Creative Spaces in Tiny Homes
In the average home, and it's pretty easy to find wasted space. Many rooms lack adequate storage, and what you have is loaded to the brim with items that rarely see the light of day.
Some rooms and hallways don't serve any purpose, but add to the square footage of a home.
In a tiny home, however, every inch of space is utilized. Storage, which comes in all shapes and sizes, is full of useful possessions that are used often.
Whether you're looking at designing your own tiny home, or hoping to make better use of a small space, these ideas will help inspire.
Simply put, when there is no room to waste, there is no waste.
Work with a Compact Kitchen
When packing a home, the kitchen usually ends up being the most time consuming room, as so much can be crammed into drawers and cabinets. In a tiny home, there's no room for waste, so every item in the kitchen needs to be absolutely necessary.
By thinking about exactly what you need in a kitchen you can design a space that suits your needs perfectly. Perhaps you don't need a full range, as you're not much of a chef, and perhaps a toaster oven will work for you.
If you cook with spices at every meal, think about options to keep them off the counter, which will have limited space. There's many magnetic options, or you could even consider building a shelf between studs in the wall.
Think about the maximum number of people you plan to entertain and only have just enough dishes and cutlery on hand. While this means you'll be doing more dishes, you'll likely want to keep such a small space free from clutter.
Downsize the bathtub
Many tiny house bathrooms barely provide enough space for one person, meaning they often come with a toilet, small shower and sink, something that doesn't appeal to those hoping to soak in the tub after a long day.
A little research, however, can help you find a smaller bath tub to suit your needs. While manufactures options may be financially out of reach, many tiny house enthusiasts have come up with inexpensive alternatives, including:
- A large galvanized water trough
- Custom tiled tub to fit exact dimensions
- Rain barrel to serve as shower and tub for children
Create multi-function spaces
Tiny houses often have spaces that serve multiple functions.
On the simplest level, couches often open up to provide linen storage, Kitchen tables double for desks and Murphy beds can provide a bed in any room.
But a well designed tiny home or small space takes multi-function spaces to the next level. In the example above, the designer created a bedroom/dining room combination, by attaching a folding table to a Murphy bed. When everything is tucked away, the space could even provide a yoga space or exercise room.
Store it under the stairs
The space under a stairway is often covered, painted and forgotten, but provides a storage goldmine if put to good use.
While many tiny home owners opt for a ladder instead of stairs to reach a loft, designing custom stairs with storage can help alleviate some of the pressure of downsizing.
Some uses for space under the stairs include:
- Closet space
- Shelving for books, possessions or pantry items
- Built-in desk or office
- Washer/dryer storage
Storage ideas for each room
Bench seating with storage
Built in closets
Storage coffee table
Hanging pots and pans
Hidden storage in floorboards
Hidden toe-kick drawers