Most British properties have a small box room that is much smaller than the other bedrooms. Many homeowners have transformed the box room into a cosy and self-contained home office during the pandemic. Yet, when the family is growing, and you can’t afford to move house, you need to get creative about space. Perhaps, it’s the perfect opportunity for the box room to shine with a smart and practical design.
Not sure about it? Here are some of the best ideas to add a child’s bedroom to a small home.
Space-saving furniture ideas
Multi-function and multi-purpose furniture can make the most of the existing space. Places such as IKEA are filled with space-saving items, such as storage units that can fit underneath a narrow bed. This can provide additional storage options for bedding, toys, or even seasonal wardrobe without cramming the room.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to look for a practical desk spot. Compact desks or narrow shelf desks can provide a safe place for studies without taking over the bedroom.
Can you use the height of the room?
The question you want to ask yourself is how high is the ceiling? Indeed, a room with small square footage with a high ceiling can be the perfect spot for high beds, such as these bunk beds at Cuckooland. Bunk beds remain a favourite of most children because they bring siblings closer together. Besides, most children want to sleep on top (so it’s a good idea to introduce a schedule!)
With a high bed, you essentially save space while keeping up with the growing headcount inside your home.
Is an extension an option?
A home extension can help increase square footage without moving homes. Homeowners must be warned that extensions are not always granted, so it’s best to check with your local authorities before starting the project. Building regulations will need to approve the work in terms of structural integrity, energy efficiency, and even how it will affect your neighbours (Party Wall Act).
However, if the extension is allowed, it can be the opportunity to bring the box room to a proper size or add a bedroom on the ground level. You can also use the extension to create a new functional room, such as a dining room, and convert the dining room into a bedroom.
Can you convert the loft?
The under-roof area is typically left unused in most British homes. It acts as a storage space for Christmas decorations and other seasonal items. But, if your loft dimensions are sufficient, you could consider a loft conversion. Indeed, loft conversions rarely require planning permits, which means you can get started easily. Your local council can help you find out whether a permit is required. By transforming the loft into a bedroom, you can create a cosy and bright space for your child.
With the addition of dormer windows and electric systems, the loft can become a welcoming bedroom.
Small houses can make it tricky for families. Yet, there are many options available for a growing family when you can’t afford to move homes. Building an extension or converting an existing place can be expensive projects, but they are cheap compared to purchasing a new home. Alternatively, depending on your needs, smart space-saving furniture and vertical solutions can turn the box room into a dream bedroom.