Hot Solutions for Small Homes: Stylish Eco-Friendly Ways You Can Prep Your Home for Winter

StairsThe shift towards smaller homes, mixed with a rising awareness to cultivate positive eco-friendly living soluitions, has left the market saturated with a number of alternatives to conventional living.

There are a ton of benefits to living in a smaller home, including reduced costs and carbon footprints, a cozier environment, and forcing yourself to be more organized.

Small home owners are also becoming more conscious of the designing element in order to compete with the limited space. Take a residence in Long Beach, California for example – to get more storage space, the owner of this flat installed drawers on the bottom two steps. Discreet and ingenius.

Yet one of the downsides to small living is that these units rarely come with a central heating or cooling system. With an icy chill already setting in, small spacers face an additional challenge during the upcoming winter. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your winter as cozy as a hobbit’s shire:

TExtilesMake use of textiles – If you have single paned windows (notorious for being useless against the cold), try switching out thinner curtains for heavier ones.  Not only is the cheaper than changing out your windows, but the switch lets you play around with your room’s décor during the winter season.

Bundle Up – Once winter rolls around, make sure you have lots of blankets and comforters ready for use.  This is a must- have on hand item no matter what your home is like; if it’s easy for you to get warm quickly, you’re less likely to switch on the heater. 

Here a bookshelf gets turned into a chic storage shelf for blankets and pillows.

But textiles have multiple uses. If you have hardwood or tile floors, make sure you insulate with the use of carpets and rugs – preferably woolen ones.

Depending on what part of the country you’re in, there’s only so much you can do with blankets.  If you’re without a fireplace or don’t want to contaminate your indoor air with the fumes they release, then your next practical option is a space heater.

Energy-Efficient Heating – Portable space heaters can be moved to any area you need heated.  Rather than having to consume unneeded energy to heat an entire home, this specific space oriented feature cuFireplacets energy costs by focusing on just the area you need warmed up.  Space heaters are far cheaper to run than an entire system and are a much more viable alternative for small homes that don’t need or can’t accommodate a central system.

For small space dwellers, this is an ideal solution. It’s cheap, eco-friendly, and practical. Yet, regardless of which electric space heater decide is right for you, they all have a compact design that can be discreetly tucked away when not in use. 

As clever are small homes are, with their under the stairs drawers, the fact is that small space dwellers have an additional task of finding clever eco-friendly ways to heat their home during the off season. Whether with heavier drapery, a barrage of blankets, woolen rugs, or personal heaters – there’s no obstacle that a dedicated small spacer can’t tackle.

Winter Heater Solutions is brought to you by Shireen Qudosi and http://www.heater-home.com

Image Source: Apartment Therapy and Casa Sugar

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5 Responses

  1. That draw under the staircase is a great idea. I definitely can relate to this post because I live in a cozy 1950’s cape. Great post – Great content and use of imagery.

  2. I love the staircase drawers, too. Here are some instructions for building them if anyone’s interested: http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/home-reno-and-design/indoor/staircase-drawers/a/19342

  3. Wow, really great DIY ideas! The drawer stairs are really inventive. Thanks for the article!

  4. The staircase storage is really innovative. What a brilliant idea.

  5. Wow, great ideas! This is exactly what I needed to get me through the winter. Chic is just what I’m looking for.

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