Design Tips from the Tiny House Movement

Leah Meldman 09/09/2016

The tiny house movement continues to command attention on our favorite design shows. The fascination has prompted many of us to wonder if we could successfully adopt this pared down lifestyle.

Tiny house residents seem to have organization and tidiness down to a science. Much can be learned from their dedication to this art, especially those of us not quite prepared to part with our wide open spaces. Enjoy the best of both worlds with our top design tips from the tiny house movement.

Get Vertical

Since tiny houses typically have 100 to 400 square feet of livable space, creativity is a must. Making use of vertical space is essential in such a small area. Not only does this provide maximum storage, but also helps carry the eye upward, creating the illusion of a larger room.

Choose a tall and lean bookcase for storage that goes beyond your favorite reads. Our Amish Corner Mission Bookcase Set commands attention while providing functionality. It also does a great job of giving purpose to a typically unused space.

amish corner mission bookcase set

Mirror, Mirror

Tiny houses take advantage of the ability of mirrors to give rooms added depth, making them appear larger. Hanging or propping a large mirror directly across from a window will add more light to a room, giving the illusion of a more open space. You can also place a mirror in front of a light source such as a candle or chandelier to maximize its effect.

Not only will our Amish Reclaimed Wood Block Art Mirror help you widen a space, it will also provide a pop of interest with its unique design.

amish reclaimed wood block art mirror

Minimalism is a Must

Clean lines are essential to keep a tiny house from feeling cramped. Taking a page from mid-century modern design, tiny home owners incorporate minimal forms constructed of high quality materials to make the most of their cozy abodes.

Our Hastingwood Panel Bed provides sleek style that won’t overwhelm the bedroom.

hastingwood mid century modern panel bedMultifunctional Furniture

Furniture that serves multiple purposes is essential to any tiny house. But what average-sized home couldn’t afford to free up some floor space? Being clever with your choices can make a big difference in all rooms.

Capitalize on space without compromising on style with our Amish Century Buffet with Pullout Dining Table.Amish Century Buffet with Pullout Dining TableSince you’ll be making use of the vertical space in your home, our Amish Library Chair and Step Stool Combo is the perfect solution for reaching all of your favorite books while also providing a spot to enjoy them.

Amish Library Chair and Step Stool Combo

Low-Sitting Furniture with High Impact

Tiny homes typically do not have high ceilings, so making use of low-sitting furniture like cushioned benches are a clever way to create the illusion of height.

The Amish Mission Storage Bench will make a ceiling feel higher and create a multifunctional seating area.

Amish Mission Storage Bench

Less is more when it comes to choosing functional, stylish furniture. While the tiny house movement may not be for everyone, its penchant for optimal organization and minimal use of space has a place in every home.

Leah Meldmanby Leah Meldman (42 Posts)

Leah Meldman first fell in love with Amish furniture when she started as a content writer at DutchCrafters in 2015. Contributing to Timber to Table is a welcome change of pace from the papers she writes while pursuing a bachelor's degree in British and American Literature. Leah is a Shih Tzu enthusiast who enjoys the company of her spunky rescue dog, Patrick O'Growly, in the office from time to time. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.


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