Space-efficient Products for Tiny Homes

As the tiny-house trend grows in popularity, check out these small products to suit the needs of homeowners who care about every inch.

Tiny homes are getting big. Haven’t heard of the trend yet? Think small — supersmall — and efficient.

Each product in a tiny home must meet a critical need or serve multiple functions to earn its square inches.

The typical “tiny house” measures approximately 100-400 square feet, compared with a typical American home’s 2,600!

“Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms,” explains, “but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.

The average refrigerator would take up a quarter of the space in a tiny home. And when you’re living with less, every inch counts.

“The homes we work on are 350 square feet on average; 8½ feet wide by 16 to 22 feet long,” Kim Lewis, of Kim Lewis Designs, who is the design consultant for FYI Network’s Tiny House Nation, told Industry Edge. “We’re looking at every nook and cranny to figure out what can be stored. It’s all about storage.”

Each product in a tiny home must meet a critical need or serve multiple functions to earn its square inches.

These space-efficient products are perfect for tiny homes — or anyone looking to simplify their space!

Big Chill Mini-Fridge: Energy Star rated, the Big Chill undercounter fridge measures just 6.1 cubic feet. The highly capable, stylish appliance features automatic moisture control, amber LED temperature display, two shelves and interior door storage.

Sunpentown 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker: A budget-friendly, multipurpose coffee-making option is Sunpentown’s 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker. This impressive mini appliance brews coffee, toasts breads, and fries eggs or bakes pancakes — at the same time!

Solar-Powered Fresh Air Skylight, by Velux: Since many tiny homes feature loft bedrooms with little overhead space, a skylight is essential for avoiding a claustrophobic feel. The “Fresh Air” Skylight is battery operated, so no electrical wiring is required for installation. Homeowners can program the skylight to open and close, and a rain sensor automatically closes the skylight when bad weather approaches. Bonus: The skylight is eligible for a federal tax credit.

Rinnai Tankless Water Heater: The Rinnai Tankless is the size of a compact suitcase. It easily fits into a small closet or can be mounted to a home’s exterior. Through thermal bypass technology, this energy-saving unit heats just the amount of water required for use.

Speedy Wrap Cord Organizer: From UT Wire comes the snap bracelet of cord organization. Messy, bundled, bulky cords are a thing of the past. Available in two sizes, 5 and 10 inches inches.

Sun-Mar Composting Toilet: Sun-Mar’s composting toilet requires no water or plumbing. An odorless process transforms waste into useable fertilizer, making this a must-have, dual-use product for a tiny home.

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