Lofts: 10 Creative Ways to Use a Loft Space
Think out of the box when it comes to converting your loft, and explore the exciting options for this bonus space under your roof
Roof lights are great at drawing in natural light, but tend to offer limited views of the surrounding area. This living space tackles that problem by installing large windows right down to the floor. No need to stand on tiptoe to see the landscape outside.
What to consider when planning a loft conversion
By definition, a loft room is at the top of the house, and that elevated position often means it boasts fantastic views. This bedroom makes the most of them by installing the kind of bi-fold doors you more typically see in a kitchen or living room on the ground floor. An almost invisible Juliet balcony ensure that this level of openness is safe, and the views speak for themselves.
Fall in love with your attic
A proper games room, complete with sizable equipment, needs a generously proportioned room, and the soaring space beneath this roof supplies just that. There is room for a pool table, seating and even a fridge — you could stay up here for hours!
With their unique location at the top of a house, an attic or loft comes rammed with angles and slanting lines. But rather than cursing these awkward slopes, celebrate them, by picking out roof beams or rafters in a bright colour. This draws the eye upwards and adds a splash of fun too.
Another way to celebrate the unique architecture of your loft room is with clever lighting. Here, lights have been recessed into the apex of the roof, making a feature of this bedroom’s very high ceiling, helping to pull it down, visually, and keep it connected with the rest of the space.
A whole kitchen? In a loft space? Sure! Ideally, factor in an island that sits in the centre of the space, where the ceiling is at its highest. This makes washing up and food prep a stoop-free experience. Similarly, install the oven under the highest part of the roof, so you can stand and cook comfortably. Elsewhere, though, base units fit in easily under even quite steep eaves, providing invaluable storage as they would in any kitchen.
A simple mezzanine, squeezed in under a sloping roof and accessed via a ladder, creates additional sleep space in this child’s bedroom. When the loft bed isn’t required for sleepovers, it makes a wonderful place to crash out with a book, or stare at the stars through the roof light.
Most attics, prior to conversion, boast exposed brickwork. Not much point plastering the walls up there when the space is used to store a tent, university course notes and boxes of cassettes! But once converted, a loft can look great with some of that brick left exposed. It’s an easy way to inject some colour and texture, and also a nice reminder of the space’s previous identity as a more utilitarian space.
Offices are a great fit for an attic space, with storage and desk space slotting in nicely beneath the eaves. This desk is flooded with light thanks to the inventive windows that have been installed. Regular roof lights give views of the sky and pull in plenty of daylight, but small windows fitted into the attic wall itself provide extra light, so that the desk is beautifully illuminated. They also give lovely views down over the surrounding area, boosting the appeal of this space — but perhaps reducing your chances of getting much work done!
An awkward, narrow space at one end of the bathroom in this conversion has been transformed into a cosy chill-out space. Tiny LED lights have been installed in the sloping ceiling to look like stars and a day bed slotted in, creating a magical place to wind down after a hot bath.
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