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7 Ways to Put Every Inch of Your Resale HDB Flat to Good Use

May 5, 2021
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Time to fill up those awkward, empty spots!

Be it a two-storey maisonette or an extra-spacious jumbo flat, it’s a known fact that HDB flats of the past tend to come in larger sizes than today’s BTO flats. But sometimes, having a bigger home can be too much of a good thing because of all those empty areas– you know the ones that are left unused because you’ve absolutely no idea what to put in them?

Bishan Street 12 by Carpenters 匠

In order to help you maximise these ‘forgotten’ spaces, here are 7 ideas that’ll put these awkward corners in your resale HDB flat to good use, or at the very least, make them feel less bare.


1 Add a ‘green corner’ to your living room

Bishan Street 12 by Carpenters 匠

Interior Firm: Carpenters 匠

So, you’ve gotten the walls around the bedroom behind your living area demolished and now you’re left with an empty space? Well, it’s possible to fill it up with plants/a garden, but if you aren’t the type to be a plant parent, consider turfing this corner of your HDB resale flat with artificial grass (or a grass mat) for a touch of healthy indoor greenery.

Bishan Street 12 by Carpenters 匠

Interior Firm: Carpenters 匠

2. Create a front foyer for additional privacy

Yung Loh Road by Craftsmen Atelier

Interior Firm: Craftsmen Atelier

Depending on its layout, the entrance to your resale HDB flat might provide a direct view into your home and that could potentially make life difficult (or even disastrous) for anyone living in it.

Here’s a solution: Turn the front of your living room into a foyer and use the space behind it as your entertainment area. This way, you’ll get the privacy you need, on top of putting extra square footage to good use.

Yung Loh Road by Craftsmen Atelier

3. Create a display partition to house your collections

Yung An Road by Craftsmen Atelier

Interior Firm: Craftsmen Atelier

Empty swathes of space can be hard to maximise especially when you don’t have much to fill them up with.

However, for those who have amassed a personal collection of figurines/statues, it’s time to let your favourite ones shine – both as space-maximisers and as your pride and joy as a hobbyist. A glass display wall like this one can do wonders in keeping your home organised as well as making tall vertical areas useful.

Yung An Road by Craftsmen Atelier

4. Turn the back of your living area into a multipurpose study

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Block 231) by Livspace

Interior Firm: Livspace

Of course, with the ongoing pandemic situation and the prevalence of work-from-home arrangements, turning the extra space(s) in your resale HDB flat into a personal office is a great space maximisation idea.

That said, you might wish to do a little more: With some extra fixtures and furniture, like a foldable sofa-bed and a set of glass folding doors, you can create an open-concept study that doubles as a personal break room.

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Block 231) by Livspace

5. Get a bathtub installed in your master en suite

Tiong Bahru Road by Briey Interior

Interior Firm: Briey Interior

Living rooms in resale HDB flats aren’t the only areas with extra space to spare. You might find that the bathroom in your boudoir is slightly larger than usual as well, and what better way to make use of it than to get a personal bathtub installed? And if you’re planning on doing so, why not check out our Q&A guide on installing bathtubs in HDB flats?

Tiong Bahru Road by Briey Interior

6. Integrate a home bar-cum-dining area into your kitchen

Jurong East Street 21 by Starry Homestead

Interior Firm: Starry Homestead

Aside from giving you a way to maximise the full footprint of your resale HDB flat’s kitchen, one of the advantages of having a long dining table here is that it also makes serving guests easier. Better yet, if it’s right beside your wine shelves, because getting an after-dinner drink is going to be convenient too.

Jurong East Street 21 by Starry Homestead

7. Maximise an empty passageway by turning it into a ‘music studio’

Senja Road by Stylemyspace

Interior Firm: Stylemyspace

Turning the central walkway of your HDB flat into a ‘music room’ is an idea that goes against common sense, not just because it could make you a terrible, noise-polluting neighbour, but also due to how much space a large instrument like a grand piano would take up.

However, with a roomy resale HDB flat, this could end up being the perfect space-maximising solution instead. Just be sure to sound-proof your windows and walls and/or play at an appropriate time of the day!

Senja Road by Stylemyspace

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