27 Space-Saving Tricks and Techniques for Tiny Houses

Pocket and Sliding Doors


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Swinging doors are definitely not the most efficient choice for small spaces. Consider pocket doors instead, or sliding barn-style doors, which have a little more aesthetic appeal.

Sliding Loft Ladders


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Sliding ladders are another great way to gain access to loft space (or high storage areas) without taking up too much room. DIY Showoff has a tutorial for building your own library-style sliding loft ladder.

Slide-Out Pantry Next to Refrigerator


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Even six inches of narrow space behind your refrigerator could be a slim storage space. Sliding pantries on wheels are relatively easy to build (and might even make an interesting pallet recycling project). Check out this DIY job spotted at IKEA Hackers, which put a Kilby bookcase on rails for a clean look that looks like a custom built-in cabinet.

All-in-One Kitchens


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What appears to be an average-sized free-standing cupboard reveals itself to be a clever all-in-one compact kitchen when the top doors are opened. Fitting a microwave, two-burner stovetop, sink, mini refrigerator and lots of storage, this kitchen by Culshaw Bell offers lots of function with virtually zero clutter.

5 More Solutions to Mount Inside Cabinets


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Literally behind closed doors, the space just inside your kitchen cabinets can be used much more efficiently than in the average home. Check out 5 smart ideas from Shelterness including painting the inside of the door with chalkboard paint, adding cup hooks for measuring spoons and other small items, building in a custom spice rack, mounting a box of tissues and hanging a small trash can.