Millions of homes in the UK have what we might call a box room. This is a space that’s difficult to get the best from, especially if you don’t know where to start. Let’s take a closer look at the issue.
What is a box room?
While there’s no fixed definition for a box room, the term tends to cover a small room which is mostly used for storage. Suitcases, spare furniture, and other bulky items tend to find their way here – and in the worst cases, they stay here for a long time.
A box room is more than just a storage cupboard
If you don’t have a plan for your storage space, then you might find that it’s difficult to navigate. You’ll avoid going in unless the situation really demands it, or you have a new spare item to add to the pile. Thus, the clutter can really get out of hand.
Fortunately, rooms of this kind can serve purposes other than storage. Moreover, where they are used for storage, there are ways that you can make things a great deal more organised.
How to use the room effectively on a budget
There are a few ways in which you might modify a box room.
If you’d like the room to serve multiple functions, then you might invest in an item like a sofa bed. That way, the room can work as a playroom, or a games room, while also offering a spare bed. If you want to accommodate guests, but you’d still like the extra space in the home for most of the year, then this can be a worthwhile step.
You might convert your box studio into a craft room, or home office. This goes especially if you’d like to make a shift to remote working, or you’re already working in the less-than-ideal space in the living room.
Fitted storage solutions are great for keeping your work life separate from your home life. They’ll get the most from awkward spaces, like beneath sloping ceilings, or the space next to a chimney breast. You might install them all around the room, and turn it into a single walk-in wardrobe, allowing you to dispense with storage elsewhere.
Certain colour schemes tend to work better in a box room. Try to keep the colours as neutral as possible, using accessories to provide the contrast and boldness. Make sure that you use several different light sources to spread the light around the room as far as possible. Installing a large enough mirror, or several of them, will help you to distribute light, and to create the illusion of space, even when there isn’t any.