Interior Design Packages Singapore

Platform Beds with Storage Spaces

Platform beds with storage spaces are smart home solutions to space optimization as well as creating a well-organized living environment. The most obvious reason of raising any floor level with a platform is to integrate drawers, cabinets or any form of compartments below so that things can be stored out of sight to free up more visible areas so that the room looks de-cluttered.

This concept can also be further developed to materialize the idea of having “rooms within a room”; in which a large bedroom can be subdivided into smaller but still very functional spaces where the user can carry about his or her lifestyle activities such as walk-in-wardrobes, study and dressing spaces, on top of the storage compartments that are neatly integrated into this same holistically designed built-in system in the form of loft or mezzanine floors. An example of of this multi-purpose set up is shown below.

Platform Bed Frames with Storage Unit Spaces

Platform Loft Bed Frame with Desk System

The above illustrates a space-saving bedroom furniture idea, and how the bedroom, if given enough space and ceiling height, can have multiple decks of spaces, incorporating the idea and design of a walk-in-closet at the same time. The walk-in-wardrobe is built on the first level, with lower cabinetry compartments customized on one side and made accessible from the top of the intermediary platform through trap doors.An access door to the walk-in-closet space is optional. A desk and a bookcase at the side near the window on this intermediary platform functions as a study area. The trap doors to the storage space below should be made clear of furniture and other obstruction for easy access and retrieval of things. One may store books, sport equipment, stationery, etc in this ‘basement’ compartment.

The study deck level need not be constructed across to form the base on which the bed sits in this case if the room height is sufficient. This study deck then acts as a floor level to the platform bed or loft bed design, so that the base of the bed frame is elevated to form the ceiling height of the custom walk-in-closet below.

Extra Storage Spaces tucked away neatly you wouldn’t even notice!

Each individual step of the stairs that lead from the room’s original floor level to the study platform level can be made into storage boxes with pull-out drawers for more storage solutions. The bed is made accessible by steps from the study platform hence additional storage compartment in the form of drawers or lower cabinets with swing or sliding doors can also be incorporated behind this step unit.

Bedroom Furniture Designs: Space Saving Ideas

We have talked about having loft beds as one of the space-saving ideas especially within small bedrooms. However having small bedrooms does not mean that your creativity in interior designing and planning has to be restricted. In fact, constraints sometimes inspire creativity.

We have some past projects with our customers to prove this point, and we hope these bedroom design ideas can be helpful in your space planning whether you’re renovating a HDB flat or smaller studio apartment.

Interior design of bedrooms: Ways to Save Space with Furniture

Loft Beds with Wardrobe or Cabinets Below

The bed and the wardrobe are two of the bulkiest items in a bedroom. If you can combine them into one, a substantial amount of space can be saved. The below drawings illustrated how different loft bed designs and ideas can be implemented to create more space in a bedroom.

Bedroom & Loft Bed Space Saving Ideas Singapore
The above design optimizes the small room space fully by converting the void space under his loft bed to a wardrobe space. Where there is further space available, for example, the small compartment below the stair landing, another small storage cabinet can be created to store books, toys, toiletries, stationery, socks and shoes, etc. A double-tier clothe-hanging system with a top shelf is then configured within that main pocket of space and customized accordingly to his requirements. Additionally, the stairs unit is also made into a series of steps with pull-out storage (except for those two steps with 45 degree-turns).

Loft bed designs - wardrobe below to save space Singapore
The space-saving principle of this layout is the same, i.e. to integrate the wardrobe space into the void under the loft bed. Likewise, the bed frame is customized from one end to the wall to another, with the stairs butting against the wall instead of being outside.This way, a passageway is created between the wall and the end of the bed. This loft bed design gives a neater front view, however storage spaces are less optimized.

Sliding Doors to Wardrobe instead of Swing Doors

This may seem an obvious choice for some but many still opt for swing doors for their cupboards today. Not that swing doors are outdated, but doing away with the room for swinging indeed saves a great deal of space. Wardrobes with sliding doors require only about half a meter wide of aisle for access, whereas a swing door panel takes up to more than half of this clearance for making room for the door opening alone, excluding any access passage.

Ceiling or Wall-Mounted Fan in place of Standing Fan

Many people are still go for standing fans because of their mobility, and that they are flexible enough to be relocated from one room to another if need be. However, if the stand fan is in constant use, it makes sense for it to stay. Standing fans take up space in the room, therefore alternative ways to include a fan feature in the room is to have it wall mounted or install a ceiling fan above the floor. This may also result in better air ventilation since it is located at a higher spot and circulates the air more evenly.

Pull-out Storage Unit under Bed

This space-saving idea in the bedroom is not new, but has always been and still is commonly adopted today. Furniture shops also sell bed frames that come with storage space below; some of which the bed platforms have to be flipped up to access the storage spaces underneath, creating extreme inconvenience to the user especially when one gets older.

Bedroom Interior Designs Ideas Storage under beds to save space
An example of a smarter bed design is illustrated above. Four units of pull-out drawers on roller wheels are stowed beneath this King sized bed; two at each side so these storage boxes can be accessible on both sides of the bed. These boxes can be moved in and out easily without straining your back, and offer ample storage spaces for clothes, books and toiletries within reach, freeing up some space in the bedroom.

Living Room Designs and Ideas

Home owners should not focus on furniture and wall colours when it comes to planning for interior designs and ideas for living rooms. Conceptualization is more important at the initial phase of living room design planning because it affects the way the living space functions and works best for the occupants living in the house.

Interior Design and Ideas of the Living Room: What To Consider

Living Room Layout Floor Plans

Study the shape of the living room floor plan and consider various furniture layout options. Consider where to place your basic living room furniture such as sofas, display cabinets and coffee table. Is the living room plan square, long, rectangular or irregularly-shaped?

The way the sofa set in a living room is being laid out is critical for the communication of the family. Whether it is a modern living room design or any other themes, a living room is a communal space. Even if you stay alone, this is the area where you will receive guests and play host to them. Hence the couches, lounge chairs or ottomans, should always be placed near each other in an interactive manner where conversations can be held effortlessly. Examples of how your living room furniture can be placed are shown below.

Square Living Room Layout Plan

This may seem like how hotels place their lobby furniture but this layout is exactly why a lobby exists in the first place. Square layouts enable you to have the most fluid circulation; ideal not just for public spaces but for family sanctuaries too. Make use of a square floor plan to create as many communicative channels as you can; the line of sight of each member is unobstructed.

Living room design ideas for square layout plan singapore

Rectangular Living Room Layout Plan

This is probably the most common layout for HDB living rooms. Given that HDB living room designs are often oblong in shape, it is still fundamental for a living room furniture set planned in a HDB flat interior design to form a “hub” where the family can get together to do activities together.

Living Room Design Ideas Rectangular layout plan singapore

Long & Narrow Living Room Layout Plan

If you have a long and narrow living space, you know the only way of circulation is by creating a single path way. Placing the couches side-by-side does not mean interactions among the family member will have to be compromised. You may include loose items like ottomans that can be your foot rest while you watch a tv show, or simple move them around for more persons to take their seats on, when necessary.

Living room design ideas long narrow layout plan singapore

Irregular Layout Plan

If there are kinks or odd corners, think of how to optimize those niches and dress them up at the same time by using colors to create nooks. If you cannot conceal them, own them. A simple splash of accent color and hang some paintings as illustrated below on a section of a wall can instantly create a cozy reading corner. With a comfortable reading chair, a throw pillow and a small side table to complete the setting, this space ties in with the rest of the living hall.

Living design ideas for irregular layout plan singapore

The Living Individualism – Your Living Room, Your Life

The living room is by and large the biggest space of your home. This is the portion of your home most exposed to friends, guests and all other visitors who may come by and identify it with you. Hence, the living room should be a place that reflects  who you are. It doesn’t just need to tell a story about you to others, it should also be something that you have a sense of belonging to.

For example, if you are a book lover, your living space can be adorned with bookshelves, high shelving, library reading lamps, a reading armchair, etc. And if you are an art lover, your living space can be decorated with artifacts, sculptures, paintings, etc. Music lovers can double up your living hall as a performing stage with a piano, or have musical motifs like scores, or even invest in a good surround sound system for guests and family to appreciate your talent.

Living Room Feature Walls Designs or Focal Points

A living room design can have more than one feature or focal points. Features and focal points allow one, especially upon entering the house, to have a sense of the living room space and depth. They also offer a statement of welcome to any guest. You may have a feature wall made out of patterned or textured wallpaper, wall paneling, textured paint, or even just a single pop of paint color to break the monotony of the living room design. Otherwise built-in furniture like bookshelf units, sideboards, tv consoles, or even an altar located at the far end of the wall can also draw the attention of any visitor coming into your living hall for that matter too. Living room accessories like a statement hanging lamp can also have a similar effect.

Living Room Feature Walls Design Ideas Singapore

Setting the Living Room Ambience

Even before you get to the interior design theme, you should determine the kind of mood your living room should have that suits your personality so that you feel good whenever the space greets you when you’re home. Ambience is a silent statement that speaks of your living space. It is an aura that when the senses of sight, touch, hearing and scent come together, makes your living room comes to life even when no one else is with you. Soft furnishings like rugs, throws, cushions, and curtains not only create acoustical barrier by absorbing noise, they are also comfortable to touch. The type of surfaces you choose for your living room furniture pieces are also crucial. Hard glossy surfaces tend to bounce off more noises when impacted as compared to more organic material such as fabric or wooden furniture. Luminosity of the living area can also affect one’s mood. Warm and dim lights instill peace while white light hypes up the energy level. Natural day light on the other hand inspires optimism.

Living Room & Bedroom Interior Design Ideas for Small Rooms & Loft Apartments

The idea of loft living has in recent time become increasingly appealing and appreciated by a lot of people across the world, and of late, in Singapore due to the smaller floor areas of apartments. A loft apartment is described as a large adjustable open space that can be converted from their original uses to a residential use. Most lofts, until recently, usually were commercial or industrial buildings that have been converted into apartments for residential purpose. Apart from having wide open space without internal walls, especially in western cities, loft apartments also have features like high ceiling, mezzanine floors, exposed ventilator tubes, piping, and support beams and poles.

Small Living Room and Bedroom Designs and Ideas in Singapore

It is often difficult to create living room design ideas or bedroom designs in a loft apartment because it has a continuous open space. However in order to create a living room design or bedroom design and other separate places such as the kitchen area, dining area etc, in your loft space, a good way is to use furniture as dividers. For example, it is easy to separate an open kitchen and living area by making use of high kitchen tables.

Space Demarcation by Floor Finishes

Carpeting or various floor finishes can also be used to distinguish one area from the other. The living room design and bedroom design in terms of carpeting or floor finishing can be different from the kitchen area. You can also use rugs to designate certain areas by strategically placing them. You can place a rug at the center of an area with furniture surrounding it to create a living room design. It can also be placed diagonally to show the direction from one room to another.

Room Delineation with Paint Colors

Another tip that will be helpful in the interior designs of living rooms or bedrooms in a loft apartment is the use of paints. Painting one side of the walls in your loft apartment with one color and the other side with a different color can also help distinguish different areas. One certain color can be chosen for the living room design and another for the kitchen area.

Area Separation & Space Saver with Different Types of Furniture

The type of furniture you use in your loft apartment and how you do the arrangement is also very important. When buying furniture, you should consider the types that will not take up so much space in your apartment. Potted plants can also be strategically placed to separate one area from another. Beds and even bookshelves can be pulled out of the walls when they are needed to be used, and can be folded away, especially the bed during the day so that you can have a wider space for something else. You may also want to consider having loft beds that can double up as a work station or office area beneath.

Creation of Illusionary Bigger Space with Mirrors

You can position mirrors strategically to give the impression of a larger room for your small loft apartment. Mirrors can make a room that is small to appear bigger. Care should be taken when placing the mirrors to the wall since a lot of lofts have brick walls, and therefore may be difficult to hang anything there.

You can have a simple but yet, an elegant look for your small loft apartment if you place the furniture at the right corners of the room. Create spaces between furniture for easy movement when arranging the place. Do not forget to add accessories such as curtains, pillows, lamps and make sure they have a match with other objects inside to enhance your living room design.

Interior Design Services

We have teams of experienced interior designers who are creative and well-versed in doing apartment, house, retail & office interior designs and other home improvement projects at affordable design & renovation costs in Singapore.

We incorporate your desired interior design ideas and transform them into your dream homes. Our interior designers are forward-thinking and savvy with up-to-date home trends and are able to share creativity as well as practicality with customers through their interior design portfolio as they execute the different interior design themes and ideas for living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Balinese, Classic, Zen interior design themes, you name it!

We sit down with our clients in working out and planning different interior design packages that cater to different HDB flat types, houses, family needs and commercial ergonomics.

There is room for everyone and a dream space you can call home or to work in. So contact us now for an appointment. We’d be happy to be of service to you.