Size Does Matter: Why Small Living Might Be Better For You [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Here at Compact Appliance, we know a thing or two about small living. From creating storage solutions to selecting the right appliances, we are all experts on living in a small space. We created the above Infographic to help give you, the reader, a better idea of just how easy it is to live in a small space, as well as highlight the many benefits of doing so.

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Jeff Flowers has been a self-described beer geek for over a decade now. When he's not chasing his daughter around, you can usually find him drinking a fresh brew and wasting too much of his time on both Google+ & Twitter.


  1. Erik Goodwin says

    I have to assume that you are an anti microwave person, to suggest they take up too much space is ludicrous. They are quite often used as a range hood as well as a microwave, and save both time, money and energy. I also have to imagine, based on your observation, that the microwave space is being wasted, that you need to get rid of the coffee machine, toaster, and every other countertop appliance. Why don’t we just do away with all kitchen cooking and get a grill for outdoors.

  2. Alicea Artuso says

    Microwaving food may seem like a good idea, but if you do a little research you’ll find some alarming details. First off, it changes the molecular structure of the food and basically zaps the food of any nutrients…leaving you with zero life force in your food. Isn’t the food we eat suppose to nourish our bodies? Also, when you turn on your microwave, you are supposed to be standing at least 6 feet away from it…otherwise you are exposed to the radiation it transmits (kinda hard to do in a tiny house I presume). We have not used a microwave in our household in over 10 years. This was after my daughter did a science experiment using water from different sources to grow beans. The microwaved water wouldn’t sprout a single bean in multiple pots! That tells ya something. That’s all it took for us to look at other alternatives. Not to mention all the plastic we used to use for those microwave meals leeching into the food you’re eating…the worst!

    There are great small convection ovens on the market that work really well as an alternative. We have one from Sharper Image that we use all the time and it even has expander rings for more room. We love it so much that we opt to use it versus using our oven that I’m sure using far move energy (and can really heat up your house in the summer time). If we ever go tiny, I don’t think we would even miss a stove. I’d be happy we just my tiny convection oven. 😉

  3. Charles Dunning says

    When you begin to compare 830, 1100 plus & 1500 sq ft houses with tiny houses I think you begin to miss the point. These are little houses & maybe medium-size houses. I don’t think they qualify as ‘tiny’. Many people live in less & don’t think or realize they are part of a new experiment in living structures. My wife & I plus at least 2 cats & 2 large dogs lived in a less than 800 sq ft house in central Florida for almost 10 years. Now & again grown children & their growing families camped with us. Though often crowded, I never felt I was living in a tiny house. Maybe definitions are required.

    • mendozamrs says

      I agree. I’ve been living in 980 sq ft for the last 3 years and I feel like this place is big. Our other apartments all had less bedrooms and far less space, so maybe I was conditioned that way due to my circumstances but I think anything 900+ sq ft doesn’t qualify at “tiny”.

  4. Kren Wales says

    I LOVE the graphic! Does it come as a poster? If so, I’d like to buy one to hang in my cube/office at Architecture school.

  5. Valerie says

    Loved the graphics. To me, Tiny Living, is homes smaller than we grew up in in the 50’s, so unless a house is under 750 sq. ft. it doesn’t constitute a Tiny Home. A home larger than that just makes me think of a downsized home for people who live in McMansions. I enjoy the statistics and how they were presented. I will look at some of the links later. Thanks for the info, can never get enough. I have a 1200 sq ft home presently with 4 adults in it. I am downsizing to less than 400 sq ft by next year, by myself.

  6. Michael says

    From someone who has studied architecture and “green” design, smaller is typically better for the environment plus experience and function of space. However, when dealing with environmental concerns, the best way to reduce impact on the environment is to stay away from it. Deciding to live in dense urban settings (which preexist) would reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint when compared to building a small residence in a rural setting. We could also discuss transportation to get groceries, going to work/school, etc. Living in a rural or suburban setting typical means use of a vehicle, increasing environmental impact and carbon footprint. The best way to go “green” is location.

  7. Job Day says

    My wife and I raised our 2 children in 1152 sq.ft. they have moved on and we haven’t been able to access the second floor for the last 5, so only living in 768 now. My Inlaws live in 1320 and are at the point that they need help now. They no longer drive so the 4 of us are moving into a 1930’s 950 sq.ft. single story on a bus route, plus the bank, grocer, doctor, vet, pharmacy all within a 3/4 mile walking distance of the house. Instead of the 3-10 miles we drive now. This seems to me to be the way to reduce your carbon footprint. Best of all, no snow! To me it’s not just the size of your house footprint but the size of your overall footprint that matters. A small house built new in the middle of nowhere on fresh ground is a waste when there are so many good houses in need of TLC sitting neglected in this country now.

  8. Elizabeth says

    We raised 4children in a 1000 sq ft. Home 3 bed rooms, and dare I say 1 and 1/2 bath. Oh boy we did do some major moving in the mornings. But we did it. Dinners were fun and always at the table and we always had company. Our home wasn’t small until some one said something.

  9. says

    Awesome post! The impact on the environment due to use of resources and carbon footprint can be decreased so easily by small living. I love your tips for living small including multi-functional furniture and mirrors. Keep inspiring! – Emme @ Green Global Travel

  10. Ben Bendit says

    I’ve been renting for 30 years I would love to invest in a tiny house Instead of renting if anyway possible ?

  11. Chuck says

    Tiny houses are for poor people. Why have less when you could have more?

    If you were skid row and were gifted a tiny house you would be grateful but most of us are not skid row

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