Bend me, shape me: Space saving furniture

Tiny houses usually necessitate thinking out of the box when it comes to furniture. Standard furniture for “regular” homes may not fit into a tiny house, so several designers have come up with some interesting and innovative designs for space saving furniture. Interestingly enough, while most of these designers think out of the box, their designs fold up into boxes!


Trick is the name of this multifunctional furniture that can be used as a bookshelf, a chair, and a dining set. The minimalist multifunction furniture is made from Milan based industrial designer Sakura Adachi.

Arrigoni Teak Table

This teak drop leaf and teak seat ottomans are the latest addition to the hi-low table line of Arrigoni Design. Most of their designs are for boats, but they can be used in tiny houses as well. The ottomans provide seating in tight spaces and have hinged up cushions for extra storage inside. Storage is easy under each side of the standard 32 X 36 fold over hi-low table.



The KEWB is an entire house of furniture in one small package. The Sit n’ Sleep KEWB is a table, a chair, a recliner, a side table, a bed and a dining set all in one. The entire unit collapses down to the size of a side table.


Tagei Coffee Table

A graduate of industrial design, Akemi Tanaka has designed some innovative furniture. One piece is the Tagei which looks like a coffee table but it can also be extended into a bench for additional company.


By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Join Our eMail List and download the Tiny House Directory

Simply enter your name and email below to learn more about tiny houses and stay up to date with the movement.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

alice - April 18, 2011 Reply

Nice! A half decent DIY’er can copy some of these easily enough as I’m sure they’re not cheap. I like that first table and chairs, just need to use boxes to stash things (maybe the table linens, dishes & cutlery?) or baskets you can set aside when you need to use the chairs. Be handy for a sewing area too.

mark a - April 18, 2011 Reply

Cool stuff.

I really like the KEWB module.

mike - April 18, 2011 Reply

Kent, how dare you put this advertisement on here!

Haha… totally kidding!!

Lori Dake - April 18, 2011 Reply – a Murphy bed that is also a table or desk 🙂

Paula - April 18, 2011 Reply

My favorite is Trick.

Shalin - April 18, 2011 Reply

Soooo clever! Want! 🙂

ginmar - April 18, 2011 Reply

I LOVE that Kewb.

Dewey Chaffee - April 18, 2011 Reply

On the topic of storage ideas….has anyone ever explored the thought of creating floor-storage space BENEATH the main-room floor on a Tiny HOme? Like, maybe a foot or two below the trailer edge….it would open by a hatch in the floor from the inside.

If anyone has attampted this, please let me know!

    Anne - April 18, 2011 Reply

    Thoreau did 😉 Many with high, dry land had under-floor root cellars in his day though.

    I remember ‘This Old House’ years ago doing a spot on a tiny Japanese apartment (very interesting) and a new developement in the Tokyo area of larger homes with under-floor storage built in. I was glad to see it included… I am surprised it is not more utilized.

    Like the multi function furniture. Meets my main requirement for furniture… more then one use or be used frequently (like a bed)… Or be a bookcase (my minimalism does not expand to books).

    Peter Engbretson - April 19, 2011 Reply

    Dewey —
    See if you can get your hands on a copy of Azby Brown, Small Spaces (Kodansha International,1996). Chapter 7, “Under the Floor,” describes how it’s done in tiny Japanese apartments.

    Christina Nellemann - April 22, 2011 Reply

    I always wondered why most tiny houses do not have under the floor storage. It would be a great place to hide a small safe or important paperwork too.

Shea - April 19, 2011 Reply

Oh now, I want that KEWB! Imagine: an easy chair, a bed, and a dining set, in one ‘package’ that, even unused in any of those 3 forms, still functions well as a side table of sorts! Now THAT’S forward thinking for the tiny lifestyle… or even for those who simply like efficiency and multiple function!

Peter Engbretson - April 19, 2011 Reply

Kent —
An inspired collection!

Benjamin - April 19, 2011 Reply

The Trick and the Tagi both look like they could abruptly turn into teeter-toters if one leaned on the outer edges. Watch out for spills!

Drue - April 20, 2011 Reply

VERY impressive. I love the simplicity and functionality.

It reminds me a bit of a high chair design that also turned one way into a rocking horse and then turn it over and you get a toddler’s desk. It was a very clever design a woodworker in Branson was selling for about the same as you could buy a manufactured plastic high chair.

Angelica - April 21, 2011 Reply

Very cool! I’ve been looking into furniture that will work in a tiny house and these are very interesting pieces. I like the simplicity of Trick and boy do I wish I knew about KEWB when I lived in my old studio: New York City lacks space and that set would have been perfect!

Julio Lorette - March 25, 2013 Reply

Your dining table and chairs are what sets the tone in your home and the functionality, whether you have a formal dining room, kitchen diner, or a little breakfast nook. The dining needs of each home differs to that of neighbouring homes, you can have two homes with all the same pieces of furniture but the different families will have different functions for those pieces of furniture.


Leave a Reply: