Friday, September 14, 2012

Tiny Homes, Big Ideas

This post brought to you by Havertys Furniture. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tiny home popularity is growing by leaps and bounds.  Ranging from cottages of three hundred square feet down to ones that occupy less than a hundred square feet, these spaces provide a real challenge to make every bit of space count.

Many of the homes are masterpieces of building design.  I'm amazed at the fully functioning kitchens that include well planned storage space and appliances ranging from dishwashers to freezers, while maintaining a sleek, clutter-free appearance.  Tankless water heaters and space heaters borrowed from boats provide creature comforts while using minimal space.

What continually surprises me, is the lack of thought put into the furnishings for these homes.  After devoting hours of time and thousands of dollars into building one of these amazing dwellings, I'd expect to find furniture that combined the best in functionality, beauty and comfort to enhance these lovely spaces. How disappointing to find a living room with two metal folding chairs flanking a TV tray or a pair of unattractive vinyl chairs that will undoubtedly stick to your legs.

We have given serious thought to building a tiny home.  I love the idea of living in a small space, but I also want beauty and comfort.  I decided to check out the furniture at and see if I could incorporate it into a tiny space.  Havertys really makes that easy, because they give dimensions for all their furnishings and even suggest complementary pieces and accessories.

I started with the Langley full sleeper sofa.  It comes in several colors, but I think Thistle really works well here.  Covered in microsuede,  it combines the best in good looks and easy maintenance.  The matching storage ottoman looks so comfortable and it would be a great spot to store bedding for the sleeper. The Chesapeake Bay end table has an airy look, while offering more of the storage that's so important to small spaces. Its seagrass basket coordinates nicely with the Seagrass Bay table lamp and I love the way they look with the sofa pillows. I even added some Dunes Emerging Framed Art to complete the look.  Best of all, these furnishing will easily fit into a 6x8 foot space.  I think this is far more comfortable and beautiful than a couple of folding chairs.  How about you?

Folks, who want to go for an even smaller space, should check out the Langley twin sleeper chair.  See how nicely it goes into the 5 foot wide alcove of this tiny home.  By day, it is great seating that doesn't intrude into the tiny (6'x7') main living space.  At night, it can fold out into the main space for a great night's rest.

We've got at least a couple years before our tiny house dream becomes a reality, but I really enjoy the planning.  Expert advice comes in handy and I was pleased to learn about Havertys Inspiration sessions.  Inspiration days occur once a month at Havertys show rooms and focus on specific themes.  The next session, on September 15th, focuses on entertainment spaces.  Seasonal Scapes is the October 13th theme, followed by Winter Colors on November 10th and Finishing Touches on December 1st.  Havertys has some wonderful small space solutions.  Perhaps they'll devote a future inspiration session to small spaces.  I hope to attend all the inspiration days.  Havertys has the furniture, tools and expertise to help me express my style.  Visit an inspiration session at Havertys: Discover Something You!  You can use Havertys store locator to find your nearest store.  Maybe I'll see you there.

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  1. I could not handle being in such a tiny 1400 sq foot condo is tiny enough.

  2. That is very cute. I feel comfortable in small spaces, but I am little.