The room choices available when converting your loft are many and varied: a spare bedroom, an extra bathroom, somewhere to study away from the noise of the rest of the house etc. Deciding what you want to do with the space is the easy bit. The challenge is how best to furnish the available space. Different rooms will necessitate different loft design, and some may be impeded by lofts that have arched or pitched ceilings, or areas where the roof is fairly low.
To ensure that you get the most potential out of your loft conversion design, here are a few ideas for ensuring that you opt for the right furniture…
Let’s start with the obvious: if you’re creating a new bedroom, you’re going to need a bed. There are two ways you can go here.
Firstly, you could opt for a standard raised bed, allowing you plenty of storage space underneath. To save space in a loft conversion is invaluable, and putting items such as towels, bed linen and clothes under the bed reduces the need for drawers, shelving units or other storage units.
Secondly, there’s the option of a sofa bed or day bed. This gives you the flexibility of having a sofa during the day, freeing up floor space, and a full sized bed at night – particularly if the conversion is going to be used rarely as a guest bedroom.
You need to plan your loft conversion properly for wardrobes and cupboards. Sliding doors are more efficient than those that swing open into your limited space, and mirrors are a great way to give the impression of a larger room. In fact, there are a number of tricks you can do to increase the amount of perceived space in the loft. For example, lamps and floor-level lighting open out the room, and can be placed underneath bedside tables so as not to take up floor space.
A second bathroom is a great way to add both value and luxury to your home, but squeezing one into a loft conversion can sometimes be tricky. Fixtures and fittings that work with the contours of the room are best here, such as corner showers, sinks or baths for those with luxury in mind.
Soft furnishings are unlikely to be able to handle the humidity of a bathroom environment, so hard wood chairs and cupboards are the way forward (as are hard wood floors over carpets). And we encourage you to plant a tree for every chunk of wood that you use.
Multi-purpose items also help: a linen and towel storage chest can double as a stylish seat with a few cushions.
A home office requires plenty of natural light, and the furniture should reflect this – or, at the very least, not inhibit it. Ensure that there is sufficient headroom above any desks you put in; otherwise you will be constantly banging your head every time you stand up. In terms of storage, look for drawers that can fit underneath your desk, and shelves fitted to non-sloping walls provide a great place to put stationary and even printers and other equipment.
Don’t underestimate the mentality-improving capabilities of a potted plant, and remember to provide adequate lighting for work after dark.