IKEA has created the Tiny Home Project
– a 17 square metre off-grid dwelling on wheels that is space-saving and sustainable
The project, which is in partnership with tiny home builder Escape and Vox Creative, is part of the Swedish retailer’s People & Planet Positive sustainable strategy.
‘We want to meet the needs of today’s generation without endangering the needs of future generations,’ says Jennifer Keesson, sustainability manager at IKEA.
The home is clad in a charred timber-style exterior siding and fitted with low-emissivity thermopane windows. It is also kitted out with a composting toilet and an on-demand RV (recreational vehicle) water heater for off-grid capability. Solar panels on the metal roof power all the 12-volt fixtures, from the energy-efficient LED bulbs to the solar-powered fridge.
The interior of the home, which contains a bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, is lined with sustainably grown pine that’s painted white for a spacious feel.
Other sustainable materials include kitchen cupboard fronts made from recycled bottle tops and a solid wood and veneer countertop made using the entire tree—including the branches and twigs—for minimal waste. IKEA furniture includes a table that functions as a workspace and dining table with built-in storage and which can also be folded down when not in use.