So, you have just moved into a beautiful tiny house, and you are in the process of unpacking your possessions and organizing the available space. Even though you knew there would be a need to de-clutter and downsize, you realize that you still don’t have enough space to fit all your stuff. This includes your most important and most used possessions; your clothes. So, what can you do if you seem to have almost zero storage space for your clothes? We are here to help you.
What are some of the tiny house storage ideas for clothes? There are plenty of creative clothes storage ideas to keep your clothes in a tiny house without much hassle. You can store them in the drawers under the bed, small open cabinets, ceiling, or add shelves from floor to ceiling. You can also use both sides of the shelves, explore the hidden storage space in plain sight, maximize the vertical space, or create more storage space under seating.
This blog post discusses some of the most practical tiny house clothing storage ideas that can help you save on space and time. Read on to learn more about these exciting tips and tricks.
1. Use Both Sides of Shelves
Tiny houses have two huge problems; no storage space and no space to add it. So, what happens in such a case? You look for additional storage space in the weirdest places you can imagine. What if you could use both sides of your shelves? That would add extra storage for your folded clothes, right?
Using both sides of your shelves is an effective way of creating more storage space for your clothes and maybe even more of it for other items. Typically, a single shelf is ideal for holding your pants.
But you can add a rack under it, and you now have enough space to hang your blouses or shirts. Generally, towel racks can be used for a wide range of tasks in a tiny house. Technically, you can hang anything that is relatively small from them.
So, if you are struggling with finding storage space for your bras or tank tops, feel free to use “S-shaped” hooks to hang these pieces from towel racks. You can also add a dowel rod on the shelf for your belts and ties.
You don’t need to have a lot of space between the dowel drone and the shelf. The most interesting part is that you can actually accomplish this for very little cost.
2. Explore the Hidden Storage Space Right in Front of You
If you have a relatively narrow staircase within your tiny house, you could be looking at a goldmine of clothing storage right in front of you. Typically, the space under the staircase is quite open, and you can easily turn it into one of your closet spaces.
You can easily install cabinets or drawers and even use some of it as hanging space. Additionally, you can have storage cubbies built underneath your floor. This is a perfect way to store extra pairs of shoes, off-season clothing and even blankets.
The most interesting part? You can use hideaway furniture to make it relatively easier to access these areas and retrieve your clothing whenever you want to.
3. Maximize the Vertical Space
When you decide to live in a tiny house, you must be creative with how you handle the available storage space. You must always be on the lookout for ways you can use to maximize the available storage space to its maximum.
That is why you need to go all the way to the ceiling when doing shelving or cabinets. This way, you get additional storage space to keep your items.
You can even convert the space above your windows and doors into storage for some of the items you hardly use. The same thing applies to the wall space. All you need to do is find some cute storage containers where you will place your items before storing them.
So, how does maximizing vertical space help with your clothing storage in a tiny house? Well, by storing more items like outdoor gear and books up high, you create more space on the lower side of your room where you can store more clothes.
This is a win-win situation. Additionally, storing some of your underused hats and shoes up the wall is also a practical idea on how you can utilize the vertical space for clothing storage.
4. Add a Shelved Rack Outside
Do you have a spot outside your door to the garage where you can set up a simple shelf? Most homes always have this provision regardless of their size.
If you do, then this is an excellent spot to set up a simple outdoor shelf for your shoes and even off-season clothes. Just make sure you don’t allow your kids anywhere near the shelf because they can damage it without your knowledge.
This modification means that your shoes will always be where you look the first time. You no longer have to waste time searching around the house to find something to wear.
If the shelf is big enough, you can spare a few racks for your socks and even assign each member of your family a small section of the shelf where they can store their shoes and socks.
This is one of the best ways of keeping the easy-to-misplace pairs of socks together so that you are always ready to go whenever you want to head out of the door.
Consider putting a chair or two near the shelf if you have enough space.
The chair is meant to discourage you from the practice of putting or taking off shoes in other rooms of your house, which can easily lead to dirt, mud, leaves and other grime getting tracked to your carpeting or flooring.
5. Add Drawers Under the Bed
This one might cost some money, but it is still a great way to store clothes in a tiny house. Furthermore, you don’t need extra headroom above your bed to implement it.
The truth is that there is always plenty of empty space under the mattress and the bed. Therefore, adding drawers under the bed can provide you with much-needed storage.
In fact, you can accomplish this trick without raising the bed off the floor even an inch because most of the under-bed drawers aren’t thick. Small to medium-size drawers can hold your undergarments, bed sheets, nightclothes, and so much more.
If you don’t have enough space under your bed to add drawers, you can also add them to the head or foot section of your bed.
A typical headboard or footboard that pulls slightly out can add instant storage space to your tiny house for smaller items such as clothes.
If you are going to do the customization by yourself, you will need a relatively strong headboard that you can build a box off its back and use to store a few items.
6. Rotate Clothes that Are Out of Season
If you are short on storage space in your tiny house, the best way to get the most out of it is by cycling out pieces of clothes that are out of season.
Chances are you are not going to need your heavy winter coat and the wool sweaters in the summer, nor will you need the sundresses, sunglasses, and flip flops in the winter.
So, why are you letting these clothes occupy a lot of space in your tiny house when you can do without them at the moment? One way to take care of your out of season clothes is by placing them in sealed bins, suitcases, or trunks and storing them safely in a rented self-storage unit.
If you have a friend who needs extra storage space in their house, partner and share the cost of renting an affordable unit for your items.
Although you may incur some costs here, you may end up clearing significant storage space in your tiny house that you can use for something else.
7. Go-Between the Studs
Lastly, you can consider building shelves in between the studs in your main bedroom wall if you want to create some additional storage space for your clothes and other stuff.
This is particularly good if you are designing a bedroom for your newborn baby or toddler. To make use of this space, you need to locate your wall studs and carefully cut out an area of sheetrock between the studs.
The cutting can be of any size, and you can even go from floor to ceiling if you want. Most wall studs are approximately four inches deep. Therefore, it may be best to use the additional space for light items that you can easily hang from a dowel rod.
You can leave the area completely open or have an inbuilt shelf added. It all depends on what you want to achieve.
Living in a tiny house doesn’t mean abandoning some of your clothes or going hard on yourself when it comes to buying new clothes.
With a little bit of creativity, you can always create sufficient storage space for your clothes in your tiny house. Go practical with the above tips and see how much you can achieve!