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Where to Add Extra Storage for your Tiny House

Updated: Jun 25, 2022





I've been getting a lot of tiny house designs for my company recently. Which I love! Tiny homes are so much fun for me to design. It's a big creative and problem solving challenge to fit your whole life in 200 sf or less. Especially when it come to storage.


Storage solutions are a HUGE market in the design world...but tiny house storage? Even more of a demand. Like I said, how do you fit all of these everyday items, such as kitchen gadgets, clothing, cleaning supplies, into an area that's already tight on space? That's when you come to an interior designer (well...one of the reasons).


Interior designers do more than just pick out pretty pillows and paint. We problem solve difficult layouts, find solutions to complex programming requirements, while making the space beautiful (and not just utilitarian). But since we're talking storage solutions today, I'll leave those beauty hacks for another post.


Here are some clever ways you can add more storage to your tiny house design.


 


Under the Bed


Get more storage by elevating up your bed to 36" to add a set of drawers underneath. This is a great place for clothing storage or even adding tiny doors for bigger (and deeper) storage options such as camping and outdoor gear.


Under the Stairs


Stairs are a sneaky and smart way to get more storage in your space. You can either have this accessible from the top (through the stair tread) or through the side (like a built-in set of cabinets/cubbies).


Loft


Most tiny homes utilize the loft space above for some additional reason. This is a great place to storage bulk storage, larger items, or just random not-every-day uses. Just make sure you're not overcrowding this area by piling your junk (remember, this is visible!).



Wall Storage


What a tiny house lacks in floor space it can make up for in vertical gains. Open shelving,  utensil rods, wall hooks...the sky (or ceiling) is the limit!


Design Tip | Don't go overboard on this open display storage. Visually seeming all of this stuff can make a tiny space feel cluttered and chaotic.


Display it Decoratively


Turn your storage into a statement by highlighting it instead of hiding it. Have woven baskets for your extra toilet paper or towels. Use glass containers to display your coffee and bulk goods. It's always a beautiful thing when practicality and beauty play nice together.



Custom Builds


Now most tiny houses are custom builds, but I'm talking about those custom design built-ins you see in traditional homes. These include bench seating with chest storage, pull-out pantry drawers (in those tall and tight spaces), and recessed nooks and shelving (for those blank walls that scream potential).


For more small space solutions check out my other blog posts or schedule your own small space consultation!






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