Top 5 Must-Have Tools in a Tiny Home

Tiny homes are a great option for those who choose to live the minimalist lifestyle. People with the first-hand experience can’t help but beam with happiness when they describe the benefits and how they have been able to save money by choosing to live in a tiny house. For some people, it gives a sense of adventure, while for some it was a feeling of accomplishment that they could give up a lot of things and move into a tiny home. One of the biggest perks that just about everyone who lives in a tiny home is happy about is they are able to save a lot on energy bills and other expenses.

Some people who live in a tiny house say that they have built it themselves. Besides saving on labor cost, it gives you a chance to get your own hands dirty and learn through your own mistakes. Living in a tiny house requires you to keep making adjustments to various compartments to create storage for your belongings. We have compiled a list of tools that you will find handy if you live in or are planning to live in a similar setup.

Measuring Tape and a Pencil:

Measuring tapes can sometimes vary by a little over half an inch depending on the brand. Therefore when you begin home improvement or a mending project, ensure you use the same measuring tape all throughout. You are likely to wind up with incorrect measurements if you use different measuring tapes to measure different lengths. Measuring tapes are available in various lengths. Longer the tape, the wider it gets. For long term use, look for a tape that is at least 16 feet long, with a width of 3/4 inch.

Needless to say that you are going to require a pencil to make markings on what you have measured. Invest in carpenter’s pencil to make bold marks and #2 pencil to make finer marks. In the midst of work, you are likely to drop and break or lose them. It’d be a great idea to get a whole pack. And while you are at it, get a sharpener as well.

Torque Wrench:

In order to fasten the tightness of certain bolts and nuts, you will need a wrench. In cases where the tightness is crucial, you will need a top rated torque wrench. Torque wrenches allow the user to control the torque applied to the fastener, so as to match the specifications of a particular application. This allows the right tension and loading to all parts.

Cordless Drills:

As the name tiny house suggests, the house is small with limited space. Having wires and cords strewn all over the place would make walking around without tripping, very challenging. Enter cordless equipment! Cordless drills are immensely useful due to their portability. These drills offer ease of use. They are versatile, as they are powerful. Investing in a cordless drill will make home improvement projects much easier to deal with.

Claw Hammer:

You are likely to use more nails than you think you will. Nails are an essential part of mending or construction as they are needed for header hangers, rafter ties, tension ties, etc. Don’t shy away from spending a little extra money if need be, but ensure you get a good quality hammer. In the case of cheaper models, usually, the joint between the head and the handle tends to weaken as force is applied. You can try swinging the hammer a few times while you are at the shop, before purchasing it. This will give you a better idea of the grip and balance. Another benefit of using a claw hammer is that the other side of the head can be used to draw out stubborn nails.

Speed Square:

You will need to whip this tool out every single time you want to make a joint with a 45° angle. Be it any kind of framing work or adding new drawers to a cabinet or checking the accuracy of corners for a square, throughout the project. It would be a good idea to purchase at least 2 of them as it would come handy. Opt for the aluminum speed squares as they are less prone to breakage upon fall.

Miscellaneous:

If you plan on doing all the mending or adjustments/changes by yourself, then it would be a great idea to also invest in a few miscellaneous items such as

Tool belt: 

Let’s admit, we don’t have enough hands for holding a hammer, wrench, speed square, pencil, a measuring tape, nails, and screws, etc. all at once. A tool belt has a number of pockets with a lot of room in them and loops as well. With a tool belt, you will have almost all you need at hand.

Durable Work Gloves: 

Gloves are essential for your safety. You may have to haul sheets of plywood or lumber that is potentially splintery, with sharp tools. Or you may need to handle materials such as aluminum flashing or wire, which can be sharp. Wearing gloves while working, will protect you from a potential injury. Gloves also prevent the formation of calluses, which may happen when using tools for a long duration.

Safety Goggles: 

Safety goggles, as the name suggests, are an important part of safety gear. When you are working with wood or metal, small particles can fly at you from just about any direction. Therefore you might want to opt for goggles that have a snug fit and seal the area around the eyes as well. Safety goggles prevent dust, sparks, metal shavings, and any other debris from entering your eyes.

Mask: 

As mentioned earlier, dust, sparks, metal shavings, and any other debris can fly at you when you are working with wood or metal. Sparks can cause a burn injury. Metal shavings, sawdust, and debris can get into your nose or mouth and cause damage to the respiratory tract or you can wind up ingesting them. Using a mask that covers both, nose and mouth can help you protect yourself.

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