In a tiny house, there’s no wasted space or room for clutter. These ultra-small homes — which typically measure less than 500 square feet, according to the American Society of Interior Designers — mean homeowners tend to live efficiently. But you don’t need to live in a tiny house to incorporate some of the tricks these experts of minimalism use. Here are five tiny house tips that may help you make the most of your space, no matter the size of your home.
Get furniture that can multitask, the Los Angeles Times recommends. You may try positioning a desk under a wall-mounted television, allowing the desk to do double duty as a media stand. Or choose an ottoman that can function as a desk chair or storage bin. Another multitasking tip: Use a set of nesting tables as a desk or as a makeshift dining table when you want to eat in front of the TV.
In tiny houses, wildly different colors and patterns may make your living space seem overwhelming. Instead, HGTV recommends choosing furnishings and accents that belong to the same color family to achieve a unified feel throughout the house. This may help you create a consistent look even when you move furniture around your home.
People who live small limit their belongings to only what they really need or treasure, according to the FYI Network. They think outside the box about their storage options. In small homes, too many things on countertops and tables can look cluttered. Instead, try using hidden space to store your things — such as a slim shelf on the inside of the kitchen door or cabinet, bins you can tuck under the stairs and slim boxes for off-season clothes that you can slide under your bed.
Add an extra “room” to your home by making your outdoor space more comfortable, maybe with a patio grill or a pair of hammocks. HGTV notes that something like a deck or balcony can expand your living space, giving you additional places to relax, work or eat.
In tiny houses, kitchen space is at a premium. According to Kitchen and Bath Design News, appliance manufacturers are responding to the demand from tiny house owners by creating small appliances, like under-the-counter refrigerators. Whether these pint-sized appliances would work for you depends on how you plan to use your kitchen. If you don’t cook often, you may not need a full-size refrigerator and stove. A dedicated baker, on the other hand, may insist on a standard-size oven but be willing to go small on the refrigerator. It’s all about choosing what’s best for your lifestyle.
Living in a tiny house is all about simplifying and streamlining your life, and that can be a valuable goal whether you’re living in 400 square feet or 4,000.