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6 Out-of-the-Box HDB Flats with Tweaked Layouts and Rooms

September 9, 2021
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It’s always surprising to see how a little creativity can go a long way.

While they do come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, HDB flats (especially modern-day ones) tend to be seen as rigid or cookie-cutter due to their standardised layouts, but the fact of the matter is, it’s possible to differentiate your home with the right space reconfigurations and room ideas.

unique layout ideas for HDB flats

Since this can be hard to do (especially if you haven’t thought about floor plan tweaks to make), we’ve shortlisted 6 HDB flats with unique post-renovation layouts – and hopefully, they’ll inspire you to think out of the box too!


1. Dakota Crescent 4-room HDB flat with expanded communal and private spaces

Dakota Crescent by Lemonfridge Studio

Interior Firm: Lemonfridge Studio

unique layout ideas for HDB flats

The flat’s floor plan before (left) and after (right) the renovation.

As this Dakota Crescent 4-room flat shows, modifying the layout of your HDB apartment can reward you with a home that looks and feels spacious.

Aside from turning one of the bedrooms into a private study, the owners of this pleasant abode also opted to demolish an existing storeroom and made use of the freed-up space to build a larger kitchen.

Dakota Crescent by Lemonfridge Studio

Taking a closer look at the floor plan, you’ll also see the walls between the master bedroom and an adjacent room have been torn down to create a suite with a mini home office on one side and a comfortable sleeping area on the other.

Dakota Crescent by Lemonfridge Studio

2. Bidadari Park Drive 4-room HDB flat with a concealed master bedroom and plenty of airy spaces

Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT
Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT

Interior Firm: KDOT

Featuring neutrals and light wood panelling throughout its entire interior, this 4-room BTO flat at Bidadari Park Drive is probably as elegant as an HDB home can get.

However, its true beauty lies in its revamped layout: other than a restful master bedroom hidden behind a discreet doorway, it also features a bedroom-turned-cosy-living-hall.

unique layout ideas for HDB flats

The flat’s original floor plan

Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT

The flat’s floor plan, post-renovation

By hacking away the partition walls around the junior bedroom that’s right next to the master bedroom, interior design firm KDOT opened up the entire space before outfitting it with plush bay window seats designed to look like movie theatre chairs.

Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT
Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT

Likewise, the kitchen, which was previously closed off, now has an open-concept layout along with a sleek breakfast/preparation counter that occupies the space where its exterior walls used to be.

Bidadari Park Drive by KDOT

3. 3-room HDB flat at Bedok Reservoir Road that has an spacious living room/children’s room

Bedok Reservoir Road by Des & Co Interior
Bedok Reservoir Road by Des & Co Interior

Interior Firm: Des & Co Interior

Some old HDB apartments (like this particular Bedok Reservoir Road 3-room flat) have layouts that are longer than they’re wide – and often times, this translates into elongated, but tighter rooms.

To solve this issue, what the team at Des & Co Interior did was swap out the partition walls of a bedroom for glass sliding doors, creating a degree of physical (but not visual) separation between the living area and what is now an airy kids room/nursery.

Bedok Reservoir Road by Des & Co Interior

The flat’s original floor plan

Bedok Reservoir Road by Des & Co Interior

As part of the plan to create open-concept spaces, the Des & Co team also demolished a storeroom located in front of the kitchen, creating a clear line of sight from one end of the flat to the other.

4. Queen’s Road 4-room HDB flat featuring a bedroom-turned-dining-area and reconfigured kitchen/bathroom entrances

Queen's Road by Archive Design
Queen's Road by Archive Design

Interior Firm: Archive Design

If you have a bedroom with a view to spare, consider transforming it into a combined kitchen-dining area like in the case of this 4-room HDB flat at Queen’s Road. Put simply, this was accomplished by opening up one of the flat’s three bedrooms and repositioning the kitchen entrance right in front of it.

Queen's Road by Archive Design

The flat’s original floor plan

unique layout ideas for HDB flats

The flat’s floor plan, post-renovation

Further into the house, there’s the common toilet which similarly benefited from a layout tweak. By merging the shower and WC areas, a larger bathroom was created, making it possible to install a fluted glass folding door as a shared entrance.

Queen's Road by Archive Design

5. Petir Road 4-room HDB flat upgraded into a ‘5-room’ apartment

Petir Road by Luova Project Services
Petir Road by Luova Project Services

Interior Firm: Luova Project Services

At first glance, this Petir Road 4-room HDB flat looks fairly ordinary with its squarish layout as well as fuss-free décor. But dig deeper into its pre- and post-renovation floor plans and you’ll discover that it’s now a ‘5-room’ flat after a new bedroom was built behind the TV wall.

Petir Road by Luova Project Services

The flat’s original floor plan

Petir Road by Luova Project Services

The flat’s floor plan, post-renovation

Meanwhile, the common bathroom (located in the kitchen) saw its entrance reorientated to face the yard in order to make way for a conveniently located storage nook, which houses the refrigerator as well as a pantry – a practical change, if not a privacy-enhancing one.

Petir Road by Luova Project Services

6. A Yung Ho Road HDB maisonette with an expanded kitchen downstairs and an onsen bathroom upstairs

Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design
Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design

Interior Firm: Dyel Design

Ah, maisonettes, the bungalows of HDB housing. If there’s a unique layout to be found in a Singapore flat, it’s in one of these two-storey homes – and this example at Yung Ho Road doesn’t disappoint.

On the ground floor, you’ll find an open-concept kitchen that was expanded by merging it with an adjacent study, along with a gorgeous, light-filled balcony that doubles as a welcoming dining area.

Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design

The maisonette’s original floor plan

Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design

The maisonette’s floor plan, post-renovation

Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design
Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design

Heading upstairs, there’s an XL-sized en suite, complete with a Japanese-style onsen soaking tub and a his-and-her vanity. And if that isn’t luxurious enough, there’s also a home cinema in the master bedroom – perfect for unwinding after a relaxing soak!

Yung Ho Road by Dyel Design

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