Many of us dream of one day having a place to call our own, with enough space for the whole family to enjoy. But, increasing population sizes are leaving us with less room to carve out our ideal nests. In Singapore, space constraints are an inevitable problem being such a small island nation, and with shoebox units on the rise, we're slowly adjusting to a more petite way of living.
However, owning smaller spaces doesn't mean we need to compromise on style or comfortability. By understanding some simple interior design concepts, we can learn to maximise our rooms and create both functional and aesthetic homes. Here are some tips from entrepreneur and interior design expert Wilson Teh on how you can tackle space constraints in your home and make a little go a long way!
1. Understanding Different Materials
A key element of interior design that often gets overlooked is our use of materials. Nowadays, there is no shortage of material types to match your specific needs, style and budget. Finding alternative solutions to transform a space may even help you cut your renovation costs. How about using vinyl flooring to give your bathroom a new look without the need to hack away at old tiles? Or what about using a Zip Track to close up your balcony area and create an extra room—for an outdoor study, perhaps? No matter what interior style you decide to use for your home, choosing quality materials that are durable and long-lasting should be at the top of your list.
2. Less Clutter, More Functionality
Improve the shape and functionality of your interior spaces with thoughtfully designed storage. Be on the lookout for furniture with double-duty designs to maximise your space and keep your home organised. There are all kinds of creative pieces out there, so let your imagination run wild. A convertible study table that turns into a bed when flipped down is a real thing!
But by far, the best solution to your space constraint problem is hidden storage. Be it your bedroom, kitchen or living room, finding ways to reduce clutter will create more modern and comfortable living spaces for everyone. Tall and narrow home designs should take advantage of clever shelving units. What about all that room under your staircase? If you look carefully, there are hidden spaces to be found in every corner of your home.
3. Make Use of Vertical Spaces
Don't forget to look up! Another great way to save space in your home is to make use of available vertical space. We're talking floor to ceiling shelves, bay windows, bunk beds and modular furniture. This is something for homebuyers particularly interested in high ceiling living areas and lofts to think about.
Most would argue that bay windows are a waste of space. Contrary to popular belief, bay windows are the ultimate space-saving feature to have in your home. They are extremely versatile and can be transformed into beds, study areas or even a small home library according to the owner's needs. If you want a spacious look with natural lighting, bay windows are the way to go!
If bunk beds seem a little too high for your liking, a platform bed with built-in storage is an alternative that gives you easier access to your things than the standard bed frame. As a bonus, you won't need to spend on any extra furniture for your bedroom. Platform beds with built-in storage near bay windows are perfect for small bedrooms to create the illusion of a much larger and airy room.
Your home's style doesn't need to be compromised by tight spaces. With these top planning tips, you can fully utilise your living space no matter how big or small! For more interior design advice, Property Giant Singapore is only a phone call away. Reach out to us, and our team of consultants will be happy to lend a hand!
The above article is written with reference from SPS2020 webinars, organized by Mediacorp in collaboration with PropNex and 99co.