Design ideas for loft conversions
Loft conversion is not as difficult as you might think but you need to have some design ideas before you begin. The following are a number of ideas and advices on how to increase the flow of light in the premise and make the most out of the available floor space.
Ensure you decorate effectively
Usually, your loft has a sloping ceiling and walls, so ensure you paint them the same colour. Paint the entire room the same colour where you have sloping elements and consider using close tints of the same colour for a more modern look.
Make sufficient space for the stairs
The staircase should occupy as little space as possible, not only on the storey below but also in the loft. Usually it is best to renovate the existing main staircase. In case the space is very tight, the best option is a spiral staircase.
Preserve your privacy
You can build a more neat look by fitting Velux windows with sliding blinds. Consider using pull-down blinds or plantation shutters for dormer windows.
Create an atmosphere by using lighting
Generate different effects by layering your lighting. In the flat part of the ceiling, you can place low-energy spotlights, and you can also fit directional spots to exposed beams. Adding bedside wall lights can also improve the atmosphere.
Ensure the floor is soundproof
Cushion wooden floors or even better discard them to avoid problems with people living below. Try sound-deadening materials if you thing that the noise could be a big issue.
Allow for enough natural light
Increase the flow of natural daylight by maximizing the number of windows. You can place a number of double-glazed windows in a roof section to create one big glazing expanse.
Consider an extra bathroom
If you add an extra bathroom to your attic, it will increase the quality of your loft conversion. If you don’t have the money right now, try to at least install the plumbing so that you can make the addition in future.