Ever since Jay Shafer started the tiny house movement, the craze towards a tiny home and tiny bed ideas, has almost become a social movement. While a typical American home is around 2,500 square feet, a typical small or tiny house by definition is a home with square footage between 100 and 500 square feet. For any tiny house, minimizing the space used by any necessary furniture is a very important aspect. One of the necessary furniture pieces that can occupy a large footprint in a room, is the bed. It is also such a necessary object, that one cannot do without it.
Fortunately, many tiny bed ideas have been brought forward by different people which can be categorized like
- Beds that can be folded up and out-of-the-way.
- Beds that can be used as a piece of multipurpose furniture, such as a daybed.
- Sliding beds underneath an elevated area.
- Elevate the bed itself (lift bed) to free up floor space.
… and many others.
In this article, we will look at several such tiny bed ideas as a solution for small space and tiny homes.
A daybed can be considered as the grown up version of a futon. By day it becomes an attractive sofa and at night it converts into a sleeping space. Great for studio apartments, and tiny homes, daybeds are a great way to add a guest bed to a home with a small space.
This old method of a daybed is a solution that today comes with many choices in terms of availability, configurations, styling, and size, like this one with twin trundle.
As for multipurpose furniture that turns into a bed, many configurations exist; the most common is the daybed and pullout sofa. There are many other types of tiny bed ideas available, like the ones discussed below
2. Modern Wall bed
This modern wall bed from Resource Furniture, doubles as a couch for your living room and it’s a queen-size bed. With this design, you can still leave some items up on the shelf and it easily comes down with the bed. It’s great little space to have your books organized there.
3. Murphy beds
The good old Murphy bed, which was invented by William Murphy in 1911, filled the need for small apartments and dwellings. Like the bed above, the modern Murphy beds of today, even though one that stows away in a closet is still an option, mostly come in a cabinet.
The cabinet can have many different varieties and can easily contain books, or serve as shelves for other necessary items, when closed. Also, the cabinets do not have to be tall, but can stand about half the height of the more familiar beds like the picture below.
4. Elevator or Lift Bed
While Ana White, the popular DIY blogger, discussed a sofa/trundle bed combo for her first tiny house, her latest bed is a spectacular way of maximizing daytime and nighttime space: it’s an elevator bed created using garage door hardware.
During the day it’s put out of the way, freeing up 100 square feet of open space; at night it comes down at the touch of a button. In case there are overnight guests, the lift bed comes down only halfway so they can sleep on the sofa underneath, bunk bed style.
For non-DIY-ers an electric lift bed is another option that is becoming available now, like the one in the picture below.
5. Pull out Sofabed
And then, of course, there is the pullout sofa.
Today’s sofa beds like the one above, have much a easier design than the sofa beds of old. They have larger and more comfortable mattresses; similar to what you would find in a regular bed. The pull out sofa above comes with a memory foam mattress that conforms to your body for comfort and support.
And the unusual pullout sofa:
6. Loft bed
Any discussion of a tiny home bed will be incomplete without the loft or bunk bed. Elevating the bed can free up space underneath. So this is a common feature in many of the tiny houses on wheels, where beds are placed in “lofts”. Nevertheless, a loft bed means something a bit different like the one in the picture below:
It’s a simple Metal Loft Bed Frame that is ideal for maximizing space. It provides a clearance of 57.5″ underneath and has endless possibilities to use the space. You can add a desk to create a study area, a dresser for storage or a bed, for additional sleeping space.
However, many readers who have slept in a loft on a roll of foam, would prefer a little more secure way to get in the bed. One may get away with that in your 20s or 30s, but for the older people, you’ll be searching for comfortable and supportive options like loft bed with staircase, instead of ladders as below.
The one in the picture above is made of solid hardwood throughout. According to the customers’ reviews, it’s very well built, sturdy and recommended for anyone who wants stairs over a ladder, for a bunk bed.
7. Hidden bed in a drawer
Ever since Jay Shafer built the tiny home that started it all, beds have been put in lofts. However, for many, this creates all kinds of problems of safety, convenience, comfort (it gets hot up there) and bonked heads. It also will make the tiny homes taller and more expensive.
So a more desirable alternative are the ones that are used in small apartments, where the bed is put in a drawer. Many people have started using it as they are liking it better than folding down Murphy beds. Another advantage is you don’t have to make the bed every time or tie down the mattress. You can just slide it away, and the extra space can be utilized for an interesting and different use.
It’s a great option, but then you need a good architect to get it done for your tiny home.
8. Convertible Multipurpose Multifunctional furniture
As for multipurpose furniture that can be turned into a bed, many configurations exist, the most common is the daybed and pullout sofa which we have already discussed above.
Yet other types are available. Check out this one from Amazon.
According to the customer feedback, this bed in the picture is incredibly comfortable – much more than traditional sofa beds. Also, it can be made to look great, by dressing it up with some cushions and pillows.
Then there is this convertible foam floor sofa that converts into a bed. This option is one of the better tiny bedroom ideas.
This solution also takes up little space, but the bed is not that big. Even so, the design can be quite attractive and modern. It is also excellent for guests as well.
9. Portable Floor Beds
Although not known as much to the United States, floor beds have been in use for thousands of years and are still widely used in many Asian countries. One can use a futon-style mattress that can give a comfortable night’s sleep and then be rolled up or folded and stored during the day. Foam sleeping mats and inflatable air mattresses are other options that can easily be stowed away when not in use.
Another option for floor bed can be as simple as an Airbed. Air beds come in many forms, and the expensive types don’t always last longer than cheaper ones.
Adding high-quality sheets and blankets can make an inexpensive air bed like the one above just as cozy and comfortable as an expensive one.
There are people who have been looking for a tiny home bed design and ideas that don’t require them to crawl into bed or up a ladder. Also with height restrictions and in some cases length restrictions, they would love to see some other alternatives to address these problems in an innovative way. Alternatively having the bedroom on one level makes it too large for a tiny home. And there are people who are not crazy about pulling out a Murphy type bed or something similar which requires foot space.
For all these people, portable floor bed options are an easy way to overcome all their bedding problems.
Simplicity can be beautiful!
Hope this article has given you enough tiny bed ideas for smaller spaces and you can steal inspiration and decor thoughts for your own tiny snooze room!