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Minimalist Living Space Inspiration: Tiny Houses & Multi-Purpose Furniture for Families

When we first got married, David and I used to dream about the type of house we wanted to own someday. Besides the basics, it had a music room, art/craft room, game room, and more. Over the years, as we’ve continued to live in less than 1,000 sq ft, I’ve grown to greatly appreciate the editing that it forces us to do, to the point that I now actually prefer a small house.

All of these tiny house designs are under 250 sq ft, or under 320 including any lofts.

David wasn’t quite as convinced about a tiny house as I was because the houses that we’d seen weren’t particularly family friendly. Then we came across Minim House, and he was sold. It’s nice and open, has a great kitchen, little office space, and lounge area with an ingenius re-positionable table, and the pull-out bed is pretty swell. If we didn’t have kids, this design would probably be great as-is, but we’d definitely need at least one side to have a loft for space for them, probably each side so they could each have their own space. We’d love to create a hybrid of this design with several other features included.

Minim Homes tiny house design with awesome re-positionable table

I really love the full-sized kitchen in hOMe, as well as the regular stairs that double as storage.

hOMe tiny house design - minimalism, simple living, minimalist living space, small space designThe Tiny Project tiny house is beautifully light and airy, and some of the aspects of the design I really like are the shelves around the room, the many fold-out desks and tables, and the extra loft space with the shed roof design as opposed to the more common peaked roof.

Tiny Project tiny house - design - minimalism, simple living, minimalist living space, small space design

The Protohaus portable house adds a bit of loft space differently from the shed roof above, and I really like itt, too.

Protohaus protable home tiny house design - minimalism, simple living, minimalist living space, small space design

There are also some really, really great space-saving furniture designs for any small space out there that just make you wonder why your furniture is so incredibly base. I love all of these!

Resource Furniture has some beautifully versatile designs that would fit well even in conventional-style/size homes. Here is only a very small sample of what they offer.

The Goliath Table transforms from a small side table to a full-size dining table that fits up to 12 people.

Resource Furniture goliath table - small living space design, spcae-saving furniture, minimalist living space, minimalism, multifunctional furniture

The Bellagio can be an unassuming coffee table, or a great work space.

Resource Furniture coffee table - small living space design, space-saving furniture, minimalism, minimalist living space, multifunctional furniture

The Hexa Table is an expanding work space that would also make a great crafting space for kids.Resource Furniture hexa table - multifunctional furniture, space-saving furniture, minimalist living space, small space design, minimalism, simple living

The Poppi Desk is also a bed.Resource Furniture poppi desk - multifunctional furniture, space-saving furniture, minimalist living space, small space design, minimalism

Cubista has got to be my favorite multifunctional seating – a great ottoman that turns into seating for not 2 or 3, but 5!Resource Furniture ottoman stool - minimalist living space, space-saving furniture, small space design,  minimalism, multifunctional furniture

This custom-built table/murphy bed designed by General Assembly has some similarities to those above, but is definitely its own.

space-saving design by General Assembly - minimalism, minimalist living space, small space design, space-saving furniture, multifunctional furniture

This space-saving couch with extra seating and table is by Matthew Pauk, and I don’t know that it’s for sale anywhere, but so sleek…

modular sofa designed by Matthew Pauk - space-saving furniture, multifunctional furniture, minimalist living space, small space design, minimalism, simple living

Matroshka Furniture is such a great design – basically everything you need for daily use tucked away in one piece of furniture!

all-in-one bed, table, couch, study space - small space design, space-saving furniture | minimalism, simple living, minimalist living space

Living Cube is probably one of my favorite things ever. I’ve seen various small living spaces utilizing something similar, but they were likely custom built. Granted, I would probably want David to try to custom build something like this for us, too, but if we had the cash I’d snatch one of these up in a heartbeat.

Living Cube space-saving furniture design - multifunctional furniture for small living spaces, minimalist living space, minimalism, simple living

See it in action here.

Does seeing some of these possibilities intrigue you?

Want to explore more of what it means to be a minimalist and the resulting space and freedom it creates in your life? Let’s take simple living from something you wish for to something you actually do. Check out the whole series here for real-life application and practical tips.