Real talk: we’ve spent an embarrassingly large number of hours drooling over adorable tiny homes. They’re just so cool! But there’s one thing that always catches our eye in these micro abodes: the incredibly smart and hyper functional storage.
“We live in a society where ‘stuff’ easily defines us. But having less can truly mean having more,” says Toronto-based design and organization expert, Julia Black. “Staying organized in tiny spaces is so important if you want clarity and cleanliness.”
From hidden pet food drawers and garbage disposals, to multi-functional furniture and appliances (a toilet/sink hybrid? OK, we’re listening), these 13 handy storage hacks will help you save space in your home, no matter the size.
Nifty storage hacks we ripped off from tiny houses
Slide OnAre your counters a total clutterfest? (Yeah, we're guilty of that, too.) Installing a simple cutting board that slides out from under your regular countertop will double as an extra prep area when you need it most.Nord Space Design, photo by J.Ingerstedt for Residence Magazine
Three's Better Than One“If you have a small space, you don't necessarily have the luxury of keeping everything out all the time," says Black. Invest in furniture that does double--or triple--duty. Just a couch? Pfft, that's so 2015. This bad boy transforms into a shelving unit and a bed.Resource Furniture
Trash Be GoneInstead of taking up floor space, move your trash can and pet food dishes into a pull-out cabinet built into the counter. Srsly, how cool is that!? Everything can be quickly tucked away before you can say, “Fetch my iPhone, Fido!"Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinets
Pop It OutMost bathrooms are small enough already, which is why these drawers that pop out of the side of the tub are such a smart, sleek solution. Tuck slippers or towels or candy (who doesn't like a bit of indulgence when soaking in the tub!?) into this incognito space.Andrew Snow
Drop Your DrawersStairs aren't just a structure to get from one level of a home to another. They're actually the perfect place to build in a hidden storage for shoes. All the shoes!Henries Pty. Ltd.
On the BenchMake the most of your window nook by installing a storage cupboard discreetly under a bench. “I'm a huge fan of bins, baskets and anything that is super stylish while being super functional in storing items," says Black.East Coast Tiny Homes
Wheelin' AroundGive your storage a set of wheels and instantly create a surface for entertaining. Once guests leave, easily move it away for additional floor space... or just ride it around your tiny home. Wheee!Sol Haus Design
Ladder UpNot everyone can afford the space that stairs take up. And while a ladder is kind of like living in a playground 24/7, it's also a huge space-saver. Plus, it opens up the room and lets the light flow through.The Tiny Project
Desk MateGo super minimalist with a desk that folds right into your wall. It's the same idea as a murphy bed, but instead provides space for your writing or DIY craft projects—you know you've got some.Churreria Photography
Under the StairsFor some lucky homeowners, there's extra space under the staircase that can be transformed into a cozy little office spot, Harry Potter-style. Black also suggests labelling for the office. “I label a lot. It forces me to put things away where they belong, so clutter doesn't form," she says.Like Modern
The New HybridMake use of every little bit of your tiny bathroom space with a toilet that has a built in sink. Sounds odd, looks awesome. And you'll almost certainly have the only one on the block.Big Bathroom Shop
Open-Concept ClosetWe could all use a little more closet space, even if it's not in the closet. Utilize that empty spot above your dresser by installing a copper pipe from which to hang your fav coats or shirts.A Beautiful Mess
Above-Door EpiphanyTiny home living is all about using the previously unused space. One of those rarely used spots is right above your door: the ceiling. If you've got more than a foot of room between ceiling and the top of your door, you can install a shelf like these crafty bloggers did.The 2 Seasons