When you live in a home under 1,000 square feet, the biggest issue is probably finding enough storage space for those items you don’t want to see all the time. Rather than trying to cram everything into your cabinets or closets, here are some “secret” storage spaces in small homes that you might be overlooking.

Up above

The first alternative storage option is to take your items up as high as they can go. The 307 square foot El Capitan has tons of shelving in the closet and the bathroom that go up to the ceiling. The 640 square foot Regal Mountain has a laundry closet that can accommodate additional shelving and don’t forget that many of the Cozy Home plans that have stackable washers and dryers also have space above for storage.

Under the floor

Another ingenious storage idea came from Deek of Tiny Yellow House and from Ted Owens of Building with Awareness. When putting in wood flooring in your Cozy Home, leave a few floorboards loose (or cut them and add a hinge) to create an under-floor storage area. There is a good tutorial on how to do this on the DIY Network.

Inside your furniture

There’s an amazing amount of furniture out now that is designed for additional storage. Footstools with tops that lift up, chairs, sofa beds and beds with drawers, and dining chairs and dining tables with secret compartments where you can put books, items for guests, tablecloths, toilet paper and cutlery.

Under the stairs

The High Point is a 2-story Cozy Home that comes in at 781 square feet. Since it has a staircase, when constructing the home, you can build in a cabinet under the stairs that can fit seasonal items, luggage and other larger objects.

Take it outside

If you have some items that can weather the elements, purchase or build some outdoor storage cabinets or trunks that can hold your sports gear, tools and maybe even some food that is contained in buckets or another protective covering. You can place these cabinets on the deck of your Crested Butte Cozy Home, put some cushions on it and call it a bench.


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