Designing: Interior

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Tonight I cut out some components to get a relative idea of the size of certain requirements in my tiny house’s program.  One of the points of this tiny house it to have everything I need and nothing that I don’t I have determined the things that I do need are as follows:

  • A toilet (composting, to try the system)
  • A shower
  • A small pantry/storage closet for food and jackets/blankets
  • A bookshelf
  • An over-sized chair to curl up in, preferably swiveling
  • A heat source, I am thinking a wood stove for renewable fuel but I am also thinking gas/electric so that I dont have to wake up on cold mornings and start a fire just to get warm… Is there such a thing as a wood AND gas fireplace or a wood AND electric fireplace??
  • A bed, I want a queen sized bed because school taught how to appreciate my sleep and I LOVE a comfortable bed!
  • A storage space for my clothes, this is very flexible, under the bed or a standing dresser/shelves incorporated however will work just great
  • A desk, most likely attached to my TV/Computer
  • A kitchen with a sink, an oven/stovetop, a mini fridge and a mini freezer and possibly a microwave.  My cupboards will be enclosed below and open shelving up above.

Along with this openly functional stuff I will need to find a space for

  • A decent sized water tank
  • Solar panel batteries

So, these are a few of the designs I came up with using my components.  I would LOVE to hear feedback from anyone who has an opinion or who has gone through this process before…

Option #1

I like this one because it has a lot of flexibility and a lot of storage space.  The particular trailer I bought has an extra 5’-0” section on the end so it seemed fitting that that became a porch area, this plan also connects to that space.

Option #2

This one I like because it seems much more open, it doesn’t really connect to any sort of ‘patio’ space, there are designable ways around that.  I originally started with a side entry trailer but it does seem like it makes more sense with my specific trailer to connect out the back.  This one does have a bigger bathroom but less storage.  I like this bed layout because it can be used as a couch if needed also.

Option #3

This one seems ‘alright to me, it connects to both the side and the back area, the storage space is limited though.  it does have a pretty open plan which I like.

Option #4

I think that this is my ‘favorite’ of the group.  It has connections to both the side (where I plan to have an ‘L’ shaped porch) and remains pretty open.  The bed is even able to stay a little private because it is separated from the space by the fireplace.  There is also a bit more storage in this than the others and maybe most importantly the majority of the weight is situated a little better over the axles.

So, What do you think?

Once I can get a basic layout I can jump into drafting up some details and figuring out the specifics… More to come!



  1. Macy, I’m trying to do to scale layouts like you have done here and I’m struggling. For example, the shower base I would like to use is 30″ by 30″, which measures 2’6″. How do I cut that out using paper that has a scale of 1′ per box? Also, how did you measure scale for your other furnishings?

      1. Glad you got it worked out! For the other pieces I had I measured them and roughly cut the size needed (airing on the larger size if needed to keep math easy!) Hopefully that helps!

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