10 Unique Storage Ideas For Your Tiny House

Tiny House Storage Ideas

If you’re about ready to take the plunge into building your own Tiny House, then you already know that storage, or rather the lack there of, is one of the main concerns for would be Tiny House builders. In today’s culture, we are use to ‘bigger is better’ and ‘more is better’ mantras, which means we end up accumulating a lot of stuff. For many people this accumulation can seem almost overwhelming. A constant flow of clutter that seems impossible to maintain. So when it comes to the idea of living in a Tiny House, one could understand how such a small space would seem claustrophobic and overwhelming.   And indeed it would be! If we applied the same consumer mentality to Tiny House living.

However, most people drawn to Tiny Houses are attracted to the movement because of their deep desire to live a simpler, cleaner, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. There is a desire to spend less and live more. This means clutter, and the urge to buy more things, is something that will never be harmonious with Tiny House lifestyle.

With that said, we all do have things we need, things we want, or things we simply wouldn’t want to do without that make our life enjoyable. And that is what it is all about! Enjoying this precious life in the moment we are living it.

 So, here are some fantastic unique storage ideas to help get the creative juices flowing and inspire you on your journey!

Tiny House Floor Storage

Floor storage- In a Tiny House, space is worth its weight in gold. So if you have room in the loft to build in shallow floor storage, or anywhere else in the house you don’t want to fill up with insulation, then why not use it? You can have pop up mirrors, pop up clothing bins, books, hidden whisky flask, you name it.

Tiny House Sofa couch Storage

Lounge Storage – Every tiny house needs a place to relax, read a book, or socialize. So if you have a couch or any other form of seating, then turn it into a storage space! Indeed many peoples largest storage space ends up being underneath their couch or other seating area. There are many creative ways to accomplish this. Top lift couches, side drawers, pull out basket, and shelves are all effective and easy ways to add more storage in a clean and stylish way.

Tiny House Hidden Compost Idea

Hidden Compost or Rubbish Bin – As much as we try not to create waste, there are always things left over. Packaging, wrappers, or food bits we can’t use or cook with. However, a large floating rubbish bin is not ideal in a small space, and with many Tiny Houses on the move, larger outdoor bins aren’t always an option. When things are difficult people tend to get a bit lazy and forgo the extra effort. So it is important to make recycling and composting as easy as possible.   This is why it can be a perfect solution to have a hidden composting bin built right into the countertop, or alongside the recycling and rubbish bin hidden below in the cupboard.

Tiny House Hidden Washer Ideas

Hidden Washer – Having a washing machine in your Tiny House comes down to personal preference and feasibility. Many Tiny Houses want to be off grid, in which case having a hand turning washer is a possibility, as is simply going to the laundromat (after all, your saving on rent and bills, you can relax and have your laundry done for you!). But for those who are plugged into a water supply and have ample electricity, having the convenience of a home washing machine is fantastic, and for some people, necessary. So the question is where to put them in a tiny house! Many people put them under counter space and cover with regular cabinetry doors. This is a great idea! The above photos are some other more unusual and creative examples that open up possibility.

Pull out Laundry Line for Tiny House

Hidden Clothesline – One of the little thought of things while considering your Tiny House, is how to dry your clothes! Many people opt to simply go to the Laundromat, but for those who can wash at home, a simple pull out clothesline can do the trick! Fold out stand alone clothes lines have the tendency to get in the way, and when they aren’t in use you have to find storage for them, not good in a Tiny House scenario. A pull out drying line built inconspicuously into the house can solve this problem.

Multi Use furniture For Tiny House

Multi Use Furniture – Many people have seen the tables that fold up from the wall to be used as a counter or table space, and this is a great use of space! But some furniture can be even more multi functional. For instance, a mirror that changes into a lovely dinning table. Or a stool/ side table that turns into a beautiful table that seats four. These furniture pieces are functional no matter which state they are in, and that is key for making the most in your Tiny House.

Tiny House Bathroom Wardrobe

Bathroom Closet – Who has their closet in the bathroom? You may ask. Well actually, it’s a fantastic idea. The bathroom is out of the way, there is standing space, and it actually makes more sense then having your clothes in the living room or kitchen. Some tiny house bathrooms are incredibly small, but for those who have allotted themselves a slightly more spacious bathroom and proper ventilation, your new closet could possibly find its new home next to your toilet.

Tiny House Shallow Storage Ideas

Shallow Storage – There is nothing more frustrating then trying to pack a lot of different things into a deep shelf, and attempting to rummage through past food, pots and pans, or utensils to find what you want at the back of the shelf. This is even more true for Tiny Houses where you are trying to get in as much as possible. That is why shallow storage becomes so incredibly useful. A cupboard with shallow shelves that includes more racks on the inside of the door means everything is easier to see and get too, saving you some frustrating digging. If your shallow storage is exposed, try getting creative with how you cover it! Like in the photo above where an old sliding door is used. Or, be minimal in the truest fashion and turn your shallow storage into art!

Sink Toilet Space Saving Combo

Sink/Toilet Combo- If you’re not using a composting toilet, then it’s a good idea to think about ways to save water. Even if you are hooked up to a water source, there is no need to dirty more water then need be. This unique idea of putting the sink above the toilet ensures the most efficient use of water in the bathroom, and puts two of the bulkiest items in a bathroom together seamlessly.

Under Stare Space Saving Ideas

Stair Storage – If you’re having stairs in your Tiny House, you have opened up an area to get very creative with unique storage ideas. From cupboards, shelving, and drawers to hiding an entire bathroom, stairs can be your most creative space yet. So have fun with them!

There are many more ideas out there, and more waiting inside your own imagination to come out and be shared with the world. We hope these ideas have got your own creativity stirring, and if they have, don’t be afraid to share your pictures with us on our Facebook page!




Posted on by Melissa Posted in Inspiration

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I'm originally from Oregon in the United States but now live in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm a full time photographer and film-maker who is taking the plunge into Tiny House living! :)

29 Responses to 10 Unique Storage Ideas For Your Tiny House

  1. Georgie

    Bryce just love your amazing ideas/info etc, love the website, thanks for sharing.

  2. Mary Scott

    Living tiny has many pluses. My husband and I when moving to better jobs, looked at the expense of housing and decided it was not worth it. We live year round at a campground in a 28ft RV with our 3 little dogs. It is a huge plus with my fibromyalgia. There is plenty of odds and ends to do around the RV, but less work is required. I stick with simpler cooking and need less cookware. I would not have wanted to do this when my children were small unless I had a larger RV, but living in less than 200 square feet is possible. The only down side was no garage or shop for my husband; however, we rented him a shop that had more space than we could have afforded to build for him. I appreciate that more people are saying big is not better. And enjoy looking for storage ideas as we make changes in our RV to make it even more homey.

  3. Jo Wolf

    Tiny house folk would laugh (I think) but we downsized from a full house to a small unit of 85 sq m-and found we had way too much “stuff”. I’ve really enjoyed tossing out all the excess-and I find these articles helpful. The desire to live simply has given us a new lease on life, and a great relief from the financial stress we were living under. My home is small, not tiny, but I read all these articles to get tips for storage and so on, so thanks. 🙂

  4. Jay

    I would discourage drying laundry inside a tiny house– condensation is an issue in all small spaces. They say that the energy used by a dehumidifier to deal with the evaporated water is equivalent to the energy used by using a clothes dryer to dry the clothes.(I would also seriously consider how to deal with the steam from cooking, too- extractor fan/venting etc)

  5. Joan Young-Santiago

    For me, I prefer a 450-750 sq ft stay-put, cottage type or something similar(non-wheelie)home. The primary reason is financial. A) I could never understand paying 30 yrs for a home and pay almost as much for interest as the actual house price; B) Not to mention the monthly upkeep costs (heating/taxes etc; C) Finally, if one more person says “But I get tax deducts, grrr!” So they are a genius, only the 1st 10 yrs for interest makes sense and for the average person, for every $1.00 you pay you will only get back 30 cents! And for this you are in debt big time! Thanks for your understanding!

    • Kari Walker

      So true

  6. di

    Rather than a dining room set, sit on a daybed or futon couch.

    Rather than a desk, use a clipboard.

    Try a combination under-counter washer/dryer. They can be found at Compact Appliance online. Use it as a hamper.

  7. di

    Eliminate some shelving, cupboards, drawers and closets with other ideas. For example, go paperless with a handheld computer.

    Store a stackable set of ktichenware under a kitchen sink. Store utensils in a basket.

    Store linen and cosmetic baskets on narrow open shelving over a toilet. A vanity or linen closet may not be needed.

    Pull-out baskets beneath a bed seem to be the most inexpensive way to store a wardrobe or extra bed linens. Baskets are easy to carry to the laundry mat, while picking things up, etc. To sort a basket, place it on a bed.

    Custom storage is very expensive to build and maintain. Vertical storage is claustrophobic. Open storage adds clutter. For spaciousness, store everything away and face furniture towards a window.

    Try a simple folding shelf beneath a window sill for studying, dining, etc. Enjoy different views at different windows.

  8. Breed7

    Better idea — live in a home that is the appropriate size for your lifestyle. If you have so much stuff to store that it won’t fit in your 100 sq m tiny house, then you’re not living in the appropriately sized house.

    The desire to live in too little space is a form of mental illness. Like the anorexic, who believes that consuming an appropriate number of calories per day is bad, a person who wants to live in what is essentially a closet — where you cannot spend time with others in your own home or prepare anything more than a simple meal for two — has a mental illness. It is the ultimate in the “selfish” lifestyle, expecting others to host all events, expecting your family members to have to deal with your craziness, and then proclaiming to the world how superior you are.

    • Kurt Shellenback

      Breed7
      Yikes! Your complaints, though stated in a rather mean way, may be correct for some who desire to live in a tiny house. But I am not sure why you even bothered to read this article if it disturbs you so much.
      I do agree, friends and family would have to make adjustments to deal with ones decision to live so tiny. That is in fact one of the main reasons my wife and I don’t think we can go quite this small, nobody would really want to stay with us for long. But, we are still fascinated by the idea of $0 mortgage and next to $0 utilities and forcing a little more cosiness in our immediate family. We want to own far less junk, clean far less house, and in the case of a house-trailer we would love to be able to move our entire house on a whim!

    • Monica

      Wow breed7, sounds like you definitely have a PhD in psychology. Not quite sure where your anger towards this particular lifestyle comes from, but many of your comments are incorrect. For example, families can meet at rented out spaces or restaurants. That is a good idea for people with any home size as it can be stressful to host. As someone who lives in a regular sized house, I have to say that the more space I have, the more I find things to fill with. Whether it’s an extra three towels in the linen closet or more furniture than I actually need, it has been proven that the more space you have, the more things you find to fill it with. Saving on space is just a good way to live simply. Just because a lifestyle is different from your own does not mean that it is mental onus. I have an idea for you: if it upsets you, don’t look at tiny house websites.

    • Randi

      Reading and commenting on something you clearly do not approve of and so vehemently
      at that- just might be a sign of mental illness too.

    • mirageseekr

      You wouldn’t be in the banking industry by any chance would you? Or are you just pissed off that others may be smarter and wiser with their money? Either way with such a fine attitude who the hell would want to come to your house and listen to you determine how they should or shouldn’t live.

  9. leeanne

    I love these posts but its very frustrating that you never post were we can buy this stuff what the point of showing if we don’t know where to go to buy

    • Stephen

      Most of the products you see can be found at a Yacht parts supply store.

  10. mj

    Awesome information and even applicable not only for tiny homes

  11. mj

    Awesome information!

  12. Lukasz Szyszka

    Very informative! I think Bathroom closets would be a great way to slowly permeate your entire wardrobe with the smell of feces as well very creative ideas for ways to hide clutter and create storage.

    • Suzanne

      Is your other name George Spelvin?

      Something is badly wrong in your bathroom if it stinks of faeces.

  13. Linda

    Love this! If I could find a piece of land I’d do one. Cheap land….

  14. George_Spelvin

    Bathroom closets would be a great way to slowly permeate your entire wardrobe with the smell of feces. You know… if that’s your thing.

    • Linda

      Why would your clothes smell like feces? Don’t you flush & clean your bathroom?

  15. Henna Lund

    thank you so much for sharing ! great and creative ways to hide clutter and create storage ( not only for tiny spaces helpful, but also for bigger ones ) ! and if the micro housing indeed will be the new urban way of living, then this might be a future storage concept for us all:
    http://smart-magazine.com/space/physical-cloud-storage/
    i am excited to see how life will be like in 20 to 30 years…

  16. Hilary

    Hey man, found your videos on youtube! So stoked that there is more of a movement for this in NZ… I’ve been keen as to build something along these lines for years, so is awesome getting ideas and seeing how other peoples designs work. Finishing off my traveling soon, so am very keen to come home and perhaps start making some real plans aye! Keep up the good work 🙂 loving watching your progress!

  17. Ray

    Great ideas! Thanks.
    I’ve been thinking to turn my little appartment into a tiny house but my family and my girlfriend are not really convinced so any piece of advice, please. I will aprecciate it lots.
    Looking forward for your support.

  18. Alexander Lopez

    Lots of great ideas into a single post. That’s efficiency!

    I like to have not just shallow shelves but shallow drawers as well. Most kitchen utensils and office supplies can be stored into not-so-deep drawers, and therefore can be easier to organize. Here’s one example: http://s3files.core77.com/blog/images/2014/01/Sixay-Sixtematic-desk.jpg

    Just a minor niggle: Grammar alert! Your ≠ yours ≠ you’re. The voice-to-text converter often plays that trick on me.

  19. Mieke

    What fabulous and inspirational ideas! Really enjoyed this article.

  20. Queenie

    Excellent ideas, Bryce. BTW, how is your build going??

    • Bryce

      It’s going well thanks! We have just moved the Tiny House to the build site, so it’s all very exciting! 🙂

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