Be honest, is your spare room full of boxes, half-finished projects and random junk? Don’t worry if it is, you’re not the only one. Spare bedrooms tend to become a sort of dumping ground for the things we accumulate in the house, often because it’s too small to fit a bed into. It’s even billed by estate agents that way – ‘number of actual bedrooms + 1’. Most people refer to it as their box room, because they use it so store stuff in boxes, becoming nothing more than a glorified storage space. But now you’re spending more time at home during the lockdown, you might be looking for a project, and for another way to use that wasted space. Luckily, there are a lot of options! Here are our 5 favourite uses for a box room, that we guarantee you’ll love too.
A lot of us have been adjusting to working from home for the last 12 weeks, but now it seems a lot of businesses have realised many jobs could be done from home, and might even be done better from there. If yours is one of them, even on a part-time basis, then it might be time to consider a home office. This is one of the most popular and practical options for a box room and gives you the chance to work from home in a comfortable, personal environment, free from distractions.
If you’re a fan of cosy nights in, why not set up a home cinema for yourself? You can opt for a big-screen TV, or if you’re really into it, a projector and screen, plus surround sound. Some comfy chairs, a mini-fridge for snacks. It could be the perfect sanctuary for you, and a space to enjoy your favourite downtime activity.
Let’s face it – kids take up a lot of space. They have a lot of stuff and like nothing more than to spread it around as much as possible. So if you’re tired of stepping on Lego in the middle of the night, it might be time to consider a dedicated playroom. A box room is perfect for this, since it allows you to store all of your child’s toys in one place, and they can get as messy as they want inside. Make sure there are a nice comfy rug and a chair for you, and lots of storage for them. And if you don’t have time to clean up after then, all you need to do is close the door.
Who doesn’t love the idea of a walk-in wardrobe? Especially when modern houses tend to have limited options for clothes storage, and many of us are forced to have a ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ wardrobe, one of which is relegated to the loft for half the year. But with a full-length mirror and a nice big set of fitted wardrobes, you could turn your box room into a luxury wardrobe, with plenty of room to try of clothes and choose your outfits.
If you’re tired of constantly tripping over things in the living room when you’re trying to iron, then it might be time to dedicate some space to it. Creating a laundry room is one of the more boring options, but it can make your life a lot better in the long run. Get yourself some clothes rails set up, put in a TV or radio, and ironing, folding and organising can be much less tedious.
If you like playing board games, card games, darts, pool, or other games with friends and family often, then having a dedicated space to do it can make everything more enjoyable. It keeps clutter out of the rest of your house and gives you a nice, private space to enjoy dedicated gaming time. Just make sure you have adequate lighting, and room for several chairs as well as your table, and shelves to keep your games.
And what to do with all the stuff you’ve got piled up in boxes at the moment? Put it where it belongs – in storage! At Blue Box Self Storage we have a variety of storage spaces in all shapes and sizes, so you can find the perfect space for you. Our flexible rentals mean you only pay for as much storage as you need when you need it. And even during the pandemic, you can still open and use our storage spaces, with no contract options available. If you would like to find out more, just get in touch today.