Living in a Tiny Home with Pets
Living in a tiny home can be beneficial for a number of reasons. It reduces your environmental impact, can drastically reduce living expense, and can help you live a simplified lifestyle. If you are finding yourself drawn to the idea of living in a tiny home, part time, temporarily, or for the foreseeable future, there are some things you will need to figure out.
One of these is how to make it work for your unique household. If you plan to live in your tiny home with a pet, keep reading for some things to keep in mind and tips to design your tiny home to accommodate your furry family members.
One of the most significant challenges of living in a tiny home with pets is space management. With limited square footage, it’s essential to make the most of every inch. Here are some ways to work toward that goal:
- Invest in furniture that serves dual purposes, such as a sofa with storage underneath or a dining table that can double as a workspace.
- Install wall-mounted shelves for pet supplies, like food, toys, and grooming essentials.
- Consider custom-built pet feeding nooks or integrated pet beds that save floor space.
One or the perks of choosing your own customization options for your tiny home is selecting design features that uniquely work for you. Your tiny home’s design should be pet-friendly, ensuring your pets’ comfort and safety in addition to yours.
Choose easy-to-clean and durable flooring, like laminate or vinyl, that can withstand pet accidents and scratches, and consider using pet gates to separate areas of the tiny home if necessary. This is especially helpful if you have multiple pets or need to keep them out of certain spaces.
Depending on your unique pet, there may be other factors that will be ideal for you. For example, if you have a cat that enjoy vertical spaces, consider adding wall-mounted shelves or a cat tree. You can also provide scratching posts to deter them from damaging furniture.
If possible, consider how you can design an outdoor space that is appropriate for your pet. Access to outdoor space is crucial for pets. If your tiny home is on wheels, make sure there’s a secure area for your pets to roam. If you’re in a stationary tiny home, consider creating an enclosed outdoor play area or a designated potty area.
If you have a dog who needs lots of exercise, remember that his need for movement may seem to increase when you move into a tiny home. With less indoor space to roam around, you may find that your dog requires longer or more frequent walks to be content.
Many tiny homeowners find that this is wonderful motivation to make their own lifestyle shift toward more movement and fresh air. Living in a tiny home is great way to keep yourself accountable to live minimally, stay active, and prioritize what really matters to you.
If you would like to learn more about the construction and design of our mini cabins and how we can help you build the tiny home of your dreams, contact us any time. Your tiny home can be upgraded and customized to become exactly what you need for your lifestyle, budget, climate, and any other factors you need to consider.