7 Tiny House Storage Ideas to Steal
Living in a small space can still involve living large! Choosing effective design, decor and storage ideas can go a long way in making your house into a home with hidden gems of storage space. Check out seven favorite tiny house storage ideas from us at Pottery Barn to get inspired.
Furniture that serves multiple functions or that has storage space built into it can be a lifesaver. Whether it’s an ottoman with hidden storage space inside, a bench that you can also use as a coffee table, or nesting side tables, choose furniture that can be used as many ways as possible. If it’s on wheels or otherwise easy to move around, you can use it in any room of your home.
Use the Space Underneath Your Bed
When you’re thinking of hidden storage ideas, don’t forget about the space under your bed. There’s potentially quite a lot of space under there. You can use it to store off-season clothing, extra linens and towels, sports equipment or luggage. Don’t forget that you can store plenty of things inside your luggage bags, too, which expands your storage options. They’re ideal for stowing winter coats and sweaters.
How about raising your bed even higher? If you have a loft bed, or a single high bunk, you can put a desk and chair underneath to make a small workspace below. Add a wide chest or dresser in this space for clothing so it’s easy to access without using extra wall space.
Build Your Storage Space as High as Possible
There are two ways to do this. The first option is by mounting shelves. If you install shelves to the wall instead of on the floor, this frees up floor space and brings the eye upward. It makes the room feel bigger and is easy to clean, too. This is a great option if you have a collection of books that you want to keep, but you don’t necessarily need to access every day. To further streamline the look, arrange books in color blocks. Add baskets and bins along the shelves for concealed storage, too.
The second option for storing items higher is to use a tall bookshelf that reaches as close to your ceiling as possible. If you don’t want to change your current, standard-sized bookshelf, consider using the very top of the bookshelf for books too. Many people overlook the top of a bookshelf, but a tidy line or pile of books can be as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical.
Get Creative with Outdoor Storage
If you’re able to use space underneath your stairs, this is a great storage area. Depending on the design and how much space you have, you can store virtually anything here. It’s ideal for concealing larger or bulkier items like luggage, seasonal decor or vacuums. If you have space under your outdoor stairs or your deck, this is a helpful place to keep garden supplies, firewood, or other seasonal outdoor items. If you live in a mild climate, you may have even more options as to what you can store here, such as pool supplies or cushions for outdoor furniture.
Room Dividers and Low-Sitting Furniture
If your home’s layout is mostly open, you’ll likely want to keep it that way. If you do want to create some separation, use room dividers made with light or thin materials in lighter colors. You could even use a thin, semi-transparent hanging curtain here to separate distinct spaces while still allowing light through.
Choosing low-sitting furniture is another idea for a small living space. You can make this work in the living room of your home with a lower sofa or a low center table. Lower furniture leaves more vertical open space, making the room feel like it has a higher ceiling.
Use Both Sides of Your Kitchen Shelves
Use the underside of your kitchen shelves or cupboards to hang mugs. Or, install an underside rack for wine glasses to free up cupboard space in a small kitchen. Choosing the mugs or glasses that you like the best works well here, since you’ll be seeing them every time you’re in the room.