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Building a tiny home is an exciting adventure. When it comes to downsizing from a previous residence, homeowners often have difficulty finding creative ways to fit their treasured items into their smaller space. Luckily, there are many fun and exciting methods to make room for new items and enhance the home’s personality at the same time.

Homeowners should try to pare down their belongings early to declutter their new space before moving in and lessen the burden of hauling extra unnecessary boxes. For their most loved belongings, homeowners might consider the following designs for some unpacking inspiration.

Shelves and Built-Ins

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Built-ins are a great way to break up the wall space and create a unique bookshelf or item display. They can be custom-made to fit any space, making them the perfect solution to frame a bed or TV stand for additional media storage.

Floorboard Drawers

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Homeowners should consider ways to maximize every inch of their space from the very top to the very bottom—but don’t stop there; you can claim unused space underneath the floorboards. Oversized drawers can be extremely useful for storing off-season shoes and clothing.

Under the Stairs

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Stairs can be a neat opportunity for pull-out drawers, cabinets, lidded boxes, or any combination of these concepts. If the home doesn’t have a closet, homeowners might consider making the space under the stairs a mini walk-in closet to hang clothes and stack shoes.

No Stairs

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Open the interior space by eliminating stairs altogether and utilizing a simple stepladder. When not in use, the stepladder can be hung on the wall to complement the home style.

Privacy Wall with Drawers

In tiny homes with lofted bedrooms, homeowners may choose to add a sense of privacy by constructing a mini wall with either baskets or pull-out drawers to store personal items. They can also hold extra blankets and bedding for getting cozy on chilly nights.

Under the Bed

Lifted bed to show storage.
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Elevating a mattress is another resourceful way to capture unclaimed space. Homeowners may install a special bed frame that props up the mattress,  opening a substantial underlying cavity for storing space-consuming essentials such as toilet paper and paper towels.

Hidden Ceiling Storage

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Minimize the miscellaneous shoes scattered by the front door by employing an overhead compartment for storage. Hats, shoes, gloves, and purses may all be nicely tucked away in this fold-down cabinet.

Above and Below Seating

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Bench seats and sectionals are ideal for filling the wall-to-wall space on one side of the tiny home to create an area for lounging and relaxation. The installation of drawers or compartments underneath the seat creates a bin for those items you don’t use frequently, such as snowboards, skis, or seasonal decorations. Include a row of cabinets above and/or lofted ceiling storage to complete the nice layered look.

Fold-Out Desk

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The incorporation of a workspace in the home’s living area or bedroom is a must in 2021. Homeowners might consider collapsible desks that fold into the wall or the addition of a fold-out panel on a large built-in that is both stylish and easily accessible.

Contemporary Closet

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In place of a large bedroom closet, homeowners can get creative with a pull-out wardrobe on wheels or sliding racks underneath the stairs. Hang formal wear, business casual, and coats, removing them from sight until you need them.

Declutter and Organize

Tiny homes are a great way to downsize and embrace a low-maintenance lifestyle. However, storage solutions must be innovative and out-of-the-box to keep clutter at bay. These creative options are a great place to start organizing and settling into any new tiny home.

About the Author, Melanie Theriault

Melanie Theriault is a writer, counselor, and lifelong learner. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University, where she discovered her passion for fostering human connection through storytelling.

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