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Practical and Pleasing: 11 Home Designs/Fixtures That Just Make Sense

September 20, 2022
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These no-brainers save you loads of time and energy.

Home designs and fixtures that make the most of your space and take your organisation up a notch just make sense; Reduce messes and find what you need quicker, and make it all look impeccable while you’re at it.

Read on for designs and fixtures we found that’ll fit right in your home, from walk-in wardrobes to rotating windows (really!).


1. Squeeze in a walk-in wardrobe without hacking a wall

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Walk-in wardrobes are fashionable and have an enduring charm – we know we’d love to have one, even in a small flat.

You’ll find that there are plenty of ways to fit one in your home, and you can do it without the added cost of hacking a wall and sacrificing a room. Besides saving you the hustle time, they keep things neat and tidy.

Hougang Street 32 by Glamour Concept
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Plus, the wardrobe blocks light from the sleeping area so your partner can enjoy uninterrupted sleep while you get ready.

Explore: Why We Love Walk-In Wardrobes, Plus 20 Must-See Examples!


2. A wardrobe tailored to keep your clothes well-organised

Have you ever had to play Jenga while trying to get your t-shirt from your wardrobe? Or lost the skirt you ironed last week in a maze of clothes?

With the right type of wardrobe storage, you’ll find your clothes much faster and spare yourself the agony.

If you don’t already know, cubby holes aren’t the most ideal place to stash your clothes. Instead, house drawers in your wardrobe to see your garments at a glance, or set up compartments with flexible/removable hanging racks to cater to clothes with varying heights.

Ang Mo Kio Court by The Alchemists Design
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You can also partition the interior to have a dedicated space for clothes you want to hang, like jackets, coats and dresses, or accessories like belts.

No more distasteful rumples or curls in the clothes that you painstakingly ironed. It’ll also be a convenient space for clothes you want to air.

Northshore Drive by United Team Lifestyle
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3. Customised storage that’s stylish and practical

Fernvale Link by MET Interior
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We can’t keep our eyes off this customised bicycle storage that is surely every cyclist’s dream!

Custom carpentry saves you a lot of hassle – You don’t have to travel across the island or trawl the web just to find that one piece of furniture that fits your space and vision.

Clementi Street 13 by Dyel Design
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Keep your home looking neat with customised storage that fits seamlessly with your interior without taking up additional space. Bid adieu to storage that misses the mark!

Explore: 10 Clever Custom Carpentry Ideas for HDB Flats and Condos


4. Mood and task lighting to set the right mood for your spaces

Lighting often flies over our heads during renovation planning, especially when it comes to mood and task lighting.

With task lighting, you can improve the function of a room or space: Have you ever had to hunt down a piece of clothing in the 'dark'? Imagine how much easier it would be with a lighting strip in your wardrobe.

Tampines Avenue 8 by SG Interior KJ
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Cosy up a space however you like with mood lighting – gear up for game night with RGB LED lighting or install neutral white lighting to draw attention to your displays.

Buangkok Edgeview by H Design
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Buangkok Edgeview by H Design
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Mood lighting can also elevate your space, making it a cosy, luxurious crib.

Elias Road by Forefront Interior
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5. ‘Invisible’ pocket doors to hide clutter for a clean visual/look

Ditch standard and sliding doors for handy pocket doors that withdraw into a ‘pocket’, or cavity in the adjoining wall. This means that unlike sliding doors which are parallel to a wall, pocket doors are tucked away, hidden in the cavity – and that saves space too.

Telok Blangah Rise by Insight.Out Studio
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Telok Blangah Rise by Insight.Out Studio
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You can configure them in various materials and finishes in different parts of the house, like this living room study you can close up when you have visitors.

Depot Road by HOFT
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Depot Road by HOFT
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Depot Road by HOFT
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They work as sliding door partitions too, except they take up less space.


6. Swing-and-slide windows that tick off safety, practicality and the view

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Now this is what we call an invention with pizzazz.

Irked by how your home windows sometimes ‘block’ the Insta-worthy view? These swing-and-slide windows can all be pushed to a side for an unobstructed view and rotate 180 degrees.

You know what that also means: Worry-free cleaning time.


7. Functional fixtures for niches and recessed walls

Not sure what to do with the awkward niches that are part of your house layout? Make them not-so-awkward with practical fixtures that could range anything between a bookshelf and built-in display cabinet to…a mini-aviary.

Bukit Merah View by Anhans Interior Design
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Alkaff Crescent by The Interior Lab
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Woodlands Avenue 1 by Weiken.com
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8. Space-saving carpentry that spins and camouflages

If you want to go extra-minimal with the standing fixtures in your home, look for those that you can extend and/or rotate.

La Vida @ 130 Condominium by Dots 'N' Tots
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La Vida @ 130 Condominium by Dots 'N' Tots
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Want extra counter space for cooking/baking? Get an extendable kitchen counter you can keep away when you’re done.

And it’s not just about space – multifunctionality for the win! If you want to watch your favourite show at your dining table instead of in the living room, simply swivel your TV around.

Jalan Teck Whye by Urban Home Design 二本設計家
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9. A good kitchen system that frees up your countertop space

Pine Vista by ChengYi Interior Design
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There’s only so much countertop space you can spare for your kitchen necessities before it all becomes terribly cluttered.

To make sure that you can still easily reach for them, set up a good kitchen system to get rid of dead space and organise your items better.

Need some ideas? Install drawers for a wide overview of your cooking utensils and pots and pans instead of casement doors where things get stacked precariously.

Sumang Walk by Fifth Avenue Interior
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Hang your kitchen tools along the stove for a neat look while making sure they’re easy to reach.

Hougang Street 91 by Kingsley Interior
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Upper Serangoon View by Mu Design Studio
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You can also use pull-out cabinet organisers to stow kitchen canisters and appliances so that you don’t have to bend and stretch deep to get that pot you want!

The Maylea by IDesignerLab
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10. A fuss-free undermount sink with a tap built within

Tampines by The Interior Maison
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If you want an easy-to-clean sink, undermount sinks are your answer. Since they don’t have a visible lip resting on the counter like drop-in sinks do, you can directly sweep water and food remnants into the sink.

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For easier cleaning, have the tap within a widened section of the inner rim; any water that drips goes right into the sink and not on the rim, preventing mould growth.


11. Low and open shelf/cabinet space for errant shoes

Clementi Avenue 5 by Happe Design Atelier
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Restore order to your entranceway with low-effort storage for your shoes – definitely great for you if your mom still nags at you for not keeping them in the cabinet when you’re home.

East Coast Residences by Plus Interior Studio
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Jalan Membina by Briey Interior
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With your shoes out of the way and slotted neatly in low open shelves, or directly in the storage space under cabinets, you won’t be tripping over them anymore.


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