Furniture for Small Houses

In a tiny house or small space it is very important that the furniture fits and is sized
correctly for the space. Living in a small space forces you to re-evaluate your needs
and to de-clutter your belongings.

Wooden Beds should not be oversized or overwhelming to the room.
The use of small lumber is the best way to fit into the downsized room.
Bulky heavy timbers should be avoided, as they will dominate and overwhelm the space.

Dining Tables also go along these same lines of thought. If your table is huge and
overwhelming it will dominate the room and make it feel smaller than it is.
A small extendable dining table makes the room feel larger and can be expanded
when guests are visiting and reduced to the smallest size for every day living.

Book Cases are also a big issue. If you are a collector of books, what is the best
way to store them. Small cases or built in book cases are the best way to go in a
small space. Here again make sure you design or buy the book case to fit the size
of the room.

These are just a couple of pieces of furniture to consider. In your quest to live
light and small you will need to evaluate each room and it’s furnishings.

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hhw - August 12, 2008 Reply

I’m particularly interested in finding sources for tiny-house-sized appliances like refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines. It’s my impression that good choices exist from European companies, but I don’t know where to start to look in the US. Anyone have any recommendations?

John Labovitz - August 12, 2008 Reply

@hhw — Compact Appliance ( is a good place to start.

Also, look for providers of appliances for RVs and boats. Both of those markets value size and efficiency over the usual American bigger-is-better.

hhw - August 12, 2008 Reply


Maya House - October 30, 2009 Reply

Great Article. When choosing a sofa for for your home its important not to buy anything too big, a good tip is to buy a sofa that has legs so the bulk of it is lifted off the ground creating a more open plan feel and these type of sofa tends to be generaly less bulky and more suited to small houses or apartments.

Benjamin - January 6, 2011 Reply

Obvious method for saving a LOT of bookshelf space: buy a Kindle or iPad and eliminate the bookshelf completely.

tim - September 13, 2011 Reply

you still need a bookshelf for cookbooks,manuals and that nice novel you haven’t finished. also narrow bookshelves come in handy to store canned goods and the cat needs a catwalk up high to observe the staff.

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