The tiny house phenomenon has been growing more and more over the past few years. People are choosing to downsize from the space they are currently living in – around 2600 square feet on average – to a “tiny house” that truly lives up to its name. These small houses are typically between 100 and 400 square feet. In order to get the most out of this minimal space, many out-of-the-box ideas have arisen in order to gain the maximum amount of efficiency. But these ideas aren’t limited to using just in tiny homes. Lots of them have a direct application in a studio apartment as well. So here are 5 tiny house ideas that will totally work in your studio apartment.
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Paring Down Your Stuff
The first thing a person making a move into a tiny house has to do is assess what they intend to bring with them. With storage at a minimum, you must categorize all of your possessions and determine what is just a “want”, and what is a “need”. The same holds true for studio apartment living. By dividing your things between the essentials and the non-essentials, you can more easily begin the process of squeezing into a much smaller space than you’re probably accustomed to.
Think Multiple Uses for Almost Everything
With such little space available for storage, not to mention just living, a tiny house can be quite a challenge to turn into a home. Practically everything in it needs to serve more than one purpose. Items like an ottoman that can act as hidden storage for blankets or a bed with under storage space for baskets or drawers can be used to store all your bulky sweaters. Sofa sleepers can allow you to go without a traditional bed in order to free up some much-needed space for other furniture. A dining table can do double duty as a work desk. All of these multi-use items allow for a much more efficient space. (See 9 Furniture Ideas to Conquer Your Studio Apartment for more ideas)
Want a Bedroom, Try a Loft
A common trait amongst almost all tiny houses is the inclusion of a small loft. Why take up valuable square footage on the main floor of your space when you can go vertical and create a cozy sleeping quarters, separate from the rest of the space. For the studio apartment, these loft spaces can be added, assuming you have the vertical space available. There are even combination loft/work space furniture pieces on the market now that give you that out of the way sleeping area, along with a bonus – a desk and bookcases! You can even build stairs leading up to the loft that doubles as storage. (See 5 Easy Ways to Divide Up Studio Furniture for more ideas)
Look Up (and Down)
Tiny houses must make use of every inch of wall space. This includes above things like kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, even hanging items such as pots and pans from the ceiling. This little trick is also handy in a studio kitchen or bath, where items such as floor to ceiling bookcases, baskets or shelves can give you all the space you could need to display all of your little nik-naks that you just couldn’t part with when choosing between your “wants” and “needs” above. (See 7 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Bathroom for more great ideas)
Reflections of Home
Finally, this last tip can apply to pretty much any small space. If you want to make your tiny space seem bigger than it actually is, try reflective surfaces. Mirrors, aluminum, stainless steel and other shiny surfaces help bounce light around, which can make a tiny home feel more spacious. Even something as simple as leaving your windows uncovered can give a room more depth. And using roman shades or blinds for privacy instead of curtains can make the room seem less crowded.
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