You’re probably thinking, how can anyone live in such a small space? The answer is: quite comfortably. Take a closer look at the benefits of tiny living, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Take the price tag for example; at an average of $60,000 for a move-in ready tiny, homeowners can often ditch their mortgage completely. The money saved means tiny dwellers have more freedom to focus on what makes them happy.

Contrary to what you might think, tiny homes are able to house nearly all of the features of a standard residential home (on a smaller scale, of course). They do, however, require homeowners to think creatively about how best to incorporate function and design. It simply isn’t a clever use of space to make room for features that don’t also provide a service. Luckily for us, there are a number of thoughtful additions tiny homeowners can include to make their homes stand out from the rest.

1. Elevator bed

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This home features three sleeping areas and an elevator bed. (Photo: Sun Bear Tiny Homes)

A loft bedroom is yesterday’s news. The latest and greatest in tiny house sleeping arrangements is the elevator bed; a lift system that brings your crash pad to ground level or to the ceiling at the push of a button. It’s the perfect space-saving solution because you don’t need a ladder or stairs to hit the hay.