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Insider Secrets to Creating Space in Your Tiny House

As someone who works in the tiny house industry, one of the questions that I get the most is, “Where do you put all of your stuff?”. This is the major struggle that most people seem to have with tiny houses (yes, even more than the composting toilet). But with a little ingenuity and creativity, even 154 square feet can feel like a much larger space.

Lose It

We all know that you need less stuff to live in a tiny house, but perhaps you can pare down a little more. I know, I know, you’ve already gotten rid of so much, but hear me out. Items like extra cutlery or cooking tools that you keep around just in case are not necessary. Have you used them in the last three months? Do you have an event happening in the next three months that you will need them for? If your answer is “no,” get rid of them. Not only does this physically clear up space, but the less clutter you see in your house, the more open it will feel.

Multi-Purpose Is Always the Answer

  • In such a small space, almost everything should have more than one use. In 84 Tiny Living houses, we build in as much storage as we can while keeping the structural integrity of the house. For example, the picture below shows how the stairs in our Countryside model also have two areas for storage built into it — one closet and a shelf above it.

  • Beyond the built-in storage features, carefully consider any other furniture you bring in. For example, an ottoman that opens up can be the perfect way to add functional seating and
  • Corner shelves can also be multi-purpose as many of them make cool conversation pieces. They also act as a way to display your items (and keep them off of the floor or countertop).

Make Use of Vertical Space

  • Have wall space? Add a shelf or cabinet. Keep in mind that an open shelf gives the illusion of more space, but if you are someone who travels with your tiny house, a glass cabinet door may be helpful to keep everything in its spot.
  • A DIY ceiling-hanging clothing rack made from a pipe or bamboo dowel rod and some chain or rope is a purposeful and an efficient use of space.
  • Don’t want to mount a TV, but still want the option to watch movies or a show in your tiny house? Buy a white screen that doubles as a blind for your windows and a projector.
  • A ladder in the dead space behind your door makes for a great decorative rack to hang blankets or other items from. Or you can build a vertical shoe rack there that will help you, and your guests, remember to take your shoes off as you enter the house.

Make Room for Essentials

  • A simple mesh holder that hangs from your shower curtain can save space while keeping everything tidy and in one place.
  • Over-the-door racks or interior organizers on your cabinets are great for smaller items that you don’t want to lose in your cupboard.
  • A well-placed mirror always helps; reflective surfaces give the impression of more light in a space.

These are just a few ideas that you can use. Do you have experience living in a tiny space or have other ideas?  Share them with us below!

Degsy Progress #8

Take a peek into the Degsy kitchen. This gourmet kitchen features a built-in cutting board, and electric cooktop and a smooth surface countertop!

Degsy Progress #6

We are wrapped and ready to go! Now that the exterior wall sheathing has been secured, we have added housewrap for the underlayment of the siding….. In addition to the wrap, ice and water shield is placed for a layer of protection before the roof is installed. We make sure to take these necessary steps to ensure your tiny house is protected from all weather elements!

Degsy Progress #4

Now that we have the floor insulated, we add OSB sheathing to the floor and we are ready for framing. The Degsy model is actually built over the wheel wells which gives you more usable space inside!

Degsy Progress #3

After the metal sheathing is applied to the trailer, we frame the floor and use 3.5″ fiberglass insulation to keep cold air from coming up through the floor.

Degsy Progress #2

Our first step is to apply 1/8″ aluminum sheathing directly onto the trailer which keeps anything from getting up under your Tiny House and is the start of the floor system!

Degsy Progress #1

Welcome to the Degsy! Follow along as we post progress pictures of each model being built! Watch how our Tiny Houses go from Trailer to Fully Outfitted!