It can be tricky to know exactly what to do with the smallest bedroom in your home and it can be all too easy to just allow a box room to become the junk room.
However, you should still make the most of the space you have in your box room. With these simple hacks, you can maximise the space available and find the best use for your smaller room.
Multipurpose furniture is ideal for box rooms, as they’ll have double the functionality without taking up double the space. So, if your box room is a kid’s bedroom, opt for a high sleeper bed with a desk underneath. Or pick a sofa that converts into a bed, so you can use the room as a snug for day-to-day but still have a spare room when guests stay over.
You could opt for a bedside table that folds out to a desk, so it can be used for working or studying during the day and tucked away again when it’s not needed. Or find a bed headboard that can also be used as a bookshelf. Whatever you’re using the box room for, there are plenty of options for multipurpose furniture so you can make the most of every inch of space.
Reassess the Layout
You likely won’t be able to have a traditional layout in your boxroom. Rather than having a bed or sofa in the middle of the room, you should place as much furniture as possible along the walls. This will maximise the space that’s available so you can utilise it better.
You’ll want to position the furniture so it doesn’t overwhelm the room and look too cluttered. If possible, you should place the majority of furniture along the wall that you don’t see so much when you’re in the room, as this will stop it from feeling overcrowded.
Storage is key for any room but especially smaller ones. You’ll want to make sure you can clear away clutter as much as possible to avoid the room looking overcrowded. That’s where modular storage can really come in handy, they can provide plenty of storage and also you can stack them to fit your room and the space you have. There are plenty of different types of modular storage units available, from cubes to shelving, so you can find exactly what you need for your room.
Another great way to maximise space and storage in your box room is to use hidden storage. For example, you can use the space under the bed for storage by buying boxes that will fit underneath. Or you can get a bed with built-in storage for a tidier appearance. You can also use hangers and racks on the back of doors.
You could also build storage into the walls, whether that be a full wardrobe or a smaller cupboard. You can leave it as open shelving or hide it away behind a picture frame.
Natural light is your friend in a box room, as the more light you have, the bigger the room will feel. Whilst you might not be able to start building new windows, the colours you use will really affect how light it feels. So, go for lighter tones that will reflect the light, and avoid darker colours that absorb the light and make it feel darker and smaller.
This should apply to the furniture you use as well as the colour of the walls. Whilst you can still play with patterns in the room, sticking to a lighter colour palette will ensure the room feels bigger and lighter.
Another way to make the room feel bigger is to use mirrors. Mirrors will reflect the light and also give the illusion that the room is bigger, making it feel much less claustrophobic. You could go for one big statement piece, or a couple of smaller mirrors placed strategically around the walls. You could even find some mirrors that double as storage cupboards, to double their use!
Use the Walls
Floor space is precious in a box room, so use walls as much as possible. Instead of a bedside table, you might want to use a bedside shelf. Where possible, you should use wall-mounted lighting, instead of lamps that might have a big footprint and end up wasting space. If you’re really short on space, wall-mounted shelves can take up less space than a full bookshelf, and you can position a sofa or bed underneath them.
The best way to maximise space in your box room is to use fitted furniture that’s made to fit the space exactly. That way you can ensure that every inch of space is being used properly and not going to waste. This can be especially helpful if you have odd alcoves or slanted walls and ceilings where it would be awkward to try to fit normal furniture.
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