Japanese Make the Most of Their Space with Small Indoor Huts

A Tokyo company, SuMiKa, has launched a line of small indoor huts to allow urban dwellers to make the most of their cramped apartments.

Last year, MUJI made a splash when it introduced a series of minimalist pre-fab cabins designed to allow people to escape inexpensively to the countryside and enjoy a minimalist lifestyle.

SuMiKa has tweaked this escapist concept by introducing a line of small pre-fab boxes that are designed to be used as tiny rooms-within-a room. These easily assembled mini rooms are meant to be used as room dividers and to allow limited living space to be used more creatively and functionally.

Small Child’s Room

Many young couples who buy apartments in Tokyo and other large cities in Japan opt to buy a 1LDK (basically, a one bedroom apartment), but if they have a child, a one-bedroom apartment will not function as well for their larger family. Instead of having to pay for an expensive renovation, SuMiKa thinks that these families could instead opt for one of the company’s pre-fab mini kid’s rooms.

This indoor hut is designed to be used as a small child's bedroom. Photo: SuMiKa

This indoor “hut” is designed to be used as a small child’s bedroom. It has a floor area of 1.5 tatami mats or about 2.3 square meters (24.8 square feet). Photo: SuMiKa

Cozy and functional interior of the indoor child's hut. Photo: SuMiKa

Cozy and functional interior of the indoor child’s hut. Photo: SuMiKa

The small child's hut comes in six different colors. Photo: SuMiKa

The indoor child’s hut comes in six different colors. Photo: SuMiKa

This version of the indoor hut has a list price of ¥699,000 (6,835 USD).

Home Office or Den

Another version of the indoor hut is designed to be used as a small home office or den.

This version of the indoor hut is designed to be used a small home office. Photo: SuMiKa

This version of the indoor hut is designed to be used a small home office. There is space behind the wall for a small bed. Photo: SuMiKa

Sumika Den Hut Brick Facade

How about a brick facade for your home office? Photo: SuMiKa

The home office version of the indoor hut costs ¥777,000 ($7,583).

Kiosk Desk

If you are looking for something more whimsical, the company also has a version of the home office hut that looks like a kiosk.

Kiosk-style indoor hut can be used as a foldout desk. Photo: Sumika

Kiosk-style indoor hut can be used as a foldout desk. Photo: Sumika

Interior of the kiosk desk hut. Photo: Sumika

Interior of the kiosk desk hut. Photo: Sumika

This version of the indoor costs ¥478,000 ($4,667)

Awesome Bookshelf Hut

Of course, not everyone has space issues. If you have plenty of room in your house or apartment and want a creative book shelf idea, how about this bookshelf hut?

Bookshelf Hut by Sumika. Photo: Sumika

Bookshelf Hut by Sumika. Photo: Sumika

The inside of the hut has space for a small bed. Photo: Sumika

The inside of the hut has space for a small bed and closet. Photo: Sumika

This version of the indoor hut costs ¥1,555,000 ($15,200).

The company has plans to expand its hut offerings to even smaller indoor huts and outdoor and pet huts.

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