To Loft or Not to Loft?
One thing people often ponder on when considering a tiny house is, “Do I want a loft?” Yay or nay? One of the most common uses of a loft in a tiny house is a place for the bed. A loft IS a great place for the bed, especially since you can utilize the entire width of the tiny house. If you wanted to you could easily fit a king size bed in a loft space and still have a little extra space on the sides. Regardless of how you would choose to use it, there are certain things to consider when it comes to having a loft.
The legal maximum height of a tiny house is 13’6”, it may seem like kind of a waste not to utilize your vertical space, and you would be right to think that. In a tiny house every little bit of space must be considered for versatility and utility, and a loft is a perfect way to accomplish both. Now for the considerations. The most obvious, you are going to have to get up and down out of bed. Though there are a lot of creative solutions to the getting up and down, like collapsible staircases and telescoping ladders, if you are someone who wakes up through the night for water or bathroom breaks, this could pose some inconvenience. Other reasons a loft may not be for you depend on age, physical health and capabilities, and HEIGHT. A loft in a tiny house naturally comes with a certain lack of head room, and while there are things that can be done to increase head room, if you are on the tall side, you might just be asking to bonk your head a lot.
If you do decide to forego a sleeping loft and go with a main floor bedroom area, you shouldn’t rule out a loft area just yet. Lofts aren’t just for sleeping. They can be used as workspaces, play areas, reading nooks, and storage.
The versatility of a loft means that if you choose to not to have one, you may have to be extra creative with storage solutions. Compensating for the loss of that space can be done by building a longer tiny house or getting creative with wall storage. Not having a loft certainly comes with challenges, but also has advantages too. Mostly not having to worry about going up and down from your bed. There are also space saving alternatives to lofts as well, like Murphy beds, slide out beds and even elevator beds on cables that drop down from the ceiling.
So whether you are “yay loft” or “nay loft”, like all aspects of planning or designing a tiny house, make sure to take all things into consideration. Weigh the pros and cons, do your diligence, and make the best decision you can make.