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HDB BTO owners have one common problem; lack of space! Whether is it a 3-room flat, 4-room, or 5-room, the space is sometimes just not enough!
The rooms are quite small these days, especially so when one has kids, and works from home (Work room is required). Not to mention, some of us has a room converted into a walk-in wardrobe.
Without an extra room, a helper is sometimes left to sleep in the living room. This provides little to no privacy for the helpers when she's sleeping especially so when there are male adults at home or when there's CCTV installed in the living room.
Sleeping in the "bomb shelter" a.k.a storeroom is also not allowed, and provides little to no ventilation for the helper. What is one good area to be converted into a helper's room then?
It is actually the Service Yard!
We are happy to share 2 popular concepts! (Scroll down!)
Both concepts give the helper a place to sit and rest when the helper has her tea-breaks etc
Concept 1 ( Helper's bed is like a settee when closed)
(Image 1) When bed is closed, it functions like a settee.
(Image 2) Bottom of the "settee" is pulled out like a drawer
(Image 3) The pulled-out drawer is lifted to match the height, and a mattress is placed.
Concept 2 ( Helper's bed is like a corner chair when closed)
(Image 1) When bed is closed, it functions like a platform chair.
(Image 2) Top of the "chair" is pulled out
(Image 3) The pulled-out top portion is pushed down to match the height, and a mattress is placed.
With proper space management, the space can be effectively utilised with a wall-mounted bed (sample photo below), or a drawer bed (as shown above) etc. the spaces around the service yard can also build in little cabinets for the helpers' clothes.
Wall-Mounted Bed (Example)
Pull-down Blinds to separate kitchen (example)
- for 100% Privacy for helper when she sleeps.
Blackout Roller Blinds for windows (Example)
Although the space is small, this space when properly converted enables the helper to have good privacy, and good ventilation. Additionally, the helper is near to the kitchen (her main work area).
There are many ideas to play around depending on preferences. Some Combinations can be:
1) Wall-mounted/ Built in Bed (Including mattress)
2) Wall-mounted/ Built in Bed (Including mattress) + Blinds (Separating Kitchen and Service Yard) + Blinds (Windows)
3) Wall-mounted/ Built in Bed (Including mattress) + Blinds (Separating Kitchen and Service Yard) + Blinds (Windows) + Cabinet
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