How To Design An Affordable ‘MUJI’ Style Home

Admit it, whether it’s their ‘brandless’ packaging or sleek wooden furniture pieces, there’s just something about MUJI’s iconic, minimal style. Both practical and stylish, their pieces are perfect for Singapore’s compact spaces!

But even if less is more, you don’t need to break the bank to get that look. Case in point? These 6 MUJI-inspired homes that offer the same minimalist style for less.

1. Bartley Ridge by Authors Interior & Styling

Renovation Cost: $18,000

This space-savvy condo makes the most of its tiny space with built-ins and tons of concealed storage. Japanese-style wooden finishes are utilised throughout the home, from the custom dining area (with hidden under-seat and overhead storage units) to the tatami-style fold out study desk that comes complete with a pull-out bed below!

2. Waterway Cascadia by DB Studio

Renovation Cost: $30,000

Keeping true to MUJI’s simple-meets-practical philosophy, this home in Punggol proves you can achieve a clean, pared-down look, even without built-ins. Save for its raised platform and its airy semi-open kitchen, the apartment is furnished with loose pieces in classic shapes and natural textures. In fact, its living room’s main highlight - those eye-catching stacking oak shelves? No less, from MUJI.

3. Ang Mo Kio by Edge Interior

Renovation Cost: $68,000

Decked entirely in a palette of whites and woods, this roomy HDB flat is one of the pricier projects on the list – but with good reason! In the living area, walls were hacked and replaced with slatted wooden partitions to create a communal space encompassing the dry kitchen and dining corner, transforming what would be a clogged and dim layout into a bright, open space. Meanwhile, the master bedroom’s odd layout is solved with a nifty reading nook and a walk-in wardrobe.

4. Waterway Woodcress by Third Avenue Studio

Renovation Cost: $46,000

Looking straight out of a MUJI furniture catalog, this relaxing, white-washed home reminds us of lazy weekends, slow afternoons and general good vibes. Stackable, MUJI oak shelves make their appearance again, doubling as a bookshelf, TV feature console, and bed headrest throughout the home. Its flooring and built-ins also come in light wood hues for a consistency.

5. Teck Ghee Parkview by Luova Project Services

Renovation Cost: $33,000

Maximising every penny, this $33,000 HDB makeover achieves the same homely look whilst packing in ample storage! Keeping to the signature white-and-oak combination, there’s a focus on clean lines, with closed storage cabinets for a visually uncluttered look, while wooden furnishings add a touch of warmth for an abode that’s practical and welcoming.

6. Ang Mo Kio Street 51 by

Renovation Cost: $20,000

Pale wooden accents, floor seating and rustic, MUJI-style furnishings, this 3-room HDB instantly sets our minds at ease upon stepping in, just like a Japanese ryokan. Not forgetting a sense of practicality, ample built-ins are installed - such as the dining bench-cum-storage cubby, floor to ceiling cabinets and glass panels that visually open up the space.

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