Believe it or not, there are always new ways to create more space in a single-wide trailer. Even if you think you’ve used every available inch of storage space, think again. The following suggestions may help you discover a brand new way to create more space in a single-wide trailer that you haven’t already tried. Of course, these space-saving tips are not just for trailers. They’ll work well in any small home.
1. Captain’s Bed
A captain’s bed can create more space in a single-wide trailer because the bed frame has built-in drawers. If your bedroom has tight closet space, these drawers are useful for storing seasonal clothing, like winter coats. Another option for under-the-bed storage is bed stilts. These stilts are sold at many bedding stores with several different available heights. Simply place them under the legs of your bed frame so you can store items underneath.
2. Kitchen Island
Single-wide trailers are notorious for having teensy-weensy kitchens. Instead of a small kitchen table, use a kitchen island. This gives you plenty of storage space inside, plus you can add a couple of bar stools for dining space. A kitchen island with a drop-leaf top will add extra tabletop space during mealtime. The top surface is also a handy way to get extra counter space for chopping vegetables and preparing meals.
3. Multi-Purpose Furniture
When you live in a tiny home, you need to make the most of every inch of space. Use furniture that serves more than one purpose. In the living room, use an ottoman that has a lid on top. This way, you can store bulky items, like blankets and linens, inside. Instead of using a traditional coffee table, consider replacing it with a cedar chest or foot locker.
4. Peg Board
Peg board is amazing stuff. Simply line a wall in your kitchen, bedroom or wherever to hang items on pegs. This is much more versatile than putting hooks directly into the wall because you can move the pegs around, as needed. If you don’t like the natural peg board color, go ahead and paint it before you put it on your wall. Peg board is a great way to hang kitchen utensils, office supplies, jewelry and a million and one other things.
5. Shelves, Shelves and More Shelves
Look around the room. I’m willing to bet you have some wasted space up near your ceiling. Line your walls with shelving to get clutter off tabletops and out of drawers. Your best bet is to place items that you rarely use up on the highest shelves near the ceiling. You will be amazed by the amount of extra space you have up there.
6. Cabinet Space
Kitchen cabinets often have wasted space because cups and other dishware take up too much horizontal shelf space. Add small wire shelves to your existing shelves for storing dishware vertically. This tips also works well on food shelves when storing items like canned goods. Another way to create additional space is by hanging hooks on the inside of your cabinet door. This is a good place to hang measuring cups and other items you frequently use.
7. Stackable Washer & Dryer
Most single-wide trailers have tiny laundry rooms. One way to combat this problem is by using a stackable washer and dryer set. This will leave you with lots of extra floor space for a dresser, shelves or even a table for folding laundry. Speaking of the laundry room, if you haven’t already lined the walls with shelves, you are missing out on a valuable storage option for seasonal items, such as Christmas wrap and holiday decorations. Make use of that space!
It can be a challenge living in a tight single-wide trailer, especially if you have kids. What are other great ways to create more storage space in a small home?