Lessons from tiny house living: How To Create a kid-friendly space in your tiny house: 4 tips to make the most out of your area
Hey Tiny House squad! We recently met a wonderful woman, Brynn, who has made the jump to go tiny with her family of four. After getting to know one another, we concluded that we just had to have her experiences and lessons, triumphs and tribulations documented on her tiny house journey. As such, we have a four part series of her thoughts and experience going tiny!
Here is Brynn's 5th piece on her tiny house experience, How to Create Kid-Friendly Space In Your Tiny. If you've ever wondered about managing children in your tiny house, this is the piece for you!
Living tiny with kids is something many argue cannot be done, but here we are--a year in and loving it. We have chosen to Roadschool our kids so we are able to continue traveling and exposing them to different cultures, a variety of customs, and real world learning. I work full time from an office space that has to be organized.
However, what do we do when it is rainy or when lessons involve the unavoidable worksheet or pen and paper classwork? We created a killer Roadschool space and children's area inside our rig that can accommodate our individual learner's needs. So, keep in mind that every student learns differently, but these tips can be applied to creating everything from a preschool area to a high school room, a professional office to a crafting space in your tiny. We also incorporated a calming area for our sensory sensitive little one that can double as a reading nook or a place to play video games--whatever your kids are into!
Make Large Items Foldable
Desks and shelving can take up a lot of space in a tiny home so making the best use of vertical space is crucial. A wall mounted desk can save on both space as well as create a place for storage. Many of these desks have internal storage for office supplies as well as the work space. Shelving can also fold down and back up for when they are being used or when they need to be stored to travel.
Organize The Small Things
Whether you choose bins, containers, or totes, small things can get lost in a tiny house so keeping them organized is important. We recommend using a small metal rolling cart and magnetized bins, buckets, and small containers so the inside and outside of each shelf are most efficiently used.
Visibly Separate Space
Use items like rugs and shelving to break up a larger open space into smaller more divided rooms without putting up walls. We use a large rug to separate our office space from the rest of our kids' room. Open shelving that you can see through are also a great option for dividing space.
Make The Space Creative
Whether you brighten it up with paint, decorate it with decals, or create a photo collage, make the space somewhere you want to be. We use a bright color palate, kid-friendly wall decals and trendy items like a globe and succulents to bring the outdoors in. Always incorporate natural light whenever possible as well in order to make a small space seem larger.
Whenever Possible, Make Space Multi-Functional
So our Roadschool room doubles as my office space just as much as the bar area in our kitchen is used for studying and eating dinner. Whether you use large items like a Murphy bed that doubles as shelving or storage that is also decorative, in a tiny home, real estate is a hot commodity so most designs need to be space-saving and multi-functional.