5 Space-saving Tips for Your Shoebox Unit

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Do you miss your lovely backyard and spacious patio in the province? Let’s face it, units in Metro Manila does not come with the luxury of space. On top of that, furnishing a new home is a tall order in and of itself what more with the dizzying array of different furniture brands and interior design makeover stories available online.

Luckily, we have compiled a handy guide for condo dwellers to maximise your compact floor sizes measuring 50 square meters or less.

Here are 5 useful tips on how to free up space in your new flat:

1. Think vertical

It’s no secret that in Metro Manila, homes are built vertically to maximise space. So why not take a little inspiration and opt for storage that can be mounted on the wall. Think built-in wall shelves, tables, wall mirrors, beds that fold back into the wall – the list is endless! This frees up your floor space and also provides more opportunities for Pinterest-worthy wall decor.

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2. Find hidden storage

Another must-do for your new abode is some stealthy storage planning. And no, we don’t mean chucking stuff in the storeroom and hoping for the best! A space-savvy trick is to pick out multi-tasking furniture that doubles as storage such as installing shelf compartments under the kitchen island, pull-out drawers under the bed and even opting for beds with stash behind the headboard.

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3. Invest in space-saving appliances

Consider investing in a good projector and ceiling fans for extra legroom in your condo unit. We tend to underestimate how much space a tv can take up in our home with speakers, tv cabinet and a slew of other accessories. Maybe the friendly salesperson that had you convinced all these were necessary for an enjoyable tv-viewing experience was too good at sales. A home projector that conveniently hooks up to your wifi is preferred. Look forward to recreating some movie magic by kicking back to a relaxing Netflix viewing that projects onto your living room wall.

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4. Ask your interior designer about an open-concept kitchen

Kitchen interior design that does not come with walls right from the get-go is great news if you are looking to maximise your home design. Open-concept kitchens top every millennial homeowner’s renovation list for many reasons; they are aesthetically pleasing, open up a home and free up space for a trendy kitchen island straight out of HGTV.

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5. Apply Marie Kondo’s KonMari method

Minimalist home design may be the right direction to take with a compact apartment. With its emphasis on quality over quantity, a minimalist’s lifestyle mantra is instrumental for a less cluttered and overall more spacious feel to any home. Or better yet, take the advice of Marie Kondo, the decluttering guru who encourages homeowners to keep items that “spark joy” and throw out the rest that doesn’t. This way, you’re left with only the essential belongings that make you and your whole family happy.

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Through these tips, we think you are ready to make the most of the space in your new flat! Your new home is sure to feel airy, spacious and most importantly – filled with joy. After all, that’s what homes are for; a place guaranteed to speak to your heart and where joy sparkles everywhere.


And don’t worry, you can always apply these tips when you relocate too. If you’re looking to work in Singapore, check out non-duplicated rental flat listings at Ohmyhome.

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