Converting your loft may well be the easiest and most cost effective way to add space and value to your home and it is certainly one of the most desirable and sought-after home improvement projects. More often than not, before a loft conversion, the space is used as overflow storage, when it could be used for a lot more. It is a simple solution to creating a new bedroom or adding much needed recreation space.

Take a look at these 10 design ideas, from where to add the stairs to how to inject natural light, and find out exactly what you could turn your wasted loft space into.

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1. Make room for the stairs

One of the key considerations when designing loft conversions is making sure as little space as possible is sacrificed for the staircase, both in the loft and on the storey below. Where possible, stacking the new flight over the main existing staircase is usually the best option. Where space is especially tight, a spiral staircase can sometimes be a better choice.

2. Add an extra bathroom

The attic is an ideal place for a master bedroom, providing you can find room for an en suite bathroom. And if you can, squeeze in a dressing area, too. If your budget is too tight for now, try to put in the plumbing ready for a future addition.

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3. Retain your privacy

VELUX windows can be fitted with sliding blinds built in for a neat look. For dormer windows, consider using plantation shutters or pull-down blinds. Roof lanterns may well not need blinds, as there is no privacy issue.

4. Create storage options

Use the eaves space to form cupboards, rather than simply boarding it over. Use any unusual niches or spaces for more storage; bespoke shelves and units are usually the best option to maximise the use of these spaces.

5. Use lighting to create an atmosphere

Layer your lighting to create different effects. Use recessed low-energy spotlights in the flat part of the ceiling below the ridge, as shown above, and fit wall sconces on gable-end walls. If you have exposed beams, you can also fit directional spots to these, but try to conceal the light source to prevent glare. Add bedside wall lights or 2amp sockets with a separate switch and, finally, fit dimmer switches for atmosphere.

rooflights in loft conversions

Vitral’s Panoramic series of threelight roof windows, constructed from stainless steel or aluminium, allow up to 4m² of light into your loft room; for prices, contact the company.

free standing bath in a loft conversions

In this conversion with a large en suite bathroom, a freestanding bath has been placed in the centre to make the most of the greatest headroom.

6. Make the space multifunctional

Design your loft to double up as an occasional guest bedroom, with flexible furniture such as a sofa-bed or a fold-down design.

7. Soundproof the floors

Avoid wooden floors, or cushion them, to avoid causing problems for those below. Always add plenty of insulation into the new floor and, if the use of the new room means that noise could be a big issue, try sound-deadening materials, too.

8. Bring in natural light

Include as many windows as possible to maximise natural daylight. A bank of standard rooflights can make a spectacular feature window. You could have fixed double-glazed units fitted between a section of the roof’s rafters to form one large expanse of glazing.

9. Board the ceiling with wood

You don’t have to plaster the ceiling – a boarded finish can have create a rustic, Scandinavian or New England style, depending on how it is finished. Tongue-and- groove softwood boards are widely available and an inexpensive choice.

10. Decorate effectively

Where you have sloping walls/ceilings, paint them in the same colour as the ceiling. Where the sloping element is extensive, paint the whole room the same colour or, for a modern look, use close tints of the same colour to exaggerate the architectural form. Paler shades are best to enhance the feeling of light.

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