Do you own or live in a small apartment in the city?
Small studio apartments are popular for several reasons. One is its proximity to the city centre. For many people who work in Kuala Lumpur, staying in a studio apartment nearby beats a long commute.
Many studios have also been built within reach of LRT or MRT stations. This also makes it ideal for short-term or business travellers.
The second is its relative affordability. For the location, a studio apartment may be cheaper to rent, compared to renting further out and paying for transport charges.
But, there is no denying that a tiny apartment can feel claustrophobic, compared to living in a landed property or larger apartment unit further out of the city.
The good news is that the cramped feeling can be alleviated through clever interior design.
Benefits of interior design for small studio apartments
Why should you hire an interior designer to improve your studio apartment? There are many reasons, including:
- Optimal use of space: A studio interior designer can plan out an efficient storage layout. Ceiling height cabinets, mirrored cabinet doors, suspended display shelves; every inch of space can be utilised.
- Sophistication and minimalism: A well-designed space looks better when it is clutter-free. It’s also easier to create a unified look for the entire unit.
- Higher rentals: With many studio apartment units available for rent, your unit needs to look good to attract potential tenants at the price you want.
Here are some examples of good interior designs for tiny homes in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding areas. All designs were done by recommended pros on Recommend.my. Tell us how you want to improve your property and we will find interior designers to quote you.
1. 486 sq ft SOHO unit design in Symphony Tower, Balakong, Malaysia
The Symphony Tower in Balakong (also known as Cheras South) comes with 616 units of pre-designed SOHO units. The interior design for these 486 sq ft units manages to fit in an L-shaped kitchen with pull-out dining table, with separate living and bedroom areas, as well as a study area.
2. Industrial Style Studio House Design in Summer Suites Residences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Summer Suites (also formerly known as Menara Solaris) is a commercial development project by UEM Sunrise, completed in 2015. The studios are 495 sq ft.
In this interior design, the owners have gone for an industrial style, with iron pendant lights over the kitchen, and wallpaper with exposed brick pattern. The look of metal frames carry over to the coffee table, TV console / study desk, as well as dining counter.
3. Modern Style Apartment Design in Sixceylon, Jalan Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sixceylon is a serviced residence with over 600 units, ranging from 696 – 1555 sq ft. This particular 696 sq ft studio room mixes mahogany wood tones with metal frames to create a modernist style.
4. Small Apartment Design in 789 sq ft condo, Vista Alam, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Vista Alam is a serviced apartment located in Section 14, Shah Alam. This small apartment design consists of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with a small kitchenette, and an open dining and living area.
From white walls and white tiled floors, the interior designer/decorator softened the look of the space by adding light colours and soft furnishings.
5. Minimalist 441 sq ft studio design in Nadi Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nadi Bangsar is a serviced residence with units ranging from 441 to 1,130 sq ft. In this 441 sq ft unit, the interior designers created a minimalist Zen concept. Light wood-toned strips are the unifying feature, used in the ceiling height wardrobe, TV console, display shelves, dining area, as well as the bed head. A large mirrored wall at the dining area almost doubles the feel of the space.
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6. 450 sq ft Small Studio House Design in CyberSquare, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
CyberSquare is a mixed development located in Cyberjaya, with two towers of SoHo units. The 450 sq ft layout has 1 bathroom, a kitchenette, and a living, dining, bedroom space.
The interior designer decided to build a U-shaped kitchen counter as the main feature of the home. This kitchen counter is used as a multi-purpose dining table / storage cabinet. The wardrobe features mirrored doors to open up the space.
7. 792 sq ft Condo Design in The Wharf, Puchong, Malaysia
The Wharf is an integrated residential and commercial development located in Puchong. The 28-storey residential tower includes 792 sq ft condo units with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open plan living + dining + kitchen area.
The unit now features a contemporary interior design. The carpentry of the kitchen, TV console and storage units have clean, flush lines with no door pulls or handles. The flooring uses light wood-toned laminates, and the bedroom wardrobes are full ceiling-height to maximise storage space.
8. 441 sq ft Small Studio Design in Nadi Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In this 441 sq ft unit in Nadi Bangsar, the interior designers created a studio design with a modern industrial vibe. Dark blue is the dominant colour theme, covering the walls, kitchen cabinet, TV cabinet, as well as the curtains.
9. EcoSky, Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
EcoSky by EcoWorld comprises of three towers of residential and retail units. In this unit, the studio interior designers have gone for a minimalist look, with only a few pieces of statement furniture to fill up the space. The Eames-inspired dining table and chair; the all-white kitchen cabinet with grooved door handles, and the matching TV console and coffee table with angled legs create a clean and contemplative space.
10. A studio unit condominium design in Nadi Bangsar, Malaysia
Another unit in Nadi Bangsar is done in modern contemporary design with neutral color palette. The clever mix of light wood and dark furniture gives the space a calm, sophisticated feel.
These are just a few examples of the work done by interior designers on Recommend.my.
Recommend.my has hundreds of studio interior design specialists who can quote to improve your studio unit. Whether it’s for self-stay, Airbnb, or long-term rental, you can specify your preferred budget and we will find suitable pros to respond.