I’m sure many have reveled in the tiny home movement. It has such an energy behind it and I can say with confidence the people involved and interested are amazing souls. On the flip side, the reality of living in a tiny home can be downright laughable to most who haven’t experienced it. The inescapable tiny little bathrooms, or overhead lofts…with no overhead are all part of the mix…or are they?
As an industrial designer and tiny home liaison, it’s quite often that ergonomics and human factors come up. Human factors is a field of study within the design world that entails design criteria for human form, movement, and use. It is also the study of form, placement, and arrangements.
We’ve all experienced poorly conceived products and environments. You could experiencing this when you bump your head or hip on a low overhang, or tight turn in a home, or maybe some product just doesn’t seem to fit well in your hand…or you find using the ‘thing’ to be too cumbersome and awkward. This is the design failure of human factors and ergonomics and why the application of human factors in the world of tiny homes are all the more important.
Being constrained to tight spaces can be stressful! When designing a tiny home, moving freely and being able to navigate your environment is a must! For those versed in the habitation of tiny homes, I’m sure you concur.
For first-timers in a tiny home this can be a HUGE adjustment. Living in a tiny home can be a boon for personal progress, it can also be the bane of your existence if all you do is bonk your mellon on the bathroom lights and trip on your steps every time you want to climb into bed.
Wait, there is hope! All of this can be mitigated, but only if considered from the beginning! Moving walls and shifting layouts in a tiny can be more than challenging, if not unfeasible. Appliances are also something to consider. I may post a continued blog from this regarding additional solutions, however, speaking with your designer/architect about your particular habits, ‘stuff needs’, and general lifestyle can go a long way to creating an environment that’s right for you in every way, shape and form. 😉
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