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Tiny House Rooms: 25 Amazing Decorating Ideas

Tiny House Rooms: 25 Amazing Decorating Ideas

Tiny house rooms can be challenging to decorate. However, don’t let that frustration overwhelm you. 

Just remember that amazing can also mean practical and functional, which is the essence of the tiny house movement

That’s why we listed these 25 amazing decorating ideas. These will help you spruce up your existing tiny house rooms. These concepts will also clear your head if you’re designing a blank tiny room.

Get a load of these ideas and start creating to-do lists!

Tiny House Rooms: 25 Amazing Decorating Ideas

These decorating ideas range from designing with a better approach to choosing materials from rugs.

We don’t expect you to follow them all at the same time. However, these ideas will inspire you to decorate a tiny room with a clearer and more purposeful direction.  

1. Start with a minimalist approach.

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A minimalist approach will let every element shine.

Undeniably, this is the most common approach for decorating tiny houses.  Not only will this make your room look more spacious, but it will give it a sophisticated look.

It’s a good space-saving method since it will force you to use only the essentials. Fewer items mean less clutter.  

If you’re a little tight on the budget, an industrial-themed room would be a great ‘go-to’ theme. 

Gray palettes are often the safest shade in tiny house rooms if it’s formal. Other shades that work well with this theme are sea-foam green, rose pink, and cherry red.  

RELATED: Live big in a tiny living space: Ideas & hacks 

2.  It’s all in the lights. 

With the right lights, you could achieve an exceptional room ambience. You don’t even have to break the bank to buy expensive centerpieces.

Make the most of natural lights. If possible, avoid blocking windows with curtains to let natural light flow in. 

However, if you need to add curtains, go for sheer or light-colored fabrics. Add shiny wall pieces or mirrors to reflect more light inside the room.

If the room has large windows, opt for glass windows instead of thick window treatments that absorb light. Frosted windows would work in spaces where you’d want more light but with some privacy.

Moreover, adding a few task lighting in certain corners boosts the illumination inside the room. 

Try using overhead lighting, a small chandelier, or scones to add accent to any room without sacrificing function.

3. Buy functional but elegant furniture.

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This storage-bedside table fits perfectly in a minimalist home.| Photo Source

If you want your tiny house rooms to look more comfortable, choose furniture that stores the bulk of your items in one place.

Popular stores like IKEA have small tables or chairs that act as storage cabinets. Unique pieces such as shelf floor lamps act as a shelf and lamp at the same time. It would also make a great centerpiece to accentuate a room.

Floating shelves would be ideal for decorating small spaces. Not only are these functional but these also provide storage for small items such as phones, keys, and decorations.

Though not the sturdiest shelves, these are items would make a nice alternative to bulky cabinets.

4. Go for DIY projects.

If you’ve done some woodwork before, you can create pieces such as sliding shelves, hanging clothing rack, and murphy desks to fit a small room. 

With imagination and determination, you can create pieces with your desired functionality. 

You can also check out unique items such as console tables and stacking furniture.

5. Small spaces, big personalities.

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Setting your mind on a color theme will give your tiny space more personality.

You can give each room a distinct personality. Tiny house rooms are limited so it’s crucial you know what colors or themes to work with.

Don’t be afraid to use sharp colors like yellows, reds, and greens together. But if this eclectic design throws you off, you can add centerpieces. 

You can hang artwork, decorations, rugs, ottomans, sofas, or even bright vinyl desks on neutral-colored spaces.

RELATED: The Top Hacks in Maximizing the Space in Your Tiny House 

6. Be smart about your storage spaces.

Finding places to put your stuff can be a challenge with tiny house rooms. 

The bed does take most of the space, and a big cabinet and an extra table can make the room even smaller and more cramped than it already is. To resolve this problem, you can invest in smart furniture with built-in storage spaces. 

You can also use all available surface space in the room. The windowsill is a great place to put lighting, decor, and your other knick-knacks—just make sure to arrange them in a neat and orderly way. 

Adding wall mounts or built-in bookshelves is another nifty idea to save floor space in your room. 

You may also want to keep large items, such as your luggage, under your bed if there is enough space. This way, you get more space for your other furniture.

RELATED: Tiny House Living: 8 Clever Ideas to Maximize Your Space 

7. Use mirrors to your advantage.

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Mirrors add oomph to a teeny space like the bathroom.| Photo Source

Tiny house rooms lack in space, and there’s nothing we can do about that. However, you can make it look wider by adding mirrors. 

This is also useful if your small room is not blessed with a lot of natural light, as it can reflect light around the room. 

But simply hanging a mirror on the wall is not enough. Strategically place mirrors on your wall for you to get the full effect. Consider adding a mirror gallery of different shapes and sizes on your wall. 

Lining your wall with a large mirror can also give you the same results. Leaning a large modern mirror against your wall is another good trick to make your room appear bigger.

8. Let natural light in.

Tiny house rooms can look smaller if they are left in the dark. Therefore, if you have access to natural light, let it pour in to make the room look more open and airy. Use light-colored curtains or semi-sheer shades instead of dark and heavy ones.

However, if your room does not have enough windows where natural light can come in, you can make up for it by adding a lot of light sources. 

If you have a relatively high ceiling, you can add sconces or wall-mounted lighting. Meanwhile, if you don’t have a high ceiling, table lamps will also do the trick in giving your room a bright and cozy atmosphere. 

9. Use multi-purpose furniture

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Your house will never be complete without triple-purpose furniture! | Photo Source

Space has always been the number one concern for tiny house rooms. But no matter how small your room is, you still need a bed and a desk, especially if you work at home. But you don’t need them 24/7, right? 

So, why not consider investing in a sofa that doubles as a bed when the metal frame underneath is unfolded? Installing a folding desk is also another smart space-saving strategy that can help you free floor space. 

Of course, when using a folding desk, you also need somewhere to sit. A big and bulky chair does not fit into your decor, so make sure to use a slim but comfortable foldable chair.

RELATED: 50 Genius Tiny House Furniture Ideas

10. Pay close attention to scale.

Just because tiny house rooms don’t have enough floor space doesn’t mean that you have to make do with pint-size decor and furniture. 

You can add large pieces in your room, as long as you don’t overdo it. You can also use large-scale art and regular-size furniture. 

However, you will need to work with fewer pieces in the room. That’s why you need to be smart and only choose a few statement pieces that will stand out and draw the eye.

11. Don’t overcrowd your room.

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Even semi-essential furniture and appliances shouldn’t be in a tiny house.

The key to styling tiny house rooms is choosing the right furniture pieces and finding the right place for each one of them. 

Avoid pressing them up against the wall or tucking them tightly together, as it will make the room smaller than it already is. Make sure that there is enough space between furniture pieces. 

Additionally, leaving a little space between the wall and your furniture is the magic effect you need to make the room look and feel wider.

You also need to make a few compromises to save space. This means you may need to discard furniture that you don’t use on a daily basis, such as accent chairs and side tables. 

12. Pick the right rug!

When choosing a rug, it might be tempting to choose a small one because of your tiny space. But that is the exact opposite of what you should do. 

A larger rug—even the ones with a bold pattern—can make a small room feel bigger. For example, stripes can create the illusion of a wider space. 

Also, make sure to choose a rug large enough to accommodate most of your furniture.

Don’t skimp on the material, either. For tiny house rooms, you can try vibrant sheepskin rugs. Choose a solid color you would love seeing every time you wake up or before you go to sleep. Rugs with bright hues suit the hallways. 

13. Keep the design dynamic but cohesive.

See how the interior looks intricate but not too crowded? That’s balance.| Photo Source

Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t play with color, scale, and decor. However, there are only so many things to look at in a small room that it’s so easy to spot anything out of place. 

There’s nothing wrong if you want to add color to your room, as long as you don’t overdo it. Sticking to a limited color palette is a good start. 

Moreover, choosing furnishings that complement each other can help prevent the room from looking cluttered.

RELATED: Best Tiny Houses: 20 Jaw-dropping Tiny Houses 

14. Take advantage of your vertical space.

Floor space is a big problem for tiny house rooms. That’s why you need to utilize every free space you have, including the walls. Think vertical instead of horizontal. 

Wall-mounted shelves and lights. Built-in shelves. Floating shelves. There are all excellent additions to a small room for storing your trinkets, books, and other stuff.

Furthermore, hanging draperies as close to the ceiling as possible adds airiness and height to a small room. 

Make sure to extend the rod on both sides of the window by at least four inches to make the window look wider. 

Plus, it’s a good trick to allow more light in since you can pull the curtain all the way to the side of the window.

15. Position your furniture wisely.

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Know were to put your couches, coffee tables, and chairs to improve mobility.

Knowing where to place your furniture can help you save floor space, as well as make a small room look less cramped. 

For example, putting the bed against the window and curtain can help create a natural focal point.

Installing sconces is another good way to save space, as they remove the need for a side table where you can place your lamp. 

Adding swing chairs can also help you save floor space. Plus, they are super fun and look cool from a design perspective.

RELATED: How to Live in a Tiny House with a Baby: A Quick Guide 

16. You can also embrace the Furniture-Free Movement. 

The title says it right: you can live with tiny house rooms, happy and content, with the least number of furniture. The reason for doing this is simple. 

You want to encourage more range of motion that can strengthen your musculoskeletal system. You also end up spending less time slouching and living like a couch potato.

How do you achieve this? Take, for example, your living room: 

  • Exchange your tiny sofa with big floor cushions.
  • Swap your carpet or rug with a yoga mat. 
  • Keep your tables low so that they will force you to sit. 
  • Place your exercise equipment, such as dumbbells or balls, nearby.
  • Hang a steel or metal bar near the doors for your pull-ups. 

17. Go for the extreme minimalist lifestyle.

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You can even go beyond the minimalist life. Go with little to no furniture in your bedroom to save more space!| Photo Source

“Extreme minimalism” is minimalism on steroids. It’s removing everything that you don’t need in your tiny house rooms. This way, you can reclaim your space and fill yourself with things that are more essential. It may be a peace of mind, self-care, and even savings. 

To do it, here are a few ideas:

  • Significantly limit the number of items you own. If minimalism cuts your clothes by half, further pare them down until you have, say, 20 of them. 
  • Pick experiences over collections of possessions.
  • Opt for a hammock instead of a bed. 
  • Follow the principles of furniture-free living. 
  • Set limitations. You can get your travel bag and then try to fit in all the essentials you need. If you can’t get everything in, then it’s time to minimize further.

18. Extend your tiny house rooms to the yard.

Extending some parts of your home outdoors can free up a lot of space in your tiny house. You won’t also feel cramped inside. 

A good example is the dining area. Attach a porch or a small deck outside and add a table a few chairs. Voila! You can now experience al fresco meals anytime! 

Got kids? You can’t expect them to roam around a tiny home, but certainly, they can have all the joy they need outdoors. 

RELATED: How to Find the Right Tiny House Kits 

19. Go up, up, up…

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If you have a high ceiling height, add a loft. It’s versatile.| Photo Source

When you’re living in a home the size of a flatbed trailer or a camper van, it’s difficult to have specific sections—that is, unless you decide to go up. 

If you want clearly defined tiny house rooms, such as a bedroom or a lounge area, then go for a loft! This design will give you ample space underneath while fully maximizing your vertical space. You can also enjoy some privacy.

Can you make it fancy? Of course, you can! Install a tiny sunroof or use French windows. Add an ornate rail or put up some tiny plants like succulents for barriers. 

When it comes to stairs, you can use ladders or, even better, built-in step cabinets and bookshelves. This way, you get extra storage. 

20. Decide what matters most.

Many people decide to live in a tiny home, and it’s not always about paying less to zero mortgage. Some do it because they want to downsize and spend less time accumulating material wealth

The question then is, what is a tiny house for you? When you know the answer, then you can decide more appropriately about the layout and the number of rooms your space will have. 

Consider these other queries:

  • Do you really need a living room when you already have a deck? 
  • Can you wash your clothes outside, so you don’t need a laundry room? 
  • How often do you like to go outdoors? If it’s frequent, then perhaps you can do away with entertainment systems, such as television. 

When you try to make an inventory of your passions and reasons, you can have a tiny house that reflects who you are… and you’ll love to live in it!

21. Make your tiny house rooms work harder.

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Every wall- and floor space is imperative in a tiny house.

If you can have multipurpose furniture, definitely, you can design multifunctional rooms. Consider these ideas:

  •  Add a sofa bed so you can convert your living room into a master’s bedroom or a “guest bedroom.”
  • Combine your shower and toilet to create a wet room. 
  • Buy a small washing machine that you can fit underneath the kitchen sink.
  • Convert your porch into a dining room. 
  • Spare a part of your long kitchen counter, put up some stools, and you now have a dining section for two. 

Remember, a little ingenuity can go a long way when it comes to breaking down your space.

22. Follow the open-plan concept.

How do you avoid making a tiny home feel even smaller and cluttered? It’s easy: go for an open-plan concept. There are many ways to do it while still defining your tiny house rooms:

  • Maximize the walls so that you can free the space in the middle. 
  • Consider an L-kitchen design to create a boundary between the living room and dining room without obstructing the view. 
  • Place the ladder or stairs to the loft to the side. 

23. Create the illusion of more space.

Sunroofs will improve the lighting and create more breathing space. | Photo Source

Besides adding many windows to let natural light in, you can create the illusion of largeness through the following:

  • Consider a high ceiling, perhaps three feet from the floor. This will also give you enough space for expansion, such as if you decide to add a loft. 
  • Put up curtains near the ceiling, not on the upper edge of windows. Even if you don’t have a high ceiling, it feels like you do. 
  • Exchange bulky-looking furniture to leaner ones. 

RELATED: 10 Unique Ideas for Your Tiny House Interior Designs 

24. Be creative with your doors. 

Do you know that doors can take up a lot of space? Just try to open a standard door and then observe what happens. The good news is you can be creative about it. 

For example, you can use barn doors and sliding doors instead. It can even make your room appear sleeker. If you’re on a tight budget, go for curtains as dividers. 

You can use it for your bathroom or bedroom. When you want to see more space, all you need is to open them!

25. Paint the house with creamy colors.

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Creamy colors and tiny houses are the best pair.

Perhaps your favorite color is black, but it may not be the best choice for your tiny house rooms. Darker shades can usually make your space appear smaller. 

The best paint hues for tiny houses are stark white, cream, ivory, and butter. Painting any of these colors alone will already make your room appear bigger. 

Now, that doesn’t mean you can never have anything red or orange or brown on your walls. They may be better off as accents than your primary colors. 

You can even go for a touch of sea green for a fresh ocean vibe in your small room. 

Clean tiny house rooms: Upkeep tips to follow

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In cleaning a tiny house room, you should be realistic.

You now decorated your tiny house rooms for maximum efficiency… Now, you have to figure out how to keep clean. Start these five tips!

1. Clean one space at a time. 

It’s a small room, so you should be patient and start small. Don’t attempt to do everything at once. 

So, don’t be afraid to ditch your plan to do an overall cleaning routine. 

Well, maybe you can start a “general” cleaning routine—but start with small things like your bookshelves, for example. 

Categorize your books and magazines. You can even donate those old ones you have read before.

You’d be surprised with the space it can empty!

In tiny house rooms, being realistic and starting small can help you achieve your cleanliness goals. 

2. Buy a good vacuum. 

And one that will not occupy a lot of space in your closet. Make no mistake, though—these small vacuums are just as powerful as the regular ones. 

For instance, cordless stick vacuums wouldn’t clog your closet. Still, it can clean and suck tough to clean dirt like spilled rice grains or cereals. 

If you want a long-lasting vacuum though, opt for compact and lightweight plug-in vacuums. 

Space shouldn’t be your only consideration, though. You also need to take into account if you have many carpets or if you have hardwood floors. 

3. Make your bed every day. 

There are actually more benefits of making your bed, besides cleanliness in the room. For example, making your bed will give you a jumpstart to a daily habit of cleaning. 

Starting your day with it, it will give you a sense of accomplishment, improving your mood. As a result, you will be more productive and respectful of yourself. 

Being consistent with this habit will help keep your tiny room squeaky clean. 

4. Practice the Wabi-Sabi principle. 

Wabi-Sabi lessons work especially in keeping tiny house rooms clean. That’s because its essence is appreciating imperfection. 

In a tiny house room, you may be pressured to keep everything place and have every essential you require. However, you should be at peace with the fact that you won’t always achieve those goals. 

Through accepting that, you will not be pressured to hoard. As a result, your tiny house rooms will be cleaner and leaner!

5. Categorize your stuff and keep them in place. 

This is a good way to stay organized in a tiny place. Assign areas to your things, whether you use them all the time or you don’t. 

For example, if you have a workspace in your bedroom, you can divide the whole room into spaces for business and leisure. 

Through this, you can easily categorize your things and assign them positions. If you’re a morning person, your desk and office supplies can go to the place where the sunlight hits during the day.

Meanwhile, if you’re a night person, you can keep your desk and office supplies in that certain spot where the light fixture hits. 

Tiny house rooms: The 5 underrated essentials you should have

The ultra versatile pegboard for pans.| Photo Source

You may think that you only need your bed, cooking equipment, couch, and tiny shelves in your tiny house rooms. 

We disagree. We know we blab about minimalism a lot, but you should never forget to add these underrated staples in your tiny house rooms.

1. Pegboard for pans

Of course, this tiny house staple won’t disappear in an “essentials” list. Pegboards, because of their versatility, keep any room organized, especially the kitchen. 

If you’re decorating a kitchen-dining area, don’t forget to hang a pegboard for your pans. 

Most pegboards are made of aluminum steel, so their weight will increase as you add more pans. Therefore, make sure you choose a lightweight one. You can go for a 12 or 13-pound pegboard. 

2. Sink-toilet combo

To save even more space in your bathroom, go for a sink-toilet fixture. 

The best thing about these fixtures is that they recycle the water you use for washing your hands. The used water will be used to flush your waste, which is an effective way to save water. 

The designs and functions of sink-toilet fixtures can vary. They are commonly seen in Japan. 

3. Wall-mounted baskets as shelves.

A column of wall-mounted baskets can store a variety of things—tropical fruits, office supplies, beauty products, cooking utensils, and more. 

The great things about wall-mounted baskets as shelves are that they are easily accessible and removable in case you’re doing a remodel. That’s why you should only store things you frequently use or grab when you’re cleaning or cooking. 

You can buy regular baskets and then turn them into wall-mounted baskets with some nails, a wooden board, and maybe some wood glue.

While shopping for baskets, we suggest you choose those made of metal or plastic. They should also be clear, so you can see what’s inside every basket.

We don’t suggest baskets made of cloth. Besides not being transparent, they will also hold moisture and gather dust. You will also need to wash them regularly, unlike metal baskets. 

4. Shelf dividers

It’s not enough that you have closets and baskets for your clothes and toiletries. Inside, you have to divide and conquer. Do it with shelf dividers!

You can find shelf dividers in different designs, most of which are minimalist. These can come in acrylic, wood, or metal. However, we suggest you choose acrylic shelf dividers because they are more durable and pleasing to look at. 

While looking for the best brands, we found sets of shelf dividers that cost from $9.00 up to $25.00. Each divider might cost you less than $4.00. The metal ones are usually the most expensive. 

5. Stacking stools

Last but definitely not the least are stacking stools! Some tiny house owners often forget that they are living in a tiny house and buy regular stools. 

You have to opt for stacking stools. Floor space is your currency in your tiny abode, so you have to take advantage of your high ceiling height (that is if you have one.) 

What’s that? They’re not that comfortable? Well, you don’t have to sacrifice comfortability if you choose stacking stools with padded seats. 

One example is the OSPI BentWood Stacking Stools. These stools have thickly padded seats and four legs made of wood. 

Best themes for tiny house rooms

Can’t decide which of the 25 decorating ideas you’ll start following? You might want to take inspiration from these themes, first!

1. Scandinavian 

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Scandinavian interior is known for its refreshing elements.| Photo Source

The Scandinavian theme suits tiny rooms because it involves lighter shades, light brown wood, and clean lines. 

The details will not overwhelm you, providing you with a sense of relief every time you enter your room. It’s simply eye-pleasing. 

In your tiny room, you can emulate a Scandinavian room by “muting” the elements in the room. For instance, you can hang black and white photos. Rugs, sheets, and pillows can be in the shades or cool grey, stark white, or icy blue. 

Meanwhile, for the furniture pieces, you can opt for wood with the hues of cream, dark grey, or dark brown. They will go along with your rugs and bedsheets. 

However, don’t hesitate to add a pop of color. Seafoam, turquoise, or aquamarine will brighten up the room.

2. Japanese teahouse

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This Japanese living room incorporates the essential aspects of the Chashitsu.| Photo Source

The Japanese teahouse or “Chashitsu” embodies the simplicity and sophistication of Japanese architecture. 

This theme is inspiring to a tiny house since a Chashitsu is a tiny room as well; however, its elements give its occupants an incredible feeling of peace and spiritual satisfaction. 

If you want to emulate those elements in your tiny room, then take pointers from the qualities and features of Japanese teahouse design. Here are some of them. 

  • The Chashitsu uses sliding doors covered with translucent paper, so the sunlight can enter the room without being too bright. 
  • Use little to no furniture, if possible. 
  • In your loft, you can create a small alcove for one single bed or storage space. The alcove in the Chashitsu contains the altar.

3. Mid-Century Modern

Ah, this theme never loses its shine. Mid-Century Modern is not just the beautiful set design in the 60s-themed TV series, Mad Men. 

MCM is a design style that involves clean lines, streamlined forms, organic shapes and materials, and lack of intricacy. It’s all about the iconic look and feel of the 1930s–1960s. 

This theme suits a tiny room perfectly because it already speaks so much by adding little to no decorations. For example, just look at this tiny house interior

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Hip and groovy, but functional… This photo speaks 60s.

The MCM chandelier is already the star of the room. Remove the rug and the artwork, and the room will still turn heads. 

Now, that is the charm of a Mid-Century Modern theme. You can say so much without bothering to make everything coherent and adding multiple details.

4. Romantic

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This living room is almost blushing.| Photo Source

No, we are not talking hearts, roses, and rom-com movies. Romantic architecture is derived from the Romanticism movement. 

Romanticism in Architecture means the celebration of grandeur but out of place. You can take for example the mix of Egyptian and Asian aesthetics in a European building. 

Therefore, if you want your tiny house rooms to stand out, you can follow the elements of Romantic Architecture. Don’t be afraid to decorate your room and make the elements seem out of place. 

Maybe, just maybe, you can create something sublime.

5. Contemporary

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Nothing says more contemporary than vertical lines and neutral hues. | Photo Source

If you want modernity and sustainability to reign in your tiny house rooms, then you should go for this theme.

Contemporary architecture consists of building elements derived from the 20th century onwards. We’re talking about crystal-esque facades, aluminum, concrete, and glass. 

However, more importantly, contemporary also means eco-friendly. That means the structure or room is designed to save or sustain energy. 

How can you make a tiny room contemporary? Just like our other tips, it’s important that you start with the basics, but it’s even more crucial that you apply these, particularly:

  • Go for smooth materials for your floorings—wood, vinyl, or tile. 
  • Limit your room’s hues to black, white, and neutrals.
  • Give your room a “voice” with metal or stone accents.
  • As for dinnerware, look for those with geometrical shapes.
  • Choose furniture pieces made of linen or wool. 

The future of decorating tiny house rooms 

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These are 3d printed tiny houses.| Photo Source

As technology progresses, the lines between home and work also blur even more. 

Tiny houses aren’t just “shrunken” versions of regular homes anymore. They are gaining an identity and a set of design principles on their own. 

This is especially evident in interior design.

Working at home 

Many people are now working at home. According to Global Workplace Analytics, more than 4 million employees are now working at home.

Therefore, it’s unsurprising if many buyers will look for prefab tiny houses with home offices or mini workspaces. 

It’s only imperative for designers and manufacturers to address concerns for space and sound efficiency in tiny houses. 

More aggressive technology

We already have a variety of smart homes for quite some time now. How about smart tiny houses? Well, they are on the rise, too. 

Tiny houses with integrated gadgets and systems are becoming more common in developed countries. These devices will have more to do with monitoring the occupant’s health and wellness.

Beyond that, 3d printed tiny houses might become more prevalent, just like those ones in Eindhoven. 

The 3d building process of these tiny houses might not be all the rage right now. However, it’s definitely in the works since it’s more eco-friendly and affordable than traditional building methods.

Final thoughts

Building your dream home shouldn’t be a drag. While space may be limiting, it shouldn’t put your imagination in a cage. 

After all, each space has the potential to become beautiful on its own. So, pick up your creative hat and make this project your work of art!

Do you like our decorating ideas? 

Tell us which of them is your favorite in the comments below!

Related questions

What states allow tiny houses? 

You can build tiny houses in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, and Idaho. You can check out our full list of tiny house-friendly states on this blog post.

How much space do you need for a tiny house?

If you’re wondering about lot space, you can do well with 1000 square feet. As for the house itself, you will need under 400 square feet of space. 

Can you connect two tiny houses?

Yes, it is possible to join two tiny houses. You can even get creative and build a sunroom or a deck that connects the tiny homes

However, remember that this doesn’t automatically increase the size of the tiny houses. 

Tiny Home Safety: Top 26 Life-Saving Tips From the Experts

Tiny Home Safety: Top 26 Life-Saving Tips From the Experts

Tiny home safety is one of the most crucial concerns of new homeowners. 

How can one stay safe and secure in such a small abode? 

Tiny houses are not entirely dangerous. However, you should never be complacent—authorities have been strict with tiny houses for valid reasons

Moreover, the critics’ disapproval of tiny houses is not baseless. After all, they are only advocating for the highest safety standards for properties.  

Therefore, if you’re really hell-bent on living in a smaller home, then tiny home safety should be your utmost priority at all times. 

In this blog post, we shared 26 tested and proven safety tips from experts. 

Tiny home safety: Inside your home

Whether you live alone, with an elderly, or with your kids in your tiny home, you should take notes from these tiny home safety tips. Don’t worry, we have something for everybody. 

Bathroom 

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Add more traction to your teeny bathroom’s tile floors to prevent slips and falls.

Did you know that the majority of accidents and injuries happened to people who were in their bathrooms? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 14 percent of those people get hospitalized. 

With a bathroom that’s even teenier, how does tiny home safety work? Similar to regular houses, you need to do some few tricks to keep you safe while showering, soaking, etc. 

1. Install grab bars. 

Falling is one of the top five causes of unintentional home injuries. Every year, slippery bathroom floors cause 80% of falls in the elderly aged 65 years and older. So, it’s no surprise that bathrooms are more sinister than you think.  

Therefore, whether you live with an elderly relative or not, you have to add grab bars to ensure tiny home safety. Besides being secure fixtures against falls and slips, these metal bars can serve as towel racks near your bathtub or your shower area. 

2. Don’t just dump anything in a composting toilet. 

Composting toilets’ prices and installation processes can be expensive. But besides their price, take good care of composting toilets because they’re the most convenient type of toilets for tiny houses on wheels. You don’t even need to frequent dumping places to release their waste. 

Prolong your composting toilet’s life by not throwing anything in there, except your waste and absorbent materials like untreated sawdust. Absorbent materials will create an odor barrier, minimizing the bad smell. Avoid throwing trash like baby diapers and tissue paper as well. 

3. Add anti-slip accessories.

Metal grab bars, although effective for tiny home safety, are not enough to prevent slips. You have to make sure your floor and walls are not that slippery when wet. Good thing you rely on affordable but effective anti-slip accessories for bathrooms such as stickers, mats, and tapes. 

If you’re still in the process of building your tiny house, you can even install anti-slip, textured tiles. Meanwhile, if you already have tiles, you can apply an anti-slip treatment, which is a solution that adds traction to smooth and shiny tiles. One example is Stone Grip. 

4. Add tamper-resistant outlets. 

Tamper-resistant outlets are great tiny home safety accessories, especially if you live with kids or pets. Also known as tamper-resistant receptacles (TRR), these outlets have safety shutters that block the access of any foreign object into the receptacle. 

With the safety shutters inside, it will only work if you insert a fully functional plug. You can’t insert broken plugs with jagged edges—otherwise, the safety shutters inside won’t open and you can’t use the outlet. We suggest you add these outlets everywhere in your house, especially in the bathroom. 

5. Install night lights. 

Night lights will increase tiny home safety and cultivate your kids’ independence. These are small lighting fixtures that don’t produce an overwhelming brightness, but are still effective in lighting a dark room. 

If your kids are scared of going to the bathroom at night, you can teach them to turn on the night lights. Plus, they don’t consume that much power, so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary energy loss at night. 

Kitchen 

tiny home safety - tiny kitchen that is white and clean
It’s better to have the expensive essentials in your kitchen than having multiple pieces of mediocre equipment.

The kitchen is where you prepare your kid’s meals, boil water for your coffee, and wash your dishes, mugs, and plates. That only means you should be steadfast in ensuring this area is contamination-free and accident-proof. 

Bathrooms can be dangerous, but your kitchen can be lethal, too. Take note of these tiny home safety tips in the kitchen. 

1. Use a cast-iron skillet. 

Not only this is life-saving (you can fight zombies with this!), but also space-saving. Cast-iron skillets may be a bit expensive, but they have many qualities that compensate for the price. Cast-iron skillets have excellent non-stick surface, chemical-free material, and great heat-retaining quality. 

Best of all, they are space-saving because they’re versatile—you can cook them on open-fire or on a gas stove. So, if the situation calls for it—like a family barbecue or camping with your buddies, you can rely on cast-iron skillets. You don’t need to bring another type of cooking pan to the trip.

2. Stock on hooks. 

In this blog post, we explained why hooks should be staples in every tiny house. However, hooks should be the most present in your tiny house kitchen. Besides being affordable and durable enough to carry heavy objects, they are also highly versatile, which is ideal for a small kitchen. 

You can use hooks to hang caddies for spices and herbs, baking tools, glasses, plates, and mugs. You can mount a single hook to hang a drying towel or use several to dry pots and pans. Need something customizable? Use two durable hooks to put up a pegboard, which you can use for multiple things. 

3. Prevent gas buildup in your propane stoves.

You can use propane stoves to cook meals inside your tiny house; but make sure to prevent gas buildup. To avoid that, make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated, so the toxic fumes to exit your kitchen area. Moreover, when you’re cooking, open your windows or turn on an exhaust fan. Propane stoves generate a lot of heat. 

Moreover, don’t forget to turn off your propane stove when not in use. You will also need a carbon monoxide detector in case the gas leaks. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so you will need a detector to prevent contamination during a leakage. 

4. Avoid/eliminate electric stove hazards.

Electric stoves are safer than propane stoves, but they still have fire hazards. Therefore, you need to eliminate those and follow safety measures. First of all, be mindful if they’re turned on or not. Propane stoves are easier to detect when they’re running since they smell. Electric stoves, on the other hand, are silent and odorless. 

Another hazard to eliminate is excessive heat generation. Again, it’s not easy to notice right away that an electric stove is turned on. When an electric stove gets too hot, you might accidentally burn your hand if you’re not alert enough to notice that it’s turned on. So, if not necessary, don’t use too much heat.  

5. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. 

And learn how to use it! Knowing how to prevent fires in the kitchen is not enough. You also need to know how to put them out. Since you live in a tiny house, you should keep one under your kitchen sink—before a fire from your burning mac and cheese engulfs your home. 

You can buy fire extinguishers best used for houses. Since we’re talking about kitchen fires here, a standard fire extinguisher can already help you. It can put out Class A, B, and C fires, which are ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids and gases, and electrical equipment fires.

Bedroom 

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Get a peaceful sleep by making sure your sheets are clean and your furniture pieces are untippable.

Your bedroom is the space where you rest, dream, and recover. Nothing should go wrong, right? Well, don’t be too relaxed. You still have outlets, wirings, and windows here, right? Therefore, to truly achieve peace of mind, you should also ensure it’s a secure environment. Follow these tiny home safety tips for your bedroom. 

1. Prevent bed bug-friendly moisture. 

Bed bugs love humid environments. If your bedroom doesn’t have a good indoor airflow, they will grow in no time and might trigger adult on-set allergic reactions. Bed bugs might even cause skin irritation, asthma attacks, and anaphylaxis shocks. 

Therefore, do your best to prevent bed bug infestation. Air out your mattress frequently. If you can, wash them every week. Choose a high-quality material, too, if you haven’t bought one yet. Most importantly, don’t forget to open your windows every day at certain periods to let the stale air out. 

2. Use dust-proof pillow and mattress covers. 

Dust mites also thrive in cramped, humid places, so it’s very likely that you will have them in your bedroom if the air doesn’t circulate properly. Also, did you know they love your skin flakes? Yikes. 

To prevent dust mites from growing in your bedroom, use dust-proof pillow and mattress covers. If you can, avoid putting carpets in your room. Use sheets and rugs with fine threads. You also have to dry your newly washed pillows and mattresses in a hot dryer. 

3. Attach your drawers and storage boxes to the wall. 

Even if your tiny house is on a foundation, you still have to make sure those heavy boxes will not tip. You’ll never know when earthquakes will strike. Those sharp edges must also be covered and those drawers should be locked, especially if you live with a child who’s in his/her “terrible-twos” stage.

Besides securing your shelves, drawers, organizers, and boxes to the wall, we also don’t suggest putting freestanding items in your bedroom. Apart from occupying your precious floor space, they will also just contribute to the dust-gathering convention in your bedroom. 

Tiny home safety: Outside and beyond

Travelling/On-road safety

tiny home safety - tiny house on wheels with a lush green background
Before you live that mobile life, make sure your towing vehicle is capable to tow the heavy load behind it.

Do you have a movable tiny house? Tiny houses on wheels are known to be trickier to handle since you have many things to consider such as the weight distribution, load limit, and other road hazards. Plus, you’ll be traveling most of the time, so you will do more upkeep frequently. 

With that said, get a load of these tiny home safety steps for when you’re travelling. 

1. Follow the required service schedule. 

Your towing vehicle has a service schedule, which is indicated on the car’s dashboard’s warning light or its manufacturer’s manual. Now, you should follow this schedule to prevent fluid leaks, on-the-road malfunctions, and engine trouble. Plus you will save yourself from expensive repairs and replacements in the future. 

Moreover, by taking care of your towing vehicle, you can preserve its resale value. Many homeowners and critics don’t like tiny houses because they lose resale value quickly. If you keep the car in good condition, then your mobile house’s value won’t dwindle that much. 

2. Ensure there’s proper weight distribution. 

Tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) have the same materials as normal houses, so they are a bit heavier than most RVs and trailers. Therefore, you should be meticulous with keeping stuff inside to avoid surpassing the weight limit and improper weight distribution.

Many states in the U.S. also impose a weight limit on tiny houses on the road, which you should adhere to. Meanwhile, for a smooth-sailing towing, your tiny house should have a proper weight distribution. 

The standard ratio is that from the trailer tongue to the center point of the axle, it should weigh 60% of the total weight. The remaining area from that center point to the rear area of the THOW should weigh 40% of the total weight. 

3. Make sure your vehicle has a great towing capacity. 

There are heavy-duty SUVs but there are also large vehicles exclusively designed for towing. Therefore, choose the latter but with even greater towing capacities. Remember, your tiny house’s weight will increase as you put more stuff in it. 

The brands of the best towing trucks for tiny houses are Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Ram. These big boys can pull more than 30,000 pounds. The Ram 3500, particularly, has a towing limit of 31,210. That’s monstrous even for tiny houses.  

Storms, hurricanes, etc. 

tiny home safety - a dark cloud looms over a tiny house
Will your tiny house withstand a storm?

There are dozens of reasons why some states in the U.S. impose strict standards on tiny houses, two of them being storms and hurricanes. 

They can mess up even the bigger houses—can a tiny house withstand them? Yes, they can. Just follow these tips for securing your tiny home against extreme weather and reducing the damage it causes.  

1. Elevate your tiny house.

The simplest and most affordable countermeasure to avoid flood damage is to move your tiny house to higher ground. If this isn’t an option because your house is stationary, then you can do a preventative measure like elevating the whole structure. 

Meanwhile, do your part and get insurance for your house. Before, it was challenging to insure tiny houses, but it’s definitely better now. Insuring tiny houses can cost $500 to $600 per year. 

2. Toughen your roof against strong winds. 

The roof, doors, and windows are the parts that usually get damaged over time. So, you need to make them “tougher” against the strong winds, which are especially brought by hurricanes. 

For example, the Journal of Light Construction suggests you tighten your roof by applying a high-wind-rated roof covering, re-nailing the roof sheathings, or using wind-rated asphalt shingles. 

3. Weatherstrip and caulk your windows, doors, and walls.

As for moisture, leaking, or rust, get ahead of those by weatherstripping your windows and doors and caulking your house. Weatherstripping is done by applying a seal that endures friction and external elements, prolonging the life of the fixture.

The Dept. of Energy particularly suggests vinyl and metal weatherstripping since they are durable and they last years. Vinyl is typically used for weatherstripping garage doors, but it can be a bit pricey. 

4. Secure your appliances. 

You secured your roofing and your fixtures—how about your appliances and wiring? Just because you’re off-grid doesn’t mean they are safe. 

Therefore, make sure to ground your solar panels to avoid electrocution and fires, even though most models are waterproof. Invest in weatherproof appliances and cords. If you have solar batteries, keep them warm in snowstorms by charging them. 

5. Invest in your insulation. 

Proper insulation not only keeps you warm during the bad weather but also saves energy. Storm windows and doors, particularly, bring those benefits. They help regulate your tiny house’s temperature, preventing energy loss. 

To insulate effectively against storms, you can use fiberglass insulation. It’s an excellent and easy-to-install insulating material, plus it’s not too heavy or expensive. Other good insulation materials are cotton, spray foam, and Rockwool. 

Protection against theft

a robber pries a door open
Tiny house theft is becoming more common these days.

Tiny house theft has been rampant, so you can’t be too complacent with your mobile home. It’s small and movable—it’s no wonder it’s red-hot on the criminals’ radar. Therefore, it’s essential for you to invest in security methods and gadgets. 

1. Use wheel clamps and claws. 

Wheel clamps and claws are anti-theft wheel locks, which prevent your towing car or RV from getting stolen. 

Clamps lock the lug nuts, which secure the wheels to your car’s axles. They are pricier but more effective. Claws, on the other hand, help immobilize your wheels—having these will prevent your vehicles from rotating and turning. 

2. Purchase heavy chains. 

Heavy-duty chains will also make it nearly impossible for a robber to tow your tiny house away. These chains may have clevis grab hooks on both ends, which prevent the chains from slipping. 

Heavy-duty chains are being used to tow large vehicles with tons of cargo, so they won’t break easily. It’s better if you tie it to a permanent structure—yes, even if your tiny house is built on a foundation. 

3. Get trailer hitch locks.

Simple, cheap, and easy-to-install, a hitch lock will help foil a sneaky robbery attempt. Hitch locks fuse the cargo and the trailer’s hitch, preventing any thief from towing it. A trailer hitch lock can be made of aluminum, which is a tough kind of metal. 

If you search for hitch locks, look for ones which design suit your tiny house or RV. Great hitch locks can resist crowbars, saws, and even sledgehammers. 

4. Buy an alarm system. 

Alarm systems are not just for regular houses. There are actually plenty of fully-functional alarm systems for RVs and small homes

The prices of alarm systems for tiny houses start at $29 and can go up to $700. Some devices will set off and call the police, fire, and medical dispatches. Others will let you sync it with your phone in an app. They can even have wireless motion sensors. 

5. Conceal a tracking device in your tiny house.

Concealing a tracking device inside your tiny house will be your last line of defense. These devices are waterproof and they can recharge from your RV’s battery. They will also send a notification to your phone. 

When shopping for a tracking device, check the reviews if its motion sensors are highly sensitive. This is ideal because once the trailer moves, it should send an alarm to your mobile phone ASAP. 

Conclusion 

Your tiny house is not just your home; it’s your investment. Unfortunately, it’s small and mobile—many confident robbers will try to snatch it in a snap. 

Therefore, regardless of its value, you should do everything you can to protect it. 

Also, remember that it’s not easy to get a tiny house in most states in the U.S. If you’re lucky enough to live in one, then do your part and invest in safety measures.

Besides, you can’t trust anybody these days even if you live in a tiny house community. Better be safe than sorry! 

Can’t get enough of our safety tips? We have more here. 

Related questions

Do tiny houses get stolen? 

Yes, surprisingly, tiny houses are getting stolen these days, whether they are on wheels or on a foundation. Yes, even if the house doesn’t have wheels! The criminals are obviously not just interested in the gadgets and jewellery but the house itself, which is interesting because tiny houses lose value quickly.  

How do I keep my tiny house from being stolen? 

First, spend more time researching—read tiny home safety blog posts and watch YouTube product reviews. After that, start canvassing for heavy chains, hitch locks, and alarm systems. Research is imperative because if those devices are not effective, then your tiny house will still get stolen. You can also hide your wheels in a secure place if you’re parking it in a spot. 

How do you disconnect a trailer? 

  1. First, park it in a place with a flat surface, so the trailer won’t easily roll down. 
  2. Next, turn off the engine and then set the parking brake. 
  3. Put a wedge under the trail. 
  4. Now, disconnect the wires and unhinge the safety chains. 
  5. Loosen the coupler and the hand wheel to drop the ball clamp. 
  6. Use the tongue’s handle to lift the trailer to release the coupler from the hitch ball. 
  7. The trailer will disengage once the hitch ball is released. 

Tiny House Living: 8 Clever Ideas to Maximize Your Space

Tiny House Living: 8 Clever Ideas to Maximize Your Space

Everything is Open in Small Modern White Kitchen
Maximizing the space of a tiny house isn’t as hard as you thought – just be creative.

Living in a tiny house means having limited space. This also means that you have to be very smart and clever to put everything you need in there. But how?

The answer relies on how you will get the most out of the spaces that you have. Yes, space is limited, but your imagination and creativity are unlimited. You just have to be creative and imaginative to come up with amazing ideas on how you can maximize your space. 

It might be a little bit challenging, but once you get its rhythm, it will come out easily. Plus, it is fun too especially when you do it with family and friends. So, here are some of the things that you could do to maximize the space in your tiny house. 

1. Find Space Storage in Unique Locations

Unlike traditional homes, tiny houses don’t have basements or attics where you can store your stuff. You don’t have all the space you need to accommodate all the luxurious items that you want. Besides, living in a tiny house will require you to look for storage in spaces you never thought are useful.

Thankfully, interior designers and architects have taken the challenge of creating storage space in very small spaces. So, if you can’t handle this problem, the best thing to do is ask for professional help. This way, you can maximize the space that your tiny house has to offer.

But if you do not have the budget, you can do it yourself instead. For example, instead of having a dish cabinet in the counter, you can opt for a hanging dish drying cabinet. This way, you can save counter space. It looks posher as well.

There is actually a lot of space in your tiny house. Some of them are waiting for you to discover them. You just have to figure them out and start using them creatively.  Who knows, the space under your table might serve a purpose, right?

2. Go Vertical

In most homes, vertical spaces are of no use. But when it comes to tiny houses, vertical spaces are very useful. These vertical spaces are basically empty canvasses waiting for you to design it the way you wish. 

Using vertical spaces for storage purposes is a very practical way to store your stuff. And at times, they save you from spending too much just to fill all your things in your tiny house. Here are some ways on how you can maximize the vertical spaces of your tiny house:

a. Add a vertical garden 

Adding a vertical garden in your tiny house is a very practical way to maximize your vertical space. With this, you are saving money and getting the most out of your space at the same time. You will no longer find yourself lacking any of the spices that you need when cooking. 

b. Consider shelving above your doorways

You might not have considered it yet, but your doorway can actually store some of the stuff that you have. When doing so, you have to make it look more open first. This is because you will be placing items at an eye level. 

You can simply add a shelf and there you go. You can already display the stuff that you have such as bowls, vases, and other decorative items that you have. Shelving your doorways is a very practical way to redecorate your tiny house. 

c. Think thin and tall

If your tiny house offers a lot of vertical space, then ideally, you should incorporate tall pieces rather than the wide ones. Doing so does not just add visual variation but it also makes your tiny house more interesting. 

Thankfully, you do not have to splurge your hard-earned cash on expensive furniture just to achieve this look. You can simply stack several pieces of art. You can also add framed family pictures vertically to add height to your vertical space. 

d. Make the most of closet space by organizing

There is a lot of vertical space in your closet that is being wasted. So, how will you get the most out of the space in your closet? Shelving is the answer. 

Shelving gives you easy storage for your personal items such as shoes, handbags, and the like. High-end closets are obviously expensive. Luckily, there are a lot of low-cost closet organizers that you can easily find in stores. 

e. Add vertical space under the bed with risers

Too much stuff will make your tiny house bedroom look cluttered. It will also make it look even smaller. If you want to maximize the space in your bedroom, adding bed risers is your best bet. 

Bed risers instantly give you space where you can store stuff you do not frequently use. This is more practical rather than buying other furniture where you can place your stuff. Besides, this is a perfect way to hide clutter from your eyesight.

White kitchen with red components, cosy tiny home after the reconstruction in panel house
Maximizing the space of a tiny house will require you to think outside the box.

3. Slatwall Shelving

Slatwall panels are a superb way to maximize the space in your tiny house. These are flexible storage spaces that can accommodate different items for you. From books to vases and more, Slatwall shelves are your perfect go-to for your ting house. 

In securing the shelves, slats are used instead of bolts. This makes it easy to install and remove at the same time. Also, rearranging them would be easier too. 

Slatwall is also a good alternative to a nightstand table. You just have to figure it out if it works on the space where you will be installing it. 

Aside from giving you more space in your tiny house, Slatwall shelves also make your room more aesthetic. They improve the overall look of your tiny house by making it look more spacious.

Slat wall shelves rent just stylish. They are also very easy to install and configure. They are made of aluminum which means that they are very lightweight yet extremely durable. They are very versatile too. 

Ideally, heavier Slatwall systems are better. This is because they allow virtually endless space storage for almost anything. They can be custom designed as well. 

Slat walls can be used as anchors for hooks, hanging rods, shelves, and any other thing that you want to display in your tiny house. Slat walls are also more affordable. Thus, you save space and money at the same time. 

Generally, slat walls are a great way to maximize your tiny house space. It is an incredible way to make use of the vertical spaces that you have. This helps you keep your things neat and organized.

4. Creative Outdoor Storage

Sure enough, you have outdoor stuff that you need to store as well. Bringing these things inside your tiny house is not advised due to the limited space that you have. What will you do then?

In such cases, what you can do is to make the most out of your outdoor space. For example, your outdoor stairs can be used as a shoe store. Or, you can store your gardening tools and supplies there. 

This will not just save you indoor space but it also helps you secure your outdoor items. Thus, you do not have to worry so much about them.

Here are some of the things that you can do to maximize the outdoors of your tiny house:

a. Use a hanging organizer to store gardening tools

A hanging organizer is like baking soda – it literally fixes everything. Having a hanging organizer outside your tiny house is very helpful. 

You can use it to store your crafts, cleaning supplies, shoes, winter accessories, and so much more. In addition, hanging organizers can also be used to store gardening tools and supplies. This includes twine, gloves, clippers, seed packets, and plant stakes. 

Interior design of a kitchen and bathroom in a tiny rustic log cabin.
In most cases, living in a tiny house will require you to use compact items in order to fit the space.

b. Have an outdoor cooking space

An outdoor cooking space is a good idea if you want to have more space when cooking. It is also more ideal if you love camping. This will make cooking, grilling to be more particular, a lot easier. 

Baking is also possible. An outdoor cooking space is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. Besides, staying outdoors will help you save electric bills for air conditioners and the smoke system as well. 

c. Have a hammock 

Having a hammock outside can make your tiny house look bigger and wider than it actually is. It also gives you extra space to relax during the day or even when the night is still young. It is also a fun way to enjoy the outdoors of your tiny house.

5. Go for a pull out bed 

If you want to maximize your floor space in your bedroom, you can use a pull out bed. A pull out bed is easier to manage on a daily basis especially when you want to keep things organized most of the time. Pull out beds can also accommodate more, so, you will not need any additional beds. 

You will also have more space during the day and have enough sleeping space for everyone during the night. This is a good option aside from beds with storage under them.

Pull out beds are very versatile.  It can convert the living room of your tiny house into a guest room or a compact bedroom. With this, you can enjoy your living room while you can easily sleep at any time of the day. 

It is also very ideal if you want to stay up late at night to watch a movie. This is because this allows you to stay in a comfortable position. It is also a perfect choice if you work at home since you can just lie down and take a break in between shifts.

6. Buy furniture that is multifunctional

Having a bed with bookshelf on its headboard and drawers below it is already three furniture pieces combined into one. Using multifunctional furniture in your tiny house is very useful given the limited space that you have. With such furniture, you have more space for other items while saving money. 

The more furniture you have, the more clutter there will be. The chance that your tiny house will look disorganized is also higher. These things will make your tiny house even look smaller. 

Having multifunctional furniture pieces in your tiny house helps you reduce clutter. This is because the number of furniture pieces in your tiny house is reduced. It also highlights the beauty of your tiny house, making it more inviting and bigger. 

In addition, multifunctional furniture is also easier to clean and maintain. You only have a few pieces to clean so, you won’t be rushing just to clean your entire place. Cleaning your tiny house will take you less time, so you can dedicate the rest of your time to other things.

7. Get items off the floor

The holy grail to having more space in your tiny house is to keep items off the floor. Of course, you can still put rugs or furniture on the floor. Keeping items off the floor means not using the floor to store your stuff. 

Do not use the floor of your tiny house as storage. In no time, your floor will end up as a dumping ground. And, your tiny house will look messy with no space for other things.

The best thing that you can do is to do shelving. This will make your tiny house less cluttered. Doing so also makes cleaning the floor easier. 

In as much as possible, keep things off the floor – including your shoes. Learn to put them into organizers or shelves. If that is not possible, at least keep items on the floor as minimal as possible. 

8. Declutter

Less is more is very applicable when it comes to tiny houses. Actually, having a small space is the problem. Having too much stuff is the issue. 

Letting go of the things you have is very hard. This is because you think that you can use them one day. But, when is that one day coming?

If you want to maximize the space of your tiny house while keeping things peaceful, calm, and uncluttered, learn to declutter. Declutter by figuring out first the things that you actually need and the things that you will not use now or soon. 

Start by finding out all the things that you have and separating the items that you necessarily need from the items that are useless to you. 

Decluttering might be hard to start but it is very freeing once you are done with it. Remember, your space is very limited. Your tiny house can’t accommodate all your items. 

The best way to keep your tiny house look organized is to declutter. This will also help you maximize the space of your tiny house. So, go, purge as much as you can’t.

Find out more hacks here.

Conclusion 

The space in your tiny house is very limited. You might find it almost impossible to fit all your necessary things in there. But as long as you know how to get the most out of your limited space, fitting them all won’t be as hard as you think. 

Related Questions

Is it possible to cook in a tiny house?

Yes, it is very possible to cook in a tiny house. In fact, tiny houses have kitchens which you can use to cook all the food that you want. You can cook in your tiny house whenever you feel like doing so. 

If you are into cooking, you can have your tiny house designed with a bigger kitchen. This will give you enough space to move around while doing what you love. Space is the only difference that makes tiny houses different from traditional houses. 

What is best: propane or a wood stove?

Propane is more favorable. This is because wood stoves need to be tended from time to time. They also need more clearance to the wall so your space becomes more limited. 

Propane, on the other hand, is directly mounted to the wall. Thus, less space is required.

10 Unique Ideas for Your Tiny House Interior Designs

10 Unique Ideas for Your Tiny House Interior Designs

White tiny modern kitchen with red components, reconstruction, cosy small panel house
Designing interiors of your tiny house is challenging and fulfilling at the same time.

Who does not like the idea of making their home feel bigger than it actually does? Because really, in order to have an airier and lighter home, a bigger space is needed. But how will you achieve such a thing in your tiny house?

Thankfully, you can still beautifully arrange your tiny house without compromising style. Yes, you can achieve that amazingly beautiful interior with the limited space that you have. 

Interior Design Ideas

Designing the interiors of your tiny house could be a little challenging. But if you know exactly what you want, then it would be so easy for you. Here are some ideas to help you kickstart designing your tiny house.

1. Opt for an Accent Wall

At the very heart of almost all homes with amazing interior design is an anchor. Anchors could range from an accent wall to a statement piece of furniture. A good way to anchor how your tiny home is designed is through an exposed brick wall. 

You might be wondering how you could have an interior brick wall in your tiny home. Well, the brick wall does not necessarily have to be true. You might now know it, but you can actually fake exposed brick walls. 

How? Thin brick tiles and grout will do the trick. With these two materials, you can already give your tiny house a facelift. 

What more? You don’t have to hire contractors as well which means that you can see money out of it. Installing brick tiles on your walls is very easy and is very affordable too. Besides, you can install it yourself.

2. Shrink Your Furniture

Given the limited space that you have, purchasing a full set dining set is a big NO. Instead, you should only buy furniture that you actually need. 

When buying furniture sets for your tiny home, you should always opt for the ones that are compact and can be transformed or folded. In short, go for multifunctional furniture not just to save space but to save money as well. 

If your tiny house has a very limited dimension, your best option is to go for custom-built furniture. Custom-built furniture sets are more expensive but most of them serve different functions.

Also, your furniture sets do not necessarily have to match. Always feel free to mix and match them to come up with an eclectic feel. Doing so also saves space. 

Always remember that the more space you have saved in one corner, the more space you’ll have for other items in your tiny house.

3. Go Light and Bright

Dark colors are not suitable for small spaces. This is because dark colors make small spaces look even smaller. But this does not mean that you can’t go for the color scheme that you want for your tiny house. 

Your dream of having navy colors in your tiny house is still possible. Your best bet is to have your walls accented with a single navy color. Then, keep the rest of your walls a tone lighter. 

To add more dark colors into your tiny house, add things like throw pillows and rugs with the color that you want. Just make sure that you are not overdoing it. Keep it to minimal only to have more space and for your tiny house to feel bigger.

4. Always Think About Storage

Whether you are living a minimalist or not, you are surely going to need storage. Do not forget how important storage is even when your tiny house is still being built. More so when you are purchasing furniture and other items for your tiny house. 

So, how will you use the space that you have in your tiny house?

First, mount your television on the wall instead of using a television stand. Mounting it on the wall saves space which you can use to store books or magazines. You could also style the space to add more drama. 

Second, get the most out of the stairs. If your tiny house has stairs, you could use the space under it as storage. The space under it is perfect for tall cabinets that can be rolled from one place to another. 

The stairs itself could also be a storage. It could be used as a built-in drawer where you can store your stuff. You could have it made as a built-in drawer while your tiny house is still being built. 

Third, raise your bed frame high enough to store plastic tubs. If not plastic tubs have it made as a built-in cabinet where you can store your clothes. With this, you no longer have to use wall cabinets thus, you can use the space for other things. 

The very core of getting the most out of the limited space that you have is creativity. So, be as creative as you can when planning how you will use your tiny house space wisely.

5. Make the Most of Vertical Space

Are you into books and reading that you want to have your own library right at your tiny house? But the thing is, how will you make it happen given the limited space of your tiny house? Is that even possible?

Well, yes! Your dream of having a library in your tiny house could happen. You can both have a stylish house and a functional library all at once. 

Since your space is very limited, you have to make the most out of it. Making the most out of your very limited space means using all the wall space from the floor to the ceiling. You could use the floor to ceiling walls to create shelves where you can store your books. 

Floor to ceiling bookshelves makes your tiny house look aesthetic. It also allows you to expand your library space. 

Your tiny house has a lot of vertical spaces. You just have to think of ways on how you could use these spaces well. Sometimes, a little creativity is all you need to maximize all the vertical spaces that you have.

6. Pocket Doors Are Your Friend

You might be wondering why pocket doors are better when living in a tiny house when in fact, a regular door does not take up a lot of space. But when it comes to functionality, a door needs a wide berth. 

There are two possibilities when it comes to this. First, keeping the area clear which sacrifices your space. Second, keeping the door open which sacrifices your privacy. Are you willing to give up either of them?

If not, then your choice is to use pocket doors. Pocket doors give you more functional space in your tiny house since it directly slides into the walls. With pocket doors, you can both have the privacy and the space that you need.

Pocket doors are also safer when you have kids. 

7. Let Your Furniture Do Double Duty

When planning how you will set up your tiny house, you probably have considered the furniture that you will have. A table in the kitchen, a small desk for work, a bed in the room, a cozy couch in the living room, and so much more. If you could put all of these things into your tiny house, then congratulations to you!

If you don’t have plans to get a smaller version of the furniture pieces in your tiny house, then at least have them built for multiple uses. Buy a daybed which could also serve as a couch. Use the space under your couch for storage. 

Work at the kitchen table instead of having another desk for work. Use your staircase as storage by creating drawers beneath it. Do the same with your bed. 

Your tiny house is small but has enough space for you and all of your needs. Just be creative and selective.

8. Trick the Eye

There are a lot of decorating ideas that you could use to your advantage. These decorating ideas don’t just make your tiny house look aesthetic but it also makes it feel bigger. 

Placing a piece of art, like a painting, higher up on the walls draw the eyes upward. This creates an illusion that space is bigger or wider. 

In as much as possible, keep all your spaces open. Keep the doors open to give an illusion that the entire space flows together. For floor-standing furniture, choose those that have legs. If you can’t find one, add them on your own. Having furnishings with legs is much better than keeping them directly fitted on the floor. 

Having such a thing allows you to see the space under them every time. This also makes your tiny house appear bigger than it actually is. 

9. Add Mirrors

An age-old styling trick for making your home feel more spacious is by adding mirrors into your house. Mirrors never fail when it comes to making your tiny house feel bigger. 

Mirrors reflect light which tricks the eyes that the space that you have is bigger than it is. When a mirror is placed facing a window, it reflects the outdoors. This makes it appear that you have another window in the room. And, the more windows you have, the more that your tiny house will look bigger.

10. Have a Good Lighting

Good lighting is very important when it comes to tiny houses. This is because bad lighting makes small spaces appear even smaller. So, if the corners of your tiny house are dark and dingy due to the lack of lighting, then your tiny house will feel smaller. 

This is because the dark corners are cut off for being visible. This makes it important to make sure that every corner of your tiny house is well lit. You could do this by having concealed lighting fixtures on your cabinets and other furnishings. 

Since you do not have all the space that you need to stand lamps and tables, have your lights fixed on the walls. You could also have them hanging on the ceiling.

Dos and Don’ts When Decorating Your Tiny House

1. Do Scale-Up in a Tiny House

Less is more when it comes to decorating your tiny house. When it comes to tiny houses, having a single, larger statement item on display is more attractive than having several smaller pieces. 

This is because doing so keeps the area open and airy. It also lessens visual clutter to make your tiny house look bigger and more organized. 

Scaling up is recommended when living in a tiny house not just to save space but to keep clutter at a minimum level only as well. So, in as much as possible, practice scaling up to have more space for other things in your tiny house. 

2. Don’t Get Something Unless You Really Need It

At some point, we all have bought something that we don’t actually need. Admit it!

But once you are living in a tiny house, impulsive buying is no longer allowed. Not unless you want a cluttered tiny house. 

A philosophy that you should practice when living in a tiny house is “If you build it, fill it.” This means that you should only add things to your tiny house as needed. Do not build shelves or cabinets when you don’t actually need them. They will just want you to buy more which will make your space even more limited. 

3. Don’t Block the Few Windows

The air circulation in a tiny house is not the same as regular or traditional houses. So, blocking the heater or air conditioning unit is most probably the last thing that you want to do. 

With tiny homes, blocking the windows where air passes through is very easy. The furniture sets could easily do the job. 

So, if you have the budget, have your furniture custom built to make them work around the windows. This will also ensure that you are getting as much lighting as possible for your tiny house too.

4. Do Use a Lighter Color Palette

As mentioned above, dark colors make the room appear smaller. So, use lighter color palettes instead when painting and decorating your tiny house. 

Lighter colors make your tiny house appear bigger. It also makes it look cleaner and is more pleasing to see. You can always combine a few light colors and add one dark color if you wish. 

Just make sure that that dark color does not overcome a lighter color. If you an, just stick to lighter colors to avoid any issue. 

5. Do Find Pieces That Pull Double Duty

Your space is limited, but it could still be stylish. How? Choose furniture and accessories that marry function and form. 

Do not make your eyes sore by adding accents such as shoe racks and filing cabinets. If organizational pieces are really needed, choose stylish items that serve multiple purposes. 

When it comes to living in a tiny house, in as much as possible, the items inside should be multifunctional. This is because your space is very limited to have every single thing inside.

Conclusion 

Designing the interiors of your tiny house isn’t as hard as it sounds. The limited space might be challenging but with just a little creativity, you would have it designed the way you want – functional and stylish. 

Always keep in mind that your space is very limited so you have to make the most out of it. Do not put things that are not necessary. In as much as possible, keep things simple and minimal. 

Related Questions

Can I have full-sized furniture in my tiny house?

Yes, you can as long as the furniture is multifunctional. Putting furniture in your tiny house that is not multifunctional is not economic and is not space-wise. So, go for pieces that serve multiple purposes or if not, go for pieces that are compact and can be folded. 

What color is more ideal for tiny houses?Lighter shades are more ideal for tiny houses. This is because lighter shades make tiny houses appear bigger. Ideally, you should paint your tiny house white or cream. When it comes to the furnishings, you could choose other lighter colors. You could also have dark colors. Just make sure that the darker colors are minimal only

Tiny Home Living: The Hidden Costs

Tiny Home Living: The Hidden Costs

Sure, the concept of tiny home living is attractive. For some, it’s their long-time dream. But what about the hidden costs of tiny home living? 

At a glance, you might spend more if you add upgrades, if you need external storage, or even if you raise a little kid. You also have to face zoning regulations. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

That is why we listed these potential hidden costs. We are not aiming to discourage you from tiny home living; we just want to warn you of the possible financial roadblocks ahead. 

Hidden costs of tiny home living

1. Upgrades

The one benefit of owning a tiny house is saving on home expenses, compared to having a regular size dwelling. 

For example, tiny house residents in Orlando only spend less than $1000 every month for their home-related expenses. Meanwhile, according to Pocket Sense, the average American family of 2 spends $5,005 per month to maintain their lifestyle. 

Living in a tiny house, you can definitely save more disposable income. 

However, whether it’s necessary or not, you will eventually have to pay for house upgrades if you live in a tiny house. These particular hidden costs of tiny home living will even be more likely with a tiny house on wheels.

Such, inevitably, those upgrades will pile up on your monthly home expenses. 

Several of those installations might be a newer (or better) HVAC system, a solar panel, or an alarm device. Other maintenance and towing necessities will also add up more quickly to your home-related budget.

So, you have to watch out for that. 

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2. External storage

Being in a restricted space, one of the most obvious concerns you might deal with is storage.

Sure, you can find plenty of storage-saving hacks online and they are easy to follow. However, eventually, your stuff will multiply—especially if you’re living with a kid. 

You can’t forever rely on storage containers because you need space for them to occupy. As a result, some tiny house residents have even used their lofts as storage space. 

The consequences? Dust and poor indoor airflow. 

So, what happens when you already filled every nook and cranny in your house with things? Well, you might now have to spend on additional outdoor storage.

 The average fee for renting a storage unit is $40 to $50, and that’s just a 5×5 unit. The price will vary based on the size of the facility and unit and its location.

Urban places, of course, have higher annual and monthly fees. 

3. Your town’s zoning laws 

This is one of the more complicated and potentially expensive hidden costs of tiny home living—dealing with your town’s zoning codes. 

Zoning laws are important because they help residents live peacefully without the commercial hustle and bustle from businesses that disturb neighborhoods. Similarly, zoning laws also protect businesses from trespassing residents in an area. 

You’re lucky if you live in a state that is relaxed about the Tiny House Movement; however, if you don’t, you might have to adjust and pay for fees. Moreover, if you violate a zoning code in your state, the consequences might be brutal. 

It is even more challenging, considering residential zone areas are not that many these days. So, if you want to build a tiny house in a non-residential land, then you might have to request for a zone change. This involves an application, a payment, which depends on the locality, and a hearing with the zoning board. 

On top of that, your tiny house has to pass building code compliance. But to do that, you have to be a certified tiny house manufacturer, which will cost you more than a thousand dollars and requires submitting a dozen qualifications. 

Meanwhile, you can expect looser zoning codes if your house is on wheels, which is considered a recreational vehicle (RV). 

And, if your town isn’t that friendly with tiny houses, you can also advocate for the changing of its zoning laws

4. The appliances 

Haven’t bought a tiny house yet? Well, prepare an allowance for appliances, because customized equipment for tiny houses can cost more.  

Sure, you can find some fully furnished prefab tiny houses; however, one size doesn’t fit all, right? Your family might have specific needs the prefab can’t provide. Moreover, your needs might change over time. 

For example, if you have a tiny house on wheels, you might have to spend on a compact heater if you’re commuting to colder places like Wyoming or Vermont.

Additionally, you might have to spend on battery or solar panels for your other off-the-grid appliances.

One thing you should also consider, besides the cost of your appliances, is the hidden price you’re paying for your appliances. 

Some cheap appliances might be noisier than their expensive competitors. For example, be wary of the noise that some “eco-toilets”, Roombas, and water pumps make.

Knowing you’re in a tiny house, where sound can quickly travel, this will be a hassle. So, when buying appliances, you have to think about that as well. 

5. Insurance

yellow tiny house on wheels

In the past, insurance has not been kind to tiny house owners. Tiny houses that are towed by an SUV or a truck, which are considered RVs, are not even covered by traditional homeowners’ insurance. 

The good news is that insurance options for tiny houses are slowly increasing. Still, it greatly depends on the location and their laws about tiny houses. So, if you’re living in a state that acknowledges their existence with fair regulations, then you’re fortunate. 

Tiny houses on foundations and tiny houses on wheels have different insurance policies. Interestingly, the cost doesn’t stray far away from a traditional regular size house.

According to the Home Insurance Learning Center, a tiny house’s annual insurance can cost up to $1,500. Factors such as the house’s materials, location, and level of difficulty to repair will also affect that amount. 

6. Your tolerance and patience 

Finally, the often-overlooked ones—you will probably lose a lot of patience and tolerance in your tiny home living. 

From your buying/building journey to your living stage, you will deal with different personalities, trials, setbacks, and more. It’s totally normal to go through those, but you can avoid those by studying what you’re heading to. 

If you’re hiring a contractor, make sure they understand your journey. Not only do they have to be skilled and fast with the deliverables, but they should also empathize with your woes as well. 

Fortunately, with everything going digital right now, it’s easy to scrape the web for a tiny house supplier’s reputation. Get to know them through tiny house owners’ forums on Facebook, Reddit, etc. 

Conclusion 

As you can see, every dream has prices—and that includes the hidden costs of tiny home living. That is why before you rush to buy your dream tiny house, take a few steps back and plan properly.

Never forget to save up for an allowance for these hidden expenses in your tiny home journey. 

Related questions

How much does it cost to build a tiny house in California?

The starting cost of a tiny house in California is $40,000. Depending on many factors such as location, materials, and zoning codes, it can cost you more than $100,000.

How do you build a tiny house?

It all depends on your construction experience, budget, and personal preferences. You can either buy a blueprint from a tiny house provider and then build it yourself. Or, you can also order prefab tiny houses and the supplier will ship it to your location. Check out our blog post about tiny house marketplaces to know more.

5 Kick-Ass Tips On How To Find The Right Tiny House Kits

5 Kick-Ass Tips On How To Find The Right Tiny House Kits

Fast, convenient, and nature-friendly—these are just a few of the benefits of building tiny houses. It’s no wonder why tiny house kits are so in demand these days.  

Excited to build your first tiny house? Don’t let your zeal overwhelm you—somewhere out there is the right tiny house kit for you. However, to find it, you should prepare to do a few actions. 

Below, we listed five kickass tips. These will help you find that one almost perfect tiny house kit. 

How to Find the Right Tiny House Kits

With the spread of lists on Google and deals on Amazon, it can be daunting to find the right tiny house kit. That’s why we want you to make an informed shopping choice. To find the right tiny house kit, you must create a list of your preferences, study your town’s building code, set a budget, browse for reliable sites, and then prepare a contingency plan. 

We expanded on those steps below. Follow our tips, so you won’t regret anything! 

1. Create a list of your preferences. 

a tiny house with a unique design.
Just because they’re tiny doesn’t mean you need to limit their aesthetic.

This will help shorten the time and minimize your effort in searching. You don’t want to realize halfway in the construction that you don’t like the floor plan, right? So, take the time to list down your preferences on your Notepad app or on a Google spreadsheet—whichever you prefer will do.  

Your personal taste

Are you the hardcore minimalist, the mid-century fanatic, or the vintage lover? You’ll find different sorts of tiny house kits that cater to your taste. So, decide what style you want—this way, you can narrow your Google search results as well. 

Number of living occupants 

Next, list down the number of occupants in the house. If you’re living alone, you can do well with a 10×40 kit or something even smaller. Obviously, if you’re living with your significant other or your family, choose a bigger size than 400 square meters. 

Mobile or stationary?

You can find kits and prefab models of tiny houses on wheels online. If you’re the adventurous and nature-loving type, go for those models on wheels. Regardless, take note that it’s quite challenging to find legal areas for tiny homes. But if you happen to find an empty legal lot for tiny houses, then go for stationary models. 

Surroundings of your tiny house 

Whether you want a mobile or stationary tiny house, make sure its surrounding area is still spacious. You have to secure a setback at the rear, front, and side areas of your property. Setbacks are the distance from your property line to the main street. It’s imposed by the national building code. 

Needed appliances

Another factor that will affect your choice is your essential equipment. Make sure to list down only the appliances that you really need. Any unnecessary tools will occupy space in your tiny home, which will compromise your mobility inside.

2. Study your town’s building codes about tiny houses. 

a row of white tiny houses on a cloudy afternoon.
Some towns in the US are pro-tiny house, while others don’t even recognize their existence.

You will be buying a DIY kit that’s most probably manufactured by builders with a vast knowledge of the US building code. Nevertheless, not all regulations about tiny houses are universal. Therefore, we suggest you still take the time to study your town’s rules about tiny houses. 

In general, tiny houses in the US should have the following: 

  1. Living room or entertainment area with a ceiling height of 6 ft and 8 inches.
  2. One functioning bathroom, with a ceiling height of 6 ft and 4 inches.
  3. Easily accessible emergency opening like a door or a window.

Some states like Texas are well known to be relaxed with the Tiny House Movement. Texas even has no required minimum square meter for tiny houses, which is why there are over 29 million tiny properties by population in the state.

States like Colorado, Nevada, and South Carolina also allow tiny homes construction, as long as you follow the mandated property and lot dimensions. However, other states like Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Iowa are very unaccepting or dismissive of tiny houses. 

As a result, your search for building codes should be more location-specific. 

While reading your city’s codes, run through your list of preferences. Check if your preferences violate anything. If you need more information, we suggest you check out this guide about tiny homes regulations in every state.

3. Set your budget for the tiny house kit. 

an isolated wooden tiny house in the woods.
The expense for a tiny house like this can depend on several factors.

Secured about your list of preferences and your locality’s rules about tiny houses? If you are, then it’s time to talk about your budget. 

There are many price ranges of house kits you can read online. According to Tiny House Giant Journey, the average overall cost of building a tiny house will be $25,000. Meanwhile, some built their tiny houses with a budget of $17,000, including the appliances.

On the web, you can buy tiny house kits that cost under $5000. You can also spend on pre-designed tiny house plans or even buy an old van and recreate it into a house, all for $12,000 to $35,000. 

However, don’t expect to spend those same amounts. Those expenses varied upon the skill and construction knowledge of the builder. Even some first-time builders spent less compared to seasoned builders. 

Moreover, you won’t be going to spend on a DIY kit, and then after that, you’re done. You’re still going to spend on other stuff, such as:

  1. Electrical work
  2. Water/plumbing
  3. Panelling
  4. Roofing 
  5. Other construction materials (ex. Hammers, nails, wires, etc.)
  6. Appliances (You might have to buy new equipment because some device for traditional houses aren’t really designed for tiny houses.)
  7. Courses (If you’re serious about quality, you have to spend on workshops, too. After all, this is your home we’re talking about.)
  8. Other hidden costs (You have to prepare for these expenses as well. Better be safe than sorry.)

When budgeting for building a tiny house, just keep in mind that you’ll never have a final budget. Just expect to spend extra costs along the way.  

RELATED: This is How Much it Costs to Live in a Tiny Home

4. Browse the internet for the best tiny house kits.  

a wooden tiny dwelling with a sea green roofing. it's under construction. a man is inside the house.
Many reliable sites can ship you prefab tiny houses.

You listed your preferences. You read your city’s building code. And you already have a reasonable (but impartial) budget for a tiny house kit. Now, it’s time to hunt! 

To help you, we listed these sites where you can buy tiny house kits. Since you’ve taken the time to know what you really need, then you’ll probably spend less time searching for the right tiny house kit. 

  • 84tinyliving.com – They sell blueprints and blueprint + trailer packages.
  • Amazon – You’ll find cheap house kits here, but your search won’t be as refined as when you shop on other sites.
  • Wheelhaus – They ship their models to you, but the pricing of each model can vary depending on the state.
  • MBShouse – MBS House ships flatpack kits to you, which you can assemble in the lot you desire.
  • Allwood Outlet – They sell kits with free shipping. They also offer to finance. 
  • Tiny House Me – This shop sells stationary tiny houses and houses on wheels.

Found the sites that you like? Great, now, choose your top three sites. Make sure these sites have the kits that fit your preferences, your locality’s building codes, and most especially your budget. 

RELATED: The 11 Best Tiny Home Kits That Won’t Break the Brank

5. Prepare for contingencies. 

a small house with a simple, flat, black roofing.
Prepare for instances that delay your tiny house construction.

We have one last advice for you. Since life is very unpredictable, we suggest you create contingency plans. 

For example, what if your shipping gets delayed or it arrives with incomplete parts? What if you realized you need more help assembling the tiny house, and you can’t call anyone on short notice?

That’s why you should plan ahead. Connect with other homeowners who have built their tiny homes. Ask about their experiences and request for resources. Watch YouTube videos of vloggers who built their own tiny houses. 

You can also enrol in short online courses on building a tiny house or interior design basics. 

It never hurts to prepare. 

RELATED: Tiny Houses: A Good Idea or a Terrible Investment?

Conclusion

In the end, it all comes down to your preferences, budget, and long-term sustainability. So, be careful of spending on something unnecessary. 

Also, don’t expect to find the most suitable tiny house kit right away. Along the road, your needs and preferences might change. 

So, just take your time and never hurry… After all, your aim in building a tiny house is to be resourceful, right? 

Related questions

What is a prefab tiny house?

Prefab is the shortened version of the word “Prefabricated”. These system-built or prefab tiny houses were designed and constructed in a factory by building professionals. After that, they are shipped to the lot where the house will permanently stay. 

Where to find free tiny house plans?

You can find several free blueprints here: 

This Is How Much It Costs To Live In A Tiny Home

This Is How Much It Costs To Live In A Tiny Home

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You probably have heard about the tiny house movement and how it’s been helping several people obtain a comfortable dwelling place without hurting the bank. Thousands of people have already moved from traditional homes to tiny houses because smaller dwellings are way more affordable. But are they really? How much does it cost to live in a tiny home?

Knowing the actual cost of building, owning, and living in a tiny house will help you determine if it is the right lifestyle to choose, especially if budget is an important factor to consider. 

To answer how much it costs to live in a tiny home, we will discuss the following:

  • The cost of building and buying a tiny home
  • The cost of living in a tiny house

We will also talk about how you can minimize your expenses once you live in it, as well as the possible complications that you may have to deal with that could add up to your expenses. 

The Cost of A Tiny Home: Building

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The cost of building a tiny home depends on several factors, including materials and workforce needed.

One thing that’s really great about tiny homes is that they’re easier to build compared to traditional and large homes. They require fewer materials and less workforce. Moreover, you can actually build a tiny home very quickly. In fact, many were able to put up their new tiny home in just a day or two. 

If you’ve been watching documentaries and TV shows about tiny homes, you’d know that there are several individuals (even kids) who were able to construct their tiny homes alone or with very minimal help. And you can do so, too. Of course, it helps if you have skills and experience in construction. 

If you can build your home alone, then you’ll be able to save a lot of money as you don’t have to pay for professional construction workers. Building your house alone is a money-saver, but sure it might take you longer to assemble it. Consider asking a friend to help you with your project. 

When constructing a tiny house, consider not only how to have it done but also the amount of money you will have to spend to set it up. 

However, there’s no definite answer on how much it would actually cost to have a tiny house built. Several factors could affect the cost, including the size of your house, your location, and the materials you will use. 

Size

A residential structure that’s no more than 400 square feet is considered a tiny house. Tiny homes can even go as tiny as 8 square feet. Any residential homes that are more than 400 square feet but no more than 1,000 square feet are considered small houses. 

The school of thought is that smaller houses are cheaper to build. And, logically, bigger homes are pricier to construct. This is especially true if you’re planning to set up your tiny home over a foundation; land price is usually high, mainly in well-developed areas or states. 

So, if you’re planning to erect your tiny home, consider the size first. Then, see if your finances can keep up with your plan. 

Location

We’ve just talked about how the size of your tiny home can impact the total cost. Usually, the bigger the house, the more expensive it gets to build it. And if you’re planning to construct it on a foundation, then consider the price of the property you’re building the house on. 

However, it’s not only the size of your property that can impact the building cost but the location as well. The land price depends on where you plan to build your tiny house. 

Determining the land price in the US is a bit complicated to understand. Usually, a home’s cost for a square foot is featured on listings that you can find online and in property information sheets. 

The latest estimates show that the median price for each square foot for a home in America is $123. Of course, that can vary widely based on your location and other factors. 

For example, in Detroit, you will have to pay $24 a square foot. And if you plan to buy residential land in San Francisco, that would cost you $810 a square foot. But why the wide range?

It’s because some neighborhoods are way more desirable than others. Hence, they fetch a better price. 

According to Anthony Stellini, a realtor, “the hotter the neighborhood, the higher the price per square foot.”

Fortunately, there are several tiny house communities you can find in several states in America. To get a comprehensive list, read our article: The Ultimate List of Tiny Home Communities

Materials

Another vital aspect to consider when building a tiny home is the materials you will use. The kind, make, and brand of the materials you plan to use will prominently impact the building cost. 

The school of thought is that more expensive materials are more durable and have better lastingness. On the other hand, cheaper materials may be cost-efficient but aren’t intended for long-term use. They are also believed to be less durable. 

While that may be somewhat true, it’s essential to remember that several factors affect your home’s durability — harsh weather conditions, road damages, and maintenance. 

Cheap materials don’t always necessarily mean they can’t last long. In fact, with proper care, they can outlast you. Logically, neglecting your tiny home may result in your house falling into disrepair, even if you’ve used expensive materials. 

These are the necessary materials you will need to complete your tiny home: 

  • Wood: exterior and interior siding and trim, plywood, and dimensional lumber
  • Trailer and jack stands
  • Insulation: housewrap, tape, spray foam, and XPS boards
  • Roofing: rain and ice shield, metal roofing, tar paper
  • Strapping and flashing: straight straps, hurricane straps, H Clips, nail plates, flashing
  • Hardware: exterior screws and nails, metal screws, strapping nails, brads, bolts, nuts, washers, finishing nails, and door hardware
  • Electrical: wire, outlet boxes, electrical panel and breakers, lighting, switching plates, wire staples, cable, network, telephone wires, and switches
  • Flooring: tile, flooring transition pieces, mortar, thinset, adhesive, and hardwood flooring
  • Paint: construction adhesive and paints and stains
  • Plumbing: supply plumbing, drain plumbing, kitchen sink and faucet, shower, shower faucet, dryer vent, water heater, toilet, and hanger tape role
  • Millwork: exterior and interior door, windows, and shims

Professional Service

One of the best things about tiny houses is that you can build them all by yourself, more so if you have experience and skills in constructing a home. You can even purchase tiny home kits that you can assemble within a day or two without the need for tools. They come with step-by-step instructions and are specifically designed for quick and easy setup. 

However, if you want a bit more elaborate tiny house, then you might want to get help from professional workers. Getting professional service will help you save time, albeit the cost. 

Constructing a tiny home without any skills or experience may result in costly mistakes.

Companies like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and Tiny Heirloom offer custom-design tiny homes at reasonable prices. They have designs already available, or you can design your home so you can add some personal touches. 

If you wish to hire a professional construction worker, then prepare yourself for paying the labor. The average construction labor cost is $35 per hour. Note that your location and the size of the crew can impact the cost. 

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The building cost will also depend on how you will build your tiny home. As mentioned previously, if you wish to construct a home over a foundation, you will have to find and buy a real estate property. 

The price of real estate property varies depending on your location and the current market value. A well-developed neighborhood may price higher. 

Given that your home will be constructed over a foundation, some states require that you comply with their building codes. These standards can also add up to the total building cost. So, when calculating your finances, consider knowing the building code in your local state first. 

A tiny house on wheels

A tiny house on wheels  (THOW) may require you to purchase more durable materials that can withstand road trips and harsh weather. While that isn’t necessarily compulsory, it helps if you choose materials with proven lastingness, especially that you will be living in your tiny home in the long run. 

THOWs are more likely to get damages from road debris. Hence, we recommend that you use better materials. 

Moreover, THOWs need to have a trailer. A trailer is probably the single most expensive item you have to buy. And it’s not that you can just purchase any available trailer. You need to choose the right size. Stability and road-worthiness are also factors to consider. 

You can choose to purchase a used trailer or a new one. You can also buy a customized trailer, so you’ll get what you specifically need. 

A second-hand trailer can cost between $800 and $2,500. Brand new trailers, on the other hand, costs from $5,000 and can go as high as $15,000. For example, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company prices their 20-feet long trailers for $5,779. Customized trailers can cost from $8,000 (low end) and up to $45,000 (high-end).

Remember, when selecting a trailer, you have to consider the right size that can accommodate the weight of the tiny home structure (including the weight of all the materials of your home from floor to roof). You must also think about everything you will put into your tiny home (i.e., appliances, decors, furniture, and occupants).

A new car for your THOW may also be necessary. You see, not all cars have that power to tow heavy trailer homes. Here are some of the best vehicles that can tow 7,000 to 12,000 lbs trailers:

  • Toyota Sequoia – 7,400 lbs
  • Toyota Land Cruiser – 8,100 lbs
  • Nissan Armada – 8,500 lbs
  • Chevrolet Tahoe – 8,600 lbs
  • Lincoln Navigator – 9,000 lbs
  • Ford Expedition – 9,300 lbs
  • Toyota Tundra – 10,200 lbs
  • Chevrolet Silverado – 12,000 lbs
  • GMC Sierra – 12,500 lbs
  • RAM 1500 – 12,750 lbs
  • Ford F150 – 13,200 lbs
  • Tesla Cybertruck – 14,000 lbs

To know more about trailers, read our article: How To Choose A Trailer Size For Tiny Home: Complete Guide

The Cost of A Tiny Home: Owning

Now that we’ve covered the cost of building a tiny house let’s talk about the cost of owning one. It’s essential to make sure that your tiny home is always in peak condition to preserve its beauty, mobility, and stability. 

Damages are inevitable. Your kids may punch a hole in the wall, your furniture may scratch the floor, harsh weather may damage your roof, strong winds may break your windows… the list goes on. 

Maintenance, repairs, and renovations can cost a lot. The good news is that because your tiny home is technically small, you won’t be spending as much as you would in a traditional large home. 

The Cost of A Tiny Home: Maintaining the trailer

When you live in a tiny house, it is very easy to overlook what should be the most meticulously maintained part: the trailer. 

The structure and engineering of a tiny house are pretty basic: some wheels, a couple of axles, and some breaks. Yet, a trailer in a tiny house plays the most crucial role. The steel frames are the tiny home’s foundation, which means they are the very things we lay our homes, families, and lives on. 

The trailer is what allows us to sit still without motion. It also lets us relax comfortably while allowing us to travel at whim. Hence, maintaining the trailer is a top priority. 

These are the things you must check in your trailer:

  • Tire pressure

Before going on a trip, make sure to check your tire pressure in all tires. Inflate the trailer tires to the maximum inflation indicated on the sidewall. You should also check the inflation when the tires are cool and have not been exposed to the sun. While it may seem fine to underinflate, it can actually cause tire failure. 

  • Lighting

Your lighting is very crucial for your safety (and everyone else’s that’s in your trailer home). If you have failing lights, you are at risk of being pulled over and getting a ticket. Before zipping the road, make sure to connect the plug from your trailer to your tow hitch. Check if the turn signals and brake signals are fully functional. 

  • Lug nuts

Loose or improperly attached lug nuts can put you at major risks. Make sure to check lug nut tension at least twice during the first 1,000 miles of the trailer. From then forward, you must check the lugs each time your vehicle and trailer serviced. 

  • Bearings

Bearings play an important role in your trailer’s performance. When the bearings have proper grease levels, it keeps your tire from overheating and your breaks from wearing unnecessarily thin. Mechanics suggest checking your bearings every 12,000 miles or so, but there’s really no definite time as to when to do it. 

  • Grease your hitch

When the trailer ball and the hitch aren’t regularly greased, they may cause loud sounds and bad friction. As a result, there would be a buildup of heat around the distribution area, and your turn radius will be limited, along with other issues. Greasing your hitch is an easy task to do.

On average, tire repairs will cost you approximately $200 per month. Meanwhile, routine trailer maintenance will cost around $100 per month. The maintenance cost depends on several factors, including the age of your trailer, the technology used, and the use of your trailer. 

As your trailer ages, mechanical problems become more prevalent. Trailer repairs and regular inspections become even more necessary. 

The Cost of A Tiny Home: Maintaining the vehicle

Not only do you need to maintain the trailer but the car you use to tow it as well. Your vehicle needs as much maintenance as your trailer. 

And the same with the trailer, the more your car ages, maintenance becomes even more needed.

It’s essential to maintain your car to keep the engines running smoothly and other car problems at bay. Also, it’s relatively inexpensive. In fact, basic car maintenance only costs about $100 per year. 

Thankfully, modern cars do not need as much maintenance as old models, thanks to the increased computerization and improvements made in engine design. But of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t require regular inspection. 

These are the basic car services and their cost:

  • Oil and filter change

Dirt can cause corrosion and, thus, decrease the life of an engine. Hence, it’s important to perform routine oil and filter changes to remove particles and keep the engines in the best condition. 

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You must perform oil and filter change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. The estimated cost would be between $20 and $100. 

  • Tire rotation

Tire rotation is important to ensure even tire wear. Yes, tire wear is actually desirable to extend the useful life of the tires as a set. That’s because the front of the car often carries more of the weight.

You must have your tires rotated every 3,00 to 7,000 miles, and it costs about $20 to $50 only. 

Other than these, you must also replace the parts of your car that have worn out already. 

  1. New tires cost around $50 to $300 per tire. 
  2. Wiper blade replacement costs between $7 and $15 and must be replaced every six to twelve months. 
  3. Brake pad must be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. The price is approximately anywhere from $100 to $350. 
  4. Engine air filter replacement must be done every 20,000 to 60,000 miles, and it costs around $20 to $75.

To better know the cost of maintaining your car, it’s essential to understand what your car needs. You can check the maintenance schedule indicated in your owner’s manual. For example, if you own a 2015 Nissan Armada, you must follow these maintenance schedules:

  • Conventional oil change every 5,000 miles.
  • Tire rotation every 5,000 miles.
  • Flush or replace the coolant every 75,000 miles. 
  • Replace the air filter every 30,000 miles.
  • Have the spark plugs replaced every 105,000 miles.
  • Replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 miles.

The Cost of A Tiny Home: Living

The daily or monthly expenses depend on several variables, including your location, the size of your home, the number of appliances being used, the number of occupants, the structure of the tiny house (if it’s on foundation or wheels), and if the home is in or off the grid. 

We can’t definitely say that living off-grid is way cheaper because, as just mentioned, the costs of everyday living depends on so many factors. 

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But one thing is for sure: tiny homes are more affordable and sustainable than traditional homes. 

For example, most tiny houses use a solar panel system as a primary energy source, instead of hooking to an electrical grid. The home being totally reliant on the sun means you won’t be spending anything on electric bills. 

But let’s also not forget that although you’ll be saving a lot every month, having a solar panel system installed in your tiny home requires you to pay a huge amount of upfront fees. The average cost of a solar panel system goes up to $6,500 or higher, depending on the brand, market value, and demand. 

Water is another thing to consider. You can choose to connect to the local water system or live off-grid and rely entirely on your water tanks and rainwater collection. 

Your appliances also do play a role in your expenses. We highly recommend that you purchase home appliances that are energy-saving, compact, and functional. Check out our highly recommended appliances in our article: 10 Home Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

Living in a tiny home doesn’t mean you have to live small. You can live big in tiny living space by making sure you’ll get the utilities you need, including electricity, water, and internet. 

[Must read: How Do Tiny Houses Get Utilities?]

Parking fees are also another thing to consider. The cost to park a tiny home depends on the period you’re going to use the spot, the location, and the time of the year. Short-term parking may cost between $10 and $12, while monthly parking fees can range between $600 to $1,200. 

Final Takeaway

There’s a ton of things to consider if you’re planning to transition from a traditional home to a tiny house. The cost to build, maintain, and live in a tiny home may be larger than what is usually advertised in TV shows and documentaries. 

You can buy pre-manufactured tiny homes or have them built either by yourself or with help from a professional crew. Remember, your location can impact the building cost. Land properties in well-developed neighborhoods can be very expensive. Building codes can add up to the total cost as well. 

It doesn’t matter if your tiny house is constructed using the finest and most expensive materials, if you’re not maintaining it, it can still fall into disrepair. Maintenance is even more important if your tiny home is on wheels. 

Don’t forget that your towing car needs regular inspection as well.

Lastly, your monthly expenses would depend on how you live in your petite dwelling. Guaranteed, you’d be able to save a lot of money if you go off-grid and rely on renewable energy sources like a solar panel system. 

Related Questions

Is it cheaper to buy or build a tiny house?

The cost of a tiny house depends on if you purchase it or build it. Tiny homes with luxurious and elaborate designs can go as high as $150,000. Some individuals were able to assemble their tiny homes with only a $12,000 to $35,000 budget.

Can you park a tiny house on your own land?

There are zoning laws and building codes across the country that prohibit you from buying land and building a tiny house on it. What you can do instead is that you will have to build an accessory dwelling unit — a secondary dwelling unit located on a family lot. Ask your local state regarding the zoning laws and building regulations you must comply with. 

50 Genius Tiny House Furniture Ideas

50 Genius Tiny House Furniture Ideas

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Living in a tiny house is all cute and adorable, but let’s face it… it’s big in compromises. One thing’s for sure, though — compromise does not have to be ugly. We all love to decorate our homes and make them look great. However, with a small space, designing your tiny home can be tough.

Because you have limited space, it’s essential (and practical) to use space-saving and compact furniture. We at All About Tiny Houses are committed to helping you get brilliant ideas to make your tiny house a big home. We’ve listed our 50 genius tiny house furniture ideas, which excel in their designs, functionality, and durability. 

Below you will find everything — from tables to desks, cabinets, shelves, organizers, and even couch and beds. Each one has an ingenious space-saving design with uncompromised features. We’re sure you’ll find some genius tiny house furniture ideas with this guide. 

We’ll start with table and desk furniture, then some storage ideas. Lastly, the beds and sofas. 

50 Genius Tiny House Furniture Ideas

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Desks and Tables

50. Walnut Fold-Out Convertible Desk

Standard desks are great, but they take too much space, which isn’t so nice if you’re living in a tiny home. So, why not get a fold-out convertible desk? A fold-out desk helps save space. It’s mounted on the wall, and the desk can be easily stowed away if you don’t need it. 

Check it out on Amazon for only $139.99.

49. Rivet Coffee Table with Storage Box

When it comes to tiny houses, a coffee table shouldn’t be just a coffee table. Dual-purpose tables work best on tiny homes because of their functionality. For example, this Rivet coffee table works as a side table and a storage space for concealing remote controls, magazines, and other small items.

Check it out on Amazon for only $246.40.

48. Furinno Adjustable Tray

A computer desk that can be either short or tall is exactly what tiny housers need, especially those that work at home. Functional, ergonomic, and space-saving… it’s genius! This Furinno adjustable desk offers portability. It’s also designed for better storage. It’s made of 100% aluminum for sturdiness and durability. 

Check it out on Amazon for as low as $35.32.

47. GreenForest L-Shaped Corner Desk

That tiny corner you have in your tiny home can be instantly turned into an office with this GreenForest L-Shaped Corner Desk. With its genius L-shaped workspace, you can easily switch the two sides and take full advantage of space. It’s sturdy and stylish. 

Get it from Amazon for only $99.99.

46. Mateo Rustic Desk

Withered, rustic, and classic, the Mateo Rustic Desk is one of the best choices when it comes to sleek, durable, and functional desks. It comes with a roomy pull-out drawer to keep all your documents and office supplies in one place. 

Get it from PotteryBarn for as low as $284.

45. Haotian Floating Desk with Storage

Wall-mounted desks work perfectly in tiny houses because they offer the same features as conventional desks without taking too much space. This Haotian Floating Desk, for example, features top shelves, side shelves, and drawers. 

Get it from Amazon for as low as $94.99.

44. Nathan James Foldable Dining Table

You don’t always need a big dining table… so get a dining table that can be both small and big. When you’re eating alone or with a friend, you can make use of the standard centerpiece. And if you have guests, simply pull up the folded leaves. 

Get it from Amazon for only $158.72.

43. Floating Window Desk

You want a functional and durable desk, but you don’t want it to eat so much floor space. Well, this floating window desk might be your way to go. It can be used as a TV stand, bench, desk, or as a table. How you use it is definitely your choice. 

This floating window is available in different sizes. 

Get it from Amazon for as low as $99.00.

42. Mr. IRONSTONE Workstation

Turn your tiny home into a tiny office! The Mr. IRONSTONE L-shaped workstation is space-saving and… drum rolls… easy to assemble. With its structure, you can lay two to three monitors or screens, books, documents, papers, and even home plants. It’s perfect for working, reading, and gaming. 

Get it from Amazon for only $119.99. 

41. Tribesigns Computer Desk

If you don’t prefer L-shaped workstations but still want a desk that can accommodate up to two monitors, then this Tribesigns desk is a perfect choice! It’s roomy enough to fit in two screens, as well as other components like keyboard, mouse, etc. It can also hold your files, documents, and other desk accessories. 

Get it from Amazon for only $139.99. 

40. DIY Wood Computer Desk Riser

This desk riser elevates your monitor and gives you instant office vibes in your tiny home. This is essential for tiny housers who work from home. It can also accommodate some office items to keep your desk neat. 

Get it from Amazon for only $55.99.

39. Box Frame Drop Leaf Expandable Table

This table is designed with small spaces in mind. It doubles in width when its two side leaves are extended so that you can seat two on a normal day and accommodate six guests when needed. It’s made of robust steel frame and solid mango wood top. 

Get it from West Elm for only $349.30.

38. Knurl Nesting Accent Tables

Space-saving, durable, and functional, the Knurl Nesting Accent table mixes hard-working metals into modern tables with industrial style. The small bronze table can be tucked under the large table as two-tiered, two-toned bunching tables. It’s handcrafted, features cast-aluminum tops, and has antiqued brass finish. 

This table is exclusive in Crate and Barrel. Get it for only $429.00.

37. Charley C-Side Table

Charley C-Side Table is perfect for tiny houses. It’s handsome, handy, and makes minimal footprint. The C shape of the frame lets you squeeze the table on your sofa; the foot under your couch, and the top is on your lap. The frame is made of durable metal. 

Get it exclusively from West Elm for only $139.00.

36. Mid-Century Pop-Up Coffee Table

When you live in a home with limited space, you need furniture that can serve dual purposes. This mid-century pop-up coffee table, for example, works both as a coffee table and storage. The table features a pop-up top that reveals hidden storage space, which is perfect for stowing books, magazines, and board games during your next get-together. 

Get it exclusively from West Elm for only $699.00.

35. Southern Enterprises Willingham Wall Mount Folding Laptop Desk

Foldable desks are the way to go if you need a functional desk but want to save space. This wall-mounted foldable desk features four compartments so that you have lots of rooms to keep your essentials. It’s small-space friendly that works perfectly in almost any room. This wall-mount folding desk is made with wood veneer and metal hardware. 

Get it from Amazon for only $100.00.

[Must read: 10 Home Appliances Your Tiny House Needs]

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Storage Ideas

34. Monroe Trades Industrial Clothing Rack

One of the challenges of living in a tiny house is getting storage for your clothes. Worry no more. Get this Industrial Clothing Rack from Monroe Trades. It features two shelves for your folded clothes, bags, shoes, hats, and outfits, and a cross metal bar so that you can hang your other clothes. It also features wheels for portability. 

Get it exclusive from Monroe Trades for only $425.00. 

33. Rainier Galvanized Storage Cart

This three-shelved cart will be your best friend in your tiny home. You can use it in your home office, kitchen, and bath. Decor it with fresh flowers and towels for the bath. Or keep your pens, documents, highlighters, and folders for the office. You can also keep your flatware, napkins, and other kitchen tools in this cart. It’s straightforward to use and durable. 

Get it from Pottery Barn for only $99.00. 

32. Leather Storage Ottoman

If you feel like getting an ottoman, then get one that serves two purposes — a stool and storage. This leather storage ottoman for Crate and Barrel has dimensions 17” x 17” x 17”. It’s compact, portable, and colorful! The ottoman is crafted with a solid hardwood frame and robust wood side panels for lastingness.

Get it from Crate and Barrel for only $149.00.

31. Kings Brand Wine Display Rack Table

Wine storage and table in one structure? Clever! Keep your wines and liquor properly organized with this functional and elegant wine table. The wine rack can accommodate up to 11 bottles of wine. The tabletop is a perfect surface to pour out drinks and hold an open bottle. 

Get it from Amazon for only $59.99.

30. Wall-Mounted Pot Rack

One of the secrets to saving space in your tiny home is to hang things as much as you can. Kitchenware is usually big and bulky, so hanging them is the best way to keep them organized without taking too much space in your kitchen. This wall-mounted pot rack from Crate and Barrel lets you store cookware and cookbooks within easy rich. It has 12 hooks and can hold up to 100 pounds. 

Get it from Crate and Barrel for only $199.95. 

29. Thalia Buffet

If you love to host but you’re short of space, then Thalia Buffet will be your best friend. It’s designed with small spaces in mind and is perfect for a buffet or media console. It has drawers and tempered-glass-protected shelves to keep your kitchenware or media tools. It is made of kiln-dried mango wood, which gives its rustic feels.

Get it from Pottery Barn for only $799.00. 

28. Industrial Storage Hall Stand

Another innovation from West Elm, this Industrial Storage Hall is made of steel and solid wood. It instantly gives you a 20-square-feet of storage with cubbies and hooks, so that you can keep your backpacks, leases, and jackets in one place. It also has a cushioned bench. 

Check it out on West Elm

27. Danbury Armed Storage Ottoman Bench

In need of a wide extra seating option? Get this ottoman bench padded and designed to give you the best comfort. It features wide, hidden storage so that you can secure your valuable items. It’s elegant, compact, and durable. 

Get it from Walmart for only $166.39. 

26. Berggren Ivory Velvet Armed Storage Bench

This storage bench is a perfect addition to your living room or bedroom. It comes with storage space so you can hide our items you want easy access to, but not necessarily on display. This bench can double as a seat or as a stool. 

Get it from GDF Studio for only $166.99. 

25. Lamara Modern Armed Storage Bench

A storage bench is a piece of perfect furniture if you want extra seats and storage. The Lamara Modern Storage Bench features off-white upholstery and cushioned arms. It’s designed for small-spaced homes. You can use it as a stool or place it near the window so that you can enjoy your afternoon coffee. 

Get it from GDF Studio for only $170.99.

24. O&K Furniture 72 Inch Hall Tree Rack Bench

Instant storage in your living room? Why not! This rack bench has seven hooks where you can hang your coats, jackets, hats, and scarves. The racks can accommodate your shoes and other essentials. It’s made of durable iron frame and Barnwood finish to give you aesthetics and robustness. 

Get it from Amazon for only $139.99.

23. Bush Furniture Salinas Hall Tree with Storage Bench

Want extra storage? A closet sounds nice, but your space doesn’t allow you to have one. A huge cabinet isn’t nice as well. Get this hall storage bench instead. It has hooks for jackets and other clothing, and four racks for your shoes, bags, magazines, etc. 

Get it from Amazon for as low as $142.55. 

22. Elaine Grey Entry Bench with Coat Rack

Finding extra spots for storage can be really difficult when you live in a tiny home. Elaine entry bench is one of the 50 genius tiny house furniture ideas, so you can stay organized and neat. It has six durable hooks for storing accessories, coats, jackets, and more. It’s a wonderful addition to your tiny home. Really, downsizing doesn’t mean you cannot live big. 

Get it from GDF Studio for only $200.99. 

21. Shelving Solution Cross Display Wall Shelf

A shelf doesn’t have to be boring. This shelving display features cross display, which is both aesthetic and functional. The shelf gives you eight box racks that can accommodate a picture frame or two, flowers, stuff toys, and other items for display. 

Check it out on Amazon

20. Caden Industrial Three-Tier Wall-Mounted Shelf

Once you live in a tiny house, you have to think of ways you can store your items organized, so they won’t end up to be clutters. The Caden Wood Floating Shelf is a genius fixture to keep your things tidy and properly stored. It’s wall-mounted, which means it won’t eat up floor space. The three racks are roomy enough to accommodate your important items. 

Get this from Houzz for as low as $79.89.

19. Greenco 5-Tier Wall-Mount Corner Shelves

If a three-tiered shelf isn’t enough, then get this Greenco 5-tier wall-mount corner shelf. It’s sleek and has a minimalistic structure. This corner shelf is perfect for laying your clock, family pictures, and even house plants. 

Get this from Amazon for as low as $21.90. 

18. Adorn Home Essentials Corner Zigzag Wall Mount Shelves

Compact, stylish, and sleek… these are exactly the kind of furniture you will want in a tiny house. This corner zigzag mount shelf from Adorn Home Essentials may be small, but it has rooms for your valued items for display. The unique shelf design can accommodate your collectibles, awards, and other decorative items. It’s eco-friendly and sturdy. 

Get this from Amazon for as low as $27.98. It is available in three-tier and five-tier variants. 

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Sofa, Chair, and Bed Ideas

17. Soma Fremont Square Arm Upholstered Sofa

Sofas don’t have to be bulky. Take this Soma Fremont Sofa, for example. It’s compact and intricately designed for relaxing. The comfortable cushion will give you the relaxation you need. It comes with one sofa and one floating chaise ottoman with reversible chaise seat cushion. 

Get it from Pottery Barn for only $1,149 – $2,149

16. Shawn Modern Velvet Club Chair

Just because you live in a tiny house doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. If you want a chic chair that won’t take up much floor space, then get this Shawn Velvet club chair. It’s compact, durable, functional, and cushiony. It is 100% made of polyester and structured with stainless steel for guaranteed long lastingness

Get it from GDF Studio for only $247.34.

15. Sequence Modular Corner Chair

When it comes to a tiny house, maximizing space is important. It’s essential to have furniture and household items that can fit even the tiniest corner. 

Complete your room with this L-shaped modular chair. It’s eco-friendly, durable, elegant, and versatile. It features kiln-dried hardwood. 

Get this from Lumens for only $1,180.00.

14. Steel & Bonded Leather Folding Chair

Folding chairs are our all-time favorite furniture. They are handy, portable, lightweight, and functional. Get this Samsonite steel and bonded leather folding chair. It comes with memory foam for added comfort. You can use it indoors or bring it outdoors. 

If you don’t need it, you can just fold it and slide it under your bed or a table. If a guest needs a seat, you simply have to pull it out and unfold. Voila! 

Get it from Amazon

13. Truda Outdoor Acacia Wood Foldable Bistro Chair

Who hates foldable chairs? We certainly don’t. They’re useful and can be easily folded when not in use. This Truda chair uses acacia wood for a sleek and exotic look. It’s compact and foldable for easy storage and transport. What’s more, it’s easy to maintain because the table is naturally weather-resistant. 

Get this from Amazon for only $232.99.

12. Cosco All Steel Folding Chair

Simple and durable — these are what Cosco steel folding chairs guarantee. The folding chairs have contoured seats and powder-coated finish. They also have non-marring leg tips to protect floor surfaces. 

The Cosco chairs are available in three variants: vinyl, fabric, and steel. 

Get it from Amazon for as low as $44.28.

11. GREATIME BS1111-2 Eastern King Black Leatherette Storage Bed

Don’t just settle on conventional beds. When you’re living in a tiny home, it’s practical to use furniture with dual features. This Greatime bed has hidden storage so that you can hide your pillows, linens, curtains, and other bedroom items in one place. Simply pull the bed up to reveal the storage. 

Get it from Amazon for only $769.99.

10. Harper & Bright Designs Twin-Size Platform Storage Bed

A bed with storage headboard? Genius! This twin-size bed comes with 11 open shelves in the headboard that can store personal items and books. It’s also made with durability in mind having 11 wood slats to protect the mattress and provide greater security. It’s easy to assemble. Hardware and instructions are included. 

Get this from Amazon.

9. Frenty Mid-Century Modern Dog Bed with Storage

Living in a tiny house can be difficult, more so if you have a pet with you. Give your doggo his very own space with this Frenty dog bed. It comes with storage to keep all your pup’s toys and bath essentials. The acacia wood guarantees lastingness and the plush cushion ensures your doggo gets a comfortable sleep every day. 

Get this from GDF Studio for only $70.99. 

8. Discovery World Furniture Mission Twin Over Full Staircase Bunk Bed with Trundle

If you need a bed for the entire family, then this bed with twin trundle is a perfect choice. It can accommodate up to three persons. It also comes with four drawers and a cabinet to keep everyone’s household items. 

Get this from Amazon for only $799.00.

7. Harper & Bright Designs Twin-Over-Twin Trundle Bunk Bed

If you need a sleek and stylish bunk bed, then this Harper & Bright Designs is the way to go. It comes with a ladder and safety rail for extra security. The space underneath can be used as extra storage. 

Get it from Amazon for only $406.51. 

6. Milliard Diplomat Folding Bed

There’s no denying that folding beds should be among this list of 50 genius tiny house furniture ideas. They are easy to assemble and store. This folding bed from Milliard has a full-metal bed frame and contouring comfort. 

Get it from Amazon for only $239.99.

5. LUCID Rollaway Guest Bed

You can be an excellent host, even if you have a tiny space. Get this LUCID guest bed. It’s foldable, portable, lightweight, and comfortable. You can easily store it when not in use. 

Get this from Amazon for as low as $184.74. 

4. Better Homes & Gardens Solid Wood Arm-Metal Futon

A sofa that you can sleep in is a good furniture idea in tiny homes. This futon from Better Homes and Gardens converts to a comfortable full-size sleeper. 

Get this from Walmart for only $399.99.

3. Heston Vinyl Click Clack Futon Sofa Bed

Stylize your tiny home with this futon sofa bed. This adjustable bed can be laid flat or propped upright to create a backrest. It could be a sofa all day, and a bed all night. The modern design is beyond compare. 

Get this from GDF Studio for only $179.59. 

2. Modern Sofa Bed Sleeper Faux Leather Convertible Sofa Set

Get yourself a budget-friendly sofa that can also work as a bed. This sofa set is designed with comfort in mind. It can be a lounger at day and a sleeper at night. 

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1. Mecor Folding Bed with Mattress

This three-fold bed features stability and comfortability. It is made with high-quality bold-sprayed metal tubing to ensure durability. It comes with a comfortable premium mattress to give you a good night’s sleep. If you lack space but in need of an extra bed, this is highly recommended. 

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Final Takeaway

Living in a tiny house may sound boring, but it isn’t. You can still make your home stylish by choosing compact furniture that fits. We recommend using household items that serve two or more purposes. Not only are they space-saving but also much more budget-friendly. 

Related Questions

How do you make a small house look bigger?

One of the many tricks to make a house look bigger is by painting the ceiling. It makes a room look taller. You can also paint your walls in light colors. 

How do you maximize space in a small room?

You can use vertical storage and floating shelves. Adding plants to fill in empty spaces also does the trick. 

How Do Tiny Houses Get Utilities?

How Do Tiny Houses Get Utilities?

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If you’re thinking about renting or building your own tiny houses, you may need to set your home utilities before you move in. 

Setting up home utilities in a traditional home may be straightforward and isn’t too demanding since there are service providers who can help you throughout the process. But things may not be as easy if you’re going to set your home utilities yourself. 

Tiny houses, in general, get utilities the same way as conventional homes and RVs. There are services provided by power and utility companies. Every so often, however, some people wish to place their tiny homes off-the-grid, which means they have to set everything up on their own, especially if there are no utility and power companies anywhere near the location. 

Sometimes, a tiny house may use both grid and off-the-grid services. For instance, a tiny home can hook to an electricity grid but not to water service. 

The Importance of Utilities

Utilities refer to home appliances like water, electricity, gas, sewage, and internet among others. These utilities play a vital role in both economic and social development. And with these services, you get to have a clean and comfortable living environment. 

Imagine a home without water? Without power? Or without a proper sewage system? What a terrible life would that be! 

How Tiny Houses Get Water

Water should be your top priority. You can live in a tiny house without power, but never without water. So, when constructing your tiny home, you must think about how you’re going to get water. Some people think to have some spigots, pipes, and a water tank is enough, but we beg to differ. 

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Your tiny home is technically low on space. As a tiny house owner, you must look for creative space solutions not only for storage but for water access as well. 

If your tiny house is “on the grid,” it means it’s near or within a city and you’re able to hook to the city’s water system. On the other hand, if your tiny home is far or nowhere near a city and connecting to a public water supply isn’t viable, then your house is considered “off the grid.”

The first thing to consider is getting water into your home mainly for bathroom and kitchen use.

Many tiny house owners get a water tank that can easily fit inside kitchen cabinets. This is where you will store your water. You fill the water tanks by connecting to a water supply using an RV hose (on the grid) or by carrying jugs of water to your tanks (off-grid).

The point of living in a tiny house is to promote a conservationist lifestyle. That means cutting back on excess. That means using jugs and bottles of water may be counterintuitive. 

But the good news is that there are still several ways you can store water without ever having to sacrifice your goal to go greener. And probably one of the most underrated — yet, effective — way to get water is by using what nature has already provided. 

Most tiny house owners like to use water collection and filtration systems. If, for instance, you live in a place with plenty of rainfall, water collection and filtration systems may be the way to go. 

A water collection system works by gathering rainfall. It then processes the water through the filtration system, so it’s safe to use. 

And when you’re off-grid, you can heat your water by using a tankless propane water heater. You will also be needing a pump for water pressure in your shower and sink. The pump, however, needs a power supply. If you’re off-grid, then you may need a solar power system to power it up (more of this later). 

Drainage Solutions

Now let’s talk about where all the water goes. But first, understand these terms:

Greywater – water from your shower and sink

Blackwater – water from your toilet

Greywater is much easier to dispose of than blackwater. That explains why many tiny house dwellers prefer composting toilets over a conventional toilet system — there’s simply no need of blackwater disposal with composting toilets. 

[Must read: The 3 Best Toilets For Tiny Houses]

When you’re on the grid, you can connect to a septic system or a public sewer with a sewer hose to dispose of blackwater and greywater. 

Now, how about disposing of greywater when you’re off-grid? In an off-grid setting, greywater is sent to a portable storage tank (through pipes). Then, you will need to empty the storage tank as needed or if you’re at a designated dumping station. 

Or, you can also drain the portable storage tank into the ground that irrigates a garden. If you choose this option, make sure to use biodegradable shampoos and soaps so the greywater will not harm the plants. 

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Using Blackwater Tanks

If the idea of having a composting toilet isn’t much of your liking, then you can use blackwater tanks. Take note, though, that disposing of blackwater is more complicated than greywater, especially if you’re in an off-grid setting. There are gazillion harmful bacteria in blackwater from toilet waste. 

So, if you don’t have a composting toilet, you can use blackwater collection tanks instead. Once the tank is full, you need to go to a dumping station and dump it. If this task is way too unpleasant for you, you can hire a professional service to do the work for you. 

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How Tiny Houses Get Electricity

Tiny houses need electricity. That’s for sure. Electricity is an essential service that makes life so much easier. It’s what powers on the air conditioner when we’re feeling hot, the portable heater when we’re feeling extra cold, the electric kettle when we feel like drinking tea, and the computer when there’s a job to do. 

Powering up your tiny dwelling is important whether you’re on or off the grid. So, what are the best power options for your tiny house?

You have several options. The best option depends on a number of variables. True, the idea of being completely self-sufficient is adorable, especially if you want to go greener. However, there are some drawbacks you need to consider as well. 

[Must read: How Much Electricity Do Tiny Homes Use?]

Below are the common power options along with their upsides and downsides:

Solar Panels

Most tiny house owners choose solar panels as a primary source of power, especially those in an off-grid setting. 

Having a solar panel system is also a great way of generating clean and free electricity. And since the electricity comes directly from Mr. Sun, you can cut your electricity bills and save a lot of money. 

Consider this: if you’re living in Iowa or Kansas, the electricity rate is $0.10 per kWh. If your tiny house uses around 700 kWh per month, that’s $70 per month. But with a solar panel system, you don’t have to shell out money — not even a dime. 

But then again, there are downsides, some of which may hold you back from choosing solar panels. 

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The Disadvantages of Solar Panel

First, a solar panel system often has an astronomical price. The upfront payment is just too big for many tiny house dwellers. According to Energy Sage, the cost of solar in 2019 is $2.99 per watt. In the U.S, the average solar panel system size is 6 kW. Therefore, the average solar panel system costs about $12,600 after tax credits. 

If you think that’s way too expensive, then you’d be surprised to know that the solar panel price has actually fallen 23% over the past five years! 

And let’s not forget that the number of solar panels (and the system size) depends on the size of your home and power consumption, which by the way is also determined by the size of your household and the number (and quality) of your appliances.

That means if you have many appliances, a large number of dependents, and a *technically* large tiny home, then you may need a bigger solar panel system. This could be an issue for those who are on a tight budget. 

Here’s a list of the average cost of solar panels based on system size

System SizeAverage Solar Panel Cost(before tax credits)Average Solar Panel Cost(after tax credits)
2 kW$5,990$4,200
3 kW$9,000$6,300
4 kW$12,000$8,400
5 kW$15,000$10,500
6 kW$18,000$12,600
7 kW$21,000$14,700
8 kW$24,000$16,800
10 kW$30,000$21,000
12 kW$36,000$25,200
15 kW$44,900$31,400
20 kW$59,800$41,900
25 kW$74,800$52,400

Another thing to remember about having a solar panel system is that your petite home must be in a place with abundant sunlight, as it is the main source of your energy. This can be a drawback for people who live in a place that doesn’t have much sunlight, like Alaska, West Virginia, and Michigan, which are among the cloudiest states. 

There are companies that were able to develop solar panels that can generate power even when it’s cloudy or rainy, but such panels usually cost triple the price of the regular versions. 

Learn more: How Many Solar Panels Does It Take To Power a Tiny Home?

Fuel Power

A tiny house uses need smaller power sources compared to traditional residential homes. You can power up your tiny home with a gas generator, especially if you’re off-grid and hooking to a power source is not an option. 

Although this is also doable in bigger homes, traditional houses can better save money if they connect to an electricity grid. 

With a gas generator, you can power up your dwelling as long as you have access to gas. That sounds promising until you realize that you’ll only have power if gas is accessible. Otherwise, there’s just no powering up your dwelling. 

Disadvantages of Fuel Power

Noise

Other tiny house owners who have used gas generators already also complain about the noise and fuel expense. They are usually loud, which is a major setback for families with infants. A gas generator may not also be a good option if you’re in need of a quiet space (i.e., if you work remotely at home).

Fuel expense

How much you spend on fuel for your generator depends on how many kW it is, the size loads you are carrying, and how often you will be running it. These details should be in the spec sheet of your generator. It must also tell you how much fuel it uses at half load and full load. 

For example, a 20kW generator uses 205 cubic feet of natural as per hour at half load, and 302 cubic feet at full load. If natural gas costs around $12.75 for 1,000 cubic feet, that means your fuel expense is at $2.60 per hour at half-load and $3.83 per hour at full load. 

So, a six-hour use of generator will cost you around $15 to $19, which is anywhere between $450 to $570 a month! 

This is to say that your fuel expense will depend majorly on (1) the national fuel price, (2) your tiny home’s power consumption, and (3) the specifications of the generator you will use. 

Price

The price of fuel generator varies by type. A small generator can cost as little as $300, while larger versions can cost as much as $15,000!

Price of generator:

TypePrice
Solar$300 to $5,000
Liquid Propane$500 to $6,000
Gasoline$500 to $3,000
Diesel$3,000 to $15,000
Natural Gas$1,900 to $5,000

Here are the average costs of generators with their typical coverage:

Power CapabilityCoverageAverage Price
7 kW1 appliance / up to 8 circuits$1,900
11 kW2 appliances / up to 16 circuits$3,000
16 kW1,000 – 3,000 sq. ft. home$3,700
17 kW2,500 – 3,000 sq. ft. home$4,500
20 kW3,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. home$4,900
22 kW5,000 ++ sq. ft. home$5,800
30 kWCommercial spaces$12,000

Technically, you won’t be using as much as 30 kW powered generators, so that should give you relief. But then again, you have to consider how much power you actually need for your dwelling. 

Installation

While it’s not such a bad idea if you install your generator, it would be wiser if you hire a professional service to do the work for you. One incorrect wiring can backfeed power into the grid and cause major fire damage. 

Fuel cost and generator price are expensive already. To make things worse, it requires big fat cash to pay professional crews that will handle the installation. 

On the brighter side, the cost may not be as much with traditional homes, yet it is still something to be concerned about. 

Maintenance

Poorly functioning generators can put you to a lot of risks. That’s why you need to perform certain preventative maintenance needs on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you know you can perform this all by yourself, then you can save money from paying a professional. Otherwise, you want to consider saving up to pay someone to do the job.

Tasks to perform includes:

  1. Checking battery, exerciser circuits, and alternator voltage
  2. Repairing leaks in coolant
  3. Inspecting belts, clamps, bolts, and connections, as well as replacing them when needed
  4. Changing the oil and filter

The Best Generators to Consider

If you search for “best generators” on Google, you will be presented with hundreds of generators — all of which claim to be the “best.” 

There’s just too many generators out there that selecting becomes rather difficult. So we’ve filtered the best options out there to make things much easier on your end:

WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800W Portable Generator

Features:

  • Provides consistent power of 3,400 watts for 8.5 hours (at half-load). 
  • Offers DC-port, AC port, and USB port
  • Electric start mechanism
  • Economy mode available
  • Digital load display
  • Creates less noise compared to other generators; only 57 dB noise output
  • Shut-off switch makes shutting off easy

Pulsar 4,000W Gas-Powered Quiet Generator

Features:

  • Compact
  • Highlights power rating of 3,500W
  • Can run for 15 hours at 50% load
  • 3.4-gallon capacity
  • Noise output is at 63 dB
  • Offers AC outlet of 20 amps, 30 amps, and DC outlet of 12V
  • USB outlet available
  • Remote start mechanism

Champion 100233 3,400W Generator

Features:

  • Has inverter capability
  • Features a power rating of 3,400 W
  • 120 V AC outlet and 12 V DC outlet available
  • Can run smoothly for 7.5 hours at 25% load
  • The wheels make it easy to move around
  • Noise output is only 58 dB

DuroStar DS4000S Gas-Powered Generator

Features: 

  • Offers a power rating of 3,300 W
  • Reduced vibration
  • Noise output is 69 dB
  • Can run for 12.5 hours at 50% load
  • 4-gallon tank
  • Steel frame
  • Air-cooled for prolonged use
  • Gas-powered

Westinghouse iGen4500DF Inverter Generator

Features:

  • Features 3,700W power
  • Dual powered
  • USB outlets, AC port, and DC ports available
  • 3.4-gallon tank capacity
  • Can run smoothly for 18 hours on a full tank
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How Tiny Houses Get Internet Connection

Getting an internet connection for your tiny dwelling is not as difficult as you think. You have several options to choose from. 

Wired Connection

One way to get connected is to use wired cable internet. This option is best for tiny houses that are near or within a city. Not only is an easy option but also the most affordable. 

While many people today choose WiFi over cabled internet, there’s no denying that a wired connection has some advantages over wireless. In terms of speed, wifi wins the game, but a DSL connection lets you transfer files between devices on your network way faster than WiFi. 

This is because transferring files to your other devices don’t use an internet connection, but only the speeds your local network hardware provides. 

Local speed is important when:

  • You have devices streaming from a media server. A DSL connection boosts the quality of the stream. 
  • You need to perform a backup. Backing up using a wired connection is faster. 

Pros:

  • More secure than a wireless connection
  • Transferring data/files is faster 
  • Great for a home office

Cons:

  • Difficult to set up; involves a number of cables
  • You won’t have much freedom to move around with your device
  • A less convenient option for public use

Wireless Internet

Not having a wireless connection is so not 2019…. You know what I mean. WiFi offers fast and convenient internet connection, making daily internet tasks smooth — be it for work or entertainment. 

With a wireless connection, you can get your devices connected to the internet without the need for cables and ports. You are free to move around in your tiny house with your device yet still connected to the web. 

One problem you might often find yourself dealing with is that WiFi connection tends to get slower the more devices are connected to it. 

Pros:

  • You can move around your home without getting disconnected. 
  • Transferring files don’t require the use of cables. 
  • Most establishments (restaurants, coffee shops, etc.) offer free WiFi. You could be a freeloader. 
  • Several devices can connect to a WiFi connection. 

Cons:

  • Transferring of files may not require for cables, but it’s slower compared to DSL. 
  • The internet connection tends to drop in WiFi. 
  • The strength of the internet depends on your location, especially if you’re using a mobile hotspot. 
  • Interference from other electrical devices may slow down your internet speed. 
  • Household items can block the signal and weaken the connection.

Satellite Internet

Satellite internet may be the best internet option for off-grid tiny houses. With it, you can get a reliable internet connection in places that WiFi and DSL connection are not viable. 

Those who want to place their tiny houses in a secluded area or a place way too far from the grid, then satellite internet is the way to go. 

Pros:

  • A satellite internet connection allows you to browse the web in places that WiFi and DSL connection cannot reach. 
  • More affordable
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • The weather can affect your internet speed.
  • The strength of your internet depends on how the receiver is placed. 
  • Rain can cause interference and slow down your download and upload speeds

Read more: Get Your Tiny Home Connected: How To Get Internet

Related Questions

How do tiny houses handle sewage?

Hook up your tiny house to city sewage or a septic tank. If you have a holding tank, you can empty blackwater by dumping it in a dumping station. 

Can you use the bathroom when power is out?

It depends on what toilet system you use. Composting toilets don’t need electricity, but incinerators do. 

10 Home Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

10 Home Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

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Fitting all you need in a tiny house can be hard sometimes, but there’s no denying that pulling your creative muscle is one of the best parts of owning a tiny house. You’re working in a limited amount of space, which may be new to you. And so it requires innovation so you can use every inch of your tiny home. 

Therefore, it only makes sense to purchase appliances with design and performance that fit your needs. You may be wondering what home appliances your tiny house needs. 

Read on as we give you a list of the best appliances for tiny homes. We’ll also talk about how to choose appliances that’ll reduce your energy use and lower your electricity bill. 

Home Appliances Your Tiny Home Needs

Tiny houses have escalated in popularity, and they attract more and more people nowadays. The tiny house movement, however, is not just a passing trend. It inspires people to live a minimal, cost-effective, and eco-friendly living. 

Many believed that traditional homes are a great investment until the housing market crisis happened in 2006. Called the United States housing bubble, the housing prices exponentially increased in early 2006, then soon started to decline that same year and the year after. 

The year 2008 was reported to have the largest housing price drop in history. This left many people to feel disillusioned with the idea of homeownership. 

Then came the tiny house movement. Affordable, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly, many people transitioned from traditional homes to tiny houses. 

But then again, living in a tiny house poses a lot of challenges, choosing small-scale yet high-performing appliances included. While the market is already bombarded with household appliances for tiny houses, choosing the best items is still tricky more so if your house measures no more than 200 square feet in total area. 

That said, it’s important to consider buying appliances that are extremely compact, yet durable and high-performing. Here are some great home appliances your tiny house needs. These items will save you some space and reduce your energy usage and even water consumption.

Water-Conserving Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

Did you know? On average, each person uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water per day for indoor home uses. Globally, that’s around 4 trillion cubic meters of fresh water a year!

So what can you do to make a change in the environment and conserve water? Living in a tiny house is one, but you can do more than just that. How? By using water-conserving appliances in your tiny house. 

Many companies are stepping towards providing greener alternatives to conserve water and reduce water usage every month. For most consumers, conserving gallons of water every month and saving big on utility bills is as easy as changing old appliances for more eco-friendly models. 

Check out some of our favorite water-conserving appliances below:

Low-Flow Toilets

According to a report, a conventional toilet uses 3 gallons per flush. An average household flushes six to eight times per day. 

3 gallons per flush x 6 to 8 flushes per day = 18 to 24 gallons*

Niagara Stealth is one of the best low-flow toilets available in the market. Consumers report that this toilet does not clog. It only uses 0.8 gallons per flush. And compared to other similar products, Niagara Stealth is way more affordable. 

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Low-flow toilets are a good option only if you want a toilet system similar to that in a traditional home. You can conserve more water if you use composting toilets.

Here’s why we think composting toilets are a better option.

Composting toilets are cheaper than a traditional toilet system. They are also faster to install, consume a minimal amount of space, require little maintenance, conserve water, and generate nutrient-rich fertilizer. 

What’s another great thing about composting toilets is that most companies offer lifetime warranties. 

[Must Read: The 3 Best Toilet for Tiny Houses]

Shower Filters

Did you know? An average person uses 2 gallons of water a minute in a shower. That means a 10-minute shower consumes 20 gallons of water. 

Shower filters purify water to reduce chlorine, chloramine, and chemical content in your shower, so you can keep your skin and hair healthy and soft. The Pelican Water, however, does more than just filter dirt from water. It comes with a dual-head system that allows you to conserve hundreds of gallons of water per month! 

The pressure mode lets you enjoy a standard shower experience. The water conservation mode does the same, except you save water while still benefiting from healthier and safer water.

Pelican Water functions:

  • Filters chemicals in water, including chlorine, chloramines, and other contaminants
  • Improves softness in skin and hair by reducing dryness, flakiness, and fading of dyed hair.
  • Removes unpleasant odors from water.
  • Maintains shower pressure for excellent shower experience. 
  • Features dual-head function. 

Advanced Dishwashers

Did you know? A dishwasher uses four to 10 gallons of water a day. That’s 120 to 300 gallons of water per month.

If you have a large household and cook at home frequently, then you might use more water than the average presented above. You can conserve water by purchasing an efficient Energy Star-certified dishwasher. 

The Beko DIT28430 uses a very minimal amount of water, only 2.4 gallons of water per cycle to be exact. A standard dishwasher uses about 5 gallons of water per cycle, which means the Beko DIT28430 is 52% better than the standard dishwasher. 

It is Energy Star-certified and is 27% better than US Federal standard dishwasher in terms of energy use per annum. 

Water-Saving Washing Machines

A standard washing machine uses 15 gallons of water per load. Sometimes, it can go as high as 45 gallons. You can combat this alarming amount of water waste per washing cycle by opting for high-efficiency and water-conserving washing machines. Eco-friendly washing machines can help you save as much as 15 gallons of water per cycle, or even more. 

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Consider Samsung 4.5 cu. Ft. Front Loader Washer. It has eight preset wash cycles and another nine washing options. Plus, it is Energy Star-certified. 

Purchase a washing machine that’s not only water-saving but also compact and uses a minimal amount of energy. 

Read The 8 Best Washer and Dryer Combos for Tiny Homes to learn more.

Kitchen Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

As tiny houses grow more and more popular, a lot of companies across the United States and around the globe produce small-space kitchen appliances with top-notch aesthetics and performance. 

However small… or technically, tiny… the living space is, there’s no doubt that people still want the convenience of a microwave, refrigerator, hood, stove, and washer/dryer. Fortunately, manufacturers are able to meet the demand of tiny house owners by producing small-scale products — both built-in and freestanding. 

As reported by The New York Times, “micro kitchens are now being embraced by a group of early adopters who could easily afford much larger ones, and whose culinary preferences could shape kitchen design for years to come.” 

Clearly, millennials now prefer shrunken kitchen appliances because they perform efficiently yet use less energy compared to full-sized, conventional appliances. 

Plus, small kitchen appliances can make a kitchen feel larger. 

Refrigerator

You need a fridge that can efficiently provide healthy living by keeping your food fresher longer. If money isn’t a big deal, we recommend Bosch Benchmark® Built-in Freezer B18IF900SP. This 18” custom panel single door built-in freezer is Energy Star qualified for energy efficiency. 

What’s more, with the Home Connect app, you can monitor and control your fridge even if you’re away from your home. 

It has ice maker technology in its Ultra Capacity Ice Drawer and a bright all LED lighting. This slim fridge has three modes to help you control your fridge: Sabbath Mode, Economy Mode, and Vacation Mode. It also has Door Open Alarm technology. 

If you want to opt for something more budget-friendly, consider 800 Series Freestanding Easy Clean B1CB81SSS, still from Bosch. It has NoFrost technology, so you’ll never have to defrost your fridge again. It is almost 40% cheaper than the Bosch Benchmark® Built-in Freezer. Plus, it’s freestanding, so you can place it anywhere it suits in your tiny house. 

And just because it’s more affordable doesn’t mean it doesn’t have style. The stainless steel exterior looks classic and chic. And oh, it’s easy to clean.  

Remember, though, that refrigerators use the most energy, so it’s best to buy an energy-efficient fridge. 

Microwaves

If you want to reheat food, cook popcorn, or try quick Buzzfeed snacks, then you need a microwave. But not just a standard microwave but a compact, energy-saving one. 

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Take note, there is no Energy Star label for microwaves at this time. Yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot find energy-efficient microwaves.

In this world of big guides, we’ve listed down five best compact microwaves available in the market. 

ModelPowerDimensionPrice
Panasonic SD372S950 watts14.8 x 19.3 x 11$140+
Daewoo KOR-7LREW700 watts13 x 17.5 x 10.5$80+
Panasonic NN-SN686S1200 watts15.8 x 20.65 x 12.2$190+
Danby Designer700 watts14 x 17.3 x 10.1$85+
Whirlpool WMC20005YW750 watts13.75 x 15.5 x 14.1$250+

Oven

No space for a stove or stovetop? No worries. You will love Avanti Multi-Function Oven. With it, you can prepare your favorite dishes. This small yet powerful oven has two burners for stovetop cooking. Yes, with it, you can spend less on the gas bill. 

Your kitchen might have shrunk, but that doesn’t mean you have to downgrade your lifestyle as well. By choosing compact yet high performing appliances, you can still enjoy the comforts you’re accustomed to while choosing energy- and water-saving choices in the process.

Coffee maker

If you’re anything like us, you can’t start your day without a sip of coffee. There are a lot of coffeemakers in the market. Hence, we understand how overwhelming it can be to pick the best one. 

We’ve narrowed the list and picked the three best coffee makers there is for tiny houses. 

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker

Sometimes we just want to get a cup of coffee as quickly as possible. Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker can make coffee within a few minutes only. It has a removable drip tray for easy cleanup. It is also energy-efficient, making it even more perfect! 

Black+Decker Coffee Maker CM0700BZ

Ergonomic, space-saving, and affordable, Black+Decker Coffee Maker makes delicious coffee in an instant. All it takes is a flip of a switch to brew a cup of aromatic coffee. And with its permanent grounds filter, you never have to remove messy paper filters. 

Ninja 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker

Need a coffee maker that can brew coffee for the entire family? This coffee maker is capable of brewing up to 12 cups of coffee. If you want to wake up to the smell of a freshly brewed cup of joe, it takes a few taps to program this coffee maker. 

Other Home Appliances Your Tiny House Needs

Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning was once seen as a luxury, and by then, only those who have the $$$ are able to enjoy the comfort it provides. But now, as more and more companies offer air conditioning systems, they have become more affordable. 

Adding an AC system to a tiny house isn’t uncommon. Many tiny housers install AC systems in their tiny homes. 

But before getting an AC system, consider these:

  • Pick the right AC system

Look for an AC system that’s within your budget. This can help you narrow your search for air conditioners. 

Take note, too, that there are different kinds of AC units, like (1) central air system, (2) standalone units, and (3) window units. 

If an AC system is not within your budget, you can opt for alternatives instead. You can use fans or bladeless fans instead. Or better yet, keep your house cool without using AC. 

To learn more about the air conditioning system for tiny houses, read How to Get Air Conditioning in a Tiny Home. 

Heaters

Has the weather kept you chilling on your bed? A heater can help. Take note, heating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Several portable heaters are now available at affordable prices. 

Here are some ideal portable heaters for your tiny house.

Lasko 754200 Ceramic Portable Space Heater

Pros:

  • You can use the fan only feature all year round
  • The adjustable thermostat lets you pick your preferred temperature
  • Compact and space-saving
  • No need to assemble

Cons:

  • You can’t set a specific temperature 
  • It only heats in one direction

Mr. Heater MH9BX Propane Heater

Pros:

  • Made of durable and high-quality materials
  • Compact
  • Equipped with safety features
  • Light and portable

Cons:

  • Propane is more expensive than electricity
  • Heating real estate is pretty small

Homegear 1500W Infrared Electric Portable Space Heater

Pros:

  • Energy-efficient
  • Comes with a remote control
  • Equipped with temperature display

Cons:

  • Bulky and hard to move around
  • Noisier than its competitors

Get our full list of portable heaters here: The 10 Best Portable Heaters for Tiny Homes

home appliances your tiny house needs electricity

How Much Energy Do You Need?

With all these appliances in your tiny house, how much energy do you need to power them up? And how much will it cost you?

Your energy consumption depends on several variables, including the number of appliances you have, power usage of each item, frequency of use, and size of your household. And take note, having few appliances doesn’t always guarantee you’ll use less energy. 

Remember, not because you live in a tiny house doesn’t mean you’re exempted from a high electricity bill. As mentioned, several factors affect your power consumption. 

The Size of Your Tiny House

Compared to traditional homes, you can only fit in a few appliances in a tiny house. Technically, that means you’ll consume far less electricity than conventional houses. 

The average power consumption of a traditional home in the US in 2018 was 914kWh per month, according to the US Energy Information Administration. A tiny house consumes an average of 21kWh per day, which is about 630kWh per month. 

The Power Usage of Appliances

The number of appliances you have is a factor we must consider in determining the amount of power you need. But what is more important than the quantity is the power usage of your home appliances. 

It’s easy to assume that if you have fewer appliances, you’ll consume a minimal amount of energy. That’s not the case if your home appliances, though few, are high-powered. 

Let’s say you have only eight appliances at home, but six of which consumes more than 1000 kWh per day. You’re most likely going to spend big for your utility. 

Now, let’s say you have 15 appliances at home, all of which are energy-efficient. You’re likely going to spend less on your utility bill if this is the case. 

The Household Size

The number of your dependents can also impact your power consumption. The more people living in your home, the more the appliances are to be used. 

For example, your air conditioner may need to work more to accommodate eight people compared to when there are only two or three people. 

Also, cooking for eight people on an electric stovetop may take longer than if you’re cooking for two or three people only. 

Your Electricity Cost

Now you’re probably wondering how much it would cost you to power up your tiny house with all your appliances. 

There are different kinds of energy for tiny homes, including fuel power, solar power, external generators, and on-grid power. 

If you’re directly connected to an electricity grid, your electricity cost will depend on your (1) energy consumption and (2) location. 

The price of electricity varies per state. Idaho, North Dakota, Arkansas, Washington, and Utah, for example, charge 8 cents per kWh. While Arizona, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, and Nevada charge 11 cents per kWh. In Connecticut, the price of electricity is 18 cents per kWh. 

It’s important to remember that the rate of electricity may change from time to time. If you’re not sure about the cost of electricity in your area, we suggest asking your local authority. 

Solar panels are also a great choice to power up your home. A solar panel system can provide you with free and clean electricity. It’s also an excellent power option if you want to go greener. 

Though a solar panel system requires a huge amount of upfront payment, it’s a good investment considering it can power up your tiny house for years without being reliant on in-grid electricity and without having to pay for the monthly electricity bill. 

You might be interested in reading this: How Many Solar Panels Does It Take to Power a Tiny Home?

How to Buy Home Appliances

Shopping for home appliances for your tiny house is fun and exciting until you’re presented with so many options that it becomes rather overwhelming and tedious. 

So, to make your home appliance search easy, it helps to have criteria so you can narrow down your search and focus only on those that are in line with your standard. 

Here are a few tips when buying for home appliances. Thank us later. 

  • Measure it

Since you’re living in a home with limited space, you want to purchase items that are compact and can be fitted in your tiny house. 

Purchasing an appliance that fits perfectly in your house is much easier than buying one that is too large to pass through the doorway or hits the walls as it is carried in. 

When it comes to stoves, don’t forget to consider the space it needs to connect any pipes. For refrigerators, make sure that you consider the depth of the door. 

  • Look for online reviews

To make sure you get the best out of your hard-earned money, do research, and learn about the appliances you want to buy. Read online reviews from people who have actually used the product. 

You may also want to check consumer publications like Consumer Reports to get authentic reviews.

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances

Energy-efficient home appliances can help a lot in reducing your power usage. Such appliances often have an eco-mode feature that optimizes power consumption without ever sacrificing performance. 

Energy-saving items are usually easy to detect. Look for appliances that are Energy Star compliant. 

Learn more about How Much Electricity Do Tiny Homes Use here. 

How to Save Energy

Aside from choosing Energy Star appliances, there are other smart things you can do to save energy. 

Open Your Windows

Feeling hot? Why not open your windows to let cold air in instead of turning on your air conditioner? Or better yet, go outside for a quick walk, go to a windy place, and relax. 

You can use this time to unwind and be in the “now.” 

Coffee in a Flask

Instead of frequently turning on your coffee maker to get a cup of joe, you can brew your coffee once in larger amounts, drink a cup of coffee, and keep the rest in a flask. A high-quality thermos should be able to keep your coffee hot for 5 hours or so. 

coffee in flask

Use LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs use less energy than conventional light bulbs. An average household keeps lightbulbs on for an average of 5 to 8 hours (depending on your location). So if you’re going to keep your lights this long, you can save money (and energy) if your light bulbs only consume a minimal amount of energy. 

Final Takeaway

Living in a tiny house doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot enjoy the comfort of a traditional home. You can still get to use appliances, just this time you’re going to do it smarter. 

Choose energy-saving, compact, and high-performing household appliances with sleek aesthetics. Refer to our buying guide when selecting home appliances your tiny house needs. 

Owning energy-saving appliances is good, but there are other steps you can take to go greener.

Related Questions

Where can I purchase home appliances for tiny houses?

Home improvement centers offer a wide range of appliances for both tiny homes and traditional houses. Some of the famous brands known for creating high-performing, durable, and reliable appliances are Samsung, Whirlpool, Bosch, LG, Frigidaire, and KitchenAid.

Refrigerators consume large amounts of energy. Do I really need one?

To have or not have a fridge is totally up to you. But let’s not forget how a refrigerator can keep your food chilled and your produce fresh for a long period.