Best Loft Conversion Ideas – Best Loft Conversion Ideas 2021
Best Loft Conversion Ideas
Loft conversion ideas are a great dose of inspiration when you’re taking on such a big project. It may well be situated at the top of your home, in the eaves, but you’ll want to design a space that works for you.
Whether it’s a master suite, snug for the kids or a home office to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, it’s got to be a space that works and flows with the rest of the house.
A loft conversion is a great way to extend without stealing any space from the garden, especially in suburban plots where outside space is not always the most generous. Done well, it’ll also add significant value to your home.
Sloping ceilings, nooks and crannies and odd angles will, more often than not, need to be incorporated into the design of the loft conversion. And don’t forget you’ll need to consider the glazing to let in enough light, as well as heating and insulation to make it cosy not cold.
Create a Tranquil Master Bedroom
Converting a loft into a bedroom or master suite is a hugely popular idea, adding value as well as useful extra space.
Particular consideration should be given to blinds when creating a bedroom — the light that comes in from roof windows tends to be bright and you don’t want to be woken at the crack of dawn.
There are several options when it comes to choosing blinds for roof windows — but in a bedroom, a blackout blind is a must. Choose one that is designed to prevent light seeping in from the sides. Both Velux and Blinds 2go offer a large range of blackout blinds.
You will also need to provide clothes storage. Under-eaves storage, using space too low for freestanding cupboards, rails or shelving, is a great idea. Alternatively, look into having fitted wardrobes made to suit your specific space.Take a look at our 15 loft conversion ideas to spur on some moodboard inspiration.
Add a Bathroom in the Loft
It can be really useful to locate bathroom facilities in a loft conversion. A loft bedroom usually warrants more extensive bathroom facilities, whereas a study or games room might only need a toilet and basin.
A loft bathroom doesn’t have to take up much space, but make sure there is sufficient headroom. A minimum floor space of around 1 x 2.6m is sufficient for a shower room with WC and basin — head height will be required over the shower, but the ceiling can slope where the toilet cistern is.
Create a Living Room in the Loft Space
An extra living room in the loft space is a great idea — perhaps you have older children who might appreciate their own space or maybe you like the idea of a second TV room or just a chill out space to escape up to at the end of a long day.
Best Loft Conversion Ideas 2021
Rooflights can be used as a smart way to flood your loft space with natural light. This balcony system (Velux’s Cabrio) drenches this top floor den in sunshine. Comprising two glazed panels, each of the windows can be opened in two ways: as a conventional rooflight as well as a dormer-style balcony when the bottom panel is also pushed back.
Add a Dormer Window
Adding a dormer window to your loft can be a straightforward way to incorporate more space overhead. However, in this loft conversion by Konishi Gaffney Architects, strict planning rules within this local conservation area meant installing a conventional dormer window wasn’t possible. Instead, a low profile, long dormer was fitted meaning it has less of a visual impact than a dormer positioned close to the eaves. The addition has been clad in anthracite zinc.
Convert Your Loft Into a Den
The loft is the perfect spot for a games room, hobbies room or den. Take time to really consider what you will be using the space for — a home cinema or music room will have different lighting requirements than a hobby space, for example.
If the activities taking place here are likely to be noisy, give some thought to soundproofing. You need not only to consider footfall noise but, if you are in a terrace or semi-detached house, the transference of noise from one house to the next. There are plenty of ways to add soundproofing:
Loft Conversion Lighting Ideas
In this top floor master suite, Neil Dusheiko Architects concealed dimmable LED lights have been fitted along the perimeter to give the timber structure a soft glow.
When planning your loft conversion, make sure you fully consider the lighting design to achieve a higher-quality space which can be enjoyed at any time of day.