Living in a small home doesn’t have to feel like a congested nightmare. With good organization and a handful of functional changes, you can maximize the space and turn your tiny house into a more comfortable home.
1. Floor-to-ceiling storage
2. Take it outside
Creating or revamping outdoor living space — such as a porch or deck — can feel like you’re adding square footage, but will save you significant money.
3. More space, clearly
The more natural light you can bring into your small home, the better. But in rooms without windows, try using more transparent materials that allow light to pass through.
4. Small walls, large windows
Speaking of natural light; keeping your window-to-wall ratio high will make any space feel larger. Don’t be afraid to make your windows almost as large as your walls.
5. Add a loft
Even in a tiny house, high ceilings can allow you to add more functional space with a loft. This one was built over the kitchen.
6. Go with fewer walls
Creating an open feel with fewer walls and more multi-function rooms can make even the smallest of homes flow well for living — and entertaining. You can even use sliding walls like these for flexibility.
7. A mirror finish
Plentiful mirrors, or mirrored materials such as these tiles, can brighten up a space and give the illusion of larger rooms.
8. Go big — in one room
Take your favorite room and make it as large as possible. If you’re going to hang out in the kitchen a lot, why not make it the biggest room in the house?
9. Divide with curtains
Like the sliding walls above, room-dividing curtains can make spaces function in multiple ways, without the heaviness of an immovable wall. Why commit?
10. Look to the sky
If wall space is at a premium, think about opening your roof with skylights. You’ll let plenty of space-enhancing light in — and still have a place for the sofa.
11. Retractible appliances
Why not use retractible pantry drawers for small appliances in your tiny house? Keep your toaster or electric pressure cooker out of sight, out of mind…until it’s time to cook.
12. Go under the stairs
13. Take a little bath
If you love a bubble bath but don’t want to sacrifice the space for a tub, try one like this, in 3/4 size!
14. Go white
White looks clean, but it also brings an airy and spacious feel. Try doing an important room, such as this kitchen, in predominantly white shades. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.
15. Add a breakfast bar
Save the space you’d normally use for a kitchen table and install a breakfast bar instead. Here’s how.
16. Storage walls
Turning walls into storage can help you make practical use of every square inch available.
17. Unexpected storage
Inspect your home for nooks and crannies of unused space. Many of them could be turned into sneaky storage, especially in the bathroom.
18. Use pops of color
Adding colorful accessories keep the eye moving, so there are things to look at besides the walls closing in. But remember: a little bit of color goes a long way!