We currently live in a small terraced two bed house. We are gagging for more space, and dream of future homes with four or even a luxurious five (FIVE!) bedrooms. But in more realistic moments we agree that even just a modest upgrade to a three bedroom home would be amazing. I’m constantly watching the property market for reasonable priced (in Surrey – HAH!) suitable properties, and in doing so, have become increasingly familiar with the concept of the ‘box room’. Albeit a term no estate agents would EVER use, it’s a reality for most three bedroom properties that one of the three is significantly smaller and a quest begins for ways of making the most out of this small space. Whether utilised as a bedroom either for guests or a child, or as a study, dressing room or den, storage will be necessary – and challenging. Here’s one of my all-time favourite Box Room Heroes, and five ways to use it.
IKEA’s Trones £22 / pack of 2
This is becoming a bit of a classic in the small living community. Originally launched as shoe storage, it has since been put to many uses:
- Bedside table – put reading materials, charger cables, hand cream etc in the fold out compartment, wall mount a reading lamp, and there’s plenty of room for a glass of water and an alarm clock (or, let’s face it, your phone) on top of the unit.
- Filing cabinets – line a wall with 4 or 6 of these little friendly guys, and watch your paperwork pretty much organise itself.
- Dressing table – stack two of these and mount a mirror onto the wall above. Hair dryer and curling irons (once cool) fit neatly into one, while the other can house tall bottles of hairspray, body lotions etc. To store smaller product inside the unit, put them inside a toiletry bag and slip it in next to the bottles. Leave the top free for your makeup bag/case, favourite perfume and a dish for earrings, hair pins and other nicknacks.
- Children’s storage – a general rule to apply when choosing storage for a child’s room is that it should be easier (or at least as easy) to put things away than to get things out. This will make tidy-up time far quicker and a lot less painful. Line one wall with a single row of these units (next to each other) at a suitable height for your child, and fill them with books, games and puzzles, instruments, toy cars etc. Put nice large picture labels on the front to simplify tidy-up time further, and to make it easier for your child to find what they are looking for. Leave the top of the units for favourite toys, or the ones you find most appealing to the eye!
- Music storage – for those of you who end up using the box room either to house a teenager or as a den where music is made or consumed, these units are amazing. Stack three or four on one wall, and fill them with LP records, cables, headphones and other music paraphernalia. Easy to find what you are looking for, and easy to put away when done.
Keep an eye out for more Box Room Heroes post moving forward! This is one of my favourite topics, and I am forever on the lookout for new great storage ideas. AS and when I come across them, I will share them here with you. Until next time!