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The Ultimate Guide When Choosing a Classic Portable Cabin Plan with a Loft

Are you tired of the same daily routine? Always stuck in the same place? Well, perhaps its time to take a leap and leave behind mortgages and being confined to one place.

The answer to your problem: portable cabins with lofts! Are you ready to build your dream home and life while saving money? Of course, you are! That’s why you are here. 

If you’re are feeling overwhelmed about all the possibilities of portable cabins with lofts and don’t where to start read this step by step guide!

Take Into Account Environmental Factors

The first step in building a portable cabin is deciding where to put it. Taking into consideration environmental factors is important because it can make or break the quality of your space. 

Firstly, make sure it is in a safe space meaning you aren’t going to be susceptible to harsh elements such as storms, flooding, and strong winds. A huge plus to a porta cabin living space is exactly that. It is portable! 

In worst-case scenarios such as a tornado or hurricane, mobility is your friend, but setting up your porta cabin in a flood zone or somewhere it rains every day might put a damper on things.

Another factor you need to take into account in sunlight. The more natural light coming into your porta cabin, the better. Natural light will make the small space appear bigger and will avoid the space feeling cramped.

In the best-case scenario, portable cabins with a loft should be facing towards the south so that the sun hits from (east to west), In order to take advantage of natural lighting at all hours of the day. 

The wind is an environmental factor that needs to be taken into account. Yes, wind direction changes constantly but there are still elements to be mindful of.

For instance, if your porta cabin is near a beach, be aware where the draftiest places are, and avoid putting a patio or porch parallel with the shoreline (this is where the most wind occurs). 

Rather, you should put a patio on the other side of the structure so the wind is blocked making your seating area much more comfortable. Who wants to be blown away when trying to relax in a beautiful “outdoor living room”?  

Figure Out What Type of Portable Cabin With Loft Suits Your Needs

Picking out the right kind of loft can be overwhelming. You may be asking questions such as: 

  1. How large should it be? 

  2. Where do I put in to maximize space?

  3. Do I just want a bed in my loft space? Or other elements?

The most important rule in maximizing space is to build up not out. Wherever you have the most room vertically is where you should build loft space. 

Worried about size? Think about what the loft space is going to be used for. Is it solely a place to sleep? Or do you also want to use it to kick back and relax, potentially watch TV?

Take into account how big of a bed you want in order to be comfortable. If it is just one person, perhaps a twin bed? Or for two maybe you want to consider a queen. Are the people using the space tall? Or is it children sleeping in the loft space?

Concerned about privacy in a small space?

With multiple people living together in a small space concern about lack of privacy is valid. Remember these tips to allow for maximized privacy when living with others in your portable cabin.

Have sleeping spaces in closed-off areas on the cabin, such as corners. Under the stairs or our personal favorite: A loft! Having a loft is one of the most ideal sleeping set-ups in a portable cabin because you are utilizing all space and it provides privacy and extra space for the rest of the living area. 

Once you make these decisions then you can think about the kind of loft roof you would like to have. There are three main types:

  1. Triangular

  2. Gable roofs (rectangular)

  3. Hip roofs (square) 

Draw a Detailed Sketch

When you draw out your sketch include all the elements previously mentioned. We’re talking floor plans, furniture placement, and weather conditions such as wind patterns and direction of sunlight. 

Make sure the sketch is to scale and includes exact measurements. This is extremely important when working with a small space. 

Utilize ALL space, avoid wasting space on elements of the home that are not needed or creates choppy space such as hallways and corridors, they are unnecessary.

Use the Great Outdoors

Portable cabins with lofts should have both inside and outside seating. Having both inside and outside seating is a key element to a comfortable portable cabin with a loft. A porch, patio, a balcony or even roof access with outdoor seating is a must-have.

The kitchen is a great place to do this. Eating and making food is often a social activity and is a good room to make the central location of your portable cabin.

Open space outside the kitchen leading to outdoor seating or a bar that can have seating both in, or outside provides more seats and space for living, eating, and socializing!

Multi-functional elements such as a wall that opens up to create an inside/outside connecting bar space or a folding patio for mobility are great tricks to enhance your space. 

Multi-functional pieces of furniture serve the same purpose! Stairs that open up into drawers, a couch that unfolds into an extra bed. Get creative! This is the fun part 

Get excited! Now you have all the tools you need to start planning and designing portable cabins with loft. Contact us for more ideas and for more information on all the different ways a porta cabin space can be used! 

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