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Jun 05 2019
7 Big Storage Ideas For Your Tiny Home

The cost of home ownership in the U.S. is soaring, forcing more and more people to continue to invest their money in rentals that don’t generate a return on that investment. But now a new alternative is sweeping the nation: Tiny homes. The average tiny house can be anywhere between 100- and 600-square-feet, while still providing the comforts of home. In addition to being less expensive, tiny homes also produce a much smaller carbon footprint and can often be attached to a trailer so you can relocate in a moment’s time!

More than half of Americans—and a whopping 63 percent of Millennials—would consider living in a tiny home. If you’re one of them, you may consider the lack of storage a negative factor in your decision, but we can help with that. Here are seven storage tips to get the most out of your tiny home and your budget!

  1. Underneath it All. Traditional houses may have basements, but tiny homes can have their own storage space beneath the floors. Ask your builder to create, or find a home with, a hidden compartment beneath a section of flooring. It may not be easily accessible on a regular basis, but it’s a great place to store seasonal clothes and recreational equipment.
  2. A Bed That Makes Itself. One of the easiest ways to increase your usable square footage without sacrificing comfort is to install a Murphy bed that can be quickly lifted and affixed to the wall. No wall space available? Invest in a trundle bed that can be easily stored underneath any slightly elevated area, like a table.
  3. Double-Duty Shelves. If you’re just using the top of your shelves, you’re missing out on 100 percent more storage. One of the best ways to maximize this area is to affix jar lids onto the bottom of shelves so the jars can simply be twisted on and off whenever you need.
  4. Step by Step. If your tiny home has a lofted area with stairs, make the stairs even more functional by adding storage to this empty space. If the stair design is open, add shelves or stackable cubbies underneath. Closed design? Turn each stair into a drawer.
  5. Pop-Up Dining. Unless your dining table also functions as desk or other oft used area, there’s no reason it should take up valuable space when you’re not eating. A fold-out table is ideal for saving space without being doomed to dine every meal on your couch.
  6. Aim High. While you might not consider adding perimeter shelving directly below the ceiling in a traditional house, tiny homes have their own set of rules. Whether it’s keepsakes, books, movies, or anything else that doesn’t require daily access, high shelves will expand your storage and make your space feel larger. Just don’t forget the step ladder!
  7. Hanging Around. The kitchen is a prime place to utilize a hanging storage system. From pots and pans to utensils, colanders, and cutting boards, don’t bog down your limited cabinet and drawer space when you can install a simple rack from which to hang all your kitchen tools…except for those steak knives.
    Now you know the best ways to maximize your tiny home’s space while minimizing your costs and carbon footprint. Still have some possessions you can’t fit but don’t want to part with? Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage for a secure and affordable home for your favorite things.

Now you know the best ways to maximize your tiny home’s space while minimizing your costs and carbon footprint. Still have some possessions you can’t fit but don’t want to part with? Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage for a secure and affordable home for your favorite things.