Every home needs a space where outdoor meets indoor, a place to drop muddy boots, hang up coats, and store away those pesky umbrellas that otherwise clutter your living space. This is where the boot room or utility area comes in. These practical spaces are essential for maintaining an organised and clutter-free home, and here's how to create one.
Identify a suitable area
Start by identifying a suitable area in your home. This could be a small space by the back door, a dedicated room, or even a corner in your garage. Measure the space carefully to determine what kind of storage solutions will fit.
Consider the functions of the space
Next, consider what items you need to store. Traditionally, boot rooms are for outdoor wear such as boots, coats, and hats. However boot rooms often double up as utility rooms, so you will need to consider additional storage for laundry and white goods if this is the case.
If you own pets, you might also need space for leashes, food, and other supplies.
As with all home interior planning, the devil is in the detail. If the area is by your front door for example, you may want to consider a convenient place for keys and letter storage.
Have a place for everything
Once you've identified what needs to be stored, it's time to invest in some practical storage solutions.
Bench seating with storage underneath is ideal for storing shoes and doubling up as a place to sit when putting them on. Wall-mounted hooks are great for hanging coats and bags, while shelves above can store hats or baskets for smaller items.
Remember, the goal of a boot room/utility area is to make life easier. So place frequently used items within easy reach and store less frequently used items on higher shelves or in cupboards. With a bit of planning and organisation, you'll create a boot room that's functional, stylish, and makes coming home a little more welcoming.
If you have limited space, consider using multi-functional furniture such as a storage ottoman or hall tree. These pieces can provide storage while also serving as a place to sit and put on shoes.
Another tip for maximising space is to use vertical storage solutions. This could include tall cabinets, wall-mounted hooks or shelves, hanging organisers and wall mounted laundry airers. These options help keep the floor clear and create a more spacious feel in the room.
Create a place for pet items
Additionally, consider incorporating a designated pet area into your boot room/utility area. This could include a feeding station, storage for toys and supplies, and hooks for leashes. By having all of your pet items in one place, it will make caring for them easier and more efficient.
Opt for easy to clean finishes
Boot rooms should work hard for us; they are the area where we take off our muddy boots, clean our dog's paws and take off our outerwear before we enter the other rooms in our home. Because of this, it's imperative that they are robust and easy to clean. Luckily we can have both practicality and style thanks to the various material options available today.
An easy to clean floor that can be endlessly swept and mopped is a definite must. Opt for stone tiles or an authentic alternative. LVT and vinyl flooring is waterproof and highly practical, and thanks to non-PVC alternatives such as our No-Vinyl Tiles, it is possible to have the practicality of LVT whilst still being environmentally conscious.
Laminate flooring is also a great practical option which is ideal for boot room areas. We would advise against wood flooring since standing water can cause irreparable damage and heavy mopping is not recommended.
Always place a washable floor mat at the doorway to catch dirt from muddy boots and make cleaning easier.
Shelving units should be easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth and you may want to opt for handleless cabinet doors for a more streamlined overall finish.
Get creative with style
Boot rooms and utility rooms don't have to be boring! In fact, small spaces are a great place to experiment with bold colours and patterns which you may not be brave enough to put in your more communal spaces. Consider a bright paint colour, a bold wallpaper or a patterned window blind to add personality and a sense of style to the space. Botanical or wildlife patterns work particularly well, giving a nod to the outdoors, whilst greens and pinks are currently a popular choice for cabinet doors and painted furniture.
To add some character to the space, consider adding a chalkboard or whiteboard for writing notes, to-do lists or getting creative with seasonal illustrations.
Don't forget about lighting
Finally, don't forget about lighting and ventilation. Natural light is ideal, but if your boot room/utility area doesn't have windows, make sure to add adequate lighting. Good ventilation is also important to prevent odours from accumulating. Consider adding a fan or air purifier to keep the space fresh and clean.
In conclusion, creating an organised boot room/utility area is essential for maintaining an organised and clutter-free home. So don't wait any longer, start planning and organising your boot room/utility area today and let this space be the perfect transition between outdoor and indoor in your home.