Storage Options for Tiny Houses

Living in a tiny house has a variety of advantages, which include less to clean, less to heat and cool, and less to worry about. However, living in these types of small homes also has a few disadvantages, one of which is that they often have fewer places to store things that are only needed occasionally. Since the space is already so small, people do not want to pile up belongings, because it makes it seem cluttered and causes moving around to be more difficult.

1. Benches and couches can cover storage space.

Underneath benches and couches are often empty space. Making them into a storage container in which the seat lifts up or a container with drawers or cabinet doors will offer several cubic feet of storage.

2. Build shelves or drawers around a window.

The light can still come in through the opening if the cabinets or shelves surround the window without covering it up. The area below the window can also be a shelf for small things without blocking the view.

3. Collapsible shelving offers extra surfaces.

A drawer-style cabinet that pushes under another surface (such as a desk or table) can be pulled out to provide more workspace as well as having storage area underneath. This is especially good for craft supplies, school and office supplies,or cooking supplies.

4. Consider overhead shelves that are open.

The upper area of walls is rarely used for anything. Adding a shelf 8-12 inches from the ceiling allows items to be put out of the way while still being accessible. This is a good place for books and less often used dishes, or other things that may not be used every day.

5. Corners can hold shelves.

A corner shelf does not take up much space but offers room to put things for decoration or regular use. This is a good place for house plants (or herbs), lamps, or other regularly accessed items.

6. Hanging baskets can hold all sorts of things.

These have been used in kitchens in the past to hold fruit and vegetables but can be used anywhere to hold pretty much anything.

7. Line the tub with shelving for bathroom products.

A nice shelf just outside the tub, backed up to it, can hold washcloths, soap, and other bathroom items easily accessible but out of the way. It may be a bit more difficult to step over, but if it is fairly narrow, it can still hold quite a bit without being too hard to manage.

8. Raised beds offer underbed storage space.

Setting a bedframe on a platform or a set of concrete blocks can lift it enough to provide substantial storage area underneath. This can be set up as drawers that extend the whole depth of the area, as cabinets, or simply as open space.

9. Reinforce the structure with shelving.

The walls are reinforced with wood in many cases. Using these supports as shelves rather than covering them up can provide a fair amount of extra storage.

10. Stairs provide storage – even spiral staircases.

Drawers can be pulled from the side or the front of the step. Alternatively, the higher stairs can house closets where clothes can be hung while the lower ones become drawers or cabinets for smaller items.

11. Try modular storage cubes.

A set of storage cubes can be arranged in a variety of ways to turn into a couch, a bed, a seating area, and other setups. Each cube can hold items that will be stored until they are removed, no matter where the cube is placed at any given time.

12. Under the floorboards can also be storage.

A nice hinged floor access panel can open to storage underneath. Alternatively, this space can be accessed from outside the building to hold things which do not require that a certain temperature is maintained. The area may not be temperature controlled, but it is protected from other weather to a large degree.

13. Use the underside of shelves, too.

Attach lids to the underside of shelves to store things in their jars; then screw the jar onto the lid to close. In the kitchen, this can be a place to put stemmed glasses or mugs with handles or other things that can hang from the shelf instead of sitting atop it.

14. Walls can be cabinets.

Walls that are cabinets are a way to divide areas without wasting space. These can have front doors like standard cabinets, or they can be narrow drawer-style cabinets that slide out to access the items on the shelves, such as those sometimes used between washers and dryers in larger homes.

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Narrow Mobile Shelving
Magnetic Refrigerator Organizer
Over the Sink Rack
Wood Compact Table and Stools Set
Cup or Utensil Holders
Over Toilet Shelf
Mirrored Behind-the-Door Cabinet
Underbed Cart
Modular Storage
Platform Bed with Storage

Resources

Some of the items mentioned above can be found listed below. While this is not a comprehensive list, it may provide some ideas to find spaces for storage where space is at a premium.

Narrow Mobile Shelving

This narrow storage shelf has raised sides to keep items in place while rolling it to access or to put it back into place. Less than five inches wide, it can fit into narrow spaces such as next to a refrigerator to offer five shelves of organized storage.

Magnetic Refrigerator Organizer

This handy organizer attaches magnetically to the refrigerator door to hold items and keep them handy. Two shelves and two holders for rolls like foil and paper towels are conveniently placed where they are most needed – in the kitchen right on the refrigerator.

Over the Sink Rack

This handy shelf saves space in the kitchen by holding freshly washed dishes where they can drain into the sink rather than taking up already-limited counter space. The modular system allows customization to best fit each person’s own needs.

Wood Compact Table and Stools Set

This compact rolling set provides and table and two stools when separated and a handy work surface when put together. The table has a leaf that drops down and two drawers to keep things like napkins and silverware handy. A paper towel holder is on one end of the table.

Cup or Utensil Holders

These holders slip onto shelves to hang mugs or cooking utensils under the cabinets in the kitchen to use space that is often left empty. Iron hooks are sturdy enough to hold all sorts of items.

Over Toilet Shelf

This sturdy four-tier shelf fits neatly over the toilet to provide shelf space in an area that is often bare. Towels, wash cloths, soap, and other bathroom needs can rest neatly on this shelf which will hold quite a lot of items, either directly on the shelves or in bins or baskets.

Mirrored Behind-the-Door Cabinet

Attach this handy cabinet to the back of the door by slipping it on the hinges on the side of the door where the hinges can be seen. A magnetic connector keeps the cabinet against the door when opening and closing the door but allows easy separation when desired.

Underbed Cart

Use this rolling white wire cart under the bed for easy to access storage. Just over 300 cubic feet of storage can hold a lot of bedding, clothing, or other items that need to be stored.

Modular Storage

While this orange geometric pattern may not fit the décor of everyone, it is a perfect example of the modular storage mentioned above. Set a set of these in an arrangement in order to create a sofa, bed, or other seating or resting furniture.

Platform Bed with Storage

This shows how a bed can be set up over top of storage, whether simple shelves, shelves with bins, or drawers. There is a good bit of space beneath a bed that can be used to hold all sorts of things.