Second bedroom!

Since I'm building the Tumbleweed Linden Horizon model, it does call for a second bedroom down stairs.  Sure, this makes for a more cramped bathroom/kitchen/living area but one of the primary purposes of this house is for my daughter and I to spend more time in the great outdoors.  To that end,  a single bedroom model (i.e. loft only) wasn't really an option.  Hence the Linden Horizon floor plan is actually perfect for my purposes.  It's also makes telling people about the tiny house more fun since when you tell them it's 140 square feet and has TWO bedrooms.   It adds an additional element of intrigue.
In the back of the house, when viewed from the door, is where this extra bedroom gets installed and the bedroom is actually the size of a twin size mattress (you were expecting something bigger?).  Mattress=size of bedroom.  It will be cozy no doubt.  I started out like this:

Then attached a 10x2(?) to the back wall.
Carried that around to the sides, keeping it nice and level and attaching it to the 2x4 framing.  Note the fact that I was using those pressure treated 4x4s as a height indicator and also to ensure that the board was level prior to attaching (there is a shim in the lower left hand corner of the picture to get that board perfectly level)
After both sides were done, I added in the front piece.  This will be closed off by the back wall of the bathroom when completed and the whole bedroom will only be accessible via a 2' wide hallway on the right hand side of the picture below.  Using the same 4x4s from the previous picture to get the height and level right on this board as well.
 Then I needed some supports/framing to carry a mattress.
 Did this just with some 2x4s attached to the perimeter pieces.
 That then got a nice layer of finished ply on top.  It's pretty thin since it's being supported fairly effectively from below. The lower level of the 2x4 supports creates a twin size mattress 'pocket' for the mattress to reside in.
 I didn't want to lose the space underneath, so I cut the back part of the ply so that one can flip the mattress on it's side and then the front portion of ply can be pulled up via long hinged connection to the back portion.
Hinges in.  I just drilled a 50 cent piece sized hole through the ply in the bottom right hand corner so that you can easily reach in an pull up the hinged section to get underneath.  There is a ton of storage area under there!
Here is the final result with the mattress in place.  Mattress is a few inches shorter than the width of the tiny house.  Slept on there already.  It's really comfortable.  The mattress I opted for was a pretty cheap 8" thick memory foam one.  It didn't/hasn't fully expanded and currently is only about 6 inches thick.  I can't really recommend it, hence no link.  It was pretty cheap (sub $200) and will certainly do for the time being until this thing is done and perhaps an upgrade may be worthwhile.  Odds are my daughter won't mind.  We'll see. 
Next step is starting on the wall framing.  Really happy with the way that this turned out though.  Also have not regretted putting the full floor in already (thus far..).


  1. Consider drilling some holes in the ply for air circulation. We've had mattresses in similar set ups start moulding because the moisture can't escape.

  2. Good advice, thanks. When not at the house I plan store the mattress vertically, so that it can breathe (as if accessing storage beneath) Beyond just having storage under the bed/mattress, being able fold up the bed in the way I have built it should help prevent that sort of thing from happening.


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