Space Savers from Tiny Homes

Even if you don't live in a "tiny home," these tips can help anyone save space in their house.

You don't have to live in a "tiny home," those small, cozy houses seen on HGTV and other networks, to benefit from the new ways designers and builders are saving space. Here are some of the best tricks we’ve seen from the tiny house movement that you can integrate into your home today.

 

Think Tall

One of the key mistakes that most homeowners make is not using the entire height of their space. In most cases, you could probably install shallow shelves around the top of your walls for more storage or add a loft in a tall room to create an extra sleeping area. Tiny homes often feature sleeping areas in lofts above the kitchen or living space, and there may even be a mirroring loft on the other side of the structure for storage.

 

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Eliminate Clutter

The enemy of space is clutter. Papers, knickknacks, piles of clothes, the contents of your purse, and work documents usually litter our homes. The old adage “a place for everything and everything in its place,” is truly the only way to stop this visual space hog. In a tiny home, collectors have no way to display or store their items; they must learn to give these things up and live a clutter free life. While you don’t need to go as far as ridding items in your home, you can create specific places for all of your items and your home will feel more spacious. In the process, you'll probably find a few things that you can get rid of that weren't in your view before.

 

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Stair Drawers

Your staircase can be an extra opportunity for storage. Tiny homes that feature stairs will usually have drawers that pull out from underneath the tread of each stair. This is the perfect place to store shoes, extra blankets, cleaning supplies, books, or any other item that you need tucked away.

 

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Notice your furniture and fixtures and ask yourself how they can serve double purposes. They could help create a more pleasing space as they serve their primary purpose.

 

Fold it Down

Furniture that can be folded down, should be. Beds, tables, and desks can all be turned into fold-down items that hide away in the wall or transform into another functional piece of furniture when not in use. You could even use a fold-down rack as a window covering when up; when unfolded, use it to hang delicates to dry. This would be a great way to save space in the laundry room while adding function as well. In tiny houses, the fold down table or desk is a big part of many of the popular designs. This allows owners to create the most open space they can when they don’t need a tabletop.

 

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Lighting

Good lighting can make a tight space seem bigger. Windows or skylights that let in natural light can make a home feel airy and bright. In effect, this tricks our minds into thinking there is more room than there actually is. Even a small apartment can benefit from bright solar lamps that are recessed. In tiny houses, space for lighting is very important - natural lighting is key. Small windows in the loft, or skylights, are essential to make the place feel less like a cave.

 

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Your Kitchen

Kitchens can easily be the most cluttered spaces in any home, big or small. Tiny homes tend to incorporate shelving on high corners in their kitchens. They use these along the perimeter of the walls of the kitchen as well. If you stack wooden boards about one and a half feet apart on top of each other, you’ll have a makeshift shelf unit where you can place a microwave, cooking books, or a toaster oven to save space in other parts of the kitchen.

 

Old style kitchen interior. Wooden shelves
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