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Tiny House Office Setup Guide: Work from Home in a Small Space

Tiny House Office Setup Guide: Work from Home in a Small Space

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NAVIGATION

With more and more people working from home these days, I’ve been asked about my tiny house office—how do I stay productive? How do I work from home in a small space?

One of the biggest things that attracted me to tiny houses and simple living in the first place was having more control over how I worked and earned a living. I wanted the flexibility with my time that a remote job and financial freedom could bring.

But remote work from a tiny house isn’t without challenges. Planning and organization make all the difference. Here’s how I set up my tiny house office, and a realistic overview of how to create a small workspace that works!

My Tiny House Office: How I Stay Productive

How I Stay Productive in my tiny house office

I’ve been working from home for over a decade now—being self-employed, I don’t have an employer that I visit. That means I don’t have to leave my tiny house (ever) if I don’t want to. While this control over my work location is excellent, I’ve discovered over the years that working from a tiny house office is HARD.

To be totally candid, I don’t always work from my “tiny house office.” I often work from either a coffee shop or a coworking space. I like the shift of being able to go into a designated workspace when I need to be productive. But that said, it’s not always realistic. There are times when I need to work from home, like when the weather’s bad or if I only have a few things to do, so I’m free the rest of the day to spend how I see fit.

Working Remotely In A Tiny House

working remotely in a tiny house

If you live in a tiny house on wheels, you may also be working remotely from the road. The freedom and flexibility of the tiny life allow you to work from anywhere you want in the world. Plus, a tiny house means fewer bills. You can live on less. But of course, you still need to find a way to earn something, which often means working remotely in one form or another.

I know many people who switched to a work-at-home job when they downsized to a tiny house just because they wanted to change their lifestyle. Some people are willing to take significant pay cuts to enjoy that quality of life.

The thing about tiny houses is that the space is very limited, so you will rarely see a dedicated tiny house office. Often it will be a desk or workplace set up on a countertop, in a closet, or on a drop-leaf table on the wall. Because you’re trying to maximize your productivity (and minimize your work time), you must keep your tiny house office organized, no matter the setup.

Elements of a Good Tiny Home Office

elements of a good tiny house office

There are certain elements that every great office has, no matter the size. It’s essential that you incorporate these features in your tiny house office because it will make a practical, functional space. If you want to get the most accomplished and own your schedule, you’ll need to create an office space designed with everything you need.

Here’s what I suggest when you set up your small space office.

Desk or Workspace

Desk or Workspace in a tiny house

If you’re spending 8 hours a day on work, you should have a designated space to work in. Having a desk is crucial. Many people are comfortable working from a laptop on their lap for a few hours per day, but if you’re working full time, this position can begin to take a toll on your back. Generally, you’ll need a desk and perhaps even a standing desk solution so you can enjoy the benefits of healthy ergonomics while working.

You’ll need a desk that’s big enough for your computer and screen, and that is large enough to accommodate the work you do. If you use a lot of paper for your job, you may need a bigger desktop.

CHOOSE A DESK TYPE

  • Wall-mounted
  • Fold-away
  • Seated desk
  • Standing desk
  • Adjustable height desk
  • Lap desk

BUILDING A WALL-MOUNTED DESK

Making your own dropleaf desk is simple

  1. Determine the size desk you want and location.
  2. Purchase the right-size fold-down brackets.
  3. Choose your desktop material.
  4. Cut desktop material to size.
  5. Determine the height and mount brackets.
  6. Attach desktop.

Natural Light

natural light in atiny house office

I really like natural light, so I have a lot of windows in my house. Believe it or not, I have 21 windows in my 150 square foot tiny home! I also love working outside. My outdoor home office often consists of a setup on my picnic table in my patio area. I feel more focused with sunlight, and it definitely helps boost my mood.
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Comfortable Seating

Comfortable Seating for a small office space

Again, this is where some people think it’s feasible to work from anywhere in any position. Often an office chair seems like an unnecessary investment, but if you’re working for several hours a day, you need to be comfortable, even in a small space. Look into the best ergonomic office chair you can find, with plenty of lumbar support. A comfortable chair is well worth the investment (and you can always use it as extra seating in your home).
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Storage

storage space in a tiny house office

tiny house stoarge ideasI keep a minimalist office. I don’t use a lot of paper or extra items. I easily store most files within my computer. Depending on your work line, it’s important to plan enough storage and space to have room for all the items you need to do your job well.

If your job requires books, files, or certain supplies that aren’t digitized, be sure to plan room for what you need. Be realistic about the items you need to keep (especially paper) and form a plan to store the items and keep them organized.

Power

tiny house electric power outlets

tiny house electricalIf you’re building your tiny house, it’s crucial to plan plenty of power outlets wherever you think you will need them. Since you’re building your house to suit your needs, you have control over the placement, especially if you’re doing the building. So take advantage of the situation to add plenty of outlets. You don’t want to string cords around your house, especially if floor space is limited.

Also, consider the amount of power you will need to use work equipment. If you’re using solar off-grid, you’ll need to be sure you’re powering enough to charge all your devices, run the lighting you need, and accommodate any resources like a printer.

Internet Connection

internet connection in a tiny home office

We live in a world where almost all information is in the cloud and can be accessed remotely. Having internet access means you can travel around and still do your work. Internet access is vital, especially if you live in a tiny house on wheels or a skoolie. You’ll need to ensure you have a strong hotspot device so you can get internet from (almost) anywhere.

If you need details on setting up the internet in your tiny home, I’ve created a guide to off-grid internet access. This post will help you plan for internet access from your tiny home office.

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Lighting

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While natural light is essential to a productive workspace, there will be days when the sun isn’t shining (and, of course, nights, where you’ll need light too). For those times, you need to have good lighting for your workspace.
I have LED puck lights on my workspace, which keep the area bright and easy-to-use. Good lighting is vital to prevent eyestrain and stress. You’ll feel much better about your work when you can see well.

Wall Space

wall space in a tiny home office

tiny house office wall spaceDepending on the tiny house office space you have, it can be useful to have a whiteboard, calendar, or bulletin board on the wall. Again, it’s dependent on the work you do, but keeping important information front-and-center can help keep it from falling by the wayside.


My Tiny House Office Setup

my tiny house office setup

As I said before, I have a minimalist approach to working in my tiny house office, so I keep my setup simple—my computer, my phone, and sometimes my bullet journal. As you can see below, I often work outside, and other times I work inside my tiny house.

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ryans tiny house office setup

While I don’t have many office supplies and equipment, I need a few things for my office. As with my tiny house furniture, I try to be very careful about what I purchase. I make sure I get exactly what I like, and I’m willing to spend more on high-quality. I’d rather buy an expensive item once than several inexpensive items over and over.

My Tiny House Office Equipment Recommendations

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Laptop: MSI Prestige 15 A10SC-010 15.6″ Ultra-Thin

Of course, you can get any laptop you like and feel comfortable using. Some people might prefer a MacBook, while others may have other brand-preferences. I encourage you to get a high-quality, lightweight laptop, especially if you plan to work in multiple locations. A Microsoft Surface or an iPad Pro can also be very valuable for remote work.


folding laptop stand

Folding Laptop Stand

Of all my work items, I get asked the most about my laptop stand. This simple design is inexpensive, folds flat, and allows you to change from a sitting to a standing desk in seconds. It works great for small spaces because it’s so easy to use and store.


logitech wireless mouse

Wireless Mouse

I, for one, am not a fan of the trackpads on most laptops. While they’re sufficient for using the internet, if you’re doing design work, organizing spreadsheets, or clicking around documents, it’s often worth it to invest in a wireless mouse. You’ll get greater precision, and it’s a little more user-friendly than most trackpads.


logitech bluetooth headset

Logitech Bluetooth Headset

For many of us, a big part of working remotely are video conferences and calls. Communication is essential when you’re working from a distance, so I suggest investing in a quality headset. The wireless aspect is excellent, so you aren’t tethered to your computer. If you need privacy and silence while you work, you may want to look into noise-canceling features too.


portable headset case

Headset Case

Should you invest in a headset, I suggest investing in a storage case, especially if you’re working on the go. This case is semi-waterproof, so it will protect your headphones if you take your tiny house office outdoors too.


bluetooth keyboard

Bluetooth Keyboard

Again, depending on your personal preferences, you may want to get a wireless keyboard. A detached keyboard is ideal for working in different positions, or if you work from a tablet and need a keyboard to be efficient. I type faster from different angles, so I like the remote keyboard when working on a document or post.


keyboard case

Keyboard Case

Like the headset case, the keyboard case protects your Bluetooth keyboard from damage and allows you to transport it when you’re on the go.


cellphone stand

Cell Phone Stand

When I’m working from my tiny home office, I like my cell phone front and center. I often add notes through my phone, take calls, listen to music, and more. Having a cell phone stand helps keep my phone screen in easy view while I work—no worries about it falling off a small desk or balancing it on my laptop.


Setting Up Your Tiny House Office: Ideas & Inspiration

tiny house office ideas and inspiration

Once you have the right components, your office is all about finding the setup that helps you work the most productively. For some, it might mean working outside sometimes. For others, a designated, organized office space (even small) may help you feel focused.

These tiny house offices have many great features and ideas. As you can see, they range from very simple to more complex setups. Hopefully, they give you a good idea of what you need for a great office in a small space.

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Choosing a Spot for Your Tiny House Office

Choosing a Spot for Your Tiny House Office

Should you put your office in your loft? Work from your kitchen counter? While your space choices might be a bit more limited in a tiny house, I would suggest you do your best to strategically locate your tiny house office near a window. Getting the natural light will help you stay alert and focused while you work.

In these tiny home office examples, you can see how windows really make a small office feel expansive and much larger, whether it’s a loft office or a spot under the stairs.

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Make Use of Any Space

Make Use of Any Space in your small office

With a drop leaf desk or a small table, you can turn almost any spot into a workspace. With most tasks on a laptop, you don’t need a huge space to get stuff accomplished. A small corner of your tiny home can make an excellent satellite office or work-from-home space.

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Office Nooks and Closets

tiny home office Office Nooks and Closets

The “cloffice” or closet-office has become a popular solution for working-from-home in any size space. Whether you have a small nook in your tiny house or want to convert a closet into an office space, you can easily do it with only a few adjustments. The nice aspect of an office nook is that you can tuck it away or close the doors when you aren’t working, especially if it’s a converted closet. Tucking your office away can help you shift out of work mode (something that’s so important if you’re trying to balance working from home).

Here are some examples of well-organized small office nooks.

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tiny house office in a closet nook

The other nice aspect of the “office nook” is that you will often have built-in shelving across the top of the desk. This allows you to organize books, files, or if you prefer, décor to create an inspiring and workable space.

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Floorplans To Inspire Your Tiny House Home Office

tiny house office floorplans

Now that you have an idea of various ways to build out your own tiny home office, I’ve drawn up some free tiny house office floorplans that hopefully allow you to work from home and still feel comfortable. Glance through these plans to discover a layout that will be most conducive to your lifestyle.

Two-Bedroom Tiny House With Home Office

Two-Bedroom Tiny House With Home Office

two bedroom and office floorplan for tiny homeThis first floorplan that stands out due to the placement of the office space. It’s an entirely separate walled-off room. This can be helpful if you have a family with children running around and are seeking a quiet space to work. You could leave the entryway into the kitchen entirely open, or even build a sliding door to close the space off.

The inclusion of a queen bed and twin bed in the loft area allows room for a couple and child, with a connected family room, kitchen, and bathroom with a standing tub. One important thing to note about this layout, though, is that the office only includes one desk.

Tiny House With Home Office For Couples

Tiny House With Home Office For Couples

tiny home with office for couplesIf you’re a couple who is looking to work from home full time, this plan might benefit you. With two lofted queen beds, the floorplan has room for a couple to live full time and have friends come stay. The back-to-back desks create a work environment for two side by side.

However, if your work style, pace, or desired environment looks different than your partner’s, a design with two desks sharing one narrow space might not be ideal.

Home Office In Your Family Tiny House

Home Office In Your Family Tiny House

family sized tiny home with home officeThis floorplan separates the kitchen from the living room, and the living room from the home office and bathroom. It’s a fairly sweet setup for a family, as the design allows for two lofted twin beds across from a queen bed. If you’re seeking a traditional home feel in a tiny house, this floorplan could be the way to go.

Using walls to separate each room can actually give your tiny home a fuller feel. One downside of this plan is it only has room for one desk in the office space, but this could work well if you only need an office for one.

Private Home Office In Tiny House With Loft

Private Home Office In Tiny House With Loft

Private Home Office In Tiny Home

One benefit of choosing a design like this is the open kitchen and living space. This type of space is good for families who want to have a central area for shared meals, games, or watching television. The office is strategically positioned in a corner of the ground floor, keeping it as far as possible from the commotion.

This setup has two lofted twin beds perfect for children, as well as a queen bed for parents. There are two nooks for a closet and a washer and dryer to meet your family’s needs.

Tiny House With Home Office And Loft

Tiny House With Home Office And Loft

Tiny House With Space For Home Office And LoftAnother plan that works well for a family, this design keeps the family room and kitchen connected yet separate. The kitchen and living room are open, with room for a full dining table and television.

I work from home most of the time or in coffee shops, so I like to have a dedicated and defined workspace. This office is intentionally placed on the opposite side of the house and walled off from the rest of the ground floor, giving you the privacy you need to get work done.

Home Office In Two-Bedroom Tiny Home

Home Office In Two-Bedroom Tiny Home

Home Office In Two-Bedroom Tiny HouseIf you and your spouse or partner both need a fairly spacious work environment, try this floor plan which has room an office with two parallel desks. The idea here is to separate the office from the rest of the tiny house even more than it already was.

The living room and kitchen are entirely connected, with the bathroom in its own enclave and the office on the opposite side of the floor. This gives you and your partner more room to be productive.

Tiny House For Family With Home Office

Tiny House For Family With Home Office

Tiny Home For Family With Home OfficeWith space for three twin beds, this floorplan is fairly unique. The living room is the biggest, most spacious section of the design, giving your family room to watch movies together, host parties, and make memories.

The tiny home office is separated from the main section of the house to give the worker a sense of privacy. While there is only space for one desk, the design allows more room in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Three-Bedroom Tiny House With Loft And Home Office

Three-Bedroom Tiny House With Loft And Home Office

Three-Bedroom Tiny House With Home OfficeThis last floorplan is the only one I’ve drawn up to include three separate bedrooms, perfect for large families who also want to have extended family come stay. On the ground floor, the design allows for a bedroom with a twin bed as well as a bathroom, closet, and a connected living room and kitchen.

The home office is attached to the kitchen, which might be better for those who like to work in a noisier or social environment than those who prefer to work in peace and quiet.

Office Organization in a Small Space

office organiztion in a small space

As I said before, I take a very minimalist approach to working from home. This means I don’t have a lot of “stuff” tucked into drawers and setting around my workspace. But of course, my work doesn’t require a lot of accessories and office supplies either. If you engage in certain hobbies (like crafting) or you’re dealing with paper projects in your office, you may need some more robust organization.

Keep Your Desktop Clean and Tidy

Keep Your Desktop Clean and Tidy

One thing I love about the desk below is how neat and tidy the space is. The magazine organizers and file boxes blend in with the décor, making it feel uncluttered, even with a lot of stuff on the desk.

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Use File Boxes to Corral Papers

Use File Boxes to Corral Papers

These file boxes and cabinets are excellent for keeping your papers hidden away. Paper clutter is the biggest issue for a tiny house office, so keeping it under control is crucial. I really like the roll-away printer too.

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corral papers with file boxes

Set Up a Designated Spot for Everything

Set Up a Designated Spot for Everything in your home office

Every item in your office should have a home and should be something you use. For example, sometimes we might think we need to have paper clips or a stapler on hand, just in case we need them. But if you rarely work with paper, then that’s another item to store. Pare down to precisely what you need for work, and then make sure each item has a home.

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store office items in designated spots

The Backyard Tiny House Office: Setting Up a Satellite Office

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Recently, the idea of a tiny house AS an office has become quite popular. I see many people who are setting up small houses or even sheds as backyard office options. Should you consider a satellite office if you’re working from home?

There are a lot of pros to the idea of a tiny house office or a shed office. Now, if you’re new to the concept of the tiny house office, you might be thinking: can I use a shed as an office? How do I convert a shed into office space?

Some people have converted sheds into actual tiny homes. The legal aspects of living in a shed vary from place-to-place, but the advantage is that a shed is usually pre-built and not uncommon. People have them in their yards everywhere, and you usually don’t need a permit to set one up.

If you outfit a shed, a trailer, or a pre-fab tiny home with electricity, insulation, and lighting, you can easily convert it into a nice workspace. People like this option because it creates a clear boundary between home life and work life. You’re still “commuting” to a different spot to work, and it can help you shift your mindset into work mode.

If you have a tiny house already, a shed or trailer can work as a tiny satellite office. A separate office may be beneficial if you’re living with another person and need to focus and stay productive while you work.

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Working from home in a tiny house office comes with a few challenges, but it’s also very freeing. Many people dream of being able to work when they want and where they want. With today’s advances in technology and cultural shifts, working from home full or part-time is becoming more and more common.

If you’re able to embrace the flexible office lifestyle, make the most of it with a well-organized and user-friendly tiny home office.

Your Turn!

  • What’s your biggest work-from-home challenge?
  • What are your tiny home office must-haves?

Living Large In Two Connected Tiny Houses

Living Large In Two Connected Tiny Houses

Two Connected Tiny Houses

NAVIGATION

Tiny houses are growing more and more popular for families every year. Even though the lifestyle is gaining popularity, many people still wonder if living tiny will give them enough space to feel comfortable at home. Well, what if you put two tiny houses together for more room?

If a single tiny house isn’t big enough to meet your needs, consider connecting two tiny houses to create the home of your dreams. Say you have a big family, need extra space for an office, or want a separate guest suite — whatever your specific situation is, building two tiny houses side by side may just fit the bill.

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Hi, I’m Ryan
You don’t have to give up your tiny house dream if you have a large family. Building two tiny houses side-by-side allows you to maintain a minimalist lifestyle of less stuff, but still have enough space for everyone in your life to live comfortably. Read on to see how a two tiny house layout can be just the ticket for you and your family.
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Explore these options to find the bedroom floorplan that’s best for you:

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Can You Put Two Tiny Houses Together?

In short, yes, building two connected tiny houses is possible. This idea has been made popular recently by people want to live tiny but need more room to house everyone in their family. Because of this, designers have been inspired to create homes where that can feasibly happen.

When attaching two tiny houses, one of the first questions to ask is what layout to use. Possibilities for attaching your houses are countless. You could try joining the two houses with an indoor room like a sunroom or a living room or with an outdoor area like a mutual deck, yard, garden, or covered patio. Lots of design options are out there and can be altered to fit your needs.

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Why Two Connected Tiny Houses?

why two connected tiny houses

Choosing to raise your family in a tiny house might not initially be an easy choice. It’s important to make sure the houses you design fit the type of lifestyle you and your family want to live. There are several reasons to attach your houses, and each of these reasons are worth thinking through.

Adjoining Tiny Houses With Separate House For Kids Or Teens

Adjoining Tiny Houses With Separate House For Kids Or Teens

One reason for attaching two tiny houses could be to give your kids a private house. Getting the kids out of your hair could help you maintain your sanity when living tiny. If they’re older, they might benefit from some independence and privacy. The idea of having a house that’s separate from your parents but still on the same property could be appealing to kids, teens, and parents alike.

tiny house bunk beds for four kidsYour child or teen will have the freedom to grow up in a space that is entirely their own. Their house might be composed of bunkbeds, a lofted sleeping area, a nook for studying or doing homework, and a private bathroom. Having this space will also give them room to be a kid — to be loud, make the space their own, and be as creative as they need to be on any given day.

It could also be smart to design a common living room and kitchen between both houses to watch movies and share meals with your whole family or build a backyard space to bond over sports and outdoor games. What’s cool about these design ideas is how they allow parents and children to start and end their day in their own space and be fully present when they spend time together.

Adding An Attached Guest House To Your Tiny Home

Adding An Attached Guest House To Your Tiny Home

Another reason for connecting tiny homes might be to create a guest house. Building a guest house can give you the freedom to design your own house separately from the needs of your guests. Plan your house with features that might be more comfortable if they aren’t shared. Consider the elements you only need in the main house and not the guest house, or vice versa. Give guests their own private rooms with a bathroom, kitchen, and living room so they feel totally at home in the space.

Tiny Houses Side By Side For Two Different Families

Tiny Houses Side By Side For Two Different Families

Attaching two tiny houses is also helpful for relatives who want to live nearby to one another. You have the freedom to design each tiny house to satisfy the family’s individual dreams. If one family wants to loft a bed and the other doesn’t, or if one of the families wants a bigger kitchen, a guest bed, or a washer and dryer, it can happen.

Building shared spaces also means your living area goes beyond a single tiny house. Think through what you want those shared spaces to look like and what memories you hope to create there. Consider designing a common deck with a fire pit or a grill for dinners together, a shared living room to watch TV and play board games, or maybe even a garden for both families to grow their own produce. This is your chance to dream.

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How Can You Connect Two Tiny Houses?

How Can You Connect Two Tiny Houses

My advice would be to first identify the purpose of your common area. This can help you select a design that is right for you. Here are some layout options for the common areas suggested below.

Attached Tiny Houses

Attached Tiny Houses

The first possibility for connecting two tiny homes is simply that: connecting them entirely. Two tiny houses can have separate purposes but be designed like one house. This is a helpful option if you need to cut costs or just don’t want the hassle of building a shared space. This is also a nice option if you want your tiny house to share one water line or a single power amp.
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Tiny Houses Connected By A Sunroom

Tiny Houses Connected By A Sunroom

Connecting two tiny houses via a sunroom can let you experience nature without having to walk outside. There are so many ways to use your sunroom. Set up tables for dining or card games, add couches or pillows to make it a cozy area, use it as a playroom for kids, or take full advantage of the natural light and fill the space with house plants.

Natural light is a proven mood enhancer, so designing a room that is covered in glass from wall to ceiling can give you and your family a nice boost. However, keep in mind that glass walls will cause the room to heat up quickly and can be harder to cool in the summer months.

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Double Tiny Houses With A Common Living Room

Double Tiny Houses With A Common Living Room

Another design option for your adjoining tiny homes is to connect them with a fully enclosed living room. This layout is similar to the sunroom design, but the walls aren’t made of glass, so the room is easier to heat and cool.

Again, there are lots of ways to use the space. Make it a living room for both families with couches and a TV, a shared kitchen or dining room with maximized cooking space, a game or play room for the kids, or a media room for cozy movie nights. Consider the moments you want to experience in this shared space to inspire your design.

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Two Tiny Houses Joined By A Deck With Yard Space

Two Tiny Houses Joined By A Deck With Yard Space

Sometimes the best way to spend time together is to spend it outside. You might want to build a deck or a yard that sits between properties. This is an ideal option to experience the changing seasons with loved ones. It typically works best for people who live in climates where it’s comfortable outside most of the year. So if you live in a state with harsher weather, this might not be the design for you.

The ways to enjoy your yard space are endless. Add landscaping, playground equipment, hammocks, or a firepit. Connect, grill out together, and let the kids play.

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Connecting Two Tiny Houses With A Greenhouse Or Garden

Connecting Two Tiny Houses With A Greenhouse Or Garden

A love of gardening or house plants could easily be worked into your floorplan. Design a natural sanctuary between your homes with a garden or greenhouse. While this option might not work for everyone as gardening and plant upkeep is a commitment, it does align with sustainable, intentional living and can be an exciting undertaking. It’s also great for family bonding and learning together as long as you’re willing to put in the work.

There are many ways to work a garden plot or greenhouse into the overall design. Having multiple garden plots built into a deck, a garden in your yard, or a greenhouse in the middle or on the side are all quality options.

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Two Tiny Houses Attached With A Covered Patio

Two Tiny Houses Attached With A Covered Patio

Designing a patio that isn’t exposed could be appealing for people who want to protect themselves from the elements and can be used in many ways. Add picnic tables, outdoor couches, a firepit, a hammock, or storage pieces. Build in a grill, a TV, or a card table with games to create even more memories.

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connected tiny houses with shared covered patio

Floorplan Designs For Your Double Tiny House

Floorplan Designs For Double Tiny Houses

Scroll through these floorplan suggestions for more detailed inspiration to assist you in building conjoined tiny homes. The design ideas below are rich with inspiration for your attached houses.

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Private Kids House With A Yard

Private Kids House With A Yard

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This floorplan is a wise option for families who want to build a private house for their children. One of the tiny houses has room for two twin beds, a closet, and a private bathroom that could easily be used by kids or teens. The second house has space for a queen bed for parents and a dining and kitchen area for the entire family. Each house is lined with a deck and a backyard area for everyone to enjoy together.

Separate House For Kids With A Garden

Separate House For Kids With A Garden

two tiny houses floorplan

Something unique about this layout is the inclusion of two garden areas between the houses. Designing a deck with square gardens is an interesting way to live sustainably and grow your own meals for your family, and to bring a natural aesthetic to your deck. One of these houses is ideal for teens or kids with two twin beds, a bathroom, and a laundry area. The other house includes a queen bed, kitchen and dining area, living room, and a bathroom with a standing tub, making it ideal for parents or relatives.

Family Floorplan With A Covered Patio + Deck

Family Floorplan With A Covered Patio and Deck

two tiny house layout with covered patio

The parallel covered patio and open deck in this design is nice for families who enjoy spending time together eating, playing, and talking outside. The side house has enough room for two twin beds ideal for children, while the main house has space for a queen bed and an open kitchen, dining, and living room area that could work well for parents.

Two Connected Tiny Houses With A Yard

Two Connected Tiny Houses With A Yard

connected tiny houses floorplans with yard

This option is an ideal setting for a family looking for a private kids house and a larger main house. One element of the floorplan that is unique is the room for a full counter with barstools in the kitchen right next to the open living room. This would be a homey space to cook with the whole family then watch movies together in the connected living room. The smaller kids house also has space for two twin beds and a private bathtub, with a conjoined deck between buildings.

Adjoined Tiny Houses With Two Queens + Deck

Adjoined Tiny Houses With Two Queens plus Deck

double tiny house with two queen beds

The layout is designed with a large wooden deck surrounding the yard, making it great for big families or smaller families who frequently have guests. It especially makes sense for families who want to have a separate house for their children while letting relatives stay in the main house with the parents. In the smaller house, there’s room for two twin beds in a shared kids’ room, their own private bathroom, and a laundry room. The main house has two private bedrooms that can hold queen beds — one master bedroom and one guest room.

Attached Tiny Houses With Two Queens & One Twin

Attached Tiny Houses With Two Queens and One Twin

attached tiny house with 3 bedrooms

The open space in this floorplan is perfect for children, guests, and parents to share. The houses are attached by a shared yard with a surrounding deck, similar to the previous designs. A huge kitchen with room for a full dining table along with an expansive living room would work well for group dinners and family movie nights. The main house has a big laundry room and a private master bedroom with a queen bed. The smaller house gives guests a room with a queen bed and two closets, as well as having a kids’ room. Both houses have a private bathroom with a full tub.

Double Tiny Houses With A Covered Patio

Double Tiny Houses With A Covered Patio

two tiny house design with shared deck and covered patio

A covered patio has its advantages when it comes to keeping dry from rain or protected from the summer sun, making this design distinctive. The full kitchen, dining, and living room in each house also allows this design to stand out. Each family can have all their living essentials in their individual homes. It’s perfect for those who want to live right across the way from extended family or have guests come stay awhile.

Two Tiny Houses Side By Side + Home Office

Two Tiny Houses Side By Side plus a Home Office

two tiny house floorplan with offices

Building a tiny home with an office can help you work remotely in your new house. The design here has two homes each with their own office. One of the houses contains a full kitchen and living room as well as a private bathroom and standing tub. The other house includes a closet, laundry room, and an additional private bathroom. This setup could easily work for a couple who wants to connect a guest house to their main home.

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Payment Advice For Cost Of Two Tiny Houses Connected

cost of connecting two tiny houses

When considering the overall costs of connecting two tiny homes, there are several elements worth thinking through. The cost of connecting two tiny houses will be greater than the cost of a single dwelling for several reasons.

The average single-family tiny home will typically cost you between $30,000 and $60,000 if you build it yourself. If you hire someone to build it for you, go ahead and double that number.

So, logically, when deciding to attach two tiny homes into one property, you’re looking at doubling all building expenses. Not only will construction and building costs double, but you will also need to create a separate main water line, source twice the amount of furniture, and buy another power amp. Additionally, there will be building expenses for the design and execution of the attachment feature. All that to say, it’s a steep project price-wise, especially when taking a care of a family on a budget.

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Building Codes and Zoning Advice For Separate Properties Conjoined

Building Codes and Zoning Advice For Separate Properties Conjoined

It’s also important to consider building and zoning codes for double tiny homes. When I first started thinking about the idea of connecting tiny houses, one of my initial questions was how that would work with local building codes and zoning This is tricky, primarily because building laws that mention tiny living are few and far between, and the codes that do exist come with lots of state-to-state variations.

Some states register tiny houses as recreational vehicles while others classify them as permanent housing. There are also cases where tiny homes are considered additional dwelling units, and these can come with their own state specific laws.

To discover how your state would categorize two tiny houses on one plot of land, check out our tiny house state guides which reviews building codes for each state.

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Your Turn!

  • What is your inspiration for wanting to attach your tiny homes?
  • Which design ideas work best for your dream double tiny houses?

Four Bedroom Tiny Houses To Inspire Your Design

Four Bedroom Tiny Houses To Inspire Your Design

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NAVIGATION

Tiny houses have made a name for themselves by breaking the mold of what a house is, and because what defines a tiny house is always changing, there are some great four-bedroom options popping up. When I first started working on tiny houses, people were building smaller than they are today. The largest one I saw back then was about 150 square feet built on an 18-foot trailer. Now, people are creating larger tiny houses to accommodate entire families, including two, three, and four bedrooms on up to 30-plus foot trailers.

All that to say, moving your family of four or more into a tiny house is more normal and attainable than ever before. It makes sense to wonder if a tiny house will offer enough space to feel like a traditional home, but I would say you can comfortably live in a tiny house with more people given the right design.

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Tiny houses aren’t just for singles or couples. With careful planning, consideration of your lifestyle, and a thoughtful use of space, a tiny home can be just as livable and functional for an entire family as any other type of house.
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Four bedrooms too many? Explore these options to find the floorplan for you:

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Can You Build A Four Bedroom Tiny House?

Can You Build A Four Bedroom Tiny House

Thanks to a constantly changing landscape, tiny homes are no longer limited to a particular set of dimensions. Families that are looking to escape the rat race and create simpler lives for themselves and their children are successfully building two bedroom, three bedroom, or a bedroom plus office tiny house.

At the end of the day, the tiny house lifestyle is more about intentional living than building a certain size house. It’s about living minimally and making the most of your space.

So while building a four-bedroom tiny house is doable, creating the house that works for you will take a lot of planning. Tiny house living may not be defined by size alone, but maximizing space is still part of what makes the lifestyle work.

Before you even start looking at floorplans, I suggest thinking through the goals you have for your house. If you plan to permanently live in your tiny house, what features should it have? Make a list of needs your tiny house must accommodate. You might consider:

DESIGN FEATURES TO CONSIDER

  • Do your children need their own rooms?
  • How many bathrooms will you need?
  • Will you need more than one shower?
  • What appliances does your kitchen need?
  • Do you need a washer and dryer?
  • Do you want an outdoor space?
  • Do you need a TV? Multiple TVs?
  • Where will kids play and do homework?

Write down your needs at the beginning of the process to decipher the design for your tiny home that will work best for you and your family. This will help guide you in ruling out non-functional floor plans right away.

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Is Living In A Tiny House Full Time Worth It For A Family?

Is Living In A Tiny House Full Time Worth It For A Family

Choosing to raise your family in a tiny house is a big decision. You want to be sure that taking this step is really what you want. One of the first things I learned when starting my tiny house journey was to take time to research, but eventually you’re going to need to make a gut decision and go with it.

I knew the switch to tiny living would come with sacrifices, but after being laid off from my first “career” job, it was a risk I decided to take. It took me four years of saving and 1.5 years of building to make my dream of creating my first tiny house a reality. I had never built anything before and was the last person you’d expect to be building their own house. I worked in HR during the day and assembled my tiny house at night. But I haven’t once regretted following my instincts.

Making the shift to tiny living changed my life and opened up a lot of possibilities for me. It gave me more financial freedom, control of my own time, and significantly less stress. I believe this lifestyle will give you and your family these benefits too.

Can You Raise A Family Of Four In A Tiny House?

Can You Raise A Family Of Four In A Tiny House

It is absolutely possible to raise a family in a tiny home. Once you’ve decided to make the switch to tiny living, take a look at that list you made earlier and consider the needs specific to your family. There are many features that can make your tiny house a comfortable and practical home for your family.

Adding More Beds To A Tiny House

Adding More Beds To A Tiny House

One of the first things to consider is where everyone will sleep. Options for adding more beds might include:

Lofting your bed

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tiny house bedroom loft

Adding bunk beds

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tiny house bunk beds

Adding a murphy bed

murphy bed in a tiny house
tiny home murphy bed

Adding a trundle or roll out bed

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Making the living room couch a pull-out bed

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Adding an enclosed bedroom space

tiny house enclosed bedroom
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Ideas For Raising Kids In A Tiny House

Ideas For Raising Kids In A Tiny House

Kids have their own set of unique needs so it’s important to consider the lifestyle of your family to figure out what features might be helpful for your children. There are many creative concepts to make room for your kids to do their homework, store their stuff, and have ample space to play.

Some tips for kids’ spaces might include:

Creating a homework nook

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Creating a fold-down or slide-out craft table

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pull out table in tiny house

Creating a bookshelf in a sidewall

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book storage ideas small room

Adding storage under bench seats or pull-outs under the bed

bench seat storage for a tiny house
bench seat storage tiny house

Separate “Kids Rooms” by having multiple lofts

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tiny house kids bedroom loft

Adding cubbies in the wall to store toys, books, and games

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Using a loft space as a playroom

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Ideas For Raising A Baby In A Tiny Home

Ideas For Raising A Baby In A Tiny Home

If you have or are planning to have a baby, raising your little one in your tiny house comes with an entirely different set of needs. You will need baby-proof spaces that keep your child safe, a place for them to sleep, and storage for your baby necessities.

Features to accommodate your little one

A crib that sits parallel to the master bedcrib that sits parallel to master bed

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A changing table that folds out from the sidewallfold down changing table

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A woven rope wall off the loft to keep your baby safewoven rope wall in tiny house loft

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Compact items like a collapsible bathtub or mini cribtiny house couch storage as mini crib

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Making Room For Kitchen, Bathroom, And Laundry Needs

Making Room For Kitchen Bathroom And Laundry Needs

Deciding to make your full-time home a tiny house means you need to accommodate the daily life of your family. There are several ways to make sure your tiny home fits your family’s day to day, so it’s important to think through what your needs are and design a space that’s right for you.

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What Type Of Tiny House Is Right For My Family?

What Type Of Tiny House Is Right For My Family

Now that you’ve considered the features you want to include in your tiny house, it’s time to consider the size and design that is right for your family. There are several roomier options that can work for you.

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4BR Tiny House On Foundation

Four Bedroom Tiny House On Foundation

If you’re looking for a more stationary setup for your family, you can easily stick with a more traditional small house. These homes don’t come on wheels and are set up on a solid foundation, which is usually more palatable to code enforcement and means you aren’t restricted to a trailer footprint.

Incorporating the adaptable features I mentioned before can make these traditional tiny homes work for families with two to five kids. A major benefit of having a stationary home is that you can create a deck or a small yard. You can even open your living space up to that outdoor space for easy access and an extended living area.

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tiny house foundation

4 Bedroom Tiny House On Wheels

Four Bedroom Tiny House On Wheels

If you’re looking for a tiny house that can travel, consider mounting your home on wheels. There are lots of benefits to building a tiny home on wheels. Not only can you take your trailer on road trips with the entire family, but you also have locational freedom. You don’t necessarily have to commit to the land you originally built your tiny house on. You have the ability to move your home later if, for example, you change jobs and need to relocate.

If you want to make your tiny house mobile but don’t want to sacrifice the outdoor space, consider building a rooftop deck on top of your trailer.

four bedroom tiny house on wheels

Four-Bedroom Tiny House Design Inspiration

Four-Bedroom Tiny House Design Inspiration

A great example of a tiny house design that can easily work for a family with up to three kids is the NestPod model from Tiny House Scotland. This design is set on wheels making it ideal for family travel. It includes stairs that lead to a lofted king size bed with skylights on each side, two short side tables, shelves, wooden rods for hanging clothes, and wire baskets for extra storage.

Additionally, there is a kids’ room with a ladder leading to three stacked bunk beds. There are drawers for games or toys underneath the bottom bunk bed, as well as a movable shelf positioned under the head of the second bunk. The kitchen is on the ground floor and contains drawers, cabinets, a sink, a full dishwasher, and wall space for a refrigerator.

The bathroom includes a tub and shower with a removable head, a sink, a toilet, under-cabinet storage, and hooks above the window for towels or clothes. Overall, the NestPod is a functional and cozy space for a family with three kids to live and travel in.

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