Living in a house that is really small is a choice. When you are decorating your home, you need to take care about what goes into your small space. Every piece of furniture has to be evaluated for functional use and need.
You have to balance what you want and what you need with the limited space.
In many ways this helps you; you’ll notice that everything you own is necessary and used. You’ll think carefully before buying anything which will save you money in the long run.
You’ll find that the best furniture not only fits the space, but have multiple uses.
When you are looking for kitchen appliances, think small. The refrigerator should be apartment size, just large enough to hold fresh items for a few days of meals which is actually an advantage – the food you eat will always be fresh.
The stove and oven should also be small. You could go with one that is approximately 22” with 2-3 burners and an oven.
If you decide you need a microwave, why not do away with the oven and install a small convention oven/microwave unit instead.
The sink should also be compact with a single sink. That just means that your dishes and cooking items will be washed and put away immediately after meals which serves to keep clutter in the kitchen to a minimum.
To expand the work area, you can have cutting boards made to fit the stove top and/or sink top.
For the living area, you may want to think foldable furniture and items that have multiple uses. There are coffee tables that can be raised to desk height and then to dining table height. For example, there is one called a 3styletable unit in which the individual pieces lock together with slots and ball springs.
As an alternative to dining chairs, you could use origami furniture. When opened these chairs have a barrel back and are freestanding when stored. The pieces can be opened and closed very easily in two steps.
Some small houses have a living area that doubles as the sleeping area. In these cases you will have some type of sofa bed combination. There are many styles to choose from from the typical ones that we all know to ones that turn into bunk beds, others that have storage included in the unit. Do the research and pick the one best suited for your lifestyle.
The bathroom will inevitably need small fixtures but have you thought about using a wall sink instead of a pedestal one to save space. With a wall sink you would get the added benefit of storage under the sink.
You can use mirrors to give the illusion of a larger space. Another suggestion, if possible add a transom type window on the shower wall for additional light.
Outdoor living is a natural extension of small home living. Choosing furniture that fits the outdoor space is essential. The pieces not only have to fit the area, they must be stored easily. Stackable furniture is a great option. When you choose a set that can be stores as an ornamental accessory you solve the storage problem. No need to store the furniture away, it becomes part of the patio.
When thinking about the anatomy of a tiny house it’s a good idea to think outside the box.
Develop a home anatomy that fits your lifestyle, likes, and dreams. Then relax, enjoy, and share a home that is totally unique to you.