Acclaimed for being sustainable, affordable, and adorable residences, tiny homes are also superb teachers when it comes to organization and design.
With the average tiny home measuring under 500 square feet, these mini abodes often have to be designed radically different from larger traditional houses. Below, we take a look at seven of the biggest lessons one can learn from tiny home design. No matter if you plan to call a tiny house “home” or not, these key tips are relevant to just about any space, large or small.
1. Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better.
This idea is essentially the core tenet of tiny home living—that a large home doesn’t always mean it’s better or more thoughtfully designed. With tiny homes, every decision has to be based on thoughtful consideration. More often than not, efficiency rules, leading to a well-designed home.
2. Space Planning Is Critical.
Of course, it goes without saying that when you’re designing a home under 500 square feet, every inch counts. Yet it cannot be emphasized enough just how critical space planning is in these dwellings, and not just in terms of the different zones of the home—should the living room be located in the middle of the home where it acts as a multi-functional space, or stationed at a far end for more privacy?—but also in the layout within these spaces. For example, like the placement of a shelf or drawer in the kitchen that could save a precious 4 inches of counter space.
3. Take Advantage of Height.
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