Space. We all could do with more of it at home. And when you are living in a small HDB flat, luxury is having lots of extra storage space. Here are some great out-of-the-box ideas we spotted. No need for the much hyped about KonMari decluttering method – just a few simple storage tweaks and voila! A home instantly decluttered and perfectly organized.
1. Floating Shelves as Display
So you’re a collector and would like to show off your collectibles - why not make them part of your home design by displaying them on floating shelves held together by industrial-like pipes for that raw, minimalist look?
Interior Designer: Linear Space Concepts
Location: Mimosa Park
2. Build It In
Here, hidden storage fits right into the home décor in a seamless flow, with the extensive use of wood opening up the space. The ubiquitous small bedroom can be problematic when it comes to tucking things out of sight - a raised platform creates a storage space as big as your floor.
Interior Designer: Yonder
Location: Ripple Bay
3. Keeping it Calm
It’s back to the basics with this Japanese-minimalistic design approach that’s stunning in its simplicity. But with so much open storage, refrain from over-displaying so it's easy on the eyes. The same concept is applied in the bedrooms.
Interior Designer: Third Avenue Studio
Location: Waterway Woodcress
4. Dressing Room Storage
Is your wardrobe brimming with clothes, bags, accessories and too much more? Save some time from rummaging in the morning with a glass door wardrobe - pair it with a glass island display to organise your accessories that doubles up as a tabletop.
Interior Designer: Space Define Interior
Location: Circuit Road
5. Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Here’s one to copy: a storage area cum divider. We’re loving all the dual functionality of these ideas. You can even coat the doors with chalkboard paint and the doors are transformed into a memo board. What? Triple functionality?
Interior Designer: Design Chapterz
6. For The Bookworm
If you’ve amassed an impressive collection, dedicate a wall for a personal library, and build it as high as you can! Go all the way up to the ceiling for a dramatic move – just attach a secured ladder for safety. P.S. Custom-made storage units are a great way to make use of awkward nooks and crannies.
Interior Designer: Project File
7. Hole in the Wall
Style and functionality aren’t mutually exclusive. Create a feature wall that doubles up as a storage or display unit – a simple idea that you can incorporate at home for a wall that definitely pops. This home’s modular brick design gives it an element of surprise that is playful and fun.
Interior Designer: Rezt and Relax Interior
Location: Kim Keat
8. Bedframe Storage
Another way to include some secret storage space that is truly hidden out of sight. If a massive platform is out of your budget, or too much for you, then opt for a bed with a platform and side table so your room will look neat and organised. Just what we want.
Interior Designer: The Minimalist Society
Location: Robertson Quay
9. Store It and Display It!
Now here’s a walk-in wardrobe idea you’ll want to try at home! If you have the space, make sure to dedicate an area in your bedroom for your clothes, bags and more. Try this glass divider concept – this way, the room doesn’t look cramped and you won’t feel boxed in. Create access to your belongings both ways so you can easily retrieve what you need. Build a wall of shelves so that you’ll have ample space for all your knick knacks.
Interior Designer: In Expat
10. Plan Ahead
The best way for smart storage in your home? Always plan ahead during your renovation journey to incorporate storage ideas that they blend in seamlessly with the whole look and feel. Storage areas that are included in after often look out of place and disrupt the flow you have going on. Chances are you’ll be adding things to your storage areas so cater for more storage space than you currently need. Remember, a place for everything and everything in its place!
Interior Designer: Space Atelier