The biggest cities and countries in the world often have the smallest homes. Singapore is no different and if you own one of the spatially-challenged HDBs or condos, we understand your plight. But hey, it’s also an opportunity to get creative with your storage needs and we are here to help. So, here’s a list of space saving ideas for every room in your home.

But before we go there, here are some versatile tips that you can apply for any room:

  • The minimalist style is a godsend for small homes
  • Use multi-functional furniture
  • Odd niches are actually perfect for storage
  • Wall-mounted storage and shelves save space

Space saving ideas for living rooms

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Get a mix of seating options to maximise space utilisation
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Opt for a wall-mounted TV unit to save floor space

If you wish to seat many people even in a compact living room,pair your three-seater sofa with ottoman and pouffes that can be stacked easily when not in use. Instead of purchasing an off-the-shelf, free standing TV console, invest in getting a custom wall-to-wall design with ample shelves and storage to place your books and knick-knacks. Even opting for nested tables instead of a regular coffee table gives you great flexibility and one of the best space saving ideas for living rooms.

Space saving ideas for dining rooms

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A compact dining table for four is ideal
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A built-in crockery unit with display shelves

If you’re looking for a space saving dining table which seats two or three people, then choose a square design as its compact shape fits well in a small dining room. If you often have people over, you can also consider investing in an expandable dining table set. Instead of free-standing consoles and sideboards, one of the best space saving ideas is to free up floor space by opting for wall-mounted storage and shelves that can be used for display.

Space saving ideas for kitchens

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Get lots of closed storage for your compact kitchen
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A breakfast counter can function as a divider for an open kitchen

Planning a kitchen well, at the time it’s being designed will solve a lot of storage problems that you may face later on. Assess the number of utensils, appliances etc. that you plan to have and ask your designer to accommodate each one without using countertop space and you will be surprised with what is achievable with all the accessories and add-ons that are available in the market. Want a breakfast counter in the kitchen? Opt for wall-mounted,retractable table which can be tucked away between meals.

Space saving ideas for bedrooms

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A built-in wardrobe can solve your storage issues
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Swap bedside tables with open shelving

Opting for a bed frame with storage might be an obvious choice, but it can sometimes make small bedrooms appear cramped, especially if your bedroom lacks proper lighting. A remedy for some rooms is to instead add lofts above the wardrobe. If there is a niche, a good space saving idea is to get a built-in closet. In a tiny bedroom, you can also replace the mandatory bedside table with wall-mounted shelves.

Space saving ideas for kids’ rooms

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Get a niche shelf for books and toys in the wardrobe design
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Tuck the wardrobe neatly into a niche

For the kids’ room, either go with bunk beds or beds with built-in storage and study. You can also open shelves in the wardrobe for toys and books. This also frees up a lot of space for your kids to have a separate play area!

Space saving ideas for common rooms

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A wall-to-wall wardrobe will add ample storage space
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Get multifunctional furniture for your common room

The secret is to using the common room as your storage space too! Invest in a full-wall wardrobe but make sure that there is enough free space such that your guests feel welcome in the room. If it’s a compact room, you can also use a convertible sofa-cum-bed or a Murphy bed.

Space saving ideas for toilets

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Ensure you have a glass shower cubicle
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Get a customised vanity unit for your toilet

Glass shower cubicles, under the sink storage and lots of shelves are the way to go when designing a small toilet. Since it’s usually a highly compact space, make sure you consult your ID before making any decisions as ergonomics are the key in ensuring a functional yet space-saving toilet.

Here are some general tips for compact spaces:

Use platform beds

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Platform beds always have an option to add storage beneath

Platform beds are a great deal for small bedrooms. They come with storage underneath and you can stow away all your linen and extra pillows here. Also, these beds look cosy and do not use up too much space.

Wall shelves for added storage

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Sturdy wall shelves can hold your essentials comfortably

When you need some extra space in a small room, you can always rely upon vertical storage. Use the wall behind the bed and add wall shelves for little things. You can also put up open bookshelves to keep essentials.

Corner sofas work wonderfully

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Make use of corner space by getting an L-shaped sofa

Make the most of the little space you have by opting for a corner, chaise or L-shaped sofa. A sofa like this can also be used as a room divider, dividing open plan spaces without overcrowding the space.

Decorating a tight space doesn’t have to be all boring. These simple tricks that add the illusion of space.

  • Use mirrors and glass to create an illusion of space
  • Neutral and monochrome colours can give a home a spacious look
  • Natural light and ample artificial lighting can save your home from looking cramped
  • Low seating and sleek furniture can make the home appear lighter visually

If you liked the ideas here, you can also check this out: 8 Bedrooms That Can Double Up as a Workspace.

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