A loft conversion is an excellent way to add extra rooms and value to your home, but transforming your attic into living space inevitably means reducing your storage capacity. However, with some careful planning and intelligent interior design, you can find plenty of storage solutions to make the most out of every inch of your new loft.
Your loft conversion isn’t an ordinary room, so why fill it with ordinary furniture? By getting your storage units made to measure, you can make the most out of every centimetre of available space. Fit cupboards under your eaves and buy wardrobes which are custom made to match your sloping walls. By having your storage units designed to fit the contours of your room in every available space, you can maximise the storage capacity of your loft without losing significant amounts of floor space, and make use of areas which would otherwise go to waste. With your belongings tucked away behind cupboard doors, your room will look neat, uncluttered, and ultimately bigger.
We rarely utilise an entire wall in our homes, but if space is a premium then converting it into one giant, custom made shelving unit could be a great choice. These can be designed to form compartments of varying sizes for a visually striking puzzle-like look, which also allows you to make room for possessions which would be too big for regular shelves. Also, consider installing shelving units around your doorframes or windows to really maximise the use of your wall space.
When it comes to cupboards, why not have them designed to reach right up to your ceiling, or perhaps even above your doorway? This could be useful for those belongings which aren’t needed every day, like your Christmas decorations or ski boots! Just keep a collapsible stool handy, or you could even fit a ladder on a rail.
If your loft space is big enough and you haven’t gone ahead with the build yet, you may want to consider including a partition wall along one side of the biggest room, creating a discreet corridor filled with wardrobe space. To make the most out of natural light, ensure the entrance to the corridor is positioned in front of any windows, so the light can still reach the bedroom. Add cupboards or drawers underneath the eaves too to make the most out of the available space. You could even make use of both sides of the partition, doubling its useful area. Alternatively, the partition wall could go behind your bed, forming a walk in wardrobe.
If you love making use of every nook and cranny in your home, there are many more creative storage options you could consider. If you’re having a brand new loft staircase put in, how about including shelves recessed into the staircase wall? You could even have the lower steps made into drawers. This is a great place to store small items and is a really intelligent way to make the most out of every spare inch of your home.
If you’ve created a home office or entertainment room in your loft, but want the option to be able to accommodate guests, consider fold away furniture. You can buy beds which are mounted on your wall and fold flat, leaving you with plenty of floor space, when not needed. If your friends come around and want to stay the night, you’ll be able to quickly convert your study into a bedroom within seconds.
These options are by no means exclusive to lofts. Living space is a precious commodity in London, so get inventive throughout your house! Click here for an example of some excellent kitchen storage ideas.
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