Designing affordable housing needs efficient strategies in order to reduce costs without affecting housing adequacy. Accordingly, this paper tries to clarify the potential of adaptability strategies for affordable housing design. These strategies provide the ability of housing for merge, division, growth, and changing uses but inaminimum physical way.It is acknowledged that designing adaptability is an important approach for designing sustainable housing environment, because adaptability strategies are considered as social, environmental and economic concepts. Such strategies enhancethe ability of housing to adaptdifferent needs of usersthrough the time. Therefore this paper analyzes strategies of designing adaptable housing and their suitability foraffordable housing design. To do so, three values of designing affordability are chosen: decreasing the area of housing-unit, decreasing the amount of building materials, and simplicity of implementing methods. Thus, the paper highlights the potential of adaptability strategies for achieving the previous values. We will use the SWOT analysis method in order to highlightstrengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the adaptabilitystrategies in terms of affordability values. The paper concludes that adaptability is a high potential approach for affordable housing design, because it could provide many positive results. Therefore, the proposed control of strategiesand recommendations of this paper mayassist designers in enhancing opportunities and reducing weaknesses and threats of adaptability strategies in order to maintain values of affordable housing design in their projects.