We’ve said it so many times, but when it comes to storage – more is always more! The best advice we can give to anyone designing a boot room/mudroom is to think carefully about what needs to be stored in this room – children accumulate shoes, trainers, boots, bags, sports kits, coats, jackets etc at an alarming rate. We’ve just finished working on a new project design that has a bespoke kids’ zone – it’s sort of a secondary boot room space that they can use now, and then when they are older and finished at school, it will be used by guests and for overflow storage.
Even without children, adult boot rooms typically include space for outdoor clothing, space to dry cycling gear, sports kits, golf bags, the usual shoes/boots /jackets and coats etc. And don’t forget about our four-legged friends – they need somewhere for their food, treats, leads and collars, beds and sometimes a washing station!
Here are some recent HM projects including boot rooms to inspire you:
This is the boot room at the barn at the Suffolk Project – this area is designed to receive shooting guests prior to lunch being served in the main barn.
There is butt & bead panelling finished in Farthing, with a long bench finished in Farthing II. A vanity unit (also in Farthing II) by HM provides a spot to wash hands before heading into lunch after a morning in the field.
The vanity unit features Pebble worktops by Caesarstone for an easy to maintain counter around the sink.
We love the open bench storage so that boots can be removed and easily put away.
The boot room at the Surrey Hills project is designed for people and also a very special four-legged friend. The tall cabinetry to the right hand side of the sink houses a washing machine and tumble dryer for washing dog bedding and towels.
The sink area is perfect for rinsing bowls, and filling the water station, while the Ludgate oak bench opposite is great for putting on or removing boots and shoes when you’re coming and going.
The HM butt & bead panelling is a much requested addition to these rooms – we use the best quality materials for construction to ensure we always have the perfect painted finish.
A guest boot room is just off the main boot room, this provides space for guests to decamp, so they have their own area to store outdoor kit.
It’s always lovely to see a bold colour palette in a boot room, and we just love this Yardarm colour used on the cabinetry and the walls in the boot room at the main house at the Suffolk project.
Breaking up the storage with open shelving was essential to create a balanced design, this brings a little life and warmth to the room.
Double cupboards with hanging spaces provide storage for things you don’t want hanging up all the time, it is great for seasonal jackets/coats that aren’t needed for half the year.
The boot room at the Surrey project continues the Spenlow cabinetry from the rest of the rooms. We designed and it includes everything you need in a boot room – open artisan shelves with hanging space below, a bench seat with concealed storage, a sink for rinsing boots, and a large double cupboard for closed storage.
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