If you are looking to add more space to your home, it is a good (and cost-effective) idea to look at existing, under-utilised space, like a loft, before considering adding more. The best loft conversion ideas work to alleviate space pressure on the rest of the house and improve circulation.
Lofts can tricky spaces to convert – you’ll be dealing with sloping ceilings and odd angles, and you’ll need figure out access, bring in natural light and insulate the space so careful consideration is key.
If you’re planning on changing your roof space into living space, then take a look at these great loft conversion ideas that could inspire your project.
Maximise Daylight in a Loft Living Room with 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.
Entertain at Home with a Loft Bar
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 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.
(MORE: Beginner’s guide to taking on a loft conversion)
Embrace Quirky Angles in a Child’s Play Room
Creating a designated space where children can enjoy their toys and hobbies not only helps to keep clutter under control 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.
Create the Ultimate Master Suite
This mid-terrace London house, though tall, was very narrow, with only two rooms on each floor, and one bathroom in the property. With a view to creating a family home, the homeowner (a director at Gruff Ltd) called on her firm for ideas to convert the loft into the ultimate master suite.
In order to bring natural light into the house, frameless glass openings between the bedroom and the connected stairway, lit by a rooflight above, increases the feeling of space.
Externally, the zinc cladding – which takes its cue from the metal used on surrounding roofs – contrasts against the brickwork, allowing the extension to be read as a new element among its Victorian neighbours.
Use Bespoke Furniture for Your Home Office
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.
(MORE: How to get open plan design right)
Take the Opportunity to Add Outside Space
Thanks to a little imagination, Rick Croasdale and Gillian Wigley have given their Victorian home in Nottingham a remarkable character all of its own thanks to a renovation and new roof terrace.
The new exterior is one of the main highlights of their renovation project, having been repaired and repainted, while the second storey of the rear extension has been turned into a brilliant conservatory bar. The loft was converted to house a new master suite with proper access out onto the roof terrace.