Make the most of your 5-room HDB with fresh layout ideas

PHOTO: ELPIS Interior Design

From household shelters to suggested studies, there's little difference in the layout of 5-room flats. Still, what adjustments can you make to refresh your space?

Turns out, there are plenty of tweaks you can make to change up the make-up of your house. From knocking down walls, applying treatments and room transformations, there are plenty of fresh layout ideas to take away from these five 5-room HDBs!

Photo: Stylemyspace

Interior Firm: Stylemyspace

1. REFORMATTING THE FLOW OF YOUR HOME BY TAKING DOWN WALLS

Photo: HDB

Though 5-room flats already offer a much bigger floor space to work with, there are a few tweaks that you can make it even more spacious. Doing away with a bedroom, this home by ELPIS Interior Design makes way for an extensive entertainment centre. Then, a similar treatment was done on both the walls and floor to ensure a seamless transition between the spaces.

Photo: ELPIS Interior Design
Photo: ELPIS Interior Design

That's not all though - many of its fittings and fixtures add to the illusion. Take for instance, the reflective surfaces attached in the extended study area, glass doors that overlook into the kitchen, galley-style full-height cabinets and nifty nooks that play home to bulkier furnishings such as the bed and fridge. The end result? An expansive looking space with plenty of breathing room, enough to call the place a private haven!

Photo: ELPIS Interior Design
Photo: ELPIS Interior Design
Photo: ELPIS Interior Design


Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design

2. HAVE A SEPARATE WET AND DRY KITCHEN AREA

Photo: HDB

If you cook frequently or just think that open concept kitchen is so passe, try separating your wet and dry zones like this Lemonfridge Studio abode instead!

Photo: Lemonfridge Studio
Photo: Lemonfridge Studio

Here, the bulkier appliances like the fridge, microwave and coffee machine have been given a new home - sitting snug in recesses of the customised built-in cabinetry in the extended area. This shift not only opens up more work space in the wet kitchen area but also allows the homeowners to keep these hosting essentials close at hand!

Photo: Lemonfridge Studio

That being said, even the wet kitchen wasn't overlooked in this makeover. The space is kept bright and airy with a set of glass windows and doors that doubles as a barrier to contain the less than pleasant cooking fumes.

Photo: Lemonfridge Studio
Photo: Lemonfridge Studio

Interior Firm: Lemonfridge Studio

3. RETHINK YOUR BEDROOM SPACES

Photo: HDB

It's time to rethink your bedrooms, just like how Style Living Interior reimagined the interiors of this Ang Mo Kio flat!

Photo: Style Living Interior
Photo: Style Living Interior

Aside from turning one of the junior bedrooms into a walk-in wardrobe/vanity area (by partially knocking down a wall), the master features a rather unconventional layout too. Instead of having the bed rest against the wall, it's nestled next to the windows, which offers a touch more privacy in this newly enlarged "open concept" bedroom.

Photo: Style Living Interior

But the designers didn't just stop at one revamp - the other bedroom is now a mini lounge area, complete with soft furnishings and bi-fold doors.

Photo: Style Living Interior
Photo: Style Living Interior

Interior Firm: Style Living Interior

4. REINTERPRET THE COMPACT JAPANESE STYLE TO CREATE AN AIRIER ABODE

Photo: HDB

Japanese homes are best known for being compact but what if you have a bigger space to work with?

Photo: D5 Studio Image
Photo: D5 Studio Image

Well, D5 Studio Image manages to combine both, creating an abode that's not just airy and expansive but also offers a fresh design approach! Think a galley style open concept kitchen, raised platforms, built-ins and a generous headboard that spans the length of the bedroom. All of these additional pieces are all cleverly flushed to the sides, making the space look even bigger.

Photo: D5 Studio Image
Photo: D5 Studio Image
Photo: D5 Studio Image

Interior Firm: D5 Studio Image

5. CHANGE OUT THE SUGGESTED STUDY FOR A COSY NOOK!

Photo: HDB

Forgoing your study area may seem counterproductive at first but once you do away with it, it opens up several possibilities. Stylemyspace turns it into an opportunity to include an expansive dining set plus sofa, for one.

Photo: Stylemyspace
Photo: Stylemyspace

To really utilise the enlarged space, the designers also turned a small section of the living room into a cosy nook, demarcating the space with a pop of soothing blue and a small raised platform complete with soft furnishings and blinds that provide ample shade when unfurled!

Photo: Stylemyspace
Photo: Stylemyspace
Photo: Stylemyspace

Interior Firm: Stylemyspace

This article was first published in Qanvast.

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