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Sep 3, 2014

31 Tiny House Hacks To Maximize Your Space

Just because your house is small doesn't mean you can't live large.

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1. Keep your window-to-wall ratio high.

apartmenttherapy.com

Large panes of glass really open up this 136 sq ft DIY Colorado Mountain Home. Bonus: Tucked under the built in desk are two stools that double as storage.

2. Install floor to ceiling bookshelves.

emilyabigail.com

Tiny little cottage, big big storage.

3. Use semi-opaque materials to allow light into windowless rooms.

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This panelite kitchen backsplash doubles as a bathroom wall.

4. Create outdoor living space to add the feeling of square footage without the cost.

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This 8-foot, wraparound porch provides a spot to lounge in the summer, and protects against snow in the winter.

5. Opt for fewer walls, more multipurpose rooms.

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Go ahead. Smash that wall out. This open floor plan from BlueSky MOD makes the most of its tiny footprint.

6. Add a loft over your kitchen.

7. Actually, add a loft anywhere.

Sleeping and reading nooks maximize your space and provide privacy in shared areas. Snag space above your kitchen, bathroom, living room — there's no end to those versatile vertical spaces.

8. Utilize the space under the stairs.

9. Install prefab windows to brighten old school architecture.

webecoist.momtastic.com

This cob house juxtaposes earthen building materials with modern prefab windows.

10. Replace doors with sliding walls to let your space breathe.

dwell.com

This Brooklyn apartment feels much larger than its 500 square feet, thanks to large sliding doors with wide doorways.

11. Use glass walls to separate spaces without visually dividing a room.

12. Get creative with mirrors.

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Mirrors can instantly double the appearance of a room, but there's no reason you have to go the traditional route! Metallic subway tile adds a layer of texture to this tiny WC.

13. Pick your favorite room in the house and go big.

dwell.com

This gourmet kitchen sits inside a tiny New Zealand home, making use of a reflective island and translucent cabinets to keep things feeling open and bright.

14. Put a shelf on it.

15. Use room dividers in place of walls.

16. Curtains can also step in where privacy is needed.

17. Decorate with light.

tinyhousedesign.com

The diogene prototype micro-house takes skylights to new heights.

18. Use open storage to draw the eye upward.

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Need some accountability for your clutter? Open storage will force you to live organized (or put your mess on display).

19. Create the illusion of vertical space by selecting low-sitting furniture.

20. Repurpose the closet.

21. Add a pop of color!

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Or two. A little pop goes a long way.

22. Utilize retractable pantry drawers for small appliances.

tinyhousedesign.com

This 192-square-foot home makes up in clever storage what it lacks in footprint.

23. Keep lines and materials simple.

dwell.com

This tiny L.A. home went back to basics with cement walls and stainless steel countertops.

24. On the flipside, you can embrace the quaint.

25. Discover unexpected storage.

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Similar to under the stairs, there are often plenty of unused crawl spaces and nooks in a home that can be creatively turned into organized storage.

26. Build a bookshelf door.

27. Another use for lofted bedrooms? You can fit a walk-in closet underneath.

28. Create storage out of load-bearing elements and lose those pesky walls.

dwell.com

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is pioneering this ingenious hack on the traditional post-and-beam home.

29. Install a breakfast bar.

offbeatandinspired.com

Who needs a kitchen table when you've got a built in coffee bar? (Instructions HERE.)

30. Think you don't have space for a tub? Try a three-fourths tub!

mydecolove.com

Great for bathing kids if you've got standing room only.

31. Do a whole room in white.

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Whites make everything appear bigger and brighter.

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