Are you thinking of moving from a conventional home to a tiny house? Already working on your tiny house? Looking for clever ways to store the things you need? How about room for guests? Have you come up with a design that keeps you minimalist, while still allowing you to hang on to your favorite things? Here’s some ideas that may help.
Making the most of ceilings
In a conventional home, the ceiling is just a flat surface, with no other purpose. In a tiny home, every space is a potential storage unit. Ceilings can support storage bins, hooks and more. Plus, loft space can be created. Don’t stop there. Rather than just creating a loft, use ceiling height to create high shelf storage all around your tiny home.
Making the most of floors
Some tiny houses have secret storage compartments under the floor. Some simply utilize the space between the sub-floor and the main structure. Others have raised floors with hinged compartments. Either way, it’s a great place to store things you need but don’t use daily.
Making the most of walls
In a tiny home, you will often see walls lined with shelf space, hooks and more. I often hear my writer friends talking about how they could never live in a tiny house because “where on earth would they put their books?” In a tiny home, the walls are the bookcases, so there’s no need for bulky bookshelves. Problem solved.
Furniture in a tiny house is often multipurpose. A bench is for sitting and sleeping. It can also contain a hinged storage space for linens or board games. A staircase can have small drawers under each step. In short, when it comes to tiny house furniture, a couch is never just a couch.
Kick board drawers and more
There is no wasted space in a tiny home. One example is the kick boards under kitchen cabinet doors. They can be designed so that there are tiny drawers under them. The same is true for the space under any cabinet. Appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers can have drawers under or above them as well, rather than just empty space.
So you’re no carpenter. You can, however, put up a ready made shelf above those appliances or on bare walls. On that shelf, you can stack storage containers of the appropriate size to fill the space.
Hooks behind doors and more
Most people don’t think of doors as storage spaces. Personally, I’ve lived in apartments most of my adult life. That’s why I’m so good at taking advantage of such thing. Hooks behind doors can hold all kids of things. I once saw a bookshelf/door too. What a perfect storage solution for a tiny house bathroom!
Pull downs and pull ups
Tiny house storage doesn’t have to be permanent. Store tables on your walls by building them with hinges and hooks. The same can be done with bunks for overnight guests. Cutting boards can be stored in counter-tops and pulled up and out for use. Loft ladders can be made to fold up and out of the way when not in use as well.
Use your imagination.
Tiny house storage solutions are often the brain child of necessity. We all know that she’s the mother of invention. If you truly need something that you don’t think will fit in your tiny house, give it some thought. You’ll come up with something.
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