Updated: Sep 1, 2020
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 every day 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, whilemaking 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).
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!).
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 over board 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.
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).