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HDB 5 Room Design in 2021: Refreshing Interior Design Layouts

Couple Celebrating their HDB 5 room design renovation


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From household shelters to suggested studies, 5-room HDB flats may run the risk of looking too cookie-cutter. Not a fan of seeing your home resembling the ones next door? We asked the renovation pros at Qanvast on how you can make your home stand out from the crowd!

5 Refreshing Layouts for Your HDB 5-Room Design

1. Hacking down the walls in your flat

Source: HDB

It goes without saying that 5-room flats come with more square footage. But, if you fancy an even bigger space, try hacking a bedroom down and making it part of your living room. This way, you’ll have plenty of space to host gatherings!


Using the same flooring and ceiling details across the entire area also enhances visual seamlessness, therefore making the apartment look more spacious.

2. Create a dual kitchen space

Source: HDB

For frequent cooks, why not try demarcating wet and dry zones for your kitchen?


Flush your bigger appliances, such as the fridge and coffee machine, into custom cabinetry so they take up less space. By keeping them close together, it’ll also make it a lot easier to brew a cuppa and grab some cake for your guests when they come over!

For the wet kitchen, glass windows and doors let plenty of sunlight in still, while keeping cooking fumes out of your living room.

3. Adopt an unconventional bedroom layout

5-refreshing-interior-design-layouts-your-5-room-hdb-flat-adopt-an-unconventional-bedroom-layout Source: HDB

Love spending your weekends snuggled in bed? Change up your bedroom’s layout!


This beautifully renovated property changed things up by half-hacking a wall and turning the bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe instead. Nestling the bed behind the half-hacked wall ensures the bedroom still retains a touch of privacy.

4. Embrace an airy, Japanese-inspired design style

5-refreshing-interior-design-layouts-your-5-room-hdb-flat-embrace-an-airy-japanese-inspired-design-style Source: HDB

Are you a big fan of the Japanese, Muji-inspired look? You’ll love this HDB flat.


The homeowners took plenty of design inspiration from Japanese homes with a predominantly white and wood colour palette.

Our favourite has to be the raised platform area which not only doubles as a lounge and office space but also conceals clever storage solutions!

Tip: Keep your built-ins flushed to the walls to create the illusion of a bigger space.

5. Transform your study area

5-refreshing-interior-design-layouts-your-5-room-hdb-flat-transform-your-study-area Source: HDB


If you can do without a dedicated study area, why not re-purpose it into an additional living or dining space?

To make full use of the living room space, the designers also created a reading nook by the window.


With a raised platform and a refreshing pop of blue to visually separate the space, this reading nook looks perfect for lounging after a long day of work, don’t you think?

By opting for any of these clever renovation tips and tricks, you’ll be able to achieve a home that unabashedly looks and feels distinctly your own. Be bold, be imaginative, and dream big!

About Qanvast

This article was adapted in collaboration with Qanvast, Singapore’s go-to renovation platform for homeowners to meet the right interior firm for their home makeover. Check out the original article here!

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