Buying Appliances for a Tiny House

Sometimes, less is more when it comes to living space.

More of a headache, at least.

It might be a stretch to call it a ‘movement’ but the tiny house trend is definitely stronger than ever. Whether it’s to save money or embrace minimalism, more young families are moving into compact homes with less than 400 square feet of space.

And they sure do make the life look glamorous. After all, these aren’t like the rustic mobile homes of the past! 

Today’s tiny houses are chic and often hand-crafted by the people who call them home. They’re not cramped, but cozy. Who doesn’t like cozy?

Of course, cost-savings and mindfulness aside, living in a small space can be a ‘big’ challenge! You could even say it’s an absolute pain.

This is especially true when it comes to buying appliances.

Most home appliances are built for one of two purposes: to sit full-sized home or be taken on-the-go. Neither is suited to a tiny, permanent living space. Finding a fridge for a tiny house is one thing (at least you can use a mini-fridge or a bar fridge), but just imagine trying to fit an oven, microwave, and a washer + dryer, in a kitchen the size of a typical half-bathroom?

Don’t even think about trying to fit a coffee maker in one of these things. It’s not happening.

Air conditioning is another not-so #Instaworthy facet of tiny house living. That tiny wooden box is going to heat up faster than you can say, “quirky.” For that matter, how’s the fire safety in these things? That’s a blog for another day.

Anyhow, when it comes to a small space, free-standing A/C unit is out of the question. So is a permanent outdoor unit, if you plan to take your home on the road. Your best (and possibly only) option is to stick an air conditioning unit in your window. This will free up prized floor space and get the job done. Fortunately, window air conditioning units come in all sizes, from the very small to the gargantuan.

Next challenge? Finding a fridge and air conditioning unit fit for #vanlife.