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How to Get a Neat HDB Flat in 2021: Try These Storage Ideas!

Start the new year (and renovation) on the right foot with these storage ideas.

It’s almost a week into the new year and you’ve probably had all your resolutions written down by this point: spending more time with your family, managing your health better, and perhaps, keeping your home tidier this year.

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While we aren’t able to give you a hand with the rest of your resolutions, helping you achieve an organised home is something we can do, that’s why we’ve put together this list of storage renovation ideas which will make cleaning up easier in 2021!

1. Living room cabinets that incorporate a stowable dining area and modular seats

Northshore Drive by Starry Homestead
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Northshore Drive by Starry Homestead
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What makes this set of living room cabinets special is its unique design that integrates an entire dining set – table, seats, and all – into its structure.

But that’s not all, the modular components of this one-of-a-kind built-in also enable it to be transformed into a cosy living room gathering spot in a matter of seconds; just swap out the bench cushions for a table cloth and you’ll have a coffee table that’s ready for entertaining guests!

Northshore Drive by Starry Homestead
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2. Pocket door wardrobe cabinets with a dedicated pull-out for scarves

Pasir Ris West by Salt Studio
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As this cabinet shows, one of the biggest pluses of having storage built-ins with pocket doors is space maximisation; because of how neatly these doors slide into a slim compartment, there’s no need to worry about space wastage (especially in small spaces) as they don’t require clearance space, unlike traditional swing doors.

For added functionality and convenience, the designers from Salt Studio also added a slide-out compartment to the wardrobe’s design, which provides easy storage and access to a small collection of scarves.

Pasir Ris West by Salt Studio
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3. A bedroom ‘wardrobe’ that leads into a wardrobe

Serangoon Central by Key Concept
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Serangoon Central by Key Concept
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Taking a page from C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the master bedroom of this Serangoon Central 5-room flat features its own (non-magical, but no less amazing) take on the titular built-in.

What appears to be a regular bedroom wardrobe actually conceals the entrance to a larger space that houses the boudoir’s en suite, dressing area, and of course, wardrobes.

Serangoon Central by Key Concept
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4. Daybed that integrates shelves, drawers, and a workstation

Bishan Street 23 by Insight.Out Studio
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Bishan Street 23 by Insight.Out Studio
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Bay window seats/platform beds are fairly commonplace in homes these days, so what makes this one unique? For a start, it’s completely tricked out with all sorts of storage features. Cabinets, pull-out drawers, shelves, you name it. And to top things off, there’s even a small desk built into the structure, which allows it to function as a home work station as well!

Bishan Street 23 by Insight.Out Studio
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5. A living room cabinet shelf that hides the flat’s household shelter

Northshore Drive by D'Phenomenal
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Northshore Drive by D'Phenomenal
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From the front, these living room cabinets look just like regular built-ins that you’d find in any HDB home (if not a little deeper and chunkier than usual), but look closer and you’ll notice that the centremost unit of the structure is the entrance to the flat’s household shelter.

To pull off the same trick in your own home, simply request for your interior designer to use the same materials (e.g. laminates) and dimensions for your ‘cabinet’ and it’ll blend neatly into the surrounding structures.

Northshore Drive by D'Phenomenal
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6. Sleek bathroom mirror cabinets with concealed sliding rails

Punggol Walk by Swiss Interior Design
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Punggol Walk by Swiss Interior Design
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We’re fairly certain that nothing pleases a minimalist homeowner more than a sleek storage solution (less mess = less stress), so if you’re one, you’ll surely want to take note of this pair of bathroom cabinets. While the idea of having such cabinets isn’t fresh, the built-ins in this Punggol home have an even sleeker look than usual – all thanks to a pair of wall-mounted sliding tracks that are cleverly concealed behind their mirror panels.

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7. A round bedroom mirror that slides open to reveal cosmetic shelves

Strathmore Avenue by Key Concept
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Like the example above it, this bedroom mirror cabinet brings the idea of concealed storage solutions to home spaces with a minimalist look. However in this case, it trades storage depth for compactness – but this compromise isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it’s exactly what allows the cabinet to be mounted along a walkway without obstructing movement.

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