I spent 2 nights at a 2-story, 100-square-foot tiny home in Germany that was smaller than any I've seen in the US. Take a look inside.
I stayed in a European tiny home I found on Airbnb for the first time during a trip to Germany.
The 106-square-foot home made smarter use of space than any tiny home I've seen in the US.
It had a unique cylindrical shape and was less than half the size of the US tiny homes I've booked.
As a renter of a 500-square-foot NYC apartment, I'm intrigued by tiny homes because they tend to make good use of a small space.
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I've stayed in tiny Airbnbs from Miami to Baltimore, and even toured a tiny home village in Austin to check out it's space-saving hacks.
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But to me, none of those homes used the indoor space as smartly as a tiny home in Germany I found on Airbnb.
When looking for tiny accommodations in Germany, I thought this one had a unique, cylindrical shape that packed a lot inside, so I booked it for two nights for $140.
Located in Neustrelitz, Germany, it's a part of a tiny home hotel called Slube, which designs minimal, concrete "Slubes" for up to two people, according to their website.
There are three types of Slubes: Basic, which is one story, Home, which is two stories, and Tower, which adds a rooftop terrace.
I booked a Home Slube. The website states that it's 16 feet tall with two floors totaling 106 square feet, making it less than half the size of any tiny home I'd stayed in before.
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When I arrived by train from the airport in Berlin, there didn't seem to be any employees on the property. But an email from Slube informed me I'd be staying in room five and could check in by myself.
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I checked in with a code sent to my phone, so I didn't have to keep track of a key during my stay.
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Inside, the 53-square-foot bottom level packed in a sitting area, a bathroom, and a ladder to the second floor.
In the sitting area, there was a table that folded in to save space when not in use.
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Across from the pull-out table was a bench with two seat cushions, which felt to me like a tiny-space alternative for a couch.
Beneath the benches, it looked like there was enough space for me to store my luggage.
With hooks and storage cubbies above the bench as well, I thought this tiny home utilized more vertical space than those I've seen in the US.
In the back right corner of the room, built-in shelves created a nook storing a small coffee machine, a hair dryer, and a few dishes.
To the right of the living area, I thought the bathroom felt efficiently designed with a curtain separating the shower head and sink from the toilet and storage space.
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The windows on the first floor had a film over most of the glass, which allowed me to let natural light in without sacrificing my privacy.
After checking out the first level, I headed up the ladder to the bedroom. I thought it was easy to climb, but could be challenging for some.
There was a latched gate at the top of the ladder, which I imagine was built to keep people safe from falling.
The bedroom was the same size as the living space and bathroom combined — 53 square feet.
On the floor was a full-size bed I found comfortable. I thought the pillows had the ideal ratio of fluff to firmness for my neck and head.
Above the bed, a TV equipped with Netflix and other streaming services was mounted on the wall.
On the far side of the bed was a lower platform I used as a nightstand. It had easily accessible outlets, a pocket for the TV remote, and more space for my electronics and water bottle.
Above the bed, a large window opened so I could let the breeze into my room. It had a black-out curtain for privacy.
The Slube also had smart electricity that made my stay feel a little luxurious. I controlled the lights and temperature of each story from my phone.
I found it fascinating that this tiny home truly left no space unused, from the loft bed to the wall cubbies.
While I can't stick a second story into my own rental, the European tiny home still gave me inspiration for how I could make better use of my space, starting with vertical storage hacks.
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