Space Saving Ideas for your Tiny Container Home
By: Molli McGee, Tiny House Society
Did you know you can live in a container? Tiny house containers are all the rage lately, with their unique looks and high-sustainability factor. For those of you who haven’t heard of tiny living, here’s what you need to know: tiny living refers to living in a tiny house or small space. At no more than 500 square feet, tiny houses focus on living simply without sacrificing quality. And speaking of quality; that’s just what you get when you decide to live in a tiny house container.
People decide to make a container into a tiny home for many reasons. One reason is because buying a container is more affordable than the cost of building a tiny house from scratch. Another is because it’s more sustainable to recycle a perfectly good container than to build new. Whatever the reason may be, containers are an ideal candidate for a pint-sized abode.
Now with any small space, it tends to be the lack of it that presents an issue. That’s why it’s important to come up with clever storage ideas and multi-purpose features that use space efficiently. Let’s take a look at some creative space saving ideas for your tiny container home.
1. Sliding Door
Consider how much room a standard door takes up when opened. This is why a sliding door is the most efficient style of door you can have in a tiny house. Customize your container tiny home by adding a sliding glass door, which takes up no additional space and adds plenty of natural light.
2. Folding Table
Tables are used for everything from eating dinner to doing school work. The only thing that makes them an issue is the amount of space they take up. The perfect way to have a table space only when you need it, is by installing a custom fold-down table.
3. Front Porch
One or two people in a tiny container home is easy. When guests start coming over, that’s when you may start to feel like it’s a little bit tight. An excellent way around this is to add a front porch. You’ll be able to leave some chairs outside and allow your guests to spread out in the additional space!
It may seem like a no-brainer, but shelving is a small addition that makes a big difference. Floor space and any kind of surface space is extremely valuable in a tiny home. It’s a good idea to add extra shelves that aren’t part of a cabinet that sits on the floor!
Saving space in a container tiny home is all about making the most out of what’s available. Not only are these ideas useful for tiny houses, but they’re also helpful for maximizing on any type of small space.
Do you have space saving tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below!
Author: Molli McGee
Bio:Molli is a U.S. citizen currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. Aside from writing about tiny houses, Molli loves to be at the beach and eat food (often at the same time). As an avid surfer and beach-goer, she does her best to promote a sustainable way of living.