Storage Is A Must!
If you live in a mobile home, you are likely always in need of more storage, unless your kids are all grown and have left you lovely big bedroom spaces to remodel and use as your very own sitting, sewing, working, tv watching rooms….or anything else you have been dreaming about every time you walked into their rooms to yell “clean it up!” Until then, finding space to store all of your stuff can be maddening! For now, while all the good spaces are still filled with children’s or parent’s belongings, doing some detective work and getting a little creative might be in order.
Mobile Home Storage Challenges
Mobile home owners are at a serious storage disadvantage as they generally are not put on a basement and do not have attic spaces. Many newer mobile homes are built with 7/12 pitch or higher roofs that allow for a crawl and storage space to be utilized. But for the most part, a single-wide generally has a flat ceiling and a double-wide comes with a 5/12 roof pitch that hardly allows for insulation, let alone a crawl space.
How We Added More Storgage Space To Our Mobile Home
Where We Found The Space
In one remodel we did on our mobile home, we completely renovated our master bedroom/bathroom suite. It included a walk-in closet that was so dreary and included a smaller closet for our water heater and water storage tank. When we tore the walls down, we realized that there was a very large space, approximately 3’x5′, in front of the water heater space that adjoined the living room wall outside of our closet. Hmmmmm…what a great hidden space that wasn’t being used! In fact, it was closed in a wall and at nearly the highest point of our ceiling, so it could accommodate lots of shelves pretty high up if we designed it right!
Our plan was to tear out the “closed in” walls of the walk in closet and open it up to be used as a workspace for me, and a clothing area for both of us. We already had to install a new water heater and were planning to put a new door on that utility closet so we decided to go all the way and build a new closet out of our hidden space. It would be closed to the bedroom closet by a wall, but would be accessible from the living room (where there was a plain wall with no opening at the time) and used as a coat/storage closet.
After cutting out the wallboard that covered the space we found, we made the plumbing/utility upgrades and then recovered the wall with white bead board. We love this product because it gives our home a “cottage” look and doesn’t require painting.
Products We Used
Once the new closet was enclosed, we put a new back wall in it with a plywood product called Plytanium DryPly by Georgia Pacific. This board is the same that we used to rebuild our subfloor in our master bathroom. It has a water-repellent coating on it that we thought might help keep any water leaks from the utility closet behind it from damaging items we kept in the new closet. Shelves were then built, laminate flooring and a door added, and viola!, there is a new closet in our living room.
Closets in mobile homes often waste a lot of space close to the ceiling. You can build easy shelving out of a few pieces of wood that utilizes more of this space, you can cover those awful, standard wire shelving they install in mobile homes with some nice, stained luan or thin plywood. You can also add new shelving with proper anchor supports, or put in a stand-alone shelving unit. I’ve shared a link to the stand-alone shelving we used in a recent update to the living room closet. It was super easy to put together and served our needs in that closet space perfectly, adding even more efficient storage opportunites to that space.
We have tackled this problem in three of our smaller closets with great success for under $25.00 each with simple plywood shelves. Look around your space with a critical eye. Where do you see opportunites to add storage? If you have found some creative ways to organize and un-clutter your mobile home spaces, please share them in the comments. We’d love to know what you’ve done! Now, back to finishing our new front steps!