Loft conversions are one of the most popular types of home improvement projects in the UK. In fact, it’s a popular option when you need more space, without having to move. The cost of a new home keeps increasing, making it expensive to buy and new home and move.
If you’re considering a loft, do you have ideas on what you’d like to do with the converted space? If not, that’s OK. It can be difficult coming up with ideas, so we’ve put together a few loft conversion ideas and things to consider with each type of conversion. We hope you find something here that inspires your own loft conversion project!
Working with the Space
One of the first things to consider is the shape of your loft. Does it have some odd angles, sloping ceilings, etc.? These can create some charming spaces when included in the conversion design. However, they can also present problems, unless you have a good design to work with. A great design needs to consider the intended use of the space and then incorporate the features of the loft.
It’s a good idea to hire a specialist builder who has experience with loft conversions. And an architect to review the drawings of your conversion plan is also a good idea. Adding in a builder and an architect do add on to the cost of the loft conversion, but consider this money well spent. They’ll keep you from making some of the most common mistakes that can occur with a loft conversion project.
In the end, with a great design that incorporates the quirky angles of the loft, you’ll have a wonderful, usable new space. Not only that, but your home’s value will also go up if the conversion is done right.
Living Room Loft & Natural Light
What could be more natural than creating a living room in the loft? Many people choose to convert their loft into a living room. It’s a great space to use for entertaining family and friends, adding a private space for older kids, or evening making it into TV and entertainment room. The loft could be the perfect place to chill after long hours at work, or perhaps just to read.
You’ll need to remember that the loft can be a great living space; however, there’s a lot of natural light up there. You can take in the views from up there, but also consider the warmth of the sun during the summer, when the light is bright for long hours during the day.
It may be necessary to have light blocking blinds on the windows, in order to keep the new living area cooler in the summer and minimize light when watching TV. In addition, you may want to think about adding sliding or French doors that open out onto a small balcony (if space allows). This is a great way to improve airflow, bring in fresh air and even make the space feel a little larger. These additions, however, will depend on the type of conversion and the type of roof line you have.
A Hobby Room in the Loft
Have you thought about using the loft as a hobby room? The loft can be converted into a place where you can enjoy your favorite hobby. Do you create crafts or sew? Or do you enjoy playing the guitar or another musical instrument? The loft conversion would make a wonderful music room.
If you plan on activities that can be noisy for the loft space, then you should consider adding soundproofing to the conversion plans. This especially necessary if your new space will share a wall with a neighbor’s home, or to allow everyone in your own home to enjoy some quiet while you’re playing.
To soundproof the new space, you can consider adding:
- Thermal insulation in the ceilings, walls and floors—this provides some noise insulation.
- High-density acoustic plaster board also helps to soundproof
- Carpet is also great
- Foam tiles, added to the walls and ceilings, can also be great soundproofing
Create a Master Bedroom in the Loft
If you need space to get away from the world, then converting the loft into a master bedroom could be a great choice for you. In fact, this is a very popular option when it comes to loft conversions.
When creating a bedroom space, keep in mind that you’ll want to add window coverings to enhance your privacy. And the natural light coming in will also be quite intense, so adding light blocking blinds may be a good choice. They’ll block the light and keep out the heat of summer, too.
And remember you’ll want to add clothes and bedding storage to your new bedroom. The space under the eaves may be too low for freestanding cabinets or shelving. However, you might consider having bespoke furnishings created for your new room.
The Loft May Be the Perfect Kid Space
Do your kids need more space for their toys? Do you regularly have to walk over a floor that’s covered in plastic connector blocks? We feel for you! If you’re often having to step around those blocks, then maybe it’s time to consider converting the loft into a kids’ room.
Think of it—a space where your kids can play, store their toys, enjoy their hobbies, etc. Your house will be clutter-free, and you’ll no longer suffer from stepping on sharp, plastic connector blocks!
Here, again, just as with the bedroom conversion, you may want to consider bespoke storage options. The space under the eaves will make it difficult to use store-bought storage units. With cabinets, shelves, etc. built specially to conform to the angles of the room, you’ll create a lovely play area for the kids.
Don’t Forget to Add a Bathroom
With a loft conversion, it’s always a good idea to add a bathroom to the new space. If you’re adding a bathroom to a kids’ playroom or a hobby room, you can probably get away with including only a toilet and a sink. For a bedroom, you’ll want to add a full bathroom, with at least a shower, if not a tub.
A converted loft is a great way to add more space and value to your home. The loft area can be used in almost any way you’d like, just remember to work with the walls and ceilings. A great design will ensure you have a beautiful room when it’s all completed.