2.6 m) 

Self-taught tiny house builder and woodworker Ana White puts some experienced firms to shame with the space-saving ideas in her Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House. Most notably, the recently-completed towable dwelling features an elevating bed that makes the interior seem more spacious than a standard loft bedroom would.

The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House measures 24 x 8.5 ft (7.3 x 2.6 m) and is based on a double-axle trailer. It's clad in cedar and seam metal roof siding and features generous triple-glazed windows.

The impetus for the elevating bed derives from the client wanting as spacious an interior as possible. White designed and built the system herself by modifying off-the-shelf sliding door parts and a garage storage lift's electric pulley system.

The idea is, the bed is tucked away up close to the roof when not in use, but with a flick of the switch it descends (rather loudly) on four wall-mounted rails to just above the lounge area. It's supported in place with movable pegs and the coffee tables provide a step-up into bed.

The small lounge beneath the elevating bed includes a couch that turns into a guest bed and the TV placement is handy too, as its position means that it can be watched either if you're using the lounge or if you're in bed.

The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit, configured as one large desk
The Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House's storage unit, configured as one large desk

While the elevating bed is the big draw, the tiny house is also packed with interesting storage ideas. The large open area pictured above – which White estimates is around 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m) – features a long storage unit with sliding doors. These doors can be lifted upward to create two small desks, one large desk, or a dining table.

The kitchen includes a cabinet on casters which can be moved to reveal a space for a washer/dryer, while the small bathroom has a shower, composting toilet, and a sliding closet for hanging clothes (we're not sure how wise that last idea is due to dampness). In addition, the space beneath the raised kitchen has yet more storage space and there are other little nooks and clever storage throughout the home, too.

According to Treehugger, the Open Concept Rustic Modern Tiny House cost roughly $60,000. We've no word on whether it gets its power on or off-the-grid, but strongly suspect the former.

White provides very detailed information on the build process and plans on how to make the furniture on her website. You can also check out a video tour below.

Source: Ana White

Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed

3 comments
VincentWolf
My dad did this with my Lionel train set way back in 1958......and no I don't have pics because my dad couldn't afford a camera back then!
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is a clever way to create more space in a small house.
IvanWashington
pricey.
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