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How to Utilise Your HDB Balcony Space?

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Most of the flats from Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) come with spacious balconies that lift the entire look and feel of the flats. However, that doesn’t imply that you can’t engage your creativity and innovative prowess to utilise that space in your own way. In fact, using custom made furniture can give your balcony an entirely different look and feel.

Unfortunately, not many think in this way, even when custom furniture in Singapore is easily available. They leave their balconies drab, lifeless and boring. Go against the tide and consider your balcony to be your very own private space up there in the sky. You can think of it as a modest reflection zone, or a little world that entirely belongs to you in your very own way. The bottom line is that, when it comes to utilizing a spacious HDB balcony, the sky is the limit. Here are a few ideas for your perusal that will inject up your balcony with life and vigor.

Dining and Drink

Are you blessed with a balcony that overlooks the majestic skyline of the Singapore city or the glistening blue of the Straits of Singapore in the distance? Make sure you make arrangements that let you soak in every bit of that breathtaking view as you dine with your family or have a few drinks with your partner or friends in a quiet evening. Make sure you see the bright blue morning sky lightened up by the fresh sunlight as you have your breakfast with your kids. Make your balcony the place where you have a table or custom made furniture like couches and recliners.

Read, Sleep, and Relax

If you are a voracious reader or have profound interest in music, what better place is there to relax and spend some moments alone than your cozy balcony? All you need to do is set up your custom-made furniture, in whatever way you like, at one corner of your balcony. Let the world pass by – while you relish those idle moments – in a sea of quietness.


Who says gardening needs a large garden or backyard? You just need some innovative ideas to transform your balcony into a mini garden. Set up some modestly sized planters boxes at strategic points and use some artificial turf as a border. Then again, keep in mind not to clutter the space. A floral touch here and there will do the trick. Add some small garden tools here and there, alongside some colourful plants and flowers and there you have it! You have your little garden in the sky.

You can do anything you like – starting from setting up a furniture showcase, to even a reading room – as said earlier, the sky is the limit when it comes to utilising your HDB’s balcony in an innovative way.

Customising Furniture for your Bedroom

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If you have decided on custom made furniture, there are no hard and fast rules on what you can and cannot do. You can choose furniture online or from a brick and mortar shop in Singapore, or you can decide to go for customised furniture instead of off the rack items. But if you go for customised furniture, you may be wondering which is the best piece of furniture to get.

Ideally, bedroom furniture should be the answer to this question, and for good reason. Your bedroom is the cocoon where you sleep everyday. It’s more than just a room, it should be your personal sanctuary and an abode of peace. Naturally, you would like to see it to exactly the way you want. Logically, the bedroom furniture should see maximum customization to perfectly suit your eye. They are very much your private property.

Customisation of your Bedroom

The way you would customise your bedroom furniture entirely depends upon you and your partner’s mindset and mutual understanding. It also depends upon the way you look at it. You should have a customized bed big enough for the both of you. You might very well have a few value added accessories hanging around: A small cabinet at your head end with a few books and a couple of embedded dim table lamps can add to the glamour of the room.

Keep in mind the dimensions of your bedroom before customising your bed or other pieces furniture to ensure everything fits. Make sure the overall theme of the furniture matches with the wall and the flooring pattern of the room. You can have a TV cabinet, drawers and a wardrobe matching perfectly with the overall look of your bedroom.

The best way to ensure everything fits is to let experts from companies who offer custom furniture in Singapore come in and take a look at your bedroom. With their many years of experience designing customized furniture, they can offer you helpful tips to improve the aesthetic of your bedroom with your furniture.

Keeping the Right Balance

You need to have the right sense of balance about what to keep in your bedroom and what to leave out. Cluttering your bedroom with to much furniture not only makes it look clumsy, but the move will spoil the very mood of your bedroom. Be practical and use the size of your bedroom as the guide to choosing the getup and design of the furniture. Do not go for antique furniture pieces if you do not have a huge room with that kind of vibe. Antique furniture can stick out like a sore thumb in the wrong rooms. If you are living in an apartment, it’s better to go for sleek customised furniture that will set a perfect backdrop for a cozy life!

Tips To Select The Perfect Coffee Table For Your Living Room

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A coffee table is one of the most important pieces of furniture that you will buy for your living room. It is essentially a centrepiece of your living room and will reflect a lot more than your aesthetic sense. A coffee table should blend in with the rest of the furniture as well as the overall look of your house.

Some people go for readymade pieces while others prefer custom made furniture to reflect their own style. If you are looking for a coffee table for your living room, here are some tips that will help you out:


This is the first thing that you need to consider. Usually, people put a coffee table in a living room to cover the empty space. However, you need to consider the size of the table required according to your living area. If your living room is small then one table is sufficient but with a larger space to cover, you might need two coffee tables or a bigger one. You also need to leave some room for leg space such that it will still allow you to move around the living area comfortably.


The height of your coffee table is also something to look at. It should not be too high nor too low and should look appropriate together with the height of your sofa. This will make it easier for anyone to stretch their legs or even eat their snacks.


While there are no rules how you should match the shapes of your sofa sets with the table, it will add to the aesthetic appeal of your living room if you take some time to consider it. Feel free to play with different shapes and experiment as you wish. If you are not sure about the table’s shape and don’t want to make a long-term purchase right away, you can always consider furniture leasing at WTP Singapore where you can rent a coffee table for a few months and see if it suits your home. If you like the coffee table you picked out, you can go ahead and purchase it. Otherwise, you can also switch it up with something else once your lease is over.


What is the purpose of your coffee table? Do you plan on using it for display purposes or do you want a multipurpose table? In either case, this is something that you need to pre-determine. If you like having things in your reach then go for a table that has drawers or cabinets under the table like our Hexagon Coffee Table for storage. However, if you want your coffee table to be a piece of accessory then go for something fancy like glass or marble like our Marble Coffee Table


Go for something that is durable without going over your budget. The wrong material can cost you a lot in the future. Pick out something that goes with the overall appearance of your living room or has been used in other items. Look for something that is easy to maintain and works great for all seasons. If you have kids at home, stay away from furs and expensive materials because chances are that these materials will be ruined before it wears out on its own.

These are our top five tips for selecting a coffee table for your living room. If you wish to explore more options, head down to WTP Singapore and allow our consultants to guide you through the selection process.

Recommendations on How to Care for Your Sofa

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Fabric sofas have been in trend for quite some time now. Everyone loves the trendy colours and patterns you can choose and how nice they look in your living rooms. However, fabric sofas do need regular maintenance if they are to keep their charm in your living rooms. Here is a list of tips on how to care for your fabric sofas:

Vacuum Regularly

Fabric sofas tend to attract dust very easily. The dust causes gradual wear and tear in the sofa leading to the deterioration in its condition. Regular vacuuming can prevent dust particles from settling on your sofa and making a cosy little nest for themselves. If your sofa is constantly exposed to an open window or door, there is also the chance of dirt creeping in your sofa which will also cause wear and tear. Vacuuming also prevents this dirt from accumulating on your sofa. We recommend you use an upholstery attachment while vacuuming so you can get the maximum amount of dust and dirt out and not harm your precious sofa in anyway.

Avoid Sunlight

Colours fade in sunlight over time especially if they are dark colours. Avoid putting your sofa in a spot where the sun is hitting it directly. Other than the colours, the constant exposure to heat weakens the fabric of the sofa and it is more likely to become loose around the edges where it keeps expanding and shrinking because of the fluctuating temperature.

Don’t Miss a Spot

In case of a spill, don’t dilly nor dally. Get yourself a wet cloth and make sure it soaks up as much of the stain immediately as possible. Letting the stain settle is an amateur mistake which you should avoid because it is harder to get the stain out of the fabric once it has spread. Minimize the circumference of the spill so you don’t have to clean and possibly wrinkle a larger portion of the sofa.

Professional Help

There’s only so much you can do at home. If you want your sofa looking fresh all the time, consider getting your sofa professionally cleaned occasionally. A professional cleaning session twice a year will ensure your sofa doesn’t suffer from the usual neglect we amateurs inflict. If you have custom made furniture or rental furniture from WTP Singapore, our team will provide you with professional tips on how you can maintain your fabric sofas as well.


Your sofa comes with a guide on how to clean it, much like a tee. ‘S’ stands for solvent that means you should use water free solvent only solutions when you or someone cleans your sofa. A ‘W’ means water only so you shouldn’t use solvent solutions on these sofas but should use water only cleaning products. A ‘SW’ means this sofa is tough enough to handle both.

Try these tips out on your sofas and see the difference for yourself!

5 Things To Consider When Adding A Rustic Feel To Your Home

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Everyone has his or her own distinct style and design philosophy. As such they tend to follow the same patterns when decorating their house. However, it is not uncommon to borrow décor ideas or seek inspiration from other sources when considering a home makeover. Usually, people tend to cop to the influential design standards or whatever is trendy during a certain period. Nowadays, rustic chic is a very popular design movement. Here are a few things to keep in mind when adding a rustic feel to your home:

Make a strong statement

Rustic elements borrow heavily from the natural world and hence, it is also about adding strong and sturdy contrasts to your décor. Showcase the strength of nature by adding in a wooden table in the kitchen or wooden bars stools.

Don’t make it look like you’re trying too hard

Instead of overcrowding or littering, try adding in one or two pieces that infuse rusticity to your overall space. It won’t have the same effect if you transform every décor into one with a rustic theme. You might end up overdoing it.

Imperfection is a must

It is all about simplicity intermixed with comfort, so don’t go looking for the perfect piece. The core essence is to create a space inspired by nature that is peaceful yet also a little wild. Picking up a sofa upholstered in vintage fabric is a great way to start.

Look to another era for inspiration

Aside from a little imperfection, rustic also showcases the past. It is about adding in the old world charm, so don’t go looking for modern colours that brings a pop of colour to your décor. Instead, why not add your grandmother’s vintage armoire to your bedroom for a little rustic appeal or consider infusing wood and rustic colours to your furnishing.

Consider renting furniture

Instead of spending money buying new items, consider renting furniture from WTP Singapore to find out what furniture is a great enhancement to your living space before making a long-term commitment. New and custom made furniture is also an option for you to create a piece of furniture that will suit your rustic theme perfectly.

You can add a rustic feel to your home in a simple way instead of going all out. The design philosophy is to not to completely overhaul your home but to add warmth and a country charm to your overall space. Renting furniture is a new way of living that is increasingly gaining more and more followers. If you are interested in exploring the furniture in WTP Singapore that can create a rustic ambience for your home, head down to the showroom and get help from our consultants. Start your journey to incorporate rustic feels to your home today!

Best Themes for Furnishing Your Living Room

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Your living room is the most socially active room in your house. Whether you are enjoying a game of football on the television with your friends or just relaxing with your family, the living room is the place that accommodates you the most. To make sure it is appealing and aesthetically pleasing to you, we recommend some new themes for furnishing your living rooms. Here are the best themes we found that you could try out for your living room.

Modern New Yorker’s Lounge

This idea involves lots of colour thrown in to make it look bright and neat. It is perfect for a small apartment. The idea involves colourful fabric sofas example our blue Coco Sofa placed on either side of the walls of your sitting room so you have walking space. Tall standing lamps are preferred rather than smaller ones accompanied with big tables to maximize space. Small coffee tables, example our Hexagon coffee tables can also be a good alternative if you’re thinking of getting a big sofa. Hanging shelves and big rugs give the room an airier feel as well.

South American’s Retreat

For people that have a good amount of sun hitting their living room, we recommend a classy South American colonial design. Fabric sofas with a wooden outline will look very good with this theme along with plain fabric chairs with the outline similar to the sofa. This look needs space to be pulled off perfectly because the side tables and the centre table like our Rootslab Coffee Table series will be the centrepieces of your living room. Plain wooden ones will do perfectly but make sure the colour suits your overall theme. You may consider looking for custom made furniture from WTP Singapore to add unique pieces to your living room. Marble would add a touch of elegance to your sitting room as well.

The Artist’s Living Room

The most modern of our recommendations, this idea uses minimal space when covering the floor of the living rooms. Plain white fabric sofas are a good option but they should be coupled with durable and easy to maintain stainless steel tables and chairs. The emphasis in this idea is on the walls as they are filled with artwork, flowers or trophies. You need to think of an entire wall mural and then choose your furniture depending on the centre art piece you have in mind. If you are not sure if the centrepiece you have chosen is to your liking in the long run, you can consider approaching a furniture rental from WTP Singapore and exploring the options you have for your centrepieces, example our Metal Disc Sculpture on Stand. Since the rentals go by a monthly rate, you can simply switch up your centrepiece if you find that it does not suit your liking after a few months.

Beach Side Blue’s

If you are one of the lucky few that lives next to a beach like in Sentosa, we recommend you to go for this look. Your couches should lie opposite to your view while simple vases and low plain coffee tables should be the main pieces of your living room. Add an armchair or two example our Canary Armchair near the window or balcony of your home to enjoy a relaxing time after your day as well.

Try some of these ideas and give your living room a makeover! You can head down to WTP Singapore to explore the themes that you can use as well as seek advice on which pieces will suit your housing style and space the best.