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Re: space saving furniture

Postby ParTaxer » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:12 pm

That's exactly what we use in our bathroom.
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby Bogo » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:14 pm

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loaderman wrote:seat cushions could be a great idea. may also want to add drop down legs, or slide blocks under the edge for support.


I was thinking of open bottom and have castersfor support just use the drawer slides as guides basicly

KV 8900 series Extra Heavy Duty Drawer Slides. 500# capacity per pair.
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby loaderman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:49 pm

Be careful when reading specs on those slides. if the 500lbs is right out at the edge they may not hold it. Or they may but check first.

Good idea with the shoe organizer!
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby Bogo » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:28 am

If you read the specs, they have deratings for various conditions and say not to use them for human loads. :lol: I've thought of using them to support a slideout. I figured two or three pair to hold a slideout designed to hold a sofabed. I've since come up with a couple methods that would be cheaper and allow a longer extension range.
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby droid_ca » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:27 am

Bogo wrote:If you read the specs, they have deratings for various conditions and say not to use them for human loads. :lol: I've thought of using them to support a slideout. I figured two or three pair to hold a slideout designed to hold a sofabed. I've since come up with a couple methods that would be cheaper and allow a longer extension range.



I'd be interested in your other methods
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby bobhenry » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:12 am

I am still holding out for a skateboard at Goodwill (but them 12 year olds are very fast)
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby bobhenry » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:19 am

I have seriously thought of buying the rights to buy the skateboard by offering them a couple bucks for the one they were carrying around in the store. :D
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby bobhenry » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:14 am

Yet another space saving idea. An in the wall message center.

I couldn't find a picture of it closed but I bet it doubles as a hall mirror.

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Re: space saving furniture

Postby loaderman » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:58 pm

interior walls take up space, use cabinets as dividers, or panels.

Packaging takes up space, take the cereal out of the boxes! :D
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby ParTaxer » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:21 am

Add a fold down table top and legs and you have your dining room.

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Re: space saving furniture

Postby Bogo » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:23 am

This thread got me thinking and looking through some youtube videos on tiny apartments and their solutions. While most of them start out with more space than a tiny trailer would have, there are some good ideas in them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juWaO5TJS00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RbxkrmuQ5E

Office 45 seconds into this one...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtnJ4U3mtDU

Pay attention to where and how stuff gets tucked into. I know I've seen some of the racks for sale at some cabinet hardware supply place. The dividing wall between the bedroom and living room also moves to change the relative volumes of each.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-laljsTp0g

Lift up roof to increase height in loft. Scraped together from stuff found.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB-MhZkYVo8

Table on the wall @ 1:30. I'd make the table surface a picture/whatever instead of just a plain surface.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqPAsOpGrLA

Love the shelves...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw7e53dkCCw

Toe kick storage & use every square inch. Warning, colors may gouge your eyes out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXJKXg6cO3c

Mail rack, glass desk/table, shoe racks, "zero space floor lamp". Creative decorative storage of stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9LCEMLe8cM

3x3x3m cube house.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXtMpQk9Iyw

Small Space, Big Style series is good. Lots of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ptxi7MyzQo

Shallow shelves so you don't have to dig for stuff, end of loft storage space. Interesting comment on housing authorities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJLSoUkh1Vs

Loft Cube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AWPtsqWU7Q

Micro houses in Japan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS5iXdBskX0

I live in a shed. :lol: and reprise...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLvgR-u4qEU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg_4YZZpxck
Yeah, kept running across them while looking for better stuff. 'Bout all I got from them other than a :lol: is use the ceiling too. Oh, black just doesn't work.
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby bobhenry » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:34 am

Want to see some pics of great ideas google in "tiny home storage pinterest" and see the hundreds and hundreds of neat ideas in pictures.
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby night*sky » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:21 pm

Lots of great ideas on those sites Bogo and Bob. My problem is that as a full-timer I need to get rid of stuff so I don't have to try and cram it all into the Caboose, not so much finding new ways to make more space so I CAN cram it in! :lol: There's also the whole weight issue, less is better.

At the same time, there are some things I will not skimp on... I prefer to use real dishes and silverware, not paper or plastic. In fact, I plan to take a couple place settings of the fancy (Lenox?) china my grandparents got for their 50th wedding anniversary. If I break it I will have some more at home to replace it with, until it's all gone. It's not a complete set now, and none of my kids expressed any interest in it, so what the heck, it's beautiful and I'm going to use it. Same with glasses. And of course my cast iron.

I love to read, so I'll probably try and incorporate a book shelf somewhere so I can cart some of my favorites along with me. I'm a motorcyclist, and plan to take the bike on the back porch of the caboose, so the bulky boots, helmet, jacket and pants along with my tankbag need a space. I currently have 3 dogs: a yorkie, a cocker spaniel and a great dane. :shock: They're all quite old though, and I sadly don't expect the 2 bigger ones to be around by the time the caboose is ready to hit the road full time, but even the yorkie takes up space with food storage and his bed.

I spent the summer living in a 30' TT with a super slide, so I did learn a few things from that. There was tons of room to move around, the stereo was great, but I never used the back 6 feet of it - the jackknife sofa and the swivel rockers. If I was inside I mainly was at the table with my laptop or watching a little TV or reading. There were NOT enough cupboards for things, especially in the kitchen. There was a 2-door cupboard above the counter, but no shelves inside so it was just one tall open space. There were only 3 drawers, and another cupboard below the counter with space for a small trash can, pot and pan storage was a problem and they ended up in the overhead cupboards across the back above the swivel chairs. There wasn't a tall closet for things like a broom and coats, there were no drawers in the bedroom and the short narrow closets in the bedroom just didn't do anything for me. Neither did the cupboards above the bed that I had to climb onto the bed to access. The TV was mounted very high so I got a crick in my neck if I watched much in the evening. The bathroom layout was good, but no place for towel storage in the bathroom itself unless you crammed them under the sink with the TP.

Oh, and why don't they use real light switches on the wall near the door instead of making a person search for the switch on the light itself? There WILL be light switches inside the door of the caboose, at the entrance to the hallway leading to the bedroom, and at the bathroom door. Ahhhhh, the beauty of building it yourself. :thumbsup:
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Re: space saving furniture

Postby bdosborn » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:04 pm

Another video:


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Re: space saving furniture

Postby loaderman » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:29 am

tried to find this on youtube so I could embed it but couldn't. Lots of folding flipping etc. furniture.

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