You may of heard of the Tiny House Movement that is sweeping the nation. There is something to be said for not being enslaved to a lifetime of mortgage payments. This leaves more time for leisure and travel, which explains why many tiny homes boast wheels. Realistically, living in five hundred or less square foot quarters is not realistic or desirable for most of us. There is, however, something to be learned from this lifestyle.
Based on the last statistic, the average american home size is around 2,700 square feet. Could a family of four make due with less than 2,000 square feet? It appears with a little ingenuity, downsizing could really be ideal.
Designer tips for maximizing space
Utilize vertical space
Think height not width. Whether adding shelves or tall furniture utilizing vertical space will save well-needed floor space.
Look for storage opportunities
The stairs in this tiny home pictured above is actually providing extra storage. I've seen this done for second floor condos and it couldn't be more perfect for storing shoes. Especially if your like me and remove your shoes before entering your home.
Pocket doors are nicely tucked away into the walls. These are a much better option than traditional doors for smaller or awkward spaces. Think closets, bathroom or even laundry rooms.
Furniture that performs double duty
..or better yet, triple duty. The Storage Ottoman above looks like a million and can act as a coffee table, foot stool and storage. I have a smaller ottoman that is packed with books and magazines.
I chose this 4 Tier Shelffor it's height. Using baskets instead of drawers gives this piece a lighter feel, which is also preferable for small spaces.
Downsizing doesn't have to be drastic. Learning to live in a smaller environment is a great way of cutting costs: mortgage, utilities and taxes. There are many people that truly love this way of life and we can learn quite a bit from their experience.
Check out: The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space
Also see Small Space Decorating series:
Choosing a sofa
Small Space part 2
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