Living in a tiny house has benefits: possible mortgage-free living, a flexible lifestyle, and cheap maintenance. But it also has issues. For example, where do you place your bed or how do you add a living area? Make the most of the space you have with these five creative solutions:
1. Rainwater Tanks
Does your council make it mandatory to set up a rainwater tank? It can be challenging when you have a tiny home (more so if you’re living in an RV). It doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
You can install slimline tanks. They are not only small, but they are also compact. You can place them even in awkward or tight spaces. You can then use the water you can collect for gardening, laundry, or cleaning.
2. Day Beds
A tiny home can also be problematic for those who love sleepovers. Where do you fit your guests? How do you add an extra bedroom given the floor size?
The answer is a day bed. It is a cross between a sofa and a twin-size mattress. Its standard size, therefore, is around 75 inches in length and 39 inches in width. A child can sleep comfortably on it, as well as a single average-sized adult. You can use this as the living room area during the day and then prop up the pillows and add a blanket by night.
3. Drop Leaf Table
The dining area might also be a concern for those living in a small house. Tables and chairs, after all, can take up so much space.
Fortunately, you can already buy a drop leaf table. The slim furniture has foldable sides you can expand when you’re ready to dine. Otherwise, it can serve as a small console to hold your decors. You can also mount a drop leaf on the table. Secure the end with a hinge and then remove it once you want to use it.
4. Bunk Beds
Is there more than one person living in a tiny house? Don’t go through the hassle of creating another sleeping quarter. Instead, consider a bunk bed. It can already be for two people, one on each mattress. Or a single bed can accommodate two small children. You can also forego the lower bed. In exchange, you can maximise the space, using it as a home office, a small living area, or a reading nook.
Bookshelves make smart and practical space dividers. They can separate the bedroom from the rest of the house, providing you or a couple some privacy. At the same time, you can place books and knick-knacks on the shelves.
You also have the option to convert a part of it into a small home office to contain your laptop and foldable desk. Care to add some plants? Put the pots between to give the design some contrast. If bookshelves are massive for your home, transform the walls or the staircases into pull-out drawers.
More Australians can live in a tiny space. There’s no reason why you can’t, especially if you have these solutions available.