With homes getting smaller, you have to become more creative and think out of the box when it comes to designing your space. Just because you have a tinier floor plan doesn’t mean you have to live small. From the bedroom to the kitchen, we’ve got the lowdown on the smartest, niftiest ways to create more space in a small apartment:
1. Opt for modular storage units.
Modular units offer you more flexibility in terms of letting you decide on how much storage you actually need. For instance, the Renee Modular Wardrobe by Star Living (pictured above), lets you choose from five configurations at two different heights and in five colours which you can easily customise to suit your living space. Its one-door module is also designed with a hidden storage function so you can keep clutter out of sight.
2. Install rails in the kitchen.
We love how this rail accommodates a space for paper towels and other hanging appliances and tools. It conveniently helps to keep all your most used items at hand so you don’t have to waste time searching for them when you cook, and also makes use of vertical space. Click here to see more nifty ways to organise your kitchen.
3. A sliding door takes up less space than a traditional swing door.
This beautiful barn door adds rustic elegance to your room, while saving space with its minimal design. Score!
Design: Aiden T
4. Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Instead of an individual standing mirror, clad some walls with mirrors. It takes up less floor space! In addition, the reflection in the mirror will give the illusion of a bigger room. Click here to shop some gorgeous wall mirrors.
5. Try nesting tables.
Nesting tables are a space-saving gift as they are easy to stack and stow away, compared to a large and hefty coffee table. Plus, they offer more table space when you need them, such as when guests come over to visit.
6. Make full use of your bay window.
This bay window in the living room not only provides extra seating, it is also storage space. Some ideas include using baskets or installing drawers. You could also use the space to store books or your children’s toys.
Design: Hello Embryo
7. Built-in shelves are the way to go.
Instead of buying multiple bookcases, design shelves that line against your home walls. It is an impressive design feature, and uses typically unused areas such as the space above doors and entrances.
Design: PIU Design
8. Add storage space under your stairs
If you are living in a maisonette apartment, try utilizing the space under the stairs for some extra storage. An excellent spot to keep your childrens’ toys or your shoes and bags, if your room is on the first floor and if you are running out of wardrobe space, you can also consider turning it into a mini walk-in wardrobe!
9. Use glass walls to divide spaces
By using glass walls to separate the living space, it helps to demarcate the different areas yet it still allows light to pass through seamlessly. This will help to create the illusion of a larger space. Additionally, the lack of a solid opaque structure to divide the rooms will help to create a cozier vibe in the house.
10. Look out for double duty designs.
This platform seating area incorporates the coffee table, too!
Design: Space Sense
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Text: Eliza H, Home & Decor Singapore / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew & Seah Pei Jun