It’s official! You’re slated to receive a BTO HDB flat soon, but your mind is still in shambles about the renovation and interior design works. You have seen chic and thematic houses from Scandinavian, industrial, to minimalism. But how do you know which theme suits you best and how to make your vision into a reality?
For context, the average size of a 4-room BTO HDB flat in Singapore today measures 968 square feet. If you have already received the keys to your new flat, or have seen your friends’ new nests, you will notice that it is smaller than the flats your parents bought back in the days. Instead of lamenting your lack of space in your new humble abode, focus on making the best out of your new situation instead. Here are 10 tips and tricks for storage ideas to maximise the space of your new HDB BTO flat.
1. Utilise your Walls
Add shelves on your walls, install pot rails, hang your photos, and the list goes on. You can even mount your bicycle up, which doubles as a great wall feature. Just ensure you don’t over clutter! Remember, less is always more.
2. Tension Rods
These are applicable to almost anything! Think unused wardrobe spaces where you can hang an additional rod for your t-shirts and pants, under the sink for your cleaning supplies, or even in deeper drawers to keep your pot lids upright. This would maximise your floor area, providing space for other necessities.
3. Behind Cabinet Doors
Keep your items organised and out of sight with magazine racks or hanging baskets. Simply ensure that the new additions are carefully measured, so you don’t end up with a half-closed door. Have an extra space on your shelf? Let loose and dance away (while you’re doing chores) with a JBL Speaker.
4. Multi-tasking Furniture
Think of a coffee table with concealed storage space, a bed with storage drawers underneath, or a sofa that folds out into a makeshift bed. These items come in handy for smaller-room flats and hidden storage spaces help keep things out of sight
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5. Under the Stairs Storage Space
If you’re living in a resale maisonette, utilise the space under your stairs and turn it into a closet or shoe space. Alternatively, you may also create a comfy reading area where you can unwind during your leisure time.
6. Free Sink Storage with Appliance Hook
Instead of stuffing toiletries and appliances under your sink, install hooks on the cabinet door. With these, you can hang beauty appliances such as hair straightener or hairdryer. These will free up space under your sink and keep things more organised.
7. Creative Storage Solutions
Derive inspiration from the architects who envisioned homes in high-rise buildings in land-scarce Singapore. Do the same with your flat and opt for shelves and tables that can store your items without taking up much floor space.
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8. Clothes Under the Bed
Instead of forcing all your clothes into the built-in cabinet, or getting another drawer, why not use up all the floor space? Use the space under your bed to keep your clothes. You can get flat storage boxes from Ikea or order online at AliExpress and Amazon SG.
9. Dry Goods and Herb Jars
Place your dry goods such as rice, quinoa, nuts and herbs on shelves instead of placing them on your kitchen tabletop. You can store them in mason jars or any container that is available to protect them from the elements. Putting them on the shelves help create more space because you are storing vertically.
10. Hanging Kitchen Utensil Hooks
One can never have too many spatulas and ladles. Instead of overflowing your utensils drawer, hang them on your wall. This also helps to dry faster and easily pick your choice of utensil without having them tangled with each other.
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