Bed time

Futon sofa bed

What to do with the bed when you’re up and about? If you have room for a loft or sleeping niche set up high and out of the way, that’s cool. Otherwise, the bed just lies there all day,Futon sofa bed (open) taking up space in an unhelpful way. I’m going the folding futon sofa bed route for now, but the opening and closing’s a bit offputting, I’m always expecting the frame to collapse. Folding up against a wall is something to think about. You can get a folding (Murphy) bed hardware kit and DIY. Meanwhile, this is it for now.

MoCo tiny homes

Kithaus K3 installed at Big Sur, California

Tons and tons of impressively slick, green, expensive, clever takes on tiny living spaces… I’m spending hours going through the Architecture archive at MoCo Loco: The Modern Contemporary Design Blog, where high design and compact prefab homes are a central feature. In the pic, the K3 Modernist 9’x13′ prefab module from kitHAUS, installed at Big Sur, California. It’s pricey, starting at US$29,500 per unit (that’s 117 sq ft at around $250 per…), pretty typical of the cost of designer tiny homes. $250 sq ft is definitely not in the budget for this round… Still, lots of ideas and eyecandy—it’s all cool!

Living in a small space

A barn

Quite suddenly, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking seriously about living in a rather small space. Tiny farming leads to tiny living? Maybe… In any case, no worries. I’ve occupied relatively small spaces in big cities: typical apartment living. At the tightest, I’ve lived with a partner in a fairly tiny studio apartment, and I’ve shared homes with several roommates, where personal space meant hitting my bedroom. So it shouldn’t be such a leap to fit into a couple of hundred square feet… Right?! We’ll see…