HOOKED ON FREE SPACE
The idea of hanging your coat on a rack or your hat on a hook is nothing new. In the mid-1990’s gourmet kitchen stores were selling out of restaurant style pot racks that literally held pots by hooks above the counter. So it may come as no surprise that one of the best ways to reclaim the space in your tiny house is to attach hooks to walls and hang everything from keys and backpacks to cooking supplies and even folding chairs! If you are renting or just don’t want to put holes in your wall, companies like 3M make a variety of Command™ Products for hanging a variety of items.
THE FOLDING BED
Murphy Beds have been around since the early part of the 20th century. They are fairly one-dimensional though in that they fold into the wall and leave only open floor space. If you want seating to then fill that space you have to add that as well. Times have changed though and companies like Costco are selling beds that fold up, revealing work desks, benches, cabinet drawers, and more!
PULLEYS AND HOISTS
Once reserved for sailing vessels and combustion engines, these wheels on an axle or shaft are designed to support movement and change of direction of a taut cable. They provide mechanical advantage to apply large forces. Pretend you have a standup paddleboard that you want to bring into your tiny house when the weather is less than ideal. You don’t want it on your floor though or leaning up against the wall. Consider raising it to the ceiling by way of a simple pulley system. It rises up out of the way and you tie off the rope to a simple cleat attached to the wall. SUP is safe and out of sight!
FILL YOUR CAVITIES
Every home has wasted space. It isn’t just a problem with tiny houses. There is “hidden space” behind cabinet toe kicks, above interior door headers, in corner cabinets, beneath floors, and even behind walls. One of those areas behind the walls are the cavities that exist between framing studs in interior walls. Because many interior walls are erected just to partition space and not to insulate or protect, they have voids in between the studs. Don’t allow this space to go to waste though. Consider built-in bookshelving or a medicine cabinet. A quick search of Pinterest will reveal toilet paper cubbies, broom closets, spice racks, and more!
NESTING ISN’T JUST FOR BIRDS
One of the hardest places to conserve space in is the kitchen. Between cookware, dinnerware, bowls, spoons, cups, and the seasons “Must Have” item, this room can quickly go from functional to unfortunate. That is where nesting comes in, nesting bowls that is. Consider the Nest 9 Nesting Bowls Set with Mixing Bowls Measuring Cups Sieve Colander by Joseph Joseph. The set includes nine pieces: 4.8 qt (10.5-inch) large mixing bowl, 3.2 qt (9-inch) colander, 1.75 qt (7.5-inch) steel sieve strainer, 0.5 qt (6-inch) small mixing bowl with measurements, 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup measuring cups and 1 tablespoon. The mixing bowls themselves have non-slip bases, easy-carry handles, and are lightweight, to boot. Now you can have a complete working kitchen for 1/9 of the space.
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