When was the last time you went into your loft? Home to winter coats, bulky suitcases and the odd spider, lofts are the least frequented areas of UK homes. This means that sometimes, we forget just how much unused, open space there is up there!
To add extra living space without building out into your garden, and increase your property’s value by £37,000 on average (according to Nationwide) at the same time, consider converting your loft. Most houses don’t require planning permission for a loft conversion (but you must check with your local authority), which cuts down the time it takes to build one.
Here are some of the ways that you could convert your loft from dead space into a useful room. Plus, some innovative staircase ideas that will inspire your loft conversion project.
Loft conversion ideas
The best loft conversions work creatively with the sloping angles of your roof, to offer a space that becomes just as much a part of your home as the original rooms. From bedrooms to walk-in wardrobes, there are plenty of loft ideas that you might not have previously considered.
A spacious spare bedroom
Create an upstairs haven by turning your loft into a master or spare bedroom. Loft-to-bedroom conversions are one of the most popular loft conversion choices for growing families or people looking to rent out a room for extra income, because you get a spacious extra bedroom without the need for an extension.
To stop the natural light from shining through the windows or skylight and waking you up too early in the morning, there are plenty of blackout blinds that you can choose from. In a rooflight loft conversion, skylights (also known VELUX windows) blinds will sit flush into the existing roof space.
Check out our spare room decorating ideas for a step by step guide to making a spare room look just as good as the rest of your house does.
A light-filled living space
Forget the evenings of the family fighting over what to watch on TV by creating an extra living room in your loft. It’s also great for homeowners looking to rent out a bedroom, as the lodger will have their own private living room, which is a rare find!
To be eco-friendly, try a design that allows lots of natural light to come through the windows, to cut down on artificial lighting. Loft conversions have roof insulation too, to stop heat from escaping. With TVs, gaming consoles and lamps among the many energy-guzzling appliances found in living rooms, the energy savings from heating and lighting will cut your energy bill significantly.
For more living room lighting ideas, visit our Inspiration Centre.
A handy home office
Whether you’re a freelancer, work from home full time or you take work home with you a few evenings a week, a home office space that’s separate from your living area is essential in helping you achieve a good work-life balance. Once you’ve finished work, you can leave it in a separate room and kick back in another space to relax. Out of sight, out of mind.
Loft offices are one of the easiest loft conversion projects, because it can be built in the smallest of lofts. Plus, a carpenter can build custom-made cupboards or shelves to fit perfectly in the nooks and crannies of the space.
Make your office space stylish, yet practical with beautiful office furniture that’s not just for the office.
A well-organised walk in wardrobe
The walk-in wardrobe that we see in movies is a distant dream for most of us. However, it can become reality with a loft conversion! It’s a great solution to release some of the pressure on a small wardrobe or other storage options that you currently have in your bedroom.
If your loft is small or narrow, then the large mirrors which are part and parcel of the best walk-in wardrobes will also make your space look bigger.
Discover how to make your walk-in wardrobe look a million dollars without the large price tag by checking out our celeb-style walk-in wardrobe ideas.
A blissful bathroom
Contrary to the loft, the bathroom is a room that we use multiple times a day. By converting your loft into a bathroom, you can create a spacious en-suite, guest bathroom or spa room of your dreams.
If your existing bathroom is small, or shared by multiple people, having an extra bathroom in your home will make getting ready in the morning much more enjoyable, and relaxing too.
Add large windows into your loft bathroom to have a beautiful skyline or countryside view whilst you soak the stress of the day away in the bath. In fact, you can take this opportunity to add other unusual bathroom design features into your new space.
A cool kids’ bedroom
As your family grows, it seems like space in the house shrinks at the same time. By creating a kids’ bedroom, playroom or TV room in your loft, you’ll have the freedom to design the room as creatively as you like, without disrupting the décor style of the rest of the house.
If your children are older, then a loft bedroom conversion is a great way to give them some room to themselves. For those teens that are into gaming, play an instrument or just have a large group of friends, you could even have the loft soundproofed so that they don’t disturb the rest of the family.
Grandparents with a specially built kids’ bedroom will definitely be good in the grandkids’ book!
An eye-catching feature wall is a great way to give your child’s room some character, as well as inspire their artistic nature through bright colours and patterns. A painter/decorator can design and create the perfect mural to fit your child’s personality. Check out some feature wall ideas and inspiration.
A happy hobby room
Sick of having yours, your partner’s or your kids’ hobby equipment taking up precious space in your house? Having a dedicated space to indulge in your hobby in, complete with bespoke storage for your equipment, is a great solution. Plus, if you decide to turn your hobby into a side hustle, then a loft conversion hobby room is ideal for working in, as it’s quiet and spacious.
Check out expert tips on getting serious about storage from Phil Spencer, presenter of the property TV programme Location, Location, Location.
Loft conversion stairs ideas
The staircase is one of the most important features of a loft conversion. After all, it’s the way that you’ll get up into the room. You’ll need a permanent staircase, rather than a ladder or retractable staircase, so that you can escape easily in case of a fire.
A loft conversion specialist will evaluate your loft space to find the best type of staircase for you, as well as identify any potential design or structural problems before the installation stage – saving you from a very expensive mistake.
A beautiful statement feature, the spiral staircase doesn’t normally require a new landing to be built, so there’s less impact on the floor below the loft. Spiral staircases are usually made from metals such as aluminium or steel, which are rust-resistant and durable.
Paddle or space saver staircase
Also known as space saving stairs, paddle staircases are made using alternating paddle treads. This unique design feature cuts the size of a paddle staircase roughly in half when compared to a normal staircase. So, you’ll get the same number of treads in a smaller amount of space.
Stairs over landing
Building your loft staircase as an extension to your existing staircase is one of the simplest and most efficient places for it to go. This is because it’s built directly above the existing staircase.
Shoes being thrown in the hallway is a pet peeve for many of us – they’re unsightly, a trip hazard and sometimes smelly! By choosing storage stairs for your loft, you’ll have an easily accessible shoe storage option that’s also discreet.
Considering a loft conversion? Take an in-depth look at the different types available, what steps are involved and the overall cost, in our loft conversion cost guide.