Tour the Tiny Toybox Home

It’s only 140 square feet, but this colorful home makes the most of every inch with genius space-saving features. Take a peek at the petite pad’s smartest design details.

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Toybox Home

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Mieke Zuiderweg

Photo By: Toybox Home

Behind the Design of the Toybox Home

The one-of-a-kind Toybox Home is the result of two guys running into each other at a Chicago reclaimed materials store. Frank Henderson, a music student, met Paul Schultz, a designer, and the two decided to design and construct a tiny house where Henderson could live while in school. It was created with the concept that home should be a fun place inspiring creativity while also providing peace of mind. The home’s exterior features include an energy efficient thermoplastic roof plane (TPO), natural cedar siding and colorful corrugated fiberglass.

Living Room

To open up space and avoid the cramped and cluttered experience associated with many tiny home designs, furniture in the Toybox Home has multiple uses. For example, the sofa boxes double as storage containers and can be rearranged to serve multiple functions. 

Living Room, Reconfigured

Here, the sofa cubes are arranged against the walls to free up floor space. They can even be configured as a bed.

Multipurpose Pieces

The versatile sofa boxes double as storage containers.

Kitchen

When he designed the Toybox, Schultz used lighter wood to make the space feel more open. The folding table has plenty of room for two. Above the bathroom doors is a sleeping loft.

Cabinet Alternative

Instead of visible cabinets for additional storage, the home has a deeper wall between the bathroom and the kitchen area. This wall hides extra cabinet space and reduces the appearance of clutter.

Hidden Storage

Sliding panels reveal the Toybox’s hidden storage. When closed, they offer a clean, minimalist look.

Food Cubes

The need for a pantry was reduced by creating a food cube shelf that not only holds 18 cubes of food, but also houses the kitchen's electrical outlets and LED strip lighting. Kitchen appliances, including the stovetop, are all plug-in and can be stowed away, leaving more open counter space. 

Fold-Down Dining Table

In the kitchen, a table flips down for mealtimes. When it’s not in use, it can be folded against the wall and out of the way.

Makeshift Home Office

“The kitchen table quickly transforms from meal mode to work mode to sleep mode,” explains Schultz. 

Ladder to Loft

A ship's ladder (which can be stored in the living area when not in use) leads to the 6' x 7' sleeping loft.

Sleeping Loft

Made with assorted woods, the loft can accommodate up to a king-size bed. Three awning windows allow a breeze to flow in.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, a low-flow faucet pulls out from the countertop and clips to the wall, converting the space into a shower. A closet behind the shower wall holds a water heater and provides storage space for clothing.