Loft conversions can add up to a fifth onto the value of your property and a third more living space to your home. While the potential is huge, it’s important to plan intelligently to make the most of your new rooms. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the space available.
Think About Storage
Most of us use the loft space as storage when it hasn’t been converted – you don’t want to lose all that storage, or your suitcases, Christmas decorations, and childhood toys will need to find a new place to live. The great thing about loft conversions is that there’s some ‘natural’ storage space left when you’ve converted the space – the pitch of the roof creates very acute angles at the edges of the rooms, which means you can’t really use that space. Create built-in cupboards, and you can make use of the entire length of your loft without having to sacrifice any usable floor space in the process.
Choose the Right Furniture
The right furniture is crucial to a successful and ergonomic loft conversion. If you’re creating a bedroom, think about a lower bed if it’s going to sit along the length of your loft conversion. You might want to put your bed at the end of the conversion, in which case a lofted bed could actually provide you with more floor space, and allow you to create a seating area underneath. Lofted beds aren’t just for kids – you can create beautiful beds with proper stairs (rather than an old-school ladder) by talking to your local carpenter. That way, it’ll fit perfectly in the space too.
Choose Bigger Stairs
It’s tempting to choose the smallest stairs possible for loft conversions since you do need to sacrifice some space to create them, but that will make accessing the new loft more difficult. You will need to get furniture up your stairs and if it’s a family member’s bedroom they will need to come down first thing in the morning and climb up them after a late night too. Choosing bigger stairs will make the loft feel more like part of the home and will make using it far more attractive.