Now that every day seems to bring a new widely shared adaptation proposal for something like a dumpster or a World Cup stadium, it's probably safe to say that adaptive reuse is becoming mainstream. So are the so-called "anti-comedy" stylings of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, whose latest show, Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, was received with more critical praise than anything they've done before. (They also recently directed a commercial for GE with Jeff Goldblum in it.) These phenomena came together in the show's latest episode, "Bathroom Boys," in which Tim, Eric, and Zach Galifianakis live covertly in a men's bathroom. Here are a few takeaways from it on outfitting a small, non-residential space for everyday living.
It's time to bring the Murphy bed back. If you live with roommates, you can connect three of them to the same mechanism and coordinate bedtimes.
Murphy couches are cool, too.
Simple partitions can turn any space into a shared home office.
As with television sets, security camera feeds have fallen out of fashion. Disguise them as air vents.
Dryers are for suckers. Space-wasting suckers.
So are sinks.
Full-size ironing boards are bulky. Smaller ones are almost as easy to work with, and can often fit just fine on platforms that slide out of the wall.
These surfaces can also be used for cooking.
Rotating wall sections have long been written off as too "Dracula's castle" for the modern home. It's high time they were reconsidered.
For more lessons on small-space living from Tim and Eric, watch the episode (currently split into three clips) on the show's website.