Making the most of a box room

Friday 06th January 2017

Whether used as a guest room or a study, or a play room or a snug, many of our homes share one thing in common – a compact, often awkward space which means we need to compromise on practicality or style when considering its décor.

Whether used as a guest room or a study, or a play room or a snug, many of our homes share one thing in common – a compact, often awkward space which means we need to compromise on practicality or style when considering its décor. However, with a plethora of space saving solutions and clever design techniques now readily available to us to maximise the room’s potential, some simple tweaks can make your small space both attractive and functional.

Eliminate clutter

This first simple step of removing any clutter goes a long way in creating the impression of space in a box room. However, as well as finding a home for rogue clothes, paperwork or toys, this golden rule also extends to the number of smaller decorative items on display, as these can also make the room feel claustrophobic. So, no matter how sentimental the pieces may be, sacrifices must be made in order to make your space feel more airy - and in a box room, it’s crucial to keep it simple.

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Versatility is key

In addition to eliminating clutter, maximising floor space is also key, and a smart collection of multipurpose furniture can buy you those all-important extra square feet. From sofas doubling up as beds, coffee tables folding up into desks, and ottoman beds providing additional storage, multiuse furniture works twice as hard at transforming your box room into a multifaceted space.

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Smart storage

To pack extra space into a tiny room, a careful selection of storage can make all the difference in keeping your room clean and clutter-free. Built in wardrobes simultaneously provide a sleek update to your décor whilst maximising the room’s living space and, when paired with sliding doors, make it feel more spacious, as they won’t extend when opened.

 

Trick of the eye

Finally, creating the illusion of space can often be as effective as creating space itself. Introduce long lines to draw the eye up and around the room, such as floor to ceiling drapes and curtains. Clear furniture achieves a similar affect, in keeping the flow of the eye moving around the space without encountering any obstructions. Light is another effective tool in giving the impression of space, with mirrored surfaces such as reflective wardrobe doors opening up the room and creating a feeling of expansiveness.

 

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Although a box room may initially present an awkward space, this simple selection of tips and tricks proves it can easily be transformed to feel airy and less constrictive, ultimately opening the space to be a fully functioning and stylish area of your home.