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Under 60 sqm: Tiny Homes That Prove Small Space Living Works

May 21, 2019
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It’s easier than it seems – these useful ideas and tweaks from small condominiums and HDB flats will show you how to live big in a small home.


If there’s one thing that tiny homes prove, it’s that restrictions do indeed breed creativity – from swivel TV consoles to nifty handbag hiding spots (guess where?) there’s no shortage of clever inspiration tucked away in these under-60 sqm apartments. So keep scrolling, and who knows, you might just discover some small but mighty ideas for your next renovation.

Parc Rosewood by ARK-hitecture
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1. Rotating TV consoles, pull-out tables as space-savers

It isn’t hard to see why modular fixtures are welcome in compact studio apartments and smaller HDB flats. Other than providing essential functionality, these flexible additions also ensure that you’ll get all the space you need, when you need it.

Parc Rosewood by ARK-hitecture
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Interior Firm: ARK-hitecture

For instance, in this cozy, contemporary condominium apartment at Parc Rosewood, a rotatable TV console serves as both space-saver and shared entertainment station between the living room, dining area and bedroom. Meanwhile, a ‘shrinkable’ dining table makes it possible to have meals comfortably even in a small setup.

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Parc Rosewood by ARK-hitecture
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Parc Rosewood by ARK-hitecture
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2. A foyer… dining area?

Mixed-use spaces aren’t exactly a new ‘small home’ idea, you’ve probably seen study rooms that double as guest bedrooms as well as bed-and-bath combos, but what about a foyer-kitchen?

Mountbatten Suites by DISTINCTidENTITY
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Interior Firm: DISTINCTidENTITY

When walls (or other barriers) are removed to create open, light-filled spaces, it’s almost inevitable that the lines between once-separate zones are blurred. To solve this, contrasting flooring were used to once again delineate the thresholds between the different spaces of this chic bachelor’s pad.

Mountbatten Suites by DISTINCTidENTITY
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Mountbatten Suites by DISTINCTidENTITY
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Mountbatten Suites by DISTINCTidENTITY
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3. Create long stretches of space

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that long stretches of space are effective in creating the illusion of a larger home.

Mount Sophia by i Chapter
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Interior Firm: i Chapter

If you have a lengthy, but narrow home (like this one), maximise it by arranging your furniture, appliances and fixtures in single file, tucked against the nearest wall behind them. This way, you get to open up an entire corridor, giving your home a more spacious feel.

Mount Sophia by i Chapter
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Mount Sophia by i Chapter
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Mount Sophia by i Chapter
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Having a secret platform bed niche for your handbag and belongings helps too!

4. Shelves aren’t the only in-wall storage option

No, the highlight of this handsome condominium home isn’t its loft corner. Instead, you’ll want to put your attention on the variety of creative in-wall storage solutions that Escapade Studio came up with.

Bijou by Escapade Studios
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Interior Firm: Escapade Studios

Take for instance, the dining area which can be neatly ‘packed’ away into the TV console. Equally impressive is the master bedroom’s feature wall that conceals a handbag storage nook behind its timber façade.

Bijou by Escapade Studios
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Bijou by Escapade Studios
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Bijou by Escapade Studios
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5. Build combined structures

Like mixed-use spaces, combining your fixtures and build-ins into a single structure is one way that you can try to save space in a small home.

Espada by Weiken.com
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Interior Firm: Weiken.com

How this deep-hued 33 sqm abode does it is by integrating wine shelves and display cases into the base of a loft bed’s staircase, which also incorporates a bay window seat as a landing.

Espada by Weiken.com
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Espada by Weiken.com
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Espada by Weiken.com
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6. Replace your walls with see-through doors…

See-through doors are great for small homes because they provide the best of both worlds. If you wish to keep a room shut off, but would still like to have light flowing into your home, these transparent barriers are just what you need.

Eunos Crescent by Fuse Concept
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Interior Firm: Fuse Concept

In some cases, like for this bohemian chic apartment, replacing your walls with sliding doors also comes with the extra perk of creating extra corridor space (enough to fit a dining area).

Eunos Crescent by Fuse Concept
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Eunos Crescent by Fuse Concept
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Eunos Crescent by Fuse Concept
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7. … Or do away with barriers completely

As proven by many a home, embracing open-concept spaces is often the answer to cramped areas. After all, there’s nothing quite like removing a few walls if you wish to transform a closed-off room into a wide, open one.

Lincoln Suites by Habit
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Interior Firm: Habit

That’s said, in some cases, this solution is entirely out of the question because there are simply no walls to begin with. Here, in this cosy condo apartment, an open bedroom erases the boundaries between night and day by taking the place of a living room.

Lincoln Suites by Habit
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Lincoln Suites by Habit
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Lincoln Suites by Habit
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8. Maximise both the inside and outside

Short on both living room and bedroom space? Here’s a neat trick that you can do with just a single wall.

Mackenzie 88 by Summerhaus D’zign
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Interior Firm: Summerhaus D’zign

By having your TV and dresser placed on opposite sides of the same structure, like in this modern-luxe condominium flat, you get to prevent precious space from being wasted while ensuring good flow (read: sufficient walkway space) in both zones.

Mackenzie 88 by Summerhaus D’zign
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Mackenzie 88 by Summerhaus D’zign
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