5 Space-Saving Renovation Ideas For Small Condos

adm_oom HDB interior design 25 Aug 2021

Large sofa and flat screen in small condo renovation


Land scarcity is a prevalent issue in Singapore and homes are getting smaller every decade to accommodate more citizens and provide them with a roof over their heads. Condos, in particular, have gotten significantly smaller, with the larger ones usually spotted in older buildings or of extremely hefty prices north of a million dollars. 


This article will be insightful to those who are thinking of moving into a condo, or those thinking of ways to maximise the limited space you have in your condo. Check out some interior design ideas you can adopt into your small condo design. 


1. Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors


Regular bedroom and cabinet doors that swing open are practical and easy to use, but they require us to factor in additional empty space for the doors to swing open.


Sliding doors, on the other hand, are excellent space-saving options that you can consider incorporating into your condo interior design. They’re not only fantastic for small spaces, but depending on the style, they may also offer a lot of character to your home.


Although sliding doors are most commonly found on wardrobes, they can also be utilised on other cabinetry such as kitchen cabinets, shoe cabinets, TV consoles, and even used as bedroom doors to save space. Besides, large sliding doors can also be used in small condos to replace walls, opening up the room to allow more space when you need it for gatherings, and even allowing large amounts of light and air to flow through the room. 


2. Modular Storage Units

Modular Storage Units


Modular storage units are pieces of furniture that allows you to customise the type of storage space you need within the unit. Although they may seem like they’re just taking up more space in your home, the customisation option enables you to free up more floor space at home when you can efficiently store all the things you need in one place. 


If you need shelves to neatly store your folded clothes or books, you can choose to add on more shelving units. If you need more space for long dresses, you can also consider removing shelves to make space for them.


3. Corners, Recesses, Small Spaces

Corners Recesses Small Spaces


There are bound to be corners, recessed walls and tiny spaces in our homes that we deem useless. These spaces, however, can often be useful solutions to our space limitations. Recessed walls can be used to build small dressing tables or study tables, bay windows can double up as seating areas for lounging, or you can even build storage units into them to maximise the space available. 


Such space can be fully utilised for other purposes as long as you are able to see their potential. If this seems like a task too challenging for you, an interior design service should be able to come in to help you fill in the gaps. 


4. Collapsible or Space-Saving Furniture

Collapsible-or Space Saving Furniture


Similar to a collapsible cup that can be easily stored in your bag for portability, collapsible furniture such as foldable chairs and nesting coffee tables are great to have items in a small condo. When you have guests over and need additional seats or tables to entertain them, bring these items out, you can then simply stow them away when your guests leave. 


There are also interior design services that offer space-saving furniture solutions. Some of them include paintings that can be pulled down into a dining table, beds that can be kept away and transformed into a study table, or even coffee tables nested in living room platform floorings. 


5. Maximise Air Space

Another way to save space is to make use of the high ceilings in condos, such as by utilising air space to build taller shelves or building both top and bottom kitchen cabinets. These solutions allow you to free up floor space for daily activities while still maximising storage space at home.


One disadvantage is that utilising too much air space can make your home appear even more cramped than before, as these carpentry pieces can block light and make your home appear cluttered. So, plan out your spaces strategically such that the design won’t be counterproductive. 


There are countless ways to maximise space in a small condo by strategically placing interior design elements to make it appear spacious. All of these issues can be easily resolved by discussing your concerns with a professional interior designer.