8 Tips To Help You Maximize The Space In Your Tiny Room

Measure everything!
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Having minimal space doesn't mean that you need to limit your creativity when it comes to decor and upgrades. A tiny home can be as beautiful, homey, and maaliwalas as its larger counterparts—it's simply a matter of planning, having a vision, and seeing it through.

Whether you've found a new rental, are moving in your own investment, or have been living in your property for years, these tips can help you create and reinvent your space, one nook at a time.

  1. Consider your theme

    With so many pegs on the internet, it's now easier to decide what kind of style to apply to your space. Common picks for those with a small floor area are the bright Scandinavian and the clean minimalist, but, don't box yourself in—when planned right, you can go industrial, eclectic, and even maximalist.

    Tip: When thinking of a look, you'll also want to consider what a specific area will be used for. Professional organizer Mica Santayana-Canto explains that zoning could help in keeping spaces organized, and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, you'll also be able to fully utilize every nook and cranny!

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  2. Measure everything

    Bring out your measuring tape! Before you start on anything, it's imperative that you know exactly how much space you have so that you can plan furniture and appliance purchases well. While there are a lot of really great and economical picks that you think may look great in your home, buying without measuring (or through "tantya") often ends up with a purchase that's not 100 percent utilized, or worse, one that eventually becomes an eyesore, so best be organized and exact about it!

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  3. Purchase with purpose in mind

    Having a tiny home means you really have to be critical about each and every piece you bring in. In an interview with Real Living, architect Angelo Siochi has said that one of the most common mistakes that people make when decorating a small space is jumping the gun when it comes to furniture."[They] tend to get excited with buying furniture. [But] you have to consider its function." This goes hand-in-hand with zoning. Plan for efficiency, and not just aesthetics.

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  4. Look through what you already have

    With the reminder of being efficient with your purchases, it's also important to first check what you already have prior to heading to a store and buying more stuff. The last thing you want when you have a tiny home are several pieces of the same thing—especially if they're space-consuming.

  5. Get customized

    If you can't find furniture that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, you may want to consider having pieces customized. Folding and multi-tasking furniture (such as a bed that has storage) can go a long way in keeping things sleek and organized in your space. Architect Angelo Siochi highlights the importance of investing in the right furniture; after all, you'll be using them every day.

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  6. Storage, storage, storage

    Probably one of the most important things in creating a tiny and functional space is storage. You'll have to be smart about positioning them (this is where your multi-tasking furniture comes in). Moreover, you have to utilize your surfaces as much as you can. Your walls can easily become additional storage space. Installing floating shelves can add a personal touch to your home while keeping things neat, tidy, and visible.

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  7. Play with mirrors

    Mirrors, when positioned correctly, can quickly make any space look bigger. Cabinet doors can easily double as mirror panels—that's storage plus decor in one. If you're not too keen on going big, you may want to check out these unique picks that you'd love to hang in your home.

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  8. Make neatness a habit

    Cleaning up and decluttering regularly is a must when living in a tiny home. You'd also want to be more mindful about your purchases, and practice a bit of minimalism along the way. Every time you're tempted to buy a new item, think first if you already have something similar at home. If you're still tempted, ask yourself, "Do I need it? Can I live without it?" Doing so can help you prioritize your purchases and allows you to look at material possessions in another light.

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