It’s no secret that one of the big sacrifices you will have to make with your tiny house is space.
While you may have become a master at making the most of your space, there are plenty of things just won’t be able to fit.
And that’s fine! You knew that going into your tiny house adventure that there wouldn’t be room for the big screen TV, pool table or dining room table that can host the entire family at Thanksgiving.
Some people think that owning a tiny house means you won’t have any use for storage. Your home will have to maximize its space for only the most essential things, like your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.
That’s not always the case, though, as there are plenty of great and easy storage ideas for your tiny house. So while you may not have the big screen TV, you can still store plenty of items without sacrificing your comfort, budget, or essential needs.
Boxes inside Boxes
Have you ever seen a couch with a footrest that opens up? Inside, you may find blankets, pillows, children’s games, or some toys. Take that idea and apply it to everything square.
Buy or build a table with storage options inside or a bed with drawers built-in underneath. While you could stuff things under furniture from the beginning, having drawers, built-in gives you a great storage option and easy to use and operate drawers. It’s almost preorganized for you.
If you don’t have a table with storage space under it, buy an easy-to-use basket for storing any items and keeping them out of your way.
Just like kitchens in regular-sized homes, there is bound to be space above your cabinets if they’re not all the way up to the ceiling. There is a great place to store food-stuffs or extra items that may not have their own place.
You may have to get creative when it comes to accessing these items, but making use of your vertical space is a way to keep clutter out of your way and easily organized.
Also, going vertical for your bedroom loft is a perfect way to keep the most essential part of your house out of the way. If you’re a sleeper who tosses and turns, maybe you should add a rail just in case!
No doubt you’ll incorporate many shelves when your tiny house is first built, but look for places where an extra shelf can be added to clear some space. For example, adding a shelf above your toilet is an easy way to put toiletries there without having them clog up the sink or medicine cabinet.
Adding shelves is also pretty easy, as it requires a board, brackets, a level, and tools to get you going.
Pull Out and Put Back In
This is a pretty standard piece of advice, but one that can save a ton of space in any room. No matter what you’re pulling out, like a chair or small table, make sure it can be put back and hidden.
So when you’re not using it, you’re losing it. Fold that table back up, push those chairs back under or find a way to close your desk up when you’re done working. You’d be amazed at what you can do with your everyday items.
Cabinets in the Stairs
While you’ll always be hoping you won’t find any mice or rats in the walls, you should be hoping to find cabinets in the stairs. Any stairs you may have can serve more than just one purpose, and adding cabinets inside is an easy way to save space on a few items.
The hardest part may be making sure you don’t stub your toe on any of the doors.
Use Your Corners
You might look at corners as kind of dead space, but you can easily put shelves that will cover both corners, giving you more space and places to put your items.
There are also plenty of baskets and furniture that will neatly slide into corners, meaning you can take advantage of the ends of your perfect tiny house.