Converting a loft is ideal for creating an extra bedroom or family room, as well as adding some value to your property. You need to remember that while gaining an extra room, you’re losing a lot of storage space, so you need to make the most of every nook and cranny in the loft to conserve as much storage as possible.
Get bespoke furniture and shelves
With sloping ceiling and dormer windows, conventional square and rectangular wardrobes and shelves just won’t do if you’re looking to save space. Get a carpenter to make made-to-measure units for you so they fit into the corners and under the eaves. Around and above the door is always a great spot, as many people see this as “dead” space.
Dead space is great when it’s brought to life and in sloping areas, even bookshelves can do overtime. Try a stepped approach, so that the space between the top of each shelf level and the sloping ceiling acts as storage for knick-knacks. It looks interesting and earns its keep, as it were.
Don’t let things stay out of reach
High-up cupboards in a sloping ceiling are also great space-savers, but they shouldn’t be out of reach just because they’re on high. Install a library style rolling ladder-on-a-rail and turn it into a real feature by paining it in an accent colour.
If you’re still planning your loft, then think about a partition wall on one side to make a corridor for wardrobes and drawers. This only works well with the sort of larger loft conversion Muswell Hill has been seeing of late, but if you have a big loft you can square off the sleeping area. This is a bonus as the bedhead and any tables rest against the partition wall.
Use recessed bedside storage
If you have thick walls, you can “sink” bedside and behind-the-bed storage into them. This looks really interesting and has no “footprint” jutting out into the room itself. Installing behind-the-bed storage means you can hide away the Christmas decorations and other items that only come out once a year (which is what the loft is for, after all!).
Make a window seat
If you’re got a window or two along the sides of the roof, or if you’re created a dormer, then use some dead space again to make a window seat. It can be a single or a double, depending on the size of the window and once more dead space is being used to accommodate furniture that otherwise would take up space in the rest of the room. Additionally, the seat can be used to store spare linens, towels or out-of-season clothes.
Use the space around windows
People think a window needs lots of clearance around it so that nothing blocks the light from coming in. However, if the shelving used is shallow (doesn’t jut out much) then the wall around a window is the perfect venue for custom-made open-box shelves. They should be painted the same colour as the wall if you’re worried about “hemming” the window in.