Design a boot room? We don’t have the space for that! Well, if, like most families, your home is cluttered by belongings that are frequently in demand but a pain to store, you could benefit from incorporating a boot room, even if yours is squeezed into the smallest of spaces. At its simplest, it needn’t be a whole room.
A boot room simply has to function as a practical storage solution that can be created by reorganizing hallway storage or borrowing a portion of an existing kitchen. Use it for some handy extra coat and shoe storage or, if you are working with a larger space, a boot room could double as a utility area, too. Don’t miss our boot room design ideas, too. How you will use a boot room? When designing a boot room be clear from the outset what you want to use the space for. Is it a boot room solely for storing shoes and coats?
How To Design A Boot Room
Would you like it to have a sink? Maybe it needs to double up as a utility room? Think about those things around your house that don’t have a home but could definitely do with one (this is where a boot room comes into its own). Bikes are the perfect example of this, consider adding some wall-mounted racks or out of the way on a pulley system to your boot room design – take a look at our bike storage ideas for inspiration. You could also use the space for indoor gardening, a bit like a potting shed, just add a workbench and repurpose some shed storage. What is on your boot room essentials list?
Where is the best space for a boot room? In a typical farmhouse, a boot room is positioned by the back door, so that you can stomp in with muddy boots and change out of wet weather gear without traipsing mud through the house. If you’re embarking on a renovation project, planning an extension or fitting a new kitchen, now’s the time to see whether the ground floor could be reconfigured to include a boot room.
For most homes, the front door is the main port of call, and adding a porch might be the answer to avoid dirty trainers and school bags being trailed through the house. Without resorting to building work, an existing utility room can double up as a boot room. The flow of the space through a boot room is the first consideration. The ideal space needs to be one you can pass through quickly with little furniture obstructing the route between the doors. You also need to consider having a door separating your boot room from the main house to keep cold air out. Depending on the boot room size, the furniture can be arranged in a row or in an L- or U- shape, in the same way, that you might have a small kitchen. Would it help to move a door, window or radiator to achieve your aims? Could the amount of daylight be improved, if you include a skylight or glazed doors?