How to Transform Your Box Room into a Useful Space
The reduction in the size of homes in Ireland and the UK have subsequently led to some rather small rooms, referred to as box rooms. More often than not, these rooms will either be used as storage spaces or guest rooms. Whilst it’s nice to have this space to dump all your belongings, turning it into something beneficial can improve your lifestyle and even increase the value of your property, should you decide to sell in the future.
VW Campervan, Dublin Docklands photo by Help Stay
You might also not be in a position to use this room as a bedroom if it does not meet the legal requirements for minimum bedroom size. Here we highlight some of the ways you can transform your box room into something completely different and practical.
4 Ways to Transform Your Box Room into a Useful Space
Transform Your Box Room into a Nursery or Child’s Bedroom
For young families, the box room is typically delegated to the youngest member of the family, whether that be a toddler or an unborn baby. This doesn’t necessarily mean the space has feel small, however, as choosing the right furniture can make the world of difference.
Child’s bedroom Photo by Signature June
As an example, opting for fitted wardrobes can be ideal for those awkward spaces in box rooms and means you have a storage solution for all those toys and clothes. Additionally, bunk beds are the perfect solution if multiple children are going to be sharing the same room. The colour scheme of the room should ideally consist of lighter shades to open up the room and give the appearance of a larger space.
Further Reading: How To Add More Storage To Your Bedroom
Transform Your Box Room into an Office
With the uptake of hybrid and remote working after the pandemic only increasing over time, more people are opting for a home office. Whilst a box room may not be the most spacious to work in, it surely beats the dining room table, and there are ways to fully utilise the space available when renovating or redecorating.
Home office photo by Annie Spratt
The most important feature of the office is the desk, which can easily be fitted into a corner or against one of the walls and can come equipped with a raised shelf to store large monitors. The design of the room should be kept clean and simple, removing any clutter or potential distractions.
Work can be stressful at times, so ensure the room is optimised for relaxation – pastel colours and environmental paintings can be effective at doing so. Low-maintenance plants are equally as effective and can help to oxygenate the room.
Further Reading: Creating The Perfect Home Office – in 9 Nifty Steps
Transform Your Box Room into a Bathroom
If you find yourself constantly waiting around to use the bathroom or plan to invite guests to stay over more often, it might be worth turning your box room into a second, or even third, bathroom.
Bathroom photo by Medea Dzagnidze
Depending on the space of the room, you may go for an ensuite or simply just a toilet or shower. It’s worth nothing that adding an ensuite bathroom, could help to increase the value of your property by around 5%.
Further Reading: 8 Things To Know Before Renovating Your Bathroom
Transform Your Box Room into a Utility Room
A great way to free up space in your kitchen or even dining room is to convert your box room into a fully-functioning utility room.
Here you can install cupboards and shelving for storage, and easily store all your hefty appliances, including the washing machine, dryer and clothes horse.
Further Reading: How To Keep Your Kitchen Appliances Running Longer
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