The best loft conversion ideas work to alleviate space pressure on the rest of the house and improve circulation around the home, and it is well worth considering making better use of this existing space before you think about adding more with an extension.
But converting a loft can tricky. You will need to consider the sloping ceilings and odd angles, as well as access, bringing in natural light and insulating the space so that it is in habitable condition. While not without its challenges, it is also an opportunity to add some design wow-factor to your home.
If you’re planning on changing your roof space into living space, then take a look at these great loft conversion ideas for inspiration for how you can use this new space.
If you are looking for an in-depth guide, check out our loft conversion beginner’s guide.
Brighten a Loft Living Room with a Bank of Rooflights
A great design idea if you are looking for a light-filled living room is to consider moving it into your loft.
The sloping ceilings will have minimal impact on how you use the space, and will actually make it feel quite cosy, while a bank of rooflights maximise daylight ingress and provide great views over the surrounding area.
This will then free up your existing living room which can become part of a new open-plan kitchen diner, a dedicated zone for kids, or even an additional bedroom.
Install a Loft Bar for At-Home Entertaining
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.
Add Outside Space with a Loft Terrace
If you really want to ramp up the wow factor of your home, then creating some outdoor space as part of your loft conversion is a sure way to do it.
Whether you are embracing upside down living or creating the ultimate master suite, this can be a great way to bring the outside in. Choose similar flooring for both the interior and the outside area to maximise the feeling of space.
Turn Your Loft into a Kid Zone
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 could even opt for quirky ceiling-hung seat.
Dedicate the Loft to a Master Bedroom
If you need to adapt your home to accommodate a growing family, then relocating your master bedroom into the loft can be a great idea. Use sloping ceilings to your advantage when it comes to positioning your bed, and consider under eaves storage to make the most of every inch of space.
If space allows, you may even be able to add an en suite and dressing room as part of the loft conversion too.
Create the Ultimate Bathroom Suite in Your Loft
Embrace the sloping ceilings of a loft by creating the ultimate bathroom suite. Locate the shower at the highest point then nestle the bathtub where standing height is an issue.
Adding rooflights above the bathtub will not only bring in light while maintaining privacy, but also give you a great view of the night sky while you are soaking in the tub.
Add a Guest Bedroom (Without Needing Planning Permission)
These homeowners transformed their loft into a spacious guest bedroom. To keep the conversion functional when there are no guests, the space doubles up as a home office. Image: Design Squared
These homeowners approached architectural practice Design Squared for design ideas to convert their loft into an additional bedroom. The solution provided one additional bedroom in the loft space and one small bathroom on a split-level landing.
By converting the existing loft under Permitted Development instead of extending out (which, for a two-storey extension, would have required planning permission), these homeowners have not had to sacrifice any garden space.
Utilise Space in Your Home Office with Bespoke Furniture
Loft conversion ideas don’t need to be limited to additional bedrooms or impressive master suites – you could consider a home office.
Using your loft as the location for your home office is a great idea. It will allow you to create a dedicated workspace that doesn’t impact the rest of your home (or vice versa). Usual ceiling heights can prove tricky when it comes to adequate storage so it does pay to opt for bespoke options.
Jo Dyson has completely redesigned her London flat, creating a ‘reverse living’ loft extension, with the bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor and the kitchen and living space on the new top floor.
The new loft space now houses an open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, with bi-fold doors opening onto the south-facing roof terrace.
On warmer days, when the bi-fold doors are pushed back, it joins the living room to the outside and creates a feeling of an extended relaxing space.
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