Boot rooms are a ‘must have’ for larger homes or country houses. Far from being a fashion trend, a boot room fulfills a real need. It’s a cross between utility room, mud room and cloakroom that provides a handy transitional space from outdoors to indoors.
Indeed, boot rooms often see more traffic than comes in through the front door. The piles of muddy boots, wellies, mountains of coats, discarded outdoorsy paraphernalia, pet accessories all need to be stored somewhere.
Whether your home is a period country house or a contemporary villa. The design of your boot room should be in keeping with the overall style of your home. Depending on your family’s lifestyle and interests, you can customize the space to fit your requirements exactly, and a well-organised boot room can be a practical space for the whole family to use.
What’s more, there’s no harm in adding a bit of style to this functional transition space, with clever interior design solutions able to provide attractive or concealed storage for all your needs.
Boot Room Interior Design
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A boot room is only as good as its storage facilities. Unless the room has been designed with easy and self storage in mind, it is in danger of becoming something of a dumping ground. Think build-in cupboards and drawers to maximize the use of the space, and perhaps allocate space to each member of the family. Don’t forget to make use of high-level storage too – handy for hats and headgear. Why not include a mirror above your bench seating, or on the wall, to increase the sense of space and light?
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2. Shoe Storage
Ideally situated close to the back door to minimise mess from muddy wellies, boot racks for footwear is a great idea. For drying wet shoes or boots after long country walks, how about a boot stand? Deep drawers are handy for storing boots and shoes.
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For convenience and ease of getting changed into indoor clothing, you will need somewhere to sit down. Storage units or locker units with in-built benches can be just the thing, as are standalone chairs or storage trunks.
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4. Bikes & Games
Whether your family likes off-road cycling or long muddy dog walks, golf, horse riding or country pursuits, there will be a lot of kit to store. From bike stands and golf racks to space for riding gear and shooting sticks, generous storage space for all your family’s needs is key.
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If your boot room is big enough, this may be a perfect place for a dog bed, perhaps with wire baskets on the wall for tidying away accessories and toys. Why not keep dog leads and collars, pet food and treats here too?
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6. Laundry Facilities
Discarding wet and dirty outerwear, sportswear and outdoor games kit is one thing, but having laundry facilities in situ so that everything can be dealt with straight away is an even better idea. Plumbing in butler skinks and washing machines – or even installing a doggy shower area! – can make all the difference.
7. Lighting & Flooring
Use clever lighting and eye catching flooring to pull the room together, both in terms of functionality and design. As your boot room needs to be well lit, good direct ceiling light is essential, and proper task lighting may be added by way of concealed cupboard lighting or with spotlights.
Flooring needs to be practical, hard wearing and easy to clean above all else. This is a messy area of your house, so carpets and rugs are not recommended. Rubber, vinyl or natural stone flooring offers many design possibilities and the right qualities to cope with heavy traffic on a daily basis and in all weathers. For the ultimate in comfort and convenience, underfloor heating is a great idea for boot rooms.
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For the information in this post, Artichoke Ltd were consulted.