Box rooms can often be neglected and underused. Here we look at a few ways to make the most of your box rooms potential
Box rooms can often be neglected, commonly used for storage, holding items we don't really know what to do with, or that we don't have room for anywhere else in the house. This means the room never gets used to its full potential, which is a shame when property prices (rental and owned) per square foot are so high.
If you want to make the most of your box room, there are lots of different things you can do with it. It might cost you a little bit of time, effort and money but it will be worth it because you'll gain a practical room with a use.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your box room:
Turn It Into A Guest Room
You will have chosen another room as your bedroom because you wanted more space, a better view or better bedroom position in the house. But that doesn't mean your box room won't make a perfectly good guest room.
Turning a box room into a guest room is a really fun interior design project because it means you can be more creative than usual because you're designing a room that won't be used all the time. Where colourful floor tiles or a feature wall might be too in your face for day to day living, the guest room will be enjoyed occasionally which means it can be that little bit louder design wise. Consider putting in a sofa bed if the room is quite small, which will maximise the space when guests aren't staying. You could also install a wall rail or free standing clothes hanger rather than using a wardrobe which will again maximise space. You could opt for neutrals like pale floor tiles and walls, however it is worth being that little bit more creative with your box room because you can be! Put colourful prints, vintage wall tiles and gorgeous ethnic cushions in there - have fun with it.
If you work from home or have a child who needs a quiet place to study, why not turn your box room into an office. You could completely convert it into an office space and place a full table and chair in there, or alternatively you could make it into an occasional room for TV watching and have a computer cupboard that simply opens and pulls out turning into a desk. Whilst laptops can be used anywhere in the home, it's good to have a neutral, quiet space to do work.
A Walk-in Wardrobe
It's every girl's dream to have a walk-in wardrobe, however, we often get stuck ramming clothes into wardrobes and setting up a million storage boxes and drawers rather than thinking about where a walk-in wardrobe might work. Your box room is the ideal candidate for a walk-in wardrobe because it's the right size, will provide you with extra space elsewhere in your home, and it'll be quite the feature to show off to your friends when they come round. Depending on the space you have to play with you could have bespoke storage units fitted, some decorative shelving and even a mirrored makeup table.
A Play Room
When you have kids, you can begin to find your entire house becomes a playroom, which means lots of toy boxes dotted around. A good way to keep your house looking tidy and make the kids feel like they have a really special place that's just there's is to turn your box room into a playroom. Pay special attention to the flooring, ensuring it's child-friendly. Porcelain floor tiles are a great idea because they are easily cleaned and can be made non-slip and covered with a rug if you're worried about slips and trips on a hard surface. You should also look for clever storage solutions for toys.