Tiny House Ideas

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Go ahead and invite guests for an overnight stay at the Hikari Box Tiny House made by Shelter Wise. The two “bedrooms” can host more people than its mere 184 square feet implies. The large suite accommodates a luxuriously-wide queen bed, and the second loft fits a twin mattress.

Every day we hear chatter from people talking a big game when it comes to living tiny. One of the biggest concerns is deciding what to do about all the stuff and where will it go? Just because you are living in a box it doesn’t mean that you have to think inside one. We sought creative yet practical advice from minimalist pros, Airstream dwellers and designers who have some big ideas on tiny home storage. 

“The kitchen table quickly transforms from meal mode to work mode to sleep mode, and the utility closet in the bathroom doubles as a clothing closet,” explains Schultz. 

From the outside, this green home looks charming, but it’s the inside that’s one-of-a-kind — literally. The artist homeowners curated their newly-built guest house on wheels with handmade items for the ultimate maker’s getaway.

This “Silo Studio” cottage sits on four acres of land in the Berkshires. But make sure you bring food: the tiny accommodation doesn’t have a kitchen, as it was formerly a sculptor’s summer studio.

The Sealander Canada does just what it says, using all-electric power to go from land to sea. It’s like you’re living in an actual spy movie.

The owner of this Austin abode turned two mobile trailers into one 400-square-foot home that’s connected only by a deck.

This quaint log cabin has already seen some recent Instagram fame, but the scenic bridge looks like it harkens back to a fairytale. Don’t worry, there’s been no troll sightings under at the Colorado Airbnb (yet).

An off-the-grid home, dubbed the Floatwing by the Portuguese firm Friday, is both the ideal home base for people who love water activities (swimming, fishing) or just find floating supremely relaxing.

The 204-square-foot “Wind River Bungalow” is the Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of tiny house enthusiasts Travis and Brittany Pyke, who started Wind River Custom Homes to help others fulfill their dreams of living simply in mini dream homes. Constructed of rain-screen cedar and hardy siding for extreme durability, the bungalow is full of custom features, including a pine and cedar interior, polymer concrete counters, and a loft ladder integrated into the shelving system. —ESN

Watch the falling snow or turning leaves from the comfort of the Escape Vista. And “comfort” isn’t an understatement — a flatscreen TV pops up from the foot of the bed for cozy movie nights.

“After completion of the three lists, minimum quantities were assigned to each item,” says Schultz. “Four plates, 10 shirts, 20 books and so on.” 

And we love Smith’s idea of installing drawers in the kick plates of your kitchen cabinets — completely dead space that would otherwise go unused. 

When Claudia Pennington and her husband Garrett of Pennsylvania shrank their footprint by 1,000 square feet, storage was at a premium. They found that beneath the bed was prime real estate. 

This 196-square-foot house near Boise, Idaho, is home to Macy Miller, her partner James, their daughter Hazel, and their Great Dane, Denver. A 27-year-old architect, Macy designed the home from scratch and built it on a 24-foot flatbed with help from friends and family. Clad in siding made of recycled pallet wood, the minimalist home is flooded with light and feels spacious despite its size. Hidden storage under the bed, above the pantry, and behind the fridge are contrasted with open shelving in the kitchen to make the space feel bigger. In total, Macy spent about $11,000 on her tiny house and is now able to live rent- and mortgage-free. Take a peek inside. —Ellen Sturm Niz

Designed by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison for EcoCabins, the “hOMe” boasts a unique staircase with built-in storage that leads to a heavenly master sleeping space.

Smith says that it’s important to use all your wall space as high as you can. 

Tiny homes aren’t just about looking cute — they’re part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living. Many designers have figured out innovative ways to make these small homes amazingly well-equipped and, yeah, pretty adorable too.

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That space you’re purchasing is so very small and the world of pain you’re entering so potentially vast.

The versatile sofa boxes in the tiny Toybox Home double as storage containers.

The former carriage house for California estate now features stand-alone living quarters available on Airbnb. Just prepare yourself for the wild yellow interior.

Jamie Mackay, founder and CEO of Wheelhaus, also recommends making your furniture work a double shift. 

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To open up space and avoid the cramped and cluttered experience associated with many tiny home designs, furniture in the Toybox Home doubles as storage and/or has multiple uses. For example, the sofa boxes double as storage containers and can be rearranged to serve multiple functions. 

“At the foot of the bed, there is a little door that lifts down, and I put Oliver’s blanket and toys in there,” Bennett explains. ”It serves as his little den while we all hang out in the Airstream; he really likes it.” 

These homes featured on HGTV’s ‘Tiny House, Big Living’ are small on square footage but big on function. Take a tour, then decide: Would you spring for a home sweet tiny home?

Instead of visible cabinets for additional storage, the home has a deeper wall between the bathroom and the kitchen area. This wall hides extra cabinet space and reduces the appearance of clutter.

A visit to Music City doesn’t mean you have to stay in the city. Located just outside Nashville, Tennessee, this Airbnb listing offers Southern living on a small scale.

This couple is living their dream after converting a 39-foot-long bus into the ultimate RV. You can follow their journey (and see photos of their cute pup) on the Facebook page Expedition Happiness.

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This tiny house is a musician’s dream: it houses a giant working amp and the deck even doubles as a stage. Take a peek inside.

Photographer Monica Bennett takes her scrappy dog Oliver wherever she goes in her tightly packed Airstream, which has hidden storage underneath the bed and a place for Oliver when he is road weary.

An 8-by-10-foot shared Brooklyn bedroom for twins? Yes, it can be done with creative use of vertical storage space and multi-purposing tricks.

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At first glance, the 400-square-foot Wedge, designed by Wheelhaus, appears to be a tiny luxury cabin but it’s actually a mobile Park Model RV. Lofty 17-foot ceilings and a large sliding glass window at the front give an open feel to the rustic yet modern dwelling, which features a bedroom, bathroom, and combined kitchen/living room area. A 100-square-foot deck offers additional entertaining space. The Wedge is one of six turn-key models offered by Wheelhaus that start from $82,000. Not looking to buy? The Wedge is also available to rent at Fireside Resort at Jackson Hole Campground.

Four couples in Texas created “Bestie Row,” a mini neighborhood where they could all live in houses lined right up next to each other. Each tiny house boasts a bedroom, living room, and bathroom, and was constructed with a minimalist motif—think concrete floors, grained plywood, and a metal exterior.

Inside this treehouse-inspired tiny cabin, you’ll find salvaged church windows, reclaimed wood, and a funky dining table set crafted from old boats.

Designed by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of Relax[link href=”http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com” link_updater_label=”external” target=”_blank”]Shacks.com and built by Joe Everson of Tennessee Tiny Homes, this transforming micro A-frame cost only $1,200 to construct. One roof/wall is made of Tuftex polycarbonate roofing: Not only is it translucent to allow in natural light, the lightweight material is attached to the structure with hinges so it easily can be raised and propped on legs to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. On the other side of the A, the purlins supporting the roof sheathing are placed horizontally to serve double duty as shelves. Two daybeds offer additional storage, a kitchen wall features a sink and space for a mini fridge, and a micro loft has a hinged “sunroof” for ventilation. Architect duo David and Jeanie Stiles drafted the build-it-yourself plans for this A-frame, which are on sale for $30. —ESN

This tiny home located in Sag Harbor, New York, is just 600 square feet — but if you’re an artist, it just might be your dream come true: There’s a separate studio that is basically everything a writer or painter could ever want for crafting their masterpieces.

This treehouse-slash-guest room looks small from the outside, but boasts a living room, office area, and bedroom within. Take a tour.

Being short on space doesn’t mean you can’t have an impeccably organized home.

This is the Olympia, Washington home of tiny house pioneer Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny, a memoir that details her decision to downsize to an 84-square-foot house that she built from the ground up after a near-death experience. Constructed atop a metal truck trailer, the super-small pine-and-cedar bungalow houses a kitchen counter with a propane one-burner, a sleeping loft, solar-powered lights, a composting toilet, and a sink (but no running water). To help others realize their tiny house dreams, Dee also founded Portland Alternative Dwellings, a tiny house education, resource, and consulting company.

Spontaneous travelers, add one more thing to your packing list: The POD-iDladla by Clara da Cruz Almeida folds up into a box. Once your package arrives, just pop up your home away from home.

One of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s newer models, the Roanoke can sleep up to six people and features a shed style roof. Take a peek inside.

The Cedar Mountain Tiny House, built by Nashville-based New Frontier Tiny Homes, might look small on the outside, but inside, it’s big on farmhouse-style design. With repurposed accessories, shiplap walls, subway tile, and rich hardwood floors, it’s the perfect combination of rustic-chic and modern simplicity.

Though a lot of tiny home companies will customize your new home, not everyone is working with their own designer, which will require you to get creative. 

EcoCabins average a little less than 200 square feet, yet they use every single inch in an economical fashion, hence the company’s name. 

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Spices, utensils, potholders and more are stored on the walls of this tiny Airstream kitchen, freeing up the limited counter space.

“Don’t be afraid to go vertical to find some available storage space,” he says. 

With an attachable greenhouse and porch, the Elsa by Olive Nest Tiny Homes proves that you can still have it all in a small space. Take a peek inside.

Try scaled-down living on for size at Live a Little, a collection of three mini retreat, including the Old Blue Chair shown here, surrounding a central fire pit on a scenic mountaintop property just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Rates from $142 per night.

Live with nature in an “emotional hideaway” by German architecture firm Allergutendinge. The 86-square-foot hut promises more amenities than a tent, but not much more than that.

“We use this space to store a lot of stuff, including shoes and our clothes drying rack when not in use, of course,” says Pennington. 

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Aspiring pioneers, take note. These adorable wooden wagons by Güte prove life on the frontier can be comfortale, after all. The custom layouts come with modular furniture, like a bunk bed equipped with a trundle or a fold-out desk for writing exploration journals.

Wind River Tiny Homes hid tons of sneaky spots in the Triton for the stuff you can’t downsize. Sure, there’s your basic staircase storage, but the clever layout includes something even bigger apartments don’t always have: a walk-in closet.

For those who wish to live remotely, this Maine tiny home actually floats right in the middle of lake — thanks to a bunch of key design elements (including Styrofoam). The 240-square-foot abode serves as a summer getaway for the couple that owns it.

“It turns your sleeping space into a living space and you don’t even have to make the bed every day,” she laughs. 

“Build storage cabinets and shelves up high near the ceiling,” advises Smith. 

Besides earning the number one spot on Airbnb, the “mushroom cap” boasts a cozy bedroom loft with a view of the California redwoods via the geodesic window.

Designer Gary McBournie decorated a wharf cottage that’s akin to living on a boat. When all of the windows are open to the salty breeze, you’ll feel ready to set sail on the open ocean.

This 280-square-foot tiny house is here to prove anyone who claims you can’t use dark colors in a small room wrong. Instead of going light and airy, the Indigo Tiny Home by Driftwood Homes USA is decorated with pops of dark, moody colors.

This floating 240-square-foot cabin is an off-the-grid summer escape for Maine couple Foy and Louisa Brown. Assembled onshore, a foundation of plastic floatation tubs, Styrofoam, and pontoons was then towed to sea, and the cottage was built above it, using mostly pine shiplap. Louisa carries water out daily via canoe for a tank that fills the shower and kitchen; at night, candles, oil lamps, and solar lights illuminate the home.

The sleek design by New Frontier Tiny Homes features a farmhouse sink, shiplap and subway tile squeezed into 200 square feet. Best of all, though, a sliding glass garage door reveals a deck that pops out from the home, making al fresco dining a cinch.

Not only is the European bohemian style of the Gypsy Mermaid totally alluring (you have to see the exposed beams inside), but the kitchen even has a fireplace that can be used as a pizza oven. Genius.

Talk about a picture perfect country getaway: This custom built 336-square-foot cabin sits on 24 sprawling acres in West Point, Texas—just steps from its own four-acre constant flow lake, tiny lake house, and wooden pier. The rustic wood-paneled interior features a living space, full kitchen, bathroom, and two lofted bedrooms, all housed under a corrugated metal roof.

Smith recommends simple solutions such a lazy Susan in the pantry, along with retractable pantry drawers to store small appliances (toaster oven, griddle, etc.), which will free up counter space. The space will also feel less cluttered. 

Tiny Heirloom’s sleek design is a minimalist-inspired masterpiece with a genius rooftop balcony to boot.

In only 100 square feet, this tiny house known as the Nugget fits a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. Take a peek inside.

“Hang appliances under cabinets to free up counter space beneath,” recommends Mackay.

Besides that too-cute purple trim, this Airbnb rental squeezes in some quirky colors on the inside too.

The custom-built Toybox kitchen is one of the smartest uses of space we’ve ever seen. The need for a pantry was reduced by creating a food cube shelf that not only holds 18 cubes of food, but also houses the kitchen’s electrical outlets and LED strip lighting. Kitchen appliances, including the stovetop, are all plug-in and can be stowed away, leaving more open counter space. 

Tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement isn’t necessarily about sacrifice. With thoughtful, innovative designs, some homeowners have discovered a small house actually leads to a simpler yet fuller life, connecting them with family, friends, and nature while freeing them from mortgages and an urge to keep up with the Joneses.

“Buy a coffee table that offers storage inside; get a bed with dresser drawers underneath; decorate with gear; hang skis and bikes like art,” says Mackay.

When Frank Henderson decided to go small, he sought the advice of Chicago-based designer Paul Schultz. Together they assessed what Henderson’s storage requirements would be, concentrating on wants versus needs — without sacrificing style. Schultz suggested that Henderson categorize his possessions into three lists: essentials, non-essentials and shared items. From there they were able to customize his new digs, dubbed the Toybox Home. 

This cute 80-square-foot guest cabin was built in just three weeks for $700. Take a peek inside.

Dubbed the Farallon, this tiny house from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company comes in two sizes (20 feet and 26 feet) and features a stylish farmhouse-style interior. Take a peek inside.

The need for a pantry was reduced by creating a food cube shelf that not only holds 18 cubes of food, but also houses the kitchen’s electrical outlets and LED strip lighting. Kitchen appliances, including the stovetop, are all plug-in and can be stowed away, leaving more open counter space.

Diane Graham of Sprout Tiny Homes endorses loft stairs with built-in drawers, along with a space underneath for hanging clothes. 

This darling red-roofed cottage sits in a grove of leafy trees near the water’s edge in Freeport, Maine. Designed by Mac Lloyd of Creative Cottages, the environmentally sensitive abode packs in a full kitchen, bathroom, living space, sleeping quarters, gas fireplace, laundry, and a loft space, while still managing to seem airy and spacious.

Just one of the homes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, “Savannah” features yellow cedar plank siding with red shutters and white trim. So welcoming!

Don’t rule out a strong color for a small space. The Indigo Tiny Home by Driftwood Homes USA proves brave design choices like navy cabinets and dark barn wood can pay off in a big way.

Take your tiny house to go with the sCarabane collapsible camper. It folds up in 30 minutes so you can hit the road whenever the impulse strikes.

The Elm features a fully functional tiny porch and can sleep up to three people. Take a peek inside.

Believe it or not, the owners of the Tiny Canal Cottage got married on the stoop of their Venice Beach home with 60 (!) people in attendance. Of course, the equally tiny backyard helped squeeze everybody in.

“Adding a sleeping loft seems obvious but is often overlooked,” says Kellie Smith, product coordinator at EcoCabins in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Also, put storage under the stairs that lead to the loft.” 

As soon as you walk inside this tiny 250-square-foot home, a tidy and warm escape full of country character greets you. Natural light swims throughout the space, and farmhouse-inspired wood accents (most of which are made from salvaged and reclaimed wood) give it a rustic yet modern touch.

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The tall hedge hides a charming 1920s cottage decorated by Todd Romano. The Naples, Florida getaway captivates visitors every bit as much today as it did almost a century ago.

In EcoCabins, built-in seating benches double as storage trunks.

This renovated, 100-year-old cottage sits behind the Winchester Manor outside of Huntsville, Alabama. Although it’s small, the romantic home is equipped with brick floors and a jacuzzi tub.

We asked tiny home residents and designers how they squeezed as much storage as possible out of their ultra-petite pads. Steal their ideas to maximize your own space.

Instead of visible cabinets for additional storage, the Toybox home has a deeper wall between the bathroom and the kitchen area. This wall hides extra cabinet space and reduces the appearance of clutter. 

This 550-square-foot Maine cottage has solar panels on the southeast-facing porch to collect energy (auxiliary batteries can store at least a week’s worth) to power the refrigerator and heat shower water. A wood stove, anchored by a hearth made of local beach stones, radiates enough warmth for the entire building.

Spend every waking moment on Alpha Tiny Home’s fold-down porch. And the inside isn’t too shabby, either. A fully-equipped kitchen can whip up alfresco meals for warm summer nights.

Circular cedar shingles, a delightful curved door and window, and copper accents throughout this abode (right down to the freezer) underscore a playful “lucky penny” theme that would probably be overkill in a bigger home.

Animal lovers can get behind this 204-square-foot abode by Daystar Tiny Homes. It hosts three dogs plus the occasional foster pup with built-in kennels and collapsible food and water bowls.

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Stay in this quaint vacation home and you’ll be treated to a gorgeous view of Seattle — and a private backyard occupied by chickens.

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Dallas designer Paige Morse renovated two 100-year-old sheds in her backyard to create a cozy home away from home. With just two rooms and 250 square feet, her space is remarkably stylish and space-efficient.

The most popular option in Tumbleweed Tiny House Company’s fleet, the Cypress offers bay windows, a mini corner porch, and up to 269 square feet of usable space. Take a peek inside.

Designed by Broadhurst Architects, this prefab corn crib-inspired structure takes its basic form from traditional American corn cribs, which were common farm buildings that served to store and dry corn. The chic, modern 250-square-foot structure is delivered and assembled on-site, and includes a sleeping loft, an expandable kitchen wall, a bathroom, and living room. An insulated glass garage door opens to a small deck, connecting the interior space to the landscape beyond. Made of sustainable and recyclable materials, the structure can be dismantled and relocated to another site. Take a peek inside. —ESN

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The Pequod, named for the ship in Moby Dick, is a marvel of modern amenities and upscale materials, all cleverly maneuvered into one tight squeeze. It measures 26 feet long and weighs 11,500 pounds.

Photographer Monica Bennett spends much of her time in a 31-foot Airstream with her husband and scrappy dog Oliver. The entire top of her bed lifts up with hydraulic arms and exposes a huge area for storage underneath. 

An organized entryway makes life easier and creates a beautiful entrance to your family’s home.

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