A Pirate's Life: Charleston, SC
If you've fallen in love with tiny houses, Airbnb houseboats are a great way to test-drive tiny-house living, to see if it's right for you. These 50 tiny houseboats are full of inspiration for tiny-home buyers.
Featured on Tiny House Hunters, this boat called A Pirate's Life was recently gut renovated using reclaimed materials. The vaulted ceiling in the main cabin makes even tight quarters seem spacious and the wrap-around windows provide stunning views of Charleston Harbor.
Houseboat Myrtle: Knysna, South Africa
This tiny houseboat is permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, just a two minute dinghy ride from the Knysna waterfront in the Western Cape area of South Africa. It looks just like a little clapboard shed, floating on the water. Clever built-ins — like the dining room table that converts to an extra bed — maximize use of the small space.
The River Den: Gatineau River, Quebec
This tiny houseboat has a surprisingly roomy sitting room with a cozy wood stove, plus a second story sleeping loft. Custom built by the owner, the River Den features eight-foot patio doors and distinctive circular windows.
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Jette's Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark
Prepare to fall in love with Jette's houseboat, located in what was once a working industrial shipyard in the heart of Copenhagen. Upstairs is a living room, bright with big windows, with a view of the water and neighboring houseboats. A ladder takes you below deck, where there's a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small but well-equipped kitchen.
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Thames Houseboat: Central London
This Thames houseboat is just a stroll away from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London eye, the Tower of London, National Theater, and Shakespeare's Globe Theater, among other famous sights. It operates totally off the grid, with solar panels, yet has all the modern comforts, including hot water, a washing machine, and even a swimming pool.
If you love the energy efficiency of this tiny houseboat, here's how to install a solar hot water heater in your home.
Brand Eigenbau: Berlin
This tiny houseboat located in Heidesee outside Berlin is designed for summer fun, with lazy hammocks, a BBQ grill, and a sun deck that extends over half of the boat. The fireplace makes it an equally a cozy winter retreat.
Haagenaar Ship: Amsterdam
This charming and cosy B&B is situated in an authentic Haagenaar ship that was built in 1900 to carry salt throughout Holland and Europe. These days, it's permanently located on a picturesque and sunny canal in the heart of Amsterdam and the modern, multi-level apartment within it has been completely restored to look and feel just like a tiny house.
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Louve Barge: Paris
This tiny houseboat is in an historic Dutch barge, moored on the left bank of Paris, between the picturesque Pont Neuf and Pont Des Arts bridges. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, or below deck at the gorgeous reclaimed wood bar in the fully equipped kitchen.
Houseboat on the Nile: Cairo
A week's stay in Sam's houseboat and you'll be ready to retire from your job and live an ex-pat's dream life among the famous Kitkat houseboats on the Nile. It's like a modern Cleopatra's barge floating on the ancient sea.
De Cornelia: Amsterdam
This 100-year-old houseboat is like a tiny house, with two beds, two baths and a large, bright common area. The fully stocked galley kitchen makes good use of every inch of space.
Friesland Houseboat: Grou, Netherlands
What you can see of this tiny Friesland houseboat is like the tip of the iceberg. Upstairs is one communal living/dining space and kitchen, but there's more. Below deck you'll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a small laundry room. Smart floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in the communal area provides never-ending sunshine and a view of the water and passing boats.
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Fantastic Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark
Jens' houseboat has upper and lower decks, and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the communal living areas bright and airy. When you've got a tiny house that's all windows, the maintenance doesn't have to take over your life. Here's how to clean windows like a pro.
Houseboat on Amstel River: Amsterdam
This 1913 boat has been completely renovated and has central heating, hot water, and solar energy. Enjoy dinners on the upper deck with panoramic water views, seated at the Saarinen-inspired pedestal table and tulip chairs.
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Eiffel Tower Houseboat: Paris
This tiny houseboat is located across from the Eiffel Tower in the 16th arrondissement. The owner packs a lot into the 650 square feet of space, and the artful decor has that certain Parisian je ne sais quoi.
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Sugar Shack: Seattle
The Sugar Shack is small, but the tiny houseboat is brimming with charm. Big windows and a colorful interior make it feel homey. And that windowed breakfast nook is a perfect spot for relaxing with a good book.
Amsterdam Center Houseboat: Amsterdam
It's hard to believe a small houseboat can pull off such a loft-like feel, but this canal-side floating B&B pulls it off. The modern building packs a lot in a small space, including a bathroom with a two person jacuzzi and separate shower, plus a cook's kitchen with a six-burner range.
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Glamping Loft: Braine-le-Comte, Belgium
There's a lot of small-space inspiration in this ultra-modern houseboat. The communal living area offers uninterrupted views of the water and the beautiful Flemish countryside. But it's the space-saving bathroom fixtures that will give tiny house lovers design inspiration. And check out that the glossy white mini-kitchen. What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in form and function.
The Lil' Bamboo: Key Largo, Florida
The Lil' Bamboo packs a lot of fun into 38 feet of house boat. It's permanently docked in a Key Largo marina that features beachfront, tiki huts, and a bathhouse. If you're digging that tiki roof, check out our tips for decking out a man cave, including tiki elements.
Île de la Cité Barge: Paris
This tiny french houseboat offers tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live on the Seine, like a Parisian — in a tiny space. The mid-century modern furnishings give the living spaces a sleek and uncluttered look and feel.
Converted Dutch Barge: Amsterdam
The owners of this 1903 Dutch barge rebuilt it from top to bottom, and carved out a suite with it's own entrance for guests. The private terrace overlooks the water, the city, and part of the old industrial harbor. But it's the skylights that make the space work, making even the below-deck rooms feel bright, modern, and spacious.
The Calidris: Amsterdam
The Calidris offers guests the experience of waking up to a panoramic view of the historic harbor. a clever built-in bed turns this square room with a view into a luxury suite that meets the guest's every need. The dining table and fridge are literally built into the bed.
Kings Cross Houseboat: London
This King's Cross houseboat offers visitors a chance to live like a Londoner — and to try out tiny-houseboat living. Check out that tiny, but efficient bathroom. Space-saving sink and toilet leave room for a full-size tub.
German Barge: Paris
This 1930s barge is docked across from the Eiffel Tower. Tiny home lovers will be amazed at the compact but complete kitchen. Guests can cook an eight course meal, and dine on the roof deck — but with a slew of fabulous French restaurants within walking distance, why bother.
Tony's Trawler: Copenhagen, Denmark
Tony's Trawler is located in the heart of Copenhagen, right over the bridge from the trendy meat packing district. The guest suite in this floating B&B is like a miniature condo, offering all the conveniences. Check out that multi-tiered platform bed.
GiaMaria: Richmond, Virginia
Living in the 50-foot Chris Craft, GiaMaria is just like living in a tiny house — that happens to be moored in a yacht basin. The efficiency kitchen has a full-size range, fridge, and double sink. The main cabin provides kitchen/dining/living space, while the cozy master is tucked away on the lower level.
The Barge Jacoba: Nantes, France
Moored on the banks of the river Erdre, in the heart of Nantes, the barge Jacoba offers all the comforts of tiny-home living. The use of pocket doors is just one of the many space-saving tricks employed in this tiny houseboat.
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Hot-Tub Houseboat: Paris
This tiny floating flat in Paris is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the 1 Metro line in Paris, so you have easy access to the city center and all its cultural offerings. After walking your feet off sightseeing, relax on the terrace in the private jacuzzi with views of the river Seine.
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The Ark: York, England
The ark is a houseboat that's just a stone's throw away from York City Center. Enjoy the gothic splendor of York Minster by day, then come home to a party boat that has everything you need to relax. The lower-level bedrooms have been recently renovated with board-and-batten walls that make the rooms feel cozy and inviting.
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Vecht River Houseboat: Vreeland, Netherlands
This small floating villa has big, bright appeal, thanks to a wall of windowed doors that offers 360-degree views of the Vecht river. That same windowed affect is achievable in you tiny house by installing sliding glass doors — and they're not as difficult to install as hinged doors.
Péniche Studio: Paris
This Parisian péniche is located on the water in the tony Trocadero neighborhood of Paris, just a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower. The petite apartment is small on space, but big on charm. Check out that micro kitchen, with sink, stove, and under-the-counter refrigerator all in one. Smart! Here are 13 more incredibly tiny kitchens.
Wheelhouse Studio: Amsterdam
This quaint captain's quarters in a renovated cargo ship is a 20-minute train ride from the heart of Amsterdam, but has stunning views of the water, a nature preserve, and even romantic Castle Muiderslot in the distance. Portholes give every room that nautical touch.
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Knot Home: Seattle
This 700-square-foot houseboat was featured on FYI TV's Tiny Houses was custom-built by Urban Houseboats of Seattle and it has a lot of modern charm. The full-size galley kitchen is an impressive use of space.
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Boutique Houseboat: Cambridge, England
Situated on the historic river cam, a short walk from Cambridge city center, this widebeam houseboat has beautiful shiplap walls and hardwood floors. The arched, tongue-and-groove ceilings give the main cabin a lofty feel.
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Tiny Tugboat: Amsterdam
This tiny tugboat is moored on a canal on the Amstel river, central to everything worth seeing. Quarters are tight, but the owners made use of every inch of available space. Just check out that triangular platform bed!
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Le Grand Large: Metz, France
A tiny houseboat with the big name, the guest suite in the Le Grand Large is like a tiny floating cottage, complete with gingham-skirted kitchen sink. The built-in bench seating in the lounge area makes a great use of space next to the partitioned sleeping area.
This IKEA hack is an ingenious way to build bench seating with storage that's just perfect for tight quarters.
Péniche Bretonne: Rennes, France
The main cabin of this petite péniche is like a cozy cabin on the canal. It features beautiful knotty-pine tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling.
If you're a fan of the knotty-pine look, here's how to install a tongue and groove ceiling in your future tiny house (or houseboat).
Sleep Aboard: Providence, RI
The houseboat Sleep Aboard is the epitome of a tiny house, with a tiny white picket fence thrown in for good measure. The interior is kitted out like a small cottage that somehow fits in all the comforts of home. Don't miss the clever pitched-roof sleep loft in the attic.
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Tugboat Sally S: Seattle
There are some great vintage metal pieces on the Tugboat Sally S, from the industrial lights to the porthole hardware to the brass grab bars and bathroom taps and towel bar.
If you love the look of industrial fixtures for your future tiny house, here are 12 unexpected ways to use metal in your home.
The Three Sailors: Avignon, France
The barge The Three Sailers is located on the banks of Piot Island, opposite the ramparts of the old town of Avignon with a breathtaking panorama of the Palais des Papes. There's a generous deck that includes a swimming pool — something rarely seen in a home this tiny.
Room to Rent: Amsterdam
New-construction lovers will go crazy over this brand new houseboat with a multi-tiered deck for outdoor fun, located just outside Jordan in North Holland. The guest suite has it's own en suite bathroom; the rest of the communal rooms are shared with the owner — and three friendly cats.
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Authentic Barge: Amsterdam
This Dutch houseboat is also located in North Holland, but it couldn't be more different. Built in 1905, this vintage barge has lots of charm, from original plank floors to gleaming metal portholes.
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This authentic narrowboat manages to provide everything you need in a small space. The potbellied stove is a working heating system, and it's enough to keep a tiny home more than cozy during winter months.
Dutch Houseboat: London
Everything you need is literally at your fingertips in this tiny Dutch houseboat. And the fully stocked galley kitchen makes use of every spare inch, including clever built-ins that curve right into the triangular bow of the boat.
The houseboat Maria guest suite has everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. But warning, once you've lived with the efficiency of its freestanding kitchen, you may be hooked on tiny-house living forever.
Houseboat Studio: Paris
This ship's pilot house and lodgings has been turned int a guest suite in this houseboat near Notre Dame Cathedral. It looks just exactly like a little wooden shed, floating on top of a barge.
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Stella Rask: Amsterdam
Historic coaster Stella Rask was built in Denmark just after the war and was only recently converted into a stylish houseboat in 2016. Below deck is a private guest studio that offers a kingsize bed, sitting area, and kitchenette, plus a luxurious ensuite bath that makes the most of this tiny space.
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Classic Riverboat: Paris
This classic riverboat, crafted in the Netherlands in the 70s, has an all-wood interior, including tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling. Everything is an open, which make the narrow space seem wider.
If you're a fan of wood panelled walls, here's how to install a tongue-and-groove ceiling in your future tiny house (or houseboat).
Here's how to install a tongue and groove ceiling in your future tiny house (or houseboat).
Aqua Villa: Stockholm
The houseboat Aqua Villa is moored in Pampas Marina. Like a stylish, ultra-modern house, floating on the canal, it has two levels of deck edged in metal balustrades that give it an industrial look that's right at home in this canal-side scenery.
Here are 15 modern deck-building tips, including metal balustrades, for your tiny house (or houseboat).
Jordaan Houseboat: Amsterdam
This houseboat is located in the Jordaan neighbourhood, home of the Anne Frank House, as well as lots of bustling café's, restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
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Forida Houseboat: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
This Florida houseboat is moored in a full-service marina that has a swimming pool, fitness facility, and tennis courts. It's located directly across the road from Fort Lauderdale Beach. There are two bathrooms in this small space, including a master bathroom that manages to squeeze in a full-size vanity.