Living Large in a Tiny House: How to Make the Most of Your Small Space

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Are you considering downsizing to a tiny house but worried about giving up too much space? Or maybe you already live in a small home and are looking for ways to make the most of your room.

Whatever your situation, there are plenty of ways to maximize your space and make your tiny house feel like a luxury home.

Here are a few of our favorite tips:


1. Get creative with your storage

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One of the challenges of living in a small space is finding enough room for all your stuff. But with some creativity, you can find storage solutions that work for you and your home.

Here are some tips for getting creative with storage in a tiny house:

  • Install shelves at different levels. This way, you can use vertical space and maximize your storage.
  • Use multipurpose furniture. For example, ottomans with storage inside them can serve as a place to sit and extra storage space.
  • Hang things on the walls. Floating shelves are great for this and can also give the illusion of more space.
  • Think outside the box. Can something be used for storage that isn’t typically thought of as storage? For example, you can use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store everything from cleaning supplies to toiletries.


2. Use mirrors to create the illusion of space

Placing mirrors around your tiny house can help create the illusion of a larger space.

Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and for a good reason. Not only are they attractive focal points, but they can also help create the illusion of space in tiny living spaces. When placed strategically, mirrors can reflect light and make a room appear larger and brighter.

They can also visually expand a space by reflecting adjoining rooms or outdoor areas. Of course, there are a few things to remember when using mirrors to create the illusion of space.

First, choose the right size mirror. A small mirror in a large space will have little effect, while a large mirror in a small area can be overwhelming.

Second, be sure to place the mirror at the correct height. A mirror set too low will simply reflect flooring, while one placed too high will reflect ceiling fixtures. By following these simple tips, you can effectively use mirrors to create the illusion of space in any room.


3. Keep things simple and uncluttered

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Trying to cram as much furniture and decor into your tiny house can be tempting. But in reality, less is often more when it comes to small spaces. Stick with a minimal aesthetic, and only keep items you love in your home.

Indeed, Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing took the world by storm with its simple message: get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.”

While this may seem like a daunting task, it’s actually relatively easy to implement in a small living space. Here are a few tips:

  • Start by decluttering one room at a time. Don’t try to do too much at once or you’ll quickly become overwhelmed.
  • Be ruthless in your decluttering. If an item doesn’t make you happy, get rid of it.
  • Find creative storage solutions. When you’re living in a small space, every square inch counts. Make use of vertical storage, under-bed storage, and other creative solutions.
  • Don’t bring new things into your home unless you absolutely need them. This will help to prevent future clutter.
  • Make tidying up a regular habit. A little bit each day will go a long way in keeping your space clean and clutter-free.


4. Invest in quality pieces

When furnishing a small space, it’s critical to only choose furniture pieces that are well-made and will stand the test of time. Opt for timeless pieces that can be used in multiple ways, like a versatile sofa you can convert into a guest bed or a coffee table with hidden storage.

These types of pieces will help you get the most use out of your small space.


5. Bring the outdoors in

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One of the best things about tiny houses is that they often have beautiful outdoor spaces. Make the most of your porch, deck, or yard.

While a tiny house can offer many advantages, such as a low environmental footprint and affordability, it can also feel quite cramped. One way to combat this feeling of being closed in is to bring the outdoors in.

You can do this in several ways. First, consider installing large windows that let in natural light and provide views of the outdoors. If possible, add a skylight to brighten up the space even further.

Incorporate nature-inspired design elements, such as using stone or wood accents, hanging plants, and adding botanical prints to the walls.

Get outside as often as possible and take advantage of any available outdoor space, such as a porch or balcony.



Living in a tiny house doesn’t mean sacrificing style or comfort. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful and functional home that feels just right for you.

  • Greener Ideal Staff

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