Hosting a Dinner Party in a Tiny House

Hosting a Dinner Party in a Tiny House

Hosting a dinner party in a tiny house is easy in the warmer months when everyone can gather outside. In the cold months though, not so much! We made some modifications in hOMe which has allowed us to expand our indoor eating capacity from 3 to 6. Though we don’t entertain a lot in the winter (we generally meet our friends at their homes or in restaurants when it’s cold and rainy), it’s certainly nice to have the option for this type of gathering.

The first order of business was to open up more floor space by moving the lounge loft ladder. We simply attached a shorter bar on which to hook the ladder to. When the ladder is in this hanging position, it sits totally flush with the bathroom wall and opens up the floor space in front of our seating area. We bought a $25 lightweight folding table from a local store and chose it specifically bc the legs fold totally flat, making the entire unit only about 2″ thick when collapsed. The table is simply stored under the seating area cushion and can easily be taken out. We found lightweight, metal chairs which we store right outside the front door. Their color happens to match perfectly with our front door and add a nice detail to our exterior. Since they are metal they can withstand exterior elements. When the time comes we just carry them in and set them up around the table.

The finished result is great and very comfortable. It takes about 5 minutes at the very most to set up. We have hosted a few meals using this arrangement and they have all been wonderful and great experiences for our guests (and us!), who still can’t believe we live in a 207SF tiny house! Like we’ve said all along: tiny house living without compromise! Below are images showing the set up.

tiny house loft ladder

We created a secondary bar to attach our lounge loft ladder to

tiny house loft ladder

We attach our loft ladder to the secondary bar, which opens up a lot of floor space for placing an eating table

tiny house table

A lightweight, inexpensive folding table is stored underneath our couch cushion and easily pulled out

tiny house table

A tablecloth goes a long way in hiding the legs and table top surface

tiny house table

Two super hip, lightweight metal chairs are kept right outside hOMe’s door and easily brought in. Because they are metal they can withstand the elements.

tiny house party

Add some friends, good food, love and you’ve got a memorable get together!

tiny house party rest

It helps to have a little lounging space afterwards while digesting a delicious meal

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16 Responses to Hosting a Dinner Party in a Tiny House

  1. Cynthia June 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Hello Gabriella, and thank you for the updates that you share. We bought the plans, so it is good to know how to improve what was already great. I have a question, though. About the toilet. What made you change your mind from the incinerator one? And please blog about your closet space. How do you manage to keep up with an interesting wardrobe, in such a little space. I have seen the video where your husband mentioned his, but guys are so much easier then us, when putting an outfit together. Please help!! Again, thanks!!!!!

    • Gabriella June 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks for writing Cynthia! Glad you like the updates. The Incinolet is not an option for us bc we are off grid and they take a lot of power. In terms of closet space we each have our own 4 drawer dresser and then hanging space under the stairs. Plus tons of room for shoes. But if something doesn’t fit in those spaces, we either don’t buy it or we have to create space in our current set up. It’s a great way to approach the whole clothes shopping thing! 🙂

  2. Cynthia June 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    How wonderful to see you and Andrew always innovating, renovating and sharing your knowledge, experience and energy!
    Had a great time on you page….the map resources is great!
    Thank you and Go-go-go!
    Much Love

  3. Tabitha Karki June 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I was so in love with the idea of the tiny house and a minimalist life style but not the more popular cedar/all wood versions. I love your take on the tiny house and the clean lines. After seeing hOMe my husband is starting to come around as well. We are just wondering about cooling the tiny house. Do you have an ac system? or I know you have a much colder climate and may not need an AC? (we are from Texas and Ac is a must in summer.) I’m thinking it would be a simple modification but just wondering if you had something we aren’t seeing?

    • Gabriella June 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks for writing! We don’t have AC because we have the luxury of living in a pretty arid area and are parked under the shade of two beautiful oak trees for natural cooling. In terms of adding an AC unit though I would imagine it would be easy to find one that can cool this space while being space efficient.

  4. Matt June 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Your place is incredible!! Did you guys ever consider putting in some type of roof deck/overlook/sunny hangout?

    • Andrew June 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Matt. We would exceed our street legal limits with that; however, when parked, it sure would be cool!

  5. Judy Pratt July 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi! Wondering what the dimensions are of the window seat — is it comfortable enough for two people on a regular basis?? Thanks, Judy

  6. Melissa Kriger August 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your home with us..could you please tell me what size trailer your tiny home is built on? And in your plan, could the lounge/ loft accommodate a full size futon for a second bedroom? Thanks!

    • Gabriella August 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Melissa! It’s on a 28’x8′ trailer. The second loft accommodates a queen sized mattress. You wouldn’t have enough room for a futon frame (not enough head room for that to be comfortable) but you have enough space for a mattress

  7. Leena August 5, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    Hi Matt, I loved your house. I was looking at the video (after seeing a hundred others!) and believe yours is one of the best houses out there. I was wondering why you went with the shed look as opposed to just making a flat top? If you had a flat top, you’d have more space, and you would be able to go on the roof and lounge or have a candle lit dinner up there, or…I don’t know! I mean, the slight angle on the roof definitely gives a nicer shape…

    So did you do the shed roof for aesthetic or was there another reason?

    • Gabriella August 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Leena! A shed roof allows rain and snow to shed off, while a flat roof doesn’t (which can create all sorts of moisture infiltration issues down the road). It’s not that one can’t do a flat roof, it’s just that it take a lot more planning and building effort to make sure it doesn’t create issues. I think the longest legal road length is 40′ without the need of a special oversized load. I believe that’s the length of a truck trailer container.

  8. Leena August 5, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Also…what is the largest house you can build that you can still tote with a truck (and still call a tiny home)?

  9. Donna August 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    I have not started my tiny house yet, but I just HAVE to know WHERE did you get those awesome cabinets from? Do tell!

    • Gabriella August 11, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Ikea of course! 😉

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