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Common Tiny Home Challenges and How You Can Tackle Them


The tiny house trend has gained quite the popularity. Every day, more and more people are leaving the comfort of their normal houses and apartments and settling down inside tiny spaces of only a few hundred square feet.

However, living in a tiny house can be very challenging. So if you’re willing to give this trend a try, here are a few things you should consider.

Moving in for the first time

The anxiety and stress sparked from the thought of moving into a tiny house for the first time in your life can make you feel nauseated. After all, getting a new house is always going to be a big step in your life. And getting a house that’s one-third the size of a regular house is an even bigger step, one that not everyone can take without worrying. Your anxiety is thus natural, but how do you overcome it?

The easiest way to let go of this fear is by renting a tiny house first and staying there for a couple of weeks. It could be a lakeside cabin or a small-sized apartment in your neighborhood. Just stay there a few weeks and see how it feels. Small studio apartments can help you with this as well. When you’ve stayed there for a few weeks you can finally decide on whether you want to proceed with your tiny house or not.

Making room for all your stuff

Perhaps the biggest challenge that comes with a tiny home is the lack of space. Whether it’s room for your furniture or closet space, you’ll have to make a lot of compromises if you want to live in a tiny house. It’s best if you decide what you want to bring with you to your new house and what you wouldn’t mind discarding, before moving out of your old house or apartment.

You can get rid of the stuff you don’t need or the clothes that no longer fit you. You might also need to let go of certain decor items like your terrariums as well. If you’re finding it difficult to get rid of these things, you could try using the Marie Kondo method of tidying up and letting go of things that don’t spark joy.

What about the furniture?

Living in a tiny home has its fun quirks, and one of the more underrated ones is setting up your tiny house furniture. It may seem cramped at first, but you’d be surprised how many creative and space-saving tips and ideas are out there (such as those mentioned in the article linked).

When you go through these ideas, you’ll notice a common trend; people living in tiny houses are always innovating and getting creative with their furniture, and you’ll have to do the same. Avoid getting too much furniture and instead, arrange them in a way so that they can serve multiple purposes when needed. Use this opportunity to create storage space under or inside some of the furniture. For instance, you can install drawers under your bed to store some of your clothes. Get as creative as you can with these ideas.

What if you have guests coming to stay?

Accommodating more than a couple of people at your tiny home can be quite difficult, especially when you have to make room for them to stay the night.

If it comes down to a situation like this, you’ll probably have to ask them to bring tents and camp outside. However, that idea might seem a bit odd. So what you can do is arrange some of your furniture to function as beds. You’ll mostly be using your couch and probably a table, arrange them in a row and place a mattress over them. You could even suspend a couple of hammocks inside the house if necessary.

When the weather gets tough

Tiny house owners face a lot of issues during extreme weather conditions, especially during the winter.

Summers are more or less fine, but heavy rainfall might damage the house. Your house should be built a bit elevated from the ground to prevent damage from waterlogging. Prior to buying a tiny house, you should check for cracks and leaks, especially on the roof.

Even the tiniest detail on your tiny house matters a great deal. A little problem can lead to a big disaster. So you better check every inch of it before making the purchase.

Ethan Carter
Ethan Carter, a distinguished alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design, holds a Bachelor's in Graphic Design. With over 12 years of experience in the creative industry, Ethan has worked with various design studios and advertising agencies. He joined our team in 2020, bringing a wealth of knowledge in visual storytelling and brand development. His passion for aesthetics and functionality is evident in his articles, which have been a part of our website. When not crafting inspiring content, Ethan enjoys photography and exploring urban landscapes.

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