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  • #31
    I'm really beginning to think that an "elevator bed" option is going to be the solution for my wife and I. It really addresses the "Loft or Main Floor Bedroom" question posed here and solves all the issues associated with a traditional loft style sleeping area.

    Another member of the community, Anon E Mus 33 posted this video in the topic titled So many questions... At over 17 minutes, it's quite lengthy but definitely worth watching if you have the time. If you're in a hurry the portion featuring the "elevator bed" is only 35 seconds long and starts at 8:55 and ends at 9:30. Let us know your thoughts on something like this as a solution to the myriad of issues associated with traditional tiny house lofts. It really seems like the perfect solution and I see no down side to going this route. What do you think?

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    • #32
      I still have to say that I prefer the ample amount of storage under a gorgeous Gypsy caravan bed or a beautiful shepherds hut bed is the bomb

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      • #33
        I think we will probably go with the murphy bed concept. I had one when I lived in a studio apartment for years between marriages and it made cleaning so easy, and the cats had lots of levels to climb. I really loved that old murphy bed - it was an old metal spring style. My apartment was in an 1920s building and I had an old fashioned kitchen with a true ice box. A rarity for Los Angeles/Hollywood, and that building still exists. It was my first experience living tiny, and it was wonderful.

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        • #34
          A main floor bedroom is a MUST for me. I am in
          my early 30’s, but would have my tiny house be designed to accomodate me for all stages of life to come. I also love how not having lofts frees up the area space, lettig the flow of the house breath and feel bigger.

          I am on the fence with if I’d put a loft in for an extra bedroom. I don’t like the ladder-access versions and the step versions take up more space, BUT if designed with lots of storage, it balanaces out.

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          • #35
            JaiBeryl have you looked at captain's ladders? If I were going to use a ladder those are the ones I would consider. They have a wider tread then a regular ladder and are installed so they pull away from the wall for use. Sort of a hybrid stair ladder.

            I rather like how this one is designed. https://st.hzcdn.com/fimgs/d531c4710...ome-design.jpg
            Last edited by Norma; 05-08-2019, 07:01 PM.

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            • #36
              Those are awesome. Where do you find these?

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              • #37
                I found them on a ladder stair hybrid search. The picture came from this site and it shows how it opens and closes too. http://www.bcompact.com/designer/all/bcompact-stairs/

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                • #38
                  Thank you so much 💕

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                  • #39
                    My wife and I stayed in 3 different Tiny Homes over 2 extended weekends. I’ve had 3 serious back surgeries and a failed neck surgery. So for me I like sleeping in a loft but require stairs and not a ladder. My wife and I are in our Mid 50’s and once we build or buy we hope to live in our Tiny Home for many years. Both weekends that we stayed in a Tiny Home it rained and we loved listening to the rain on the roof and looking out the windows from there. Got used to the low ceiling right away.

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                    • #40
                      I also want my bed on the main floor of my tiny house on wheels, which is in the design mode right now. I am older and do not want to climb ladders or stairs in the middle of the night. Stairs would be good for a storage loft or bed for the older grandchildren.

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                      • #41
                        I was thinking of going with a sleeping loft but after staying 2 nights in a tiny house, loft without dormer but it had a sky light, I found out that I really am claustrophobic. I thought well I just need to have a dormer loft with lots of windows but then health issues hit and that was a game changer for sure. Now I'm in the process of designing a single level tiny house. Because I don't want my house to be over 24' long I'm going to have a murphy bed.

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                        • #42
                          I am rapidly approaching a level of disability that will prevent me from using stairs in any substantial fashion. I also need a truly luxurious sleeping chamber. I want room, frilly stuff, access. Hmm. I'm really going to have to do some research for that!

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                          • #43
                            I was thinking the same thing myself! I would need the bed on the main floor for sure! And maybe use the loft for a walk in closet! Because I want a decent sized closet! Or perhaps a game room so I could set up my computer with a little surround sound, and I could put my guitars up there too! Tons of possibilities for the loft space!

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                            • #44
                              I recommend a good 'futon' couch by day, bed by night... simple solution for ultra tiny spaces. I personally don't find lofts appealing.... it would just be a hassle making the bed and that's something that NEEDS to be easy to do... at least for me. (lol) My tiny space came with a full sized bed, but I'm thinking about removing the full sized bed and going with a Futon as that would free up a little more space for me... who needs a full sized bed in a tiny space?

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                              • #45
                                I am personally a 1st Floor Fan! Even if you can get over possibly hitting your head every time you try to go down your ladder or stairs, then you have the issue of traversing a ladder or stairs. Not sure about you but I would be totally awake at that point, there would be no going back to sleep for me. So I suggest you keep your First Floor Bedroom. Plus, noone knows what the future holds, you could hurt your knee and have it in a brace or some other ailment that would make the middle of the night descent impossible. And you don't want to wait until you are stuck in a loft and need to use the restroom with a huge brace on your leg, trying to figure out how you are going to get down to the bathroom before you decide to really think hard about a First Floor sleeping area. Food for thought. I wish you all the luck in your endeavors.

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