The Utilihab Sleeping Pod is a supercabinet kit designed around a standard bed up to king size. It is 3m or 4m square and is designed to be used as a stand-alone unit, installed integral to Secondary framing, or for small house designs installed integral to Primary framing. It may use standard mattresses or a custom 2m square mattress.
The basic form of the Sleeping Pod is a 3m square by 2.4m high light profile enclosure framing a .5m deep shelf and cabinet complex around a 2m square bed platform in a 2m cubed sleeping space. The space under the mattress platform will usually feature slideout storage drawers installed along the entryway openings. With the exception of one or more entryways (usually 2m wide with curtains, doors, or sliding screens) the entire exterior of the pod is a supercabinet with any desired combination of standard shelves, counters, and cabinets along its exterior. Some of the .5m supercabinet volume may be employed for shelves, cabinets, lighting fixtures, and TV or audio fixtures within the sleeping space, usually along the mattress edge, headboard side, and non-entryway sides. Some shelves or cabinets may be placed along the inside of the entryways. For interior shelves, the back of the shelf will be the exterior surface and in these spaces translucent screens may be employed to allow light and air communication. In typical designs, the interior sleeping space will feature fabric covered fitted paneling akin to the standard Utilihab paneling in installation while the exterior will feature hardwood, cork, veneer, or other paneling as complimentary the exterior room decor.
The 4m square variant of the Sleeping Pod is designed to provide more supercabinet volume, particularly for interior cabinet use or for use as the basis of a micro-cottage where it is the primary space of a simple shelter using a surrounding supercabinet to integrate various features and fixtures and enclose very compact utilities systems.
Endless variations on the basic Sleeping Pod design are possible. The Bed Pod can be designed as a core element of a pavilion-style dwelling where the other functional elements of the home are integrated into the surrounding sides of the pod which provides a more private core space. With a micro-cottage design, the perimeter cabinet complex can be fitted with deployable elements such as fold-out/slide-out peripheral enclosures, storage for outdoor equipment, and the like.