Single vs Double Wide Manufactured Homes

Buying a new house requires a lot of time, effort and research. For those that are in the market for a manufactured home, they may find themselves contemplating between a single wide and double wide home. The mobile home market is plentiful and there are differences between the two. Is a double wide better than a single wide? Can you upgrade an add-on to both types of manufactured homes? 

Things to know when considering a single wide vs double wide manufactured home. 

Single Wide Homes 

Home size and budget are two of the biggest factors to consider when selecting between a single wide and double wide mobile home. Single wide homes will be smaller and therefore more budget friendly. They are typically anywhere from 500 to 1,200 square feet, 14-18 feet wide, and 66-80 feet long.


  • More budget friendly than traditional single family home
  • Less expensive startup costs at 1,500-5,000+
  • Typically narrow and long, easier to fit on desired lot 
  • Fairly low maintenance
  • Easy to upgrade with add ons and remodels 
  • Easier to relocate and more affordable to transport  


  • Smaller living space available 
  • Limited design
  • Harder to resell

Double Wide Homes

Double wide homes provide more living space than a single wide and are still more budget friendly than a traditional single family home. They are typically anywhere from 1,000 to 2,200 square feet, 20 feet in width and 90 feet long.


  • More budget friendly than traditional single family home
  • Fairly low maintenance
  • Easy to upgrade with add ons and remodels
  • More flexible in design and floor plan
  • More living space 


  • Harder to relocate and more expensive to transport
  • Shipped in two separate containers because of size; home build takes longer to complete 
  • Higher taxes
  • More expensive startup costs 

Upgrading Single & Double Wide Homes 

The ability to upgrade your mobile home down the road can be a deciding factor for many home buyers. Selecting the space and financial fit that is right for you now may be different than the home you need one or two years down the road. Regardless of the manufactured home’s size, single or double, there are home additions that can be made to expand your living space. You may also consider remodels to make the current home space more efficient.

Manufactured Home Additions

For single wide manufactured homes, one of the most popular upgrades is the addition of rooms to expand the living space. Adding rooms such as extra bedrooms, extra bathrooms or a second living room can substantially add to the home’s value. 

Double-wide manufactured home owners may also find themselves in need of extra bedrooms, extra bathrooms or an additional living room. Because their homes began with more inside space to begin with, many homeowners choose to add on to their outdoor living space. Porches are common additions to these large mobile homes and create a relaxing, welcoming outdoor space to entertain family and friends. 

Remodeling Manufactured Homes 

Another option for upgrading a single or double wide home is simply remodeling the area. There are many effective ways to change a space to add more functionality to a home. 


  • Repurpose rooms ( an office may be needed vs guest bedroom)
  • Change the interior/exterior (paint color, add landscape)
  • Change the layout of rooms ( rearrange your space)
  • Freshen up the look ( new paint, new decor)
  • Eco friendly appliances

Individuals and families who are mindful with their budget, value quality builds and appreciate the freedom of relocation as they please, choose mobile homes. See what manufactured home opportunities are available for you.

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