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How to Plan Your 3-Room HDB Flat’s Layout: 5 Practical Ideas

May 7, 2019
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Building a home from scratch is tough work. A huge amount of time will be dedicated to looking around for inspiration, bookmarking your favourites and trying your absolute best to decipher the floor plan to figure out what works.

Because coming up with solutions that fits a space is no easy feat, we’ve compiled common layout ideas and feasible designs that you can incorporate into your own 3-room HDB!

Stirling Road by ELPIS Interior Design
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Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design


1. Make room for a cosy corner and dining area

layouts for 3-room hdb
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Source: HDB

Think about your needs and don’t be afraid to shift things around! Take this home by Starry Homestead for instance. Here, the dining area was uprooted in favour of a full-height cabinet that turns the entertainment center into somewhat of a private nook.

Punggol Road (Blk 315A) by Starry Homestead
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Interior Firm: Starry Homestead

The kitchen was also shrunk to make room for the dining set. To subtly divide these two spaces, different types of flooring were then employed – wooden flooring giving way to slate tiles.

Punggol Road (Blk 315A) by Starry Homestead
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Interior Firm: Starry Homestead

2. Down with the walls!

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Source: HDB

No room to squeeze in a dining set? Tearing down walls may just be the answer, like how Meter Square transformed this home’s guest room into a dining area!

Upper Aljunied Lane by Meter Square
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Interior Firm: Meter Square

Since so much time is spent on carving out a new space, you may want to complement it by installing a set of pendant lights and giving your walls a vibrant coat of paint for extra panache.

Upper Aljunied Lane by Meter Square
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Interior Firm: Meter Square

3. Use bi-fold doors and curtains to segregate spaces

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Source: HDB

If entertaining is not your style, you could always turn it into a designated “hobby” room. Urban Habitat Design took down walls and replaced them with stunning black bi-fold doors that amplify space, even when closed.

Upper Serangoon Road by Urban Habitat Design
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Interior Firm: Urban Habitat Design

It is then completed with a combination of sheer and opaque curtains that enhances the overall soft and dreamy aesthetic.

Upper Serangoon Road by Urban Habitat Design
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Interior Firm: Urban Habitat Design

4. Say goodbye to shower screens

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Source: HDB

Here's an unorthodox way to increase the surface area in the bathroom without hacking — lose the shower stalls. Install different tiles or flooring to divide the space up instead, like how this home by Fineline Design contrasted Peranakan tiles against a plain backdrop.

Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 by Fineline Design
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Interior Firm: Fineline Design

5. Here's a 3-Room Resale Flat Example!

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Source: HDB

This 3-room layout may be a lot less common now but ELPIS Interior Design still managed to overhaul and give the resale flat a fresh update.

Stirling Road by ELPIS Interior Design
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Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design

Having hacked down two walls, there's now a 'flow' from the living room all the way to the kitchen area. Then, to streamline things even more, a bar-style peninsula was included. Combined with an overall neutral palette (save for the bedrooms), the home feels airy and spacious.

Stirling Road by ELPIS Interior Design
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Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design


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