Most 5-room BTO residents have additional space in their living room that HDB designates as a “suggested study” area.
Some people would choose to construct walls to create an additional chamber, while others would leave it open. However, what should you do with the extra space of a 5-room BTO design? Here, we present the answers.
1. Observe the recommendation.
Using the extra space in your living room as a home office seems like an obvious choice, especially if you don’t already have a designated study space. This is more effective than, for example, placing your study area in your bedroom, which is not the optimal solution because work and slumber zones should not be kept together.
For a bit of privacy, you can choose a desk with a raised screen, which also blocks distractions so that you can use both the living room and the study area simultaneously.
Alternatively, your study area can face a window. Your home office is now situated in a corner, giving the impression of a larger room. Nonetheless, you should purchase shutters if you want the workstation to face a window.
2. Seal it up (without cement).
Instead of enclosing your excess space with concrete walls, consider using the following dividers. Then, you have the freedom to use the space for a variety of purposes while still enjoying increased privacy.
3. Install an elevated platform.
Elevated platforms are ideal for emphasising areas in a 5-room BTO design. For example, make one in the “suggested study” space, add a few bean bags and cushions, and have a ready-made relaxation nook. Additionally, the elevation area shortens the length of your living room, making it cosier and more intimate.
4. Use it for storage and display.
We believe that one can never have too much storage space! Use your extra space by installing elegant display bookcases and sideboards or constructing storage cabinets. Your living room appears expansive despite the sofa’s proximity to the wall due to the additional space behind it. A full-height piece maximises space while emphasising the height of your ceiling.
The slender console and nesting tables provide display areas without taking up excessive space. Area rugs help define zones and create a cosier environment.
5. Design an elongated living space.
Extra space equals an elongated living room! Leaving the “suggested study” area empty creates a more open space, making your apartment feel much larger and less congested. In addition, it gives you a good reason to get that additional inch of TV display you’ve desired for a genuine home cinema experience.
Large rugs can help define and anchor an expansive living space so that the furniture does not appear to be “floating”.