Modern mobile homes are among the most affordable, eco-friendly housing options on the market, but they do come with one potentially challenging downside: size. Though tiny is better in today’s minimalism-obsessed world—and some mobile homes have 2,000-plus square feet of living space; hardly classified as “tiny”—fitting all of your stuff into your new mobile home may be a bit of a challenge if you’re making the transition from a larger, traditional style dwelling.
Luckily, there are tons of solutions for how to make a small room look bigger, and we’re here to help you discover them all, so your space doesn’t feel cramped.
- Organize and De-Clutter – One of the simplest ways to make any space look and feel bigger is to cut the clutter as much as possible. There’s just something about a totally clean slate that makes you think things are roomier than they are. And adopting a minimalist lifestyle is all the rage these days—yup, we’re on the KonMari bandwagon—so there are tons of useful resources available to help you whip your chaotic abode into shape so it feels neat, clean, and spacious.
- Make Better Use of Walls – Small space dwellers often live by the following mantra: Anything that can be hung should be hung. That includes bicycles, bookcases, pots, pans, shoes—you name it. The key is to pare down and only hang the essentials—a cluttered wall can make the space feel even smaller—but this tactic will open up drawers, closets, and other storage spaces so you have more room to store the essentials.
- Use Double-Duty Furniture – Think about every possession as it pertains to function. Does everything in the room have at least a single purpose? (Even if that purpose is to bring joy?) If it doesn’t, then let it go. Give extra points to pieces of furniture that have more than a single function, such as coffee tables with built-in storage or sofas that fold out into a bed for your guests. Handing in multiple pieces of bulky furniture for a single, multipurpose item can save you tons of space.
- Consider Fold-Up and Floating Furniture – Another great space-related furniture tip is to consider furniture that folds up onto the wall. The old-fashioned murphy beds of yesteryear have gotten a sturdy, stylish upgrade, and there are many options worthy of the modern mobile home dweller. We love the idea of using a murphy bed in the guest room because you can then use the room as an office or lounge space when you don’t have company. Add a floating desk that mounts to the wall for a slim, simple way to create a workspace in any room.
- Buy Space-Saving Appliances – Regular appliances are made for roomy houses, and they take up a huge chunk of space in the kitchen or laundry room. But, with tiny houses and modular homes ever on the rise, many new small appliance options have popped onto the market to accommodate any size of dwelling. From slim, stacked washer-dryer combos to fridges with impressively small footprints, switching to studio-sized appliances can help you save on space and energy.
- Where Possible, Open Up the Windows – Nothing makes a room feel smaller and more closed-off than heavy, dark window coverings that don’t let in any natural light. The trouble is, we need window treatments to help maintain temperature, add privacy, and control the amount of light that comes into the space. A few interior design ideas to help you open up your room without compromising these functions include sheer curtains, as well as shades and blinds that are totally adjustable.
- Create Intrigue from Above – Anything you can do to draw the eyes upward will help detract from the confines of a space, so you may want to consider adding some pizzazz to the ceiling, such as a funky painted mural or a cool light fixture. You could even bring some color or a unique pattern to the space by wallpapering the ceiling if you’re not afraid of a little unconventional style!
- Hang a Few Wall Mirrors – It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book: hang mirrors to make your space feel bigger. But does it actually work? Well, yes—mirrors can basically double the perceived size of the room by eliminating the feeling of closed-off walls. Hang mirrors all over your home, but especially on the walls in the living room and in tiny bathrooms and bedrooms. Luckily, there are thousands of ways to integrate mirrors into your home décor, from elegant mirrored finish fixtures to beautiful, framed wall art that honors your overall design style.
- Pick the Right Paint Colors – The colors you choose for the walls makes a big difference in the overall feel and vibe of the room. Opting for certain shades can really open things up. Though there are ways to make any color work to your advantage, sticking with white or light-colored neutrals is a pretty safe bet when you’re trying to expand a space. If you prefer a pop of color, consider painting the entire room—down to the floor molding and doors—the same shade, as this will help create the illusion of more space.
- Install Permanent Light Fixtures – Make sure that your mobile home is equipped to install permanent wall and ceiling light fixtures, so you don’t have to clutter your space with table and floor lamps that just make it feel more confined. Consider installing wall sconces in hallways or to flank doorways and recessed lighting to create a more open feel above.
Making the transition from a traditional home to a mobile home may seem daunting, but you’ll be surprised to find just how easy and enjoyable it is to decorate, organize, and de-clutter, which will help you open up your space so it feels roomy enough for your whole family. Following these space-saving tips is a great first step for anyone looking to make their mobile home feel bigger, no matter if it’s a single-wide or a double-wide.