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Loft Conversion Ideas: Clever Solutions for Your Home

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(Image credit: Agnese Sanvito c/o Neil Dusheiko Architects)

Loft conversion ideas are just what you need when you're about to take on a build project in the roof. As well as all the technical details to abide by, you need a little inspiration to decide how your space will work for you.

A loft conversion is a great way to add extra square footage without having to encroach on the garden or interrupt the flow of the rest of the house. It's an ideal space to convert into a master suite, a kids' den or a home office. Done well, it’ll also add significant value to your home.

When it comes to the layout, loft spaces often have odd angles and sloping ceilings so the best conversion ideas are those that work with these shapes and embrace them in the design. 

You'll also need to consider how much natural light will penetrate the new floorplan, as well as how you'll insulate and heat the loft effectively. 

So before deciding on your final design, take a look at these loft conversion ideas for inspiration.

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Create a Tranquil Master Bedroom

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Adding luxurious bedding, rich decor and statement lighting (like this pendant from Industville) will make a real impact in a loft master suite. Long, slim roof lights penetrate the room with lots of natural light, too (Image credit: Oakappledecor and Industville)

Converting a loft into a bedroom 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.

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rooflight blinds for loft bedroom

Made to measure blinds are a great way to get the perfect fit for rooflights in the loft, like these pure white roller blinds made to fit Velux windows, from Blinds 2go. (Image credit: Blinds2go)

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.

Add a Loft Bathroom

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(Image credit: 247 Blinds)

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.

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Dormer Windows: A Great Loft Conversion Idea

Dormer window on loft conversion idea

(Image credit: Alan Cragie c/o Konishi Gaffney Architects)

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.

Flood a Loft Conversion Living Room with Natural Light

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.

Balcony rooflights in loft conversions

Think about how you could use sloping ceilings to your advantage when considering furniture placement (Image credit: Velux)

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. 

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Use Your Loft as a Place for Your Hobbies

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.

Loft converted into a music room

Give thought to soundproofing if you want to convert your loft into a music room (Image credit: Econoloft)

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:

  • Thermal insulation in walls, ceilings and floors provides noise insulation, as well as thermal
  • High-density acoustic plasterboard acts as a good sound blocker
  • A high-density acoustic membrane helps prevent sound transfer between walls and ceilings
  • Mineral wool between floor joists also helps — acoustic mineral wool offers triple the density of standard loft insulation, giving a good sound absorbing layer and thermal insulation
  • In music rooms, adding foam tiles to walls and ceilings will increase sound absorption
  • Consider triple-glazed windows where the new room will generate high noise levels
  • Use carpet as opposed to hard flooring
  • Any new plumbing should include acoustic pipe insulation

Incorporate Clever Lighting Design into a Loft Conversion Idea

Loft conversion with lighting ideas

(Image credit: Agnese Sanvito c/o Neil Dusheiko Architects)

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.  

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Install a Loft Bar for At-Home Entertaining

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These homeowners added a home bar during their renovation project (Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

If you love to entertain at home, then a home bar is a great loft conversion idea. It’ll work in any size loft space and you can use any sloping ceilings or odd angles to your advantage when it comes to storage or seating.

Go bold with colour, plants and soft furnishings, or keep things neutral for a more understated look. If you have opportunity to create a roof terrace, then choose the same flooring for both the indoor and outdoor area to make them feel like one cohesive space.

Create a Room With a View

Loft conversion bedroom with a balcony ideas

A large floor-to-ceiling window with sliding glazed doors makes the most of the great views in this loft conversion by Mulroy Architects  (Image credit: Siobhan Doran c/o Mulroy Architects)

Maximising natural light is a great idea for a loft conversion and being up high provides a great opportunity to take advantage of your views.

Think about whether you could incorporate some full-height glazing, either fixed or opening. French or sliding doors opening out to a Juliet balcony mean light, fresh air and a sense of space can all be achieved, but the feasibility of adding these will depend on the type of conversion you are carrying out.

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A Kid-friendly Loft Conversion Idea

Clever loft conversion idea for kids room

A conventional loft conversion wasn't possible in this Victorian house as it unusually has three floors to the rear and two at the front. Instead, Proctor & Shaw Architects opened the attic up to establish large rooms with two floor levels — an ideal solution for a fun child’s bedroom (Image credit: Ben Blossom c/o Proctor and Shaw Architects)

Creating a designated space where children can enjoy their toys and hobbies not only helps to keep a lid on clutter throughout the rest of the house, but can also be a great idea for a loft conversion.

Bespoke built-in storage will help to keep clutter under control, and keeping walls and floors light will help a smaller space feel bigger. Bursts of colour on feature walls (or ceiling slopes) can help to zone the room, while bean bags and cushions in contrasting colours will provide flexible comfort.

You can also add in a dedicated space for children to do their homework too.

A Self-contained Loft Conversion Idea

Loft conversion idea with kitchenette

Studio Octopi has transformed this London loft space into a sun-soaked living and working area, complete with its own kitchenette (Image credit: Jack Hobhouse c/o Studio Octopi)

If you've recently found yourself working from home and needing a more permanent set-up, loft conversions are a great option without taking up precious space on the lower floors. 

Depending on the space you have available, you might also want to consider making space for a small kitchenette or toilet to avoid going up and down the stairs too regularly.

This loft conversion provides a self-contained lounging zone for relaxation, away from the open-plan area downstairs.

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Installing Bespoke Furniture is a Great Loft Conversion Idea

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A home office is a great loft conversion idea as it is easy to keep it separate from the rest of your home life (Image credit: Neville Johnson)

Whether you plan on using your new loft space as a bedroom, office or hobby room, you will need to consider effective storage from the outset. But with sloping ceilings and odd angles, you will likely find that standalone furniture is not up to the task. 

Bespoke furniture, such as bookcases and wardrobes, built to fit the awkward dimensions will keep the room looking styling, while avoiding wasted space. 

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A Luxurious Loft Conversion Idea

Idea for dressing room in loft conversion

This stunning loft conversion is the work of Mulroy Architects (Image credit: Siobhan Doran c/o Mulroy Architects)

Darker tones can be paired with metallics to create a luxurious yet cosy feel in an attic master suite — and in this example, the bespoke dark grey low-level partition cleverly conceals a dressing area from the large-format window opposite while still letting in the light.

Utilise Alcoves and Recesses to Make the Most of the Space

(Image credit: Tim Crocker c/o Mustard Architects)

When Mustard Architects created a modern open-plan home office on the top floor of this home they utilised the alcove in the existing brickwork to provide a handy space for storing office paraphernalia. 

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Turn a Loft Conversion Into a Rooftop Sanctuary

Loft conversion idea for a master suite

(Image credit: Lyndon Douglas c/o Edward McCann Architects)

There’s no reason why the top storey of your house shouldn’t benefit from access to outdoor space. Designed by Edward McCann Architects, this loft extension to a terraced house opens out onto a small outdoor terrace. Folding doors have been used to maximise the width of the aperture, establishing a bright and breezy feel inside.

Interior Cladding is a Great Idea for a Loft Conversion

Timber cladding in loft conversion idea

(Image credit: Jack Hobhouse c/o Studio Octopi)

This ply-lined attic space provides a tranquil reading room for the two academics who live here. Shelving has been incorporated in the eaves to display the owners’ eclectic array of ornaments and artwork. The scheme was completed by Studio Octopi under Permitted Development rights.

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