Be inspired and get organised with these stylish ideas for sorting out your boot room
A beautifully organised boot room is not just about clearing clutter; it’s also about creating a practical space to make life easier for the whole family. We’ve got storage and layout ideas to inspire, but before you start planning, make sure you’ve invested in hard-wearing paint and robust flooring to cope with high foot traffic on a daily basis – in all weathers!
Look after boots and shoes
Hide wellies and everyday shoes out of the way in baskets or on racks. A storage bench with a wide wicker drawer provides lots of storage space as well as somewhere to sit and pull boots on and off.
Hang coats up to dry
Invest in handsome hallway furniture to keep outdoor gear together. A tall unit provides neat hooks to hang jackets, hats and umbrellas with an integral lidded box at the base for jumpers, throws and scarves. Offer extra hanging space with a Shaker peg rail on the wall.
Create a shoe-shining station
A handy step-up-stool in a well-lit room is the perfect place to buff up footwear. Leave just-cleaned shoes to air on a sturdy trolley before wearing out and store polish, brushes and laces in a rustic box for safekeeping.
Wash and go
Short on space? A boot room-cum-utility room is the perfect solution, complete with large butlers sink for rinsing off muddy pets, sports kit and shoes – an industrial-style wall lamp ensures you don’t miss a bit!
Build a pet palace
For those with bijoux boot rooms, built-in storage is your best friend. Keep carpets paw-print free by creating a large pet bed that also doubles up as a useful cubbyhole unit, perfect for displaying shoes and wellies or wooden crates filled with dog treats, leads and toys.
Stack shelves neatly
Dedicate shelves to gardening tools, sports equipment and cleaning products – locker-room style cupboards are tough and durable, a few knocks won’t hurt them! As well as a mat inside the front door, put another one under your boot rack to catch mud that drops off your boots.
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Find a place for bits and bobs
Keep all those grab-at-the-last-minute essentials in one place so you don’t leave the house without them. A neat pigeonhole unit is ideal for family life – especially when wall-hung and out of the way – with room for change pots, car keys, bus passes and combs.