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4 Space-Saving Hacks to Maximise Every Inch of Your 2-Room BTO

Tiny but mighty!

Small and compact – you may think the design and storage possibilities are extremely limited when it comes to 2-room BTO flats, but that’s where you’re wrong. In fact, these homes prove that it’s entirely possible to turn that limited space into a welcoming and wonderfully spacious abode.

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So, don’t let the space constraints stop you from exploring and pushing the boundaries – start by taking cues from these awesome ideas!


1. Use sliding doors instead of swing doors

Sometimes the simplest changes can make a world of a difference. Your typical swing doors aren’t the most space-friendly, as they require a clearance area that often leads to dead/unutilised space – so, what can you do?

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It’s a surprisingly easy fix; TM Designers simply swaps them out for sliding options. Not only is this a sleek way to demarcate the private areas in the home, you won’t be forced to choose smaller furniture to accommodate for the swing space.

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And if you’re keen on keeping the look airy, opt for clear or frosted glass doors that permit natural light to flow through the home.


2. Maximise vertical space with full-height carpentry

You don’t have the luxury of an extra room to create more space – so it’s time to make full use of vertical space to maximise every inch of your home.

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Weiken.com does just that, with full-height cabinetry that pulls double duty to conceal the household shelter.

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But that’s not all – in place of a bulky sofa, the homeowners have chosen to include a raised platform that functions as a multipurpose space as well as visual centrepiece of the living room.

Explore: Graphic Designer Turns 2-Room Sengkang BTO into Snug, Inviting 'Cafe'


3. Consider space-saving, integrated furniture

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Carpentry is also useful for storing integrated furniture. Case in point: the Murphy bed and drop-leaf table, designed around the TV feature area of this 2-room flat in Choa Chu Kang.

Such features grant the homeowner the flexibility to use the space the way they want to, at any time they wish. They can keep the bed and table down for their own daily usage…

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…and they can also easily put everything away if they’re hosting guests, or require extra space to do a home workout.


4. Tear down walls to open up the space

It’s a fact that’s been proven countless times: an open concept home will not only make the space look larger, but also frees up space that would otherwise be taken up by walls.

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Take for example this 2-room BTO flat, designed by Free Space Intent. By hacking the wall separating the living room, and bedroom, they’ve essentially created one giant communal area that has room for a continuous stretch of ‘bay window’ storage (that also doubles as a settee).

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Another benefit: the living area is now also bigger, as the sofa now occupies the ‘in between’ space that would have otherwise been used for a door and wall.

This article was originally published on 2 October 2019, and last updated on 29 August 2023.


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