13 Clever Carpentry Ideas That Aren't Your Usual Built-Ins

December 12, 2017
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Furniture, say what? From shelves, cabinetry to ingenious storage solutions, it's not hard to see why built-ins make the bulk of renovations in Singapore. First, they don’t take up much space (compared to bulky furnishings); second, they double as design elements and best of all - are built to last you for years.

In particular, platform beds and walk-in wardrobes are two massively popular ideas for smart storage. But truth be told? They can be a tad bit overdone. If you’re looking for something clever (and different), step up your game with these 13 built-in alternatives instead.


1. Wall Feature + Storage Cabinet Combination

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Interior Designer: Dan's Workshop

Talk about scoring two birds with one stone! Creatively done up, these types of storage built-ins – be it house-shaped cabinets or modular, pegboard set-ups – double as eye-catching feature pieces that help anchor a living space.

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Interior Designer: Asolidplan

2. Windowsill Bar Counters

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Interior Designer: Fineline Design

Great for adding that chill, café like atmosphere to your abode, elevate your blah HDB half-height windows with a raised bar counter. Best part, they don’t take up much space – just a single slab for propping up a countertop plus some chairs, and a narrow corner can be transformed into a mini study/dining area of sorts.

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Interior Designer: Sky Creation Asia

3. Recessed Seating Booths

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Interior Designer: Lemonfridge Studio

Bring a hint of privacy and cosiness, plus massive storage space with recessed seat booths. These babies are jam packed with areas for concealed storage; think under-seat cabinets, drawers and shelves on its surrounding walls – the possibilities are endless!

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Interior Designer: Authors Interior & Styling

4. Custom Bed Frames

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Interior Designer: 82

Platform beds are sleek and practical, but admit it, they aren’t the best for your back when getting up. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having more storage altogether! Simply build a propped-up bed frame that offers the same (and more). Many ingenious ideas abound, from having built-in shelving, extendable end tables to even pull out drawers underneath.

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Interior Designer: Prozfile Design

5. Archway Shelves and Cabinets

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Interior Designer: AkiHAUS

Archways/walkways are back in vogue for partitioning out various spaces at home. What can you do with all that empty, concrete wall space surrounding it? They can be equipped with built-in cabinets all around to maximize storage. Or take it a notch further – build an open shelving unit that works as a walkway, just like this project below.

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Interior Designer: Elements ID

6. Drop Down Kitchen Shelving

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Interior Designer: Third Avenue Studio

Honestly? Backsplashes are fancy – but they can be a pain to maintain. This built-in idea for the kitchen reduces the issue by having an additional drop-down glass shelf for placing cooking essentials and ingredients. Less areas to clean and helps free up countertop space – what’s not to like?

7. Sliding Bookshelves

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Interior Designer: Fuse Concept

Taking notes from old-school libraries of yore, consider creating a double-layered, sliding bookshelf/shelving unit if you have a ton of stuff to display. Perks? One, they can be moved to conceal other items when not in use (like your TVs), and two – when filled up with knick knacks, they work as a colourful, show-stopping feature too.

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Interior Designer: Urban Habitat Design

8. Horigotatsu-Style Seating

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Interior Designer: Asolidplan

The Japanese definitely know a thing or two about maximizing tiny spaces. Case in point? Horigotatsu-style seating. A platform with a recessed floor that allows users to sit and stretch their legs, a table is fitted and can be pulled up during use, or stowed away into the platform, instantly opening up a space with more walking room.

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Interior Designer: Ascenders Design Studio

9. Built-In Seating

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Interior Designer: The Monocot Studio

If you aren’t planning to change your furniture or style every few years, it pays to invest in multi-purpose custom made pieces that don’t just take up less space – but help to add some too. From bay window seats to modular sofas, these bulky seating frames can be used to your advantage – through concealed shelving and storage compartments.

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Interior Designer: Artmuse Interior

10. Rotating TV Consoles

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Interior Designer: Flipside Design

An unabashed couch potato? You don’t have to spend more on another TV unit and console for your other favourite place – the bedroom. Instead, get a swiveling TV frame that can be toggled back and forth different spaces. Guaranteed to be a sure-fire conversation starter – and a major money saver as well.

11. Movable Walls

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Interior Designer: Linear Space Concepts

And no, we’re not talking about those framed, frosted glass sliding doors from the 80s. If you’d like a little more flexibility without going full-on open concept, line your space with full length sliding door panels. Frameless, they work like ‘movable’ walls that can be rolled out to enclose certain spaces, or kept away for more room.

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Interior Designer: The Design Abode

12. Platform Study

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Interior Designer: Authors Interior & Styling

Can’t concentrate sitting upright on a desk? A spin-off from platform beds, get a study platform-cum pull out desk that allows you to sit, lie or settle down however you like to get work done. Even better, incorporate a cubby and a corkboard for some serious productivity, and a pull-out drawer underneath to store your files – just like this nifty project.

13. Murphy Beds

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Interior Designer: Space Atelier

Now you see it, now you don’t! Perfect for tiny and awkward spaces, Murphy beds can be kept to the walls to free up valuable space. And there’s much more you can do with its base (aka wall panel when propped up); the legs can double as shelves, or even a TV console unit if you’re ambitious enough.

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Interior Designer: Habit


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