What We Can Learn From Tiny Home Living



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





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.

Storage furniture



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
Kitchens
Kids rooms
Small Space part 2


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40 comments:

William Weller said...

Could really use tips on how to maximize space.

Rose-Marie said...

There are so many good ideas when you think tiny, even if you aren't going to go that tiny, but ways to save space and use it more efficiently. People are getting over the idea of a mcmansion, all that square footage, not that usable, home builders are now looking at smaller with quality to attract buyers.

Rose-Marie said...

I have looked at home plans for tiny homes, they have many good ideas! More people are having homes built for usable and quality space, not just square footage to have a mcmansion.

Kathy Fleming said...

Tiny homes have inspired me to use my space in my small mobile in much better ways. A tiny space can be pretty cushy!

Alison Gibb said...

I think the idea is pretty cool but I have way too much crap. LOL! I would have that little place so cluttered very quickly!

Sara L.D. said...

Great suggestions. I like to use things like the storage bench and tiered drawers in my home.

Kelly W. Light said...

My husband and I live in less than 500 sq.ft. It isnt easy and all I can say is purge!! lol.. you have to be an organized person and not a slob!!

tannawings said...

I like the small gome ideas and in particular the ones that urilize solar and passive energy for power. I only have one complaint in that it isnt very pet friendly (maybe one small pet) and doing rescue I oftentimes have many ;guests' at various times.
What people nowdays dont realize is that years ago those 'tiny homes' were the norm rather than the exception.

Stella Tavares said...

Always thought these homes were spectacular.

Marti Tabora said...

I could totally do this, but the problem I would have is what to do with all the "stuff" that fills my average sized house.

Linda Meyers-Gabbard said...

No no no no not for me. I have been living in a small two bedroom mobile home for the past eleven years with my hubby and our 7 pets. Prior to that I have always lived in one bedroom apartments. I am ready for something larger. I need space and lots of it.
Small is not for everyone. Besides I have a mild case of Claustrophobia

DeniseL said...

These are great tips even if you are not living in a small space. Smart storage is always a good idea. I live in an old city and pocket doors are often seen in older homes. I feel like they were lost for awhile and need a comeback. They are a really ingenious use of space!

Mary Somerville said...

We have a fair amount of space-But it is over filled! I could really use some of these storage ideas to reclaim the space. When the kids are grown, I think I would love to downsize to a small home.

Michele P. said...

these are really cute, they built a tiny house in my town and it looks so cool, the local paper did an article on it-but the price was more than some of the bigger homes in the area unfortunately :( I love the small space, makes for easy cleaning and the hardest thing for me would be to give up all my clutter lol...

jopb said...

I think that these are great tips no matter what size your home happens to be. I love the idea of pocket doors.

Barrie Mac said...

I'm saving this post as this is EXACTLY what my aunt wants...no lie!

Meena said...

This actually ends up looking better than a larger home. I really like the idea too!

tat2gurlzrock said...

Wonderful tips!I really like the 3 tier shelf.

Tamra Phelps said...

I love that chair in the bookshelf photo! Smaller homes are ok by me. Most homes are way bigger than necessary.

freddie said...

We moved into a smaller home over five years ago and I miss a lot of the extra space I used to have. I love the stairs storage idea a lot but we don't have any stairs. My husband put in a pantry and it's helped out a lot with storing things.

Laurie Nykaza said...

Not for me but I love the storage idea's. I miss the larger home I had before so out to buy another larger home.

Laurie Nykaza said...

Not for me but I love the storage idea's. I miss the larger home I had before so out to buy another larger home.

neoh42f said...

I actually love the idea of a tiny home, as long as you can be an organized person as I am. So much less to clean as well :)

Kayla McKagan said...

I would really have a home like this if I could afford to own my home...especially the slide doors because that would maximize space. I don't like traditional doors at all.

sheena MARIE said...

I love to see my wall but I also love my space .. up ,down , around .I would really go nuts in some thing that small

Some Lucky Dog said...

Using a pocket door allowed us to put a 1/2 bath in our mud room! I love the idea of going vertical. I do it in all our rooms.
CINDY BROOKS on gt

shelleyb said...

Totally have a pocket door on my wish list for the master bathroom. I wish builders used them more!

Anita Kennett said...

What beautiful photos.got some great ideas,thanks.

Mary said...

Such great ideas! I really need more space and can use some of these!

Graceful Harlow said...

We are a family of 4 in a small house! I am always trying to come up with ways to have more space and find places to put everything! Thanks for the tips and ideas!

Jennifer Hiles said...

Our house is actually quite a bit smaller than the average home. With 4 of us living there, it is getting quite cramped. I need to start building up and using things that have a dual purpose like the beautiful Storage Ottoman pictured above!

April Farley said...

My hubbie and I are wanting to live like this so badly! A very Zen lifestyle! Though we want to make our tiny home out of Cobb.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This is an awesome way to live and save money indeed. These are some really amazing ideas for utilizing space and storage. I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Trippy Cusp said...

Thanks for sharing these tips! My husband and I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment and we struggle for space on a daily basis. I really love the tip for furniture that performs double duty and storage furniture. We've already invested in storage furniture and we will be investing in more! It is so useful and so worth it!

Deee6 said...

I could live in a tiny home now that my kids are grown.

Era Light said...

i loved the tiny home ideas as to how one can comfertably live in a small space. all the ideas were brilliant and very usefull.

Cristy Ridey said...

I am always looking for innovative ideas to organize my home. There are a lot of good ideas for downsizing. I would really have to get rid of a lot of possessions to downsize. But I would love a smaller place to clean!

Ronie Montgomery said...

I couldn't live in a tiny home im so used to have some space. But if I had to I would and wouldnt be to much to keep up with.

April Ralene said...

My daughter has Pocket doors, i love them!

James Robert said...

Great tips and I need to learn to organize more like this with my 5 kids

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