Living cubes are multifunctional furniture pieces built for minimalist living. They function as highly customizable living structures that, depending on your needs, address problems such as limited spaces and lack of storage.
These ingenious creations merge form and function by joining individual sections into a cube, allowing different activities to take place in each part. Roofs are reserved for bed or futon placement, while their sides offer deployable desk areas, clothing & bookshelves, TV stands, and even dining areas. Their inner space can be furbished into bathrooms or additional storage, depending on your needs and lifestyle.
Privacy and Comfort at Affordable Prices
The whole point of a living cube is to have an affordable and highly-functional furniture piece to overpower challenging living situations. Its design concept, committed to minimalism, allows anyone to have a stylish and efficient personal living space to rest, work and entertain themselves while getting the most out of a room’s space.
Living cubes also revolve around self-reliance, a concept that traces back to a time where living cubes were conceived purely as DIY projects. Each living cube is unique as it adapts to its occupant’s needs, making way for each piece to take different forms through the work of their ingenious curators.
Today we’d like to share four incredible Living Cubes projects: each of them was custom-fit to their respective owners’ lifestyle, needs, and specific aesthetic choices.
Living Cube by Till Könneker
When you live in a property with premium rates (due to location, convenience, or zoning advantages), it’s only natural to try all kinds of room configurations that can get the most out of the available space. This need for privacy and convenience drove Till Könneker to design a highly efficient living cube that could comfortably address his space needs.
Superbly constructed, his Living cube is gorgeous as it is practical. It offers its user shelving units, coat hooks areas, and a queen-size bed (located on the cube’s roof), as well as plenty of interior storage to boot.
The cube integrates different sections (elements), joined together to serve specific functions. For instance, the picture above showcases a working space (deployable desk) with enough room for a 42-inch flatscreen on its right. This whole section can serve as a living wall and a home office simultaneously.
Cubitat by Luca Nichetto
Luca Nichetto aimed for a broader, more innovative take on living cubes that would do more than maximize his room’s space. His idea was to contain (in a single living cube) everything you need in a house. The result was Cubitat: a very thoughtfully executed prototype that feels spacious and convenient.
The idea is to present living cubes as architectural products, ready to be custom ordered by online users. Utilities such as gas and water are readily accessible thanks to its plug-and-play construction, allowing the living cube to offer a fully functional kitchen and a bathroom. It also features a customizable closet, a living room wall, and a private bedroom.
Cubitat relies on its four exterior sides to provide different functions to its inhabitant. Notice the ample storage cabinets, the gorgeous Japandi-style kitchen, and its fully integrated bathroom. The bathroom comes with frosted glass walls to prevent moisture from deteriorating the living cube’s materials.
Kammerspiel by Nils Holger Moormann
The Kammerspiel Living Cube is perfect for tiny studios with little storage space. This highly-functional design safely stores clothes, your TV, and your trustworthy bike.
Designer Nils Holger Moormann poured his extensive furniture curating experience into designing a space living unit built for anyone residing in micro-apartments. His living cube idea covers all four sleeping, eating, reading, and working areas.
The Kammerpsiel main areas can be found in its external sides, following Nils’ concept of “a room within a room”. Its inner space is dedicated to storage. Occupants can enjoy a surprisingly sufficient space for their essentials, as well as their apparel, thanks to its walk-in wardrobe.
Sleeping Pods By Sibling Nation
The Sleeping Pods by Sibling Nation provides much-needed privacy in shared spaces. The Sleeping Pod design also offers convenience and comfort you’ll yearn to come back to after a rough day.
Sibling Nations designers Qianyi Lim and Jonathan Brener procure their take on a living cube to serve introverts and extroverts alike. Their rooms-within-rooms can instantly make warehouses and other typically uninhabitable spaces into cozy apartments.
The Sleeping Pod design allows you to host guests and freely interact with them in the comfort of your room. The Living Cubes are also easy to dismantle and reassemble by connecting plywood with large steel threads.
Kevin Isaacs was the pioneer of living cube designs. He describes the latter in his 1974 book ‘How to Build Your Own Living Structures’. Isaacs believed that individuals that create their living structures develop their “natural tooling process”.
The Living Cube also emerged as a means to establish a positive earth relationship. Isaacs believed that building your own living space would naturally distance the individual from an overconsumption culture that demands larger and more luxurious homes and disregards first-hand building experience.
Nowadays, this concept merged with the need to provide an efficient, comfortable, and cost-effective solution to highly reduced living spaces. Isaac’s principles of space-management and cost-effective construction, however, remain intact.
Living cubes stand as a cost-effective, ingenious solution for urban dwellers, studio apartments, and bachelor pads alike. The importance of using an all-encompassing furniture solution that saves space and allows a resident to add extra square feet to their home cannot be understated.
While we certainly encourage you to create your own Living Cube as part of your next DIY project, these can be quite challenging! Keep in mind that these talented designers have the tools and means necessary to create a fully customized cube that fits your every need.
Emma is Home Refinery's interior and design editor. When she's not obsessing over her next home decorating project, she can be found bargain-shopping at vintage stores, mixing and matching new color palettes, and writing for one of many major home publications for which she contributes.