So much thundered that it rained. Have you ever been to a big IKEA store? Have you seen those curious furniture configurations in a few square meters, that they have a kind of sick fascination on me? I always wondered if IKEA would one day make a little house with those characteristics. Today I have the answer.
Furniture giant Ikea has joined forces with small publishing house Escape to produce a tiny house. But just tiny tiny. Yes, one of those little houses, sometimes on wheels, that your editor likes so much. Appropriately named Ikea Tiny Home Project, the 57 square meter model is a self-sufficient mobile ikea mini home. Yes, it can work off the grid, off-grid, powered by solar panels on the roof.
It's so "Apocalyptic", right?
The Ikea Tiny Home Project was conceived in an attempt to celebrate the tiny house movement and inspire others to live in a more minimal and sustainable way. It is a customized version of Boho view XL by Escape, an all-inclusive tiny house that costs about the same as a small SUV. All finished in cedar (treated with a Japanese method of smoking to preserve it better), the self-sufficient mini house is just 8 meters long.
You would expect only one plan, right? And you are right. The interior of the house is arranged on one level: the inhabitants of the tiny house enter the kitchen area, which obviously includes an Ikea cabinet (like the others) made with recycled wood and plastic bottles. A sink, a small refrigerator, a microwave oven and a portable electric hob also take place in a small space. The living room of the self-sufficient mini house is not far away (ha ha ha) and contains a sofa with integrated storage and a folding table that acts as a double dining table and desk.
The mini house looks like a small "Swedish" embassy. From the wooden floor to the rationalization of spaces, the Ikea Inside factor is very visible. The cost of the self-sufficient house? Rumors speak of a price not too higher than that of a small camper, around 60.000 euros.
Do you get sleepy? The sleeping area of the mini house features a double bed that lifts up to reveal even more space below. The IKEA tiny house 'bedroom' also contains another storage space in the shape of a wardrobe, shelves and hooks. The glazing is generous throughout and the interior is finished in sustainably sourced white pine.