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How to Maximize your Space for Big Living in a Tiny House

Updated on April 19, 2016
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In the wake of the United States’ economic crisis, many are trying to find a solution to a world of uncertainty; downsizing seems to be the best way to finding any form of a solution. More and more people are enchanted with the idea of building tiny homes, as others are moving into apartments, condominium or town homes with small rooms. Living in a tiny home, townhouse, an apartment, or a condominium can sometimes mean having to fit many items into rooms too small to hold them all, at first glance.

When placing furniture in a living room most people chose dark furniture because it is design-friendly, but most dark furniture needs much leg room as they often seem to block passages and take up more floor space than is desirable. When choosing furniture for small space, it is best to choose light colors such as cream, white and light blues that make the room seem larger. When choosing furniture with limited space, we have to pay close attention to the weight and the size of the objects.

The question of how many pieces have legs and how many have a box shape is also an important factor in finding the right furniture. Believe it or not, how many pieces and the color of the furniture makes a difference: furniture in lighter colors goes further in making your small space feel larger than those in darker colors can.

Most people decorate their living rooms with a combination of box-shaped furniture and furniture with legs, such as a wooden or glass coffee table, two matching end tables, or sofa tables. However, these all give the appearance of a cramped space, even if the piece itself is rather small. Here are some tips for fitting as much furniture as possible into a tight living room and still getting it to look more spacious:

  • Figure out early what size of furniture is right for the living space you have to work with. Measure the room and the furniture items by hand if you need to; you have to make sure that you will have enough space to move around and fit other objects and other people.
  • Consider lighter colors for the furniture. Darker colors take up the surrounding space, but light colors make any room seem larger.
  • Try to avoid furniture with legs or a box shape. These types of furniture often take up most of the view of the floor, making the room seem smaller.
  • Slim or vertical furniture works best in a small room. Vertical furniture, in particular, will emphasize the height of the room. Furniture that can serve this purpose includes tall corner lamps, shelves, grandfather clocks, jars, and vases.

  • Even if you find a perfectly sized, light colored, slim, vertical piece of furniture, you should still take care to avoid having that perfect piece be a sofa or couch. Sofas and couches are often too big for smaller living rooms. Try substituting in chairs and love seats instead; they can be as comfortable as sofas or couches and save space in your living room at the same time.
  • If you want a coffee table for your room, look for glass instead of wood or other solid material. Glass is effective at reflecting light and allowing light into the living room. More light means that more space can be seen in the room, making it look bigger.
  • Every bit as important as finding the right furniture for the living room is maintaining the tidiness. Objects that are of no use in the room will only create a mess and, even worse, compete with your other furniture for space and with the floor for visibility.
  • Add accessories and decorations to the room. As with the furniture, choosing smaller pieces will allow to you have a greater number of different decorations in the room. It might also be a good idea to put a few fair-sized fixtures in the corners to act as accents, but always take care not to put so many accessories that the room just ends up feeling cluttered.
  • Make sure that the chamber matches. Curtains, throw pillows, rugs, and carpets do not have to be of the same color, but they should at least mesh well with the color of your furniture. A small, elegantly patterned vase might help to accentuate space a bit.

Three ways to make living in a tiny house feel huge and more comfortable!

#1: Sleep in the small bedroom

When most people hear tiny house, they feel it means living cramps up, but the tiny house and small rooms do not say you have to be cramped. Most tiny homes consist of two bedrooms in which it has one bedroom slightly larger than the other. The biggest room is the “masters”, and the smaller room is for the child, or the guest if the child has moved from home. You can fit mainly your bed – no room to fit much more so, please avoid the temptations to use it for providing much stuff. Most tiny home's rooms consist of a hotel like experience.

It is a small room that provide– a space for bed, two nightstands, lamps, and enough room to spread out the luggage. The small closet is only big enough for limited clothes, as a matter of fact because the space is so small; it is a high threshold for clutter if you try forcing much stuff and too many clothes into it. However, you do not have to give into the clutter of invasion, just use the space just as it is.

#2 Improve the home's traffic flow

It is important, how members of the family and the guest have freedom to move through different space of the house. Especially, if it has a significant effect on how spacious the home is kept. When living in a small space, you need to evaluate how traffic moves through the house. Also, make sure each room furniture does not take up more floor space than is desirable. Members of the family and the guest should not have to stumble over things in the way or have to walk all the way around a room to get to the next.

Adjustments to your home should flow so you can feel the path that takes you through space and from each room to the next. To improve the house’s traffic flow, make sure each room is as simple as a few minutes to move through your house, from room to room. Also, traffic can flow smoothly if you move the furniture a few inches to have a clear open and decluttered entryway because the movement should make sense.

#3 Be a big thinker

As you begin to organize each room of the house, it is best to be a big thinker. It will help to weight the furniture and display it so that the furnishings with the most visual weight are located furthest from the doors. Although, most people always place the furniture against the wall, in the living spaces, it is best to have U-shape or L-shape small living space. Now we need to put in order and simplify your possessions down to stuff that really matters. Don’t try to place too much in each room you need to recognize all the things you need but do not try to place items in the room you can do without.

Since there is no room for everything, most people like to store items. However, paying for storage of items is expensive and a waste of money, it is best to sell, donate, give away, or throw away all of that stuff. I know many would love to hold on to heirlooms that did not fit, and that is understandable. Investing in a stylish storage container would be the solution to such need. One can be purchased at Walmart or a competitive store just to slide neatly under the bed.

Ways to think big and make living in small space comfortable

  • Select Lightweight Furniture
  • Learn how to arrange the furniture in each room
  • Use light-colored furniture throughout the house
  • Make the room space U shape or L shape
  • Choose small, tall and thin furniture for small spaces
  • Set up clear traffic paths
  • Know how many pieces goes in each room, do not leave a threshold for clutter.

If you follow these guidelines on properly equipping your little living space, you will be able to fit a large variety of furniture pieces in your living room without sacrificing your ability to walk safely from place to place or the space to live comfortably in your own home. It does not matter if you are residing in a tiny home, a townhouse, a small apartment, or a condominium; with the proper choices, any room of any size can become a masterpiece.

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      Amy 21 months ago from East Coast

      What a beautiful hub! I really enjoyed it, I love small homes. I look forward to reading more of your work!

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      Pam Morris 15 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Thank you for your comment, I am sorry for late reply. I am happy you enjoy my hub, and I look forward to sharing other hubs with you.

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