Maximising Space: Make Your Box Room Habitable!

12 December 2016
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In today's day and age, homeowners and tenants alike can struggle to find the space needed to accommodate their ever-growing families and piles of possessions. It seems that more clutter is accumulated with every passing day and, more often than not, clutter goes hand in hand with mess and chaos. That, coupled with modern-day families increasing in size, can leave many people with little option but to buy a bigger house, extend their existing property or simply put up with the ever-growing pile of clutter and miscellaneous belongings occupying every nook and cranny of their once immaculately maintained abode.

However, in some properties there is an overlooked solution that is rarely given the credit it deserves: the box room, a tiny box-shaped light at the end of an otherwise overcrowded and chaotic tunnel. Sometimes known as the spare room, study area or general graveyard for random, accumulated possessions that will never again see the light of day, the box room has the potential to transform into not only a habitable space but also a high-functioning storage area as well. Below are three simple tips that, if utilized correctly, can make use of this otherwise abandoned area and provide much-needed space and storage for you and your family.

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way

Color schemes are important. They are not only a means of expressing one's tastes and creativity but, used correctly, can add light and space to a room. When painting small box rooms, stick with neutral colors where possible. If you absolutely must have a splash of colour, try pastel shades but stay aware from overly bold or exotic colors. This may seem simple, but the difference a light and airy coat of paint can make to a room is phenomenal. For the illusion of even more added room, keep all soft furnishing neutral. If using a specific color scheme, tie soft furnishings together with small accents of the same colour, not entire color blocks or panels.

Invest in a custom-built wardrobe to optimise your storage

With most small or box rooms, free-standing furniture will take up an enormous amount of space, leaving little room for anything else. Most mistakenly believe that custom-made, built-in wardrobes are not an option for tiny spaces. In fact, the opposite is true. Having a wardrobe custom built to suit your room will make use of an otherwise redundant space. They will be specifically built to suit individual room specifications, meaning those awkward angles of walls and alcoves can now serve a purpose and provide that must-needed storage. Custom-built wardrobes can be created to incorporate any number of features, including drawers, hanging space, shelf space and even shoe and jewellery storage. Often people will shy away from custom-built wardrobes, believing them to be the more costly option. Whilst custom wardrobes can be slightly more expensive initially, they well pay for themselves time and time again. Investing in a built-in wardrobe to suit your own specifications will remove the need for extra furniture and free up the remaining space for living.

Choose your bed wisely

When you are choosing a bed, sometimes you may have to make compromises to allow the maximisation of liveable space. Sofa beds are no longer uncomfortable, springy, metal contraptions that make an appearance when long-lost relatives invite themselves over to stay. There are now a lot more stylish and comfortable options on the market. Choosing a sofa bed or similar alternative will allow for optimum use of space, ensuring a good night's sleep can be had whilst making the best use of much-needed room during daylight hours. For a space intended for children's use, you may find the novelty factor far outweighs any negative connotations previously associated with sofa beds. In this case you will now have a space not only suitable for your children to occupy but also one they actually want to spend time in.

Although these tips are in reference to the many unloved, unused box rooms across the land, these ideas can be easily adapted to suit any area in your home. With a little thought and a tiny amount of effort, you can maximise your home's unused space, ultimately reducing the chaos and the need for extensive and costly renovations.