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We're in the midst of a tiny home explosion. In 2017, sales of tiny homes grew by 67%, and there are now a plethora of TV shows dedicated to tiny houses and tiny house building, like Tiny Luxury. And why wouldn't there be? There are plenty of benefits to owning a tiny home: They're cheap, long-lasting, and a great way to maintain financial independence.
But they lack one thing — space. So what happens when guests come to visit? You want them to have a comfortable place to lie down, but your lack of space can make that difficult. Don't worry! There are plenty of ways to ensure that your guests get a good night's sleep without breaking the bank.
For those of us who don't live in those sprawling Hallmark channel homes, finding room for guests isn't always easy. This issue is compounded for tiny homeowners who probably designed their house from the ground up to accommodate their specific needs. And those needs may not include your family and friends crashing for the night.
But you don't have to invest in the space for a big bed. Air mattresses give you the ability to instantly add bedding to your tiny home without making the installation permanent. You can put air mattresses in your kitchen, living room, or anywhere else in the house where you can find a nook of space. You can buy cheap, quality mattresses and bedding to upgrade your bed space without the need to install a whole new room.
If you live in a temperate climate, hammocks give you the ability to create a bedroom outside. As the tiny house trend grows, the hammock market is experiencing an upswing. What better way to increase your room than by making the outdoors your next bedroom?
There's a lot to love about hammocks. They can prevent your back from getting hurt during sleep by reducing your ability to toss and turn. And hammocks are zero-point-pressure sleeping apparatuses — which means that your body never has to contour to a hard surface. They also come in a range of prices so you can find one that fits your budget.
Another idea is having your guests set up a tent outdoors in your yard. Pick up a high-quality tent with a rain cover and invest in a comfortable sleeping bag. Double sleeping bags are ideal if you’re having a couple stay with you. Look for a double sleeping bag that can convert into two singles.
Best of all, sleeping in a hammock or tent lets your guests experience the great outdoors. Studies show that sleeping outside can boost your serotonin levels and even reset disrupted circadian rhythms. Being outdoors has plenty of health benefits. Even looking at trees can reduce stress. You may want to steal the hammock from your guests and let them use the bedroom!
When it comes to budget options, you can always convert your couch into a sleeping area. Technically, all you need is a pillow and a sheet to make this happen. But you can always go above and beyond. If your couch cushions are sagging or just aren’t that comfortable, you can fill them with foam to add a little luxury to your guests’ sleeping situation.
You can always get a couch with a pull-out bed (e.g., futons, sleeper sofas, daybeds), which can be the perfect tiny house companion. They're functional, confined, and just as comfortable as a traditional couch — with the added benefit of also being a bed.
Maybe you chose to live in a tiny house to find financial freedom at a young age. Or, maybe you’re retired and looking to cut back on bills and reduce your carbon footprint. You may even just like tiny spaces. Either way, this modern micro-trend isn't slowing down anytime soon. Tiny house fever is in full swing, but tiny spaces can bring big headaches when it comes to guests. With these budget-friendly options, you can make sure that your guests have a place to sleep soundly at night.
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