How To: Create the perfect boot room

The boot room, a barrier between the outside world and the interior of the home, this designated space has become a must-have for keeping shoes and outdoor gear neatly tucked out of sight. Providing much-needed storage, a place to remove muddy wellies and to contain even muddier dogs, this entrance room is not only hugely practical but can also provide a welcoming and stylish entryway for greeting guests. Whether you’re looking to transform a tired utility room, add a purpose-built extension to your open-plan kitchen or simply update a small area of your hallway, we’ve listed the key considerations for creating the ultimate boot room in your home.

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Fitted storage

No boot room is complete without beautifully fitted units. Allowing the freedom to choose the exact storage to suit your needs, custom furniture will fit even the most awkward of spaces. From coat racks and shelving, to purpose-built space for stowing away shoes and boots, this luxury addition may not come cheap but will certainly pay dividends when it comes to creating an organised and effortlessly chic boot room. These muted grey, shaker-style fitted units from Humphrey Munson certainly create an effortlessly sophisticated space with added wow-factor, whilst catering to all your storage needs.

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One of the main considerations of any boot room is the flooring. Required to withstand the day-to-day footfall of busy family life, the surface needs to be robust and easy to clean. Vinyl tiles tick both boxes, whilst also coming in a range of patterns, colours and designs. At Harvey Maria, our Designer vinyl floor tiles make for the perfect practical floor covering. Choose the NEW Neisha Crosland Check tile for a modern take on classic encaustic tiles, or opt for Dee Hardwicke’s pretty Lattice design for a traditional looking, yet hardwearing finish.

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Small space accessories

If space is at a premium, you can still create a designated boot area by investing in a few simple but practical details. This concept lends itself to small nooks and entrance hallways, where banished coats, wet umbrellas and those cold-weather accessories such as hats and scarfs often take over. Neptune’s range of classic wicker storage baskets not only provide plentiful room for tidying away those entrance-way essentials, but they look super stylish, too.

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Add a bench

We’ve all been in that situation, where you’re hopping around in an effort to remove those muddy, post-dog-walk wellies. That’s where a storage bench comes in very handy. An essential part of any boot room, not only does this functional piece of furniture offer a space-saving spot to hide away those outdoor shoes (and everything else), it also provides a restful spot to remove them in style! This can be built into a fitted furniture unit, or for a more budget-friendly option, this Chedworth storage bench from The Holding Company works just as well!

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