6 Space-defying Kitchens you Wouldn’t Believe are from HDB flats

You wouldn’t believe it if we told you that these 6 kitchens are from HDB flats in Singapore

6 Space-defying Kitchens you Wouldn’t Believe are from HDB flats

We’ve all heard the complaints: HDB flats are just so small! The kitchen in particular, is the one room that we can all agree is dramatically shrinking with each new BTO project. But just because space is scarce, doesn’t mean that your options are limited. Here are some inspiring kitchens that are, believe it or not, from HDB flats. By Rossara Jamil


A charming kitchen with contrasting materials


Warm, welcoming and fitted with ample cabinets that will make any home cook happy. What makes this tiny kitchen so large in our eyes is the smart use of mosaic tiles. Design firm Classic Ideas lined the back of the kitchen wall and the top of the island counter with these colourful mosaic patterns, brightening up the wooden fronts of the cabinets. This simple use of contrasting materials is more than enough to visually enlarge this HDB kitchen, to great effect.


All-concrete kitchen with global appeal

Pinnacle 40

It’s easy to imagine that this kitchen belongs in a chic apartment in the trendy Meatpacking District of New York City. Interior design firm Upstairs conceptualised a masculine space filled with concrete surfaces in this 4-room flat at The Pinnacle@Duxton. It’s just as important to note that after extensive renovations, this kitchen is now the showstopping centrepiece of this home.


Light-filled statement kitchen with rustic flair


Large timber-like tiles evoke the warmth of a modern Scandinavian abode in this HDB executive flat. Third Avenue Studio upsized this kitchen by keeping the cabinets to a minimum – but opened up the space to make it look bright and spacious. By making do without a dining room (a dining space is incorporated into the kitchen), the designers had extra space to play with. The result? A huge kitchen that doubles as a social space where friends and family can mingle together.


A hidden kitchen where the magic happens



This kitchen, designed by Linear Space, is tucked away behind glass doors. What we love most is that the feeling you get when you enter the kitchen; it feels like stepping into a completely different space. The entrance to the kitchen is boldly coloured, but the kitchen itself means business. In fact this space feels like the command centre of the entire home, where the magic happens behind-the-scenes.


An unconventional kitchen that defies the odds


A lot of us dream of having an open-concept kitchen in our HDB flats and we’ve already seen that it’s possible. This 5-room HDB designed by Ciseern goes a step further. The designer built an entire dry kitchen and open bar next to the living room! Instead of a dining area, the homeowners now have a space for entertaining friends while whipping up a simple meal. We also love the sensuous mix of black and gold – a clear winner in our eyes.


An all-white kitchen that’s big on space


This home also goes to show that anything is possible in an HDB flat. The kitchen is extended into the dining room, doubling the entire space and resulting in a long kitchen with multiple uses. But the standout feature is the island counter that stretches the entire length of the kitchen. The designers from MOMO & Partners sacrificed the floor space to build this island, but the result is a functional showstopper that is the envy of any home chef.


Do you have a space-defying HDB kitchen? Send us pictures and we might feature it on the website or in the magazine! 



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