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Tiny House Clothes Storage: 14 Best Hidden Ideas

by | Jan 1, 2023 | Popular, Tiny Houses | 0 comments

Thinking of buying a tiny house on wheels but struggling with the idea of limited storage space for your clothes? 

Don’t worry; you’re not alone! 

This blog will explore creative and practical tiny house clothes storage ideas to help make the most of your space.

Read on to find the perfect storage solution for your tiny home.

Storage in Staircase

One of the best decisions you can make is to build tiny stairs and not just use a ladder.

Yes, your stairs are made to access the sleeping loft – but they can be so much more than that.

They can serve as your dream storage solution when living tiny.

My storage stairs and attached cupboards are the most effective storage system I’ve ever owned.

Storage stairs, especially those with taller cupboards, provide plenty of space to hang clothing like winter coats. 

Get creative; countless designs and DIY stairs options are available to you.

You could have stairs with drawers in each step, stairs with open shelves, stairs with cupboards, or a mixture!

Under Couch Storage

One often overlooked space for tiny house clothes storage is under the couch. 

When deciding which couch will best suit your home, consider a couch with built-in storage or one with tall legs. 

I bet you didn’t know a sofa with built-in storage is perfect for clothing!

In fact, why not swap out your day-to-day wardrobe each season, and place the out-of-season clothes in your couch storage?!

A couch with tall legs can have just as much storage capacity. All you need is additional storage boxes or baskets, then simply fill them and slide them under!

This form of couch storage is easier to access on a daily basis, making it a good spot for shoes and bulkier sweaters.

Shelving Units

When it comes to small house storage, it’s important not to waste any vertical space.

I’m not suggesting you stack everything in your house like a game of Tetris – that wouldn’t be very aesthetically pleasing.

But vertical storage can help maximize space and show off your aesthetic. 

Are you obsessed with houseplants? Why not make a houseplant shelf? Proud of your collection of tea? Then you’d best get started on that tea shelf!

A shelf works well for things like scarves, hats, etc., as these items take up a lot of space.

Plus, seeing them every day will also encourage you to wear them more often.

With wall-mounted shelves, freestanding units, and stackable shelves are just a few options.

Before you fall in love with a particular style, consider what you’ll use it for. 

You don’t want to buy a dreamily designed shelf and then find it’s useless and just taking up space.

Above Washing Machine

For those with a single-level washer/dryer and not a fancy stacking set-up, whatcha doing with all that space above?

I recently stumbled upon a shelving unit in a vintage store that perfectly fits above my washing machine.

It cost me 100 NOK (around $10) and has added three additional layers of storage to our bathroom!

You don’t need to buy things brand new; you might find vintage items are a better size for smaller houses.

Stackable Boxes

Stackable boxes are a practical and versatile solution that can be used for anything. 

One of the benefits of using stackable boxes is that they’re lightweight and easy to move.

There are lots of boxes on the market, thanks largely to those fantastic ladies over at The Home Edit!

Some popular options include clear plastic boxes, colored plastic, fabric-covered, and cardboard boxes.

These can be used in those nooks of wasted space that won’t fit anything else, but your vintage video game collection!

And what about using stackable boxes with flat tops and a tablecloth as a makeshift ultra-storage coffee table?!

Under-Floor Storage

If you’re not the most minimalistic tiny home enthusiast and just know that you’ll need every inch of space available. Consider adding under-floor storage during your build phase. 

In many homes on trailers, there’s cavity space within the floor that could be used to store oversized items. 

With a tiny house in Scandinavia – you should consider any lost insulation from this and how that could affect your energy efficiency. 

Outside Storage (Garage)

Who said you only have room for indoor storage in a tiny house?! OK, most people, but not me!

European or Scandinavian tiny homes have less to work with regarding the road-legal weight limit. However, it is possible to add a small external garage.

This can be a must-have if you work in a messy job and prefer to keep your work clothes outside. 

You could pop a small garage above the hitch or a shallow garage on the back of the trailer. 

Once you’ve planned what you want out of your garage, you can incorporate it into your build. 

Or discuss it with the architect or tiny house builder you’ll be working with. 

Split-Level Storage (Under living room)


One of the main things you’ll hear me say time and time again in this post is that vertical space is so commonly wasted in a tiny home, and the same is true in most living rooms. 

Think about it, How do we spend our time in a living rooms? Whether we’re reading a book or watching TV – chances are we’re sitting!

And that’s why many smart tiny homeowners have opted to lose a little height in their living area and add a gigantic storage zone underneath. 

This can increase your little home’s storage space by 25% – not bad, ey!

Loft Shelf Unit Wall

There’s nothing cozier than a loft bedroom in a tiny home, but it can feel wide open to the rest of the house. 

A win-win solution is adding a shelving unit to the end of your loft.

This adds heaps of storage and makes up for the typical lack of storage upstairs in tiny homes.

It helps to create a divide between the rooms, making your bedroom feel like a separate room. 

A handy add-on if you plan on having guests come to stay and want to ensure privacy.

Built-In Bookcase

A question you might not have thought to ask in your tiny home build planning – where does the refrigerator vent go?! And then, secondly – what does that have to do with a bookcase?

In our home on wheels, our fridge is built into our staircase. Because of that, we “lose” one possible drawer from our storage stairs to get airflow. 

So what can you do with an open area that needs airflow? One solution is to use it as a built-in bookcase that doubles as fridge ventilation!

This little book nook is not only practical but adds a stylish design element to a tiny home.

Hanging Organizers

If you’re looking for some DIY clothes storage ideas for small spaces, how about this easy and affordable option?!

Hanging organizers are a simple, effective, and, best of all – affordable solution for tiny house clothes storage. 

These organizers can be hung on walls, doors, or closets, using that vertical space I keep talking about! 

In the entrance of your house, why not attach a rail to the edge of the kitchen counter and add a hanging shoe rack?

Or add an over-the-door organizer to your bathroom door for pajamas and towel storage. 

The few inches of underutilized space inside of cupboards can also be a great spot for a hanging organizers.

Even the inside door of your wardrobe can provide enough room for a hanging jewelry organizer!

There are countless hanging organizers, including over-the-door, wall-mounted, and closet organizers.


Organized Wardrobe Space

Having an organized closet is essential for maximizing storage capacity in a tiny house. 

A cluttered wardrobe can make finding the items you need difficult and can lead to wasted space. 

An organized closer makes the most of your limited space, and let’s be honest – it looks nicer too!

There are several strategies you can use to organize your closet and make the most of your storage space. 

You can use stackable boxes in your wardrobe and packing cubes to keep everything organized.

Another vital factor in tiny home closets is taking the time to tidy and declutter regularly. 

This can help you identify items you no longer need or use, freeing up space for the things you do.

And don’t forget to donate or swap clothing you no longer use!

Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture with built-in storage is one of my favorite clothes storage hacks for my tiny house.

There are many different types of multi-functional furniture, including ottomans, storage benches, and even coffee tables. 

Vintage stores can be a great place to look for multi-use furniture. Not to mention, it’s more fun to shop vintage and do your part for the environment!

Rolling Storage 

I don’t know why more people don’t use rolling storage; it’s a snazzy solution, and a great excuse to now downsize so much! 

These mobile storage solutions can be easily moved around the house and used to store clothes, shoes, and accessories.

Add a tall rolling unit to your entranceway for shoe storage, or buy a kitchen island on wheels with hidden clothes storage inside!

These lightweight solutions are easy to move, making them practical, flexible, and, best yet – they’re so subtle!

Wrap-Up – The TL;DR for clothes storage in a tiny house

There are many creative and effective ways to store clothes in a tiny house. 

Most popular options include

  • Using hanging organizers
  • Under-bed storage
  • Closet organizers
  • Multi-purpose furniture with built-in storage
  • Rolling carts
  • Storage stairs
  • Under-couch storage
  • Shelving units
  • Vertical space above the washing machine
  • Stackable boxes
  • Storage underneath the floor
  • Garage section outside
  • Split-level living room
  • Loft wall that doubles as storage
  • And a built-in bookcase that doubles as fridge ventilation

Each option has its benefits, and the best part is, it’s possible to find custom and DIY options for each.

With these ideas, it’s easy to make sure your storage solutions add to the aesthetic of your tiny house on wheels! 

Choosing the right storage solutions makes it possible to keep a tiny house organized and clutter-free – even when you own a whole heap of clothes!

Keep Living Tiny xx



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Hey I’m Nadia, your tiny house obsessed friend, helping you discover alternative and tiny living solutions that can help you achieve financial freedom.

If I can go from renting to buying my own home, heading towards semi-retirement in 3 years then so can you!

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