Clever design, functionality, and personal style are the keys to creating a space that works well when building a tiny house. Every cm of space that can be saved will help your tiny function well as home or workspace. Living tiny does not have to feel like living in a shoe box and taking the time to plan well will save you a lot of headaches and add to your quality of life in the long run. Think multi-functional design and you are on the right track to having everything you need right there in your tiny home.
It’s far simpler to opt for fewer multipurpose pieces of furniture that will serve you as an individual than trying to pack many single use items into a small space. Not only do multifunctional elements give you more space, they can often save you time, money and energy as it is far simpler to take care of one item than many. It can be difficult to include every object that you might want. Taking the time to do a needs assessment is well worth the effort. Asking yourself the following questions is a great place to start.
What do I do regularly? (get as specific as you can on this one)
How often do I do the activities listed from the previous questions?
What brings me joy?
What do I really need? (Get ruthless here. You’ll be glad for it later)
Make a list of all the activities that you do on a regular basis, how often you do them and what is required for those activities. Now that you have your “must have” lists, you can start thinking about how to combine the uses for in your tiny home plan. For example, you may love doing yoga four times a week so you will need to be able to create the required space. A Murphy bed, to create a convertible space, may suit your lifestyle better than a fixed bed given you don’t do yoga every day. Perhaps you love to cook for people every now and then so a great kitchen, with an expandable table or area that can be converted to an entertaining space might be on your refined “must have” list. Maybe you are like me and like to eat raw and simple food, so a large kitchen isn’t needed but fresh food storage is an absolute must. Maybe you work from home two days per week, but don’t need an office the rest of the time, If so, a convertible workspace or fold down desk could be a good option. Do you like having your best friend stay over (rather than have her drive home after a few drinks)? A convertible couch or beanbag bed could be a better solution than losing space to a second bedroom. You get the idea.
From multifunctional smart wall beds to clever storage solutions and convertible coffee tables, there are plenty of options to consider. With a little creative thinking and great planning, you can create a space to suit most, if not all, of your needs.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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