Make small space living a success with these tried-and-tested design solutions from industry experts.
- Open the kitchen part-way
While open-concept layouts are a popular trend, it is impractical for those who cook often or do a lot of heavy cooking. The semi open-concept is, therefore, a more appropriate fit while still lets light in but keeps the cooking smells at bay.
- Carve out storage space where there’s none before
The wall space underneath the window can be put to practical use with additional seating and hidden storage underneath it. This daybed is a great example with a generous amount of under bed storage.
- Stick to the bare minimum
Less is definitely more in a small space and it’s best to keep the colour scheme uniformed and restrained. As exemplified by this spacious-looking dining space, go with neutral tones of white, grey or warm, earthy tones like brown or green for that space-enlarging effect.
- Keep walls flexible
While some designers hack away every possible wall to create a bold open plan layout, it’s not for everyone. For those who need privacy, this series of 6 solid plywood sliding doors brings the freedom of having open or private areas for the bedroom, studio and bathroom. It even hosts a glass section for the studio to draw more light in.
- Use a glass divider
A boutique concept for a walk-in wardrobe works well for this fashionista’s home and her coveted collection of Chanel bags and accessories. Not only does the glass enclosure with a mild steel frame showcase her fashion collection in good light, the concept of it being visible from the communal zones is a pretty novel style take.
- Go halfsies
A half wall works well with the previously enclosed study. Natural light bathes the space with a welcoming and space-enhancing presence. The unblocked visual connection between the study and the communal areas make the entire apartment feel larger as well.
- Hide the door
Doors usually disrupt the design flow of a space so you can keep the look seamless with a hidden door instead. With the ongoing design lines embellishing this custom-built door to the private quarters, this presents a fluid visage of space.
- Position cabinets at an angle
You can definitely count on full-height storage to make the most of your space but this wall of storage takes it to the next level with its diagonal outlines. It is a lot more interesting than regular cabinetry and packs more storage space with its concealed and open compartments.
- Use the space under the bed
More than just an elevation, a platform can be more useful than you think. It can function as a bed frame and most importantly, holds a vast capacity of storage space.
- Go for low-lying furniture
Compact or low-slung furniture can help in drawing out more floor area or a higher ceiling. With less obstruction to the line of vision, it will make a radical difference as compared to tall or bulky furniture.
This was adapted from an article originally written by Disa Tan published in the March 2018 issue of SquareRooms.