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Smart storage solutions in a compact apartment

This home proves that no matter how large or small your floor plan is, there’s still space for smart storage.

Home Type: 3-bedroom condominium unit

Floor Area: 1,100sqft


Text by Joseph Lim

Storage was a concern for the homeowners. The Archive Design team responded with a clever, space-enhancing solution. The designers custom-built a row of cabinetry that spans the entire length of the home. It starts from the foyer, continues past the dining room and ends in the living room. This multi-purpose piece of carpentry integrates the television console, display shelves, shoe cabinets and more.

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A dining room need not be big or bulky. Here, the design team transformed a cosy corner into a petite dining space, complete with an L-shaped banquet seating. The built-in table and seat are customised to fit perfectly into the space, ensuring that every inch is fully utilised. An additional bench and a dining chair – both upholstered in cheery yellow – provide extra seats for guests. To complete the look, the designers installed pendant lamps that attract the eyes and emphasise the verticality of the space.

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It’s all in the details when it comes to such an intricate construction. Here, the designers paired walnut woodgrains with pastel blue, resulting in a striking yet pleasing palette. Strips of LED lights are hidden within the carpentry, illuminating each open shelf. For even more visual texture, the back panels sport diagonal inlays that form a simple yet effective graphic.

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This all-in-one design contains a shoe cabinet, complete with a bench for the owners to sit on. To maximise space, an open alcove on the bottom rung of the shelf provides easy access to footwear. There’s even a built-in power outlet for the owners to charge any device when needed.

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The design team’s dedication to providing storage continues into the bedroom. Despite its small footprint, the room is served by a large desk and storage cupboards mounted against the wall. Smooth matt textures and pronounced woodgrains are paired together to great effect.

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This bedroom is a prime example of how Archive Design maximised a small footprint. Cupboards reach up to the ceiling, a cantilevered desk is built into the bay window and there are more storage options beneath the elevated platform floor. There’s even a hidden pull-down bed that disguises as wardrobe doors when not in use, ultimately saving precious floor area here.

Archive Design
www.archiveindesign.com

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