Eight Clever Storage Strategies for Small-Space Living

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 27, 2016 in Rightsizing, Tiny Houses

Andy Fleming writing on small space living…

Most tiny houses range in size from 100 to 400 square feet. Unless you’ve been living in a budget, studio apartment, this means a big change in living area. But this is your opportunity to take a good look at what “stuff” you need and what’s just taking up space in your life.

Then, with clever storage, you’ll be amazed how comfortably you can live with less clutter. Thankfully, the Tiny House movement has gained so much momentum that there’s now a plethora of options when it comes to space-saving furniture and techniques.

1. Build a Loft

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A loft is a great addition to a tiny house. The narrower your house is, the easier it will be to tow and the more options you’ll have for buying or renting a plot to park it on. Instead of building “out”, build “up”. A loft makes a great bedroom or storage area, and can easily become the comfiest spot in your new abode. Take a look at these 12 beautiful loft designs for some ideas.

2. Under Your Stairs

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Many lofts make use of a movable ladder to save space, but stairs are also a great option because the space underneath can double as storage. Here are some plans for tiny-house stairs that offer space for multiple drawers and a washing machine.

3. Foldable Furniture

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Most people don’t need their dining table throughout the day. In a tiny house, furniture that just sits around, taking up space, is going to become an inconvenience. If you’ve got carpentry skills, building a fold down or drop down table is a great way to get furniture out of the way when you’re not using it.

If DIY woodworking isn’t your thing, you can easily find space saving furniture on Amazon. Go Downsize is another good resource which offers DIY tutorials on space saving techniques and links to buy size-efficient furniture

4. Dual Purpose Furniture

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You can build furniture from recycled materials that’s safe for indoor and outdoor use. This will allow you to stay flexible with your space, and have extra chairs for guests. Wood pallets make for great building material and can be obtained for free, as they’re thrown away on a daily basis by restaurants and grocery stores. You can find lots of ideas for pallet furniture at 1001 Pallets.

5. Avoid lamps

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It might not seem like lamps take up much space, but when every square foot counts it’s helpful to ditch your floor and table lamps for overhead lights and wall sconces. You can easily find swinging lamps which mount to your wall at stores like Home Depot, which you can move out of the way during the day. Or, buy a few bare bulbs and build your own wall sconce.

6. Use Built-in Storage

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If your couch is just a couch, you’re wasting space. Benches and couches like these feature drawers or open up, allowing you to store items inside. Storage seats can be easy to build and a custom design will allow you to tweak the bench for your specific needs.

7. Open floors and sliding doors

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Fewer walls usually means more space, and an open-floor plan will certainly make your home feel larger than it actually is. For areas where you need walls and doors, consider making them sliding instead of hinged. You can build sliding doors for under $40 and you won’t have to work around the space needed to allow the door to swing inward.

8. Plenty of Shelves

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More shelves mean more storage space. There are many designs online for attractive, space saving shelves made from scrap wood or recycled material. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, pallet shelves for the kitchen, and hanging shower shelves all help to maximize your floor space.

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