How to Turn your Loft Conversion into a Room you can Use
If you’re the new and proud owner of a loft conversion, then you’ll have the fun part ahead of you: equipping the space so that it’s fit for use. That means adding all the aesthetic and functional touches that’ll bring the loft up to the same standard as the rest of the home.
The way that you light the space is critical to your enjoyment of it. Think about LED lighting in multiple locations to distribute light evenly around the space. Installing mirrors at strategic locations can help to achieve this. If you’re going to be spending time up in the loft during the daytime, then skylights are a sensible addition. For more of a modern feel, you might want to add gas struts for automatic opening, especially if your skylight is in a hard-to-reach place.
Heating and Insulation
Any loft conversion worthy of the name will need to be thermally sound. That means building insulation into the ceiling, and installing radiators at strategic points throughout the space. Ideally, you’ll want to do this before you do any plastering – especially in the case of the insulation.
Your choice of a furniture is going to play a significant role in your enjoyment of the space. If you haven’t adapted the entryway, then you might find it a struggle to get certain pieces into the loft. That pool table will need to be dismantled and taken up in pieces, and that mattress will need to be rolled up extremely tightly. If you want to get larger furniture up there, and the staircase isn’t wide enough to accommodate it, then it might be time to think about something you can assemble in-situ. An item that’s tricky to get up there can still be effective after you’re done. Just make sure that it isn’t physically impossible, otherwise you’ll be disappointed.
The furniture you choose will depend on the purpose you have in mind for the room. Consider that the storage items you introduce, like bookshelves and wardrobes, will need to factor in the slope of the roof: a made-to-measure solution will make the best use of every inch; an off-the-shelf one risks leaving massive gaps around the edges.
Pick out colours that match the use you have in mind for the room, and the items of furniture you’ve picked out. Pale colours tend to be more popular in spaces of this sort, principally because there isn’t as much light available. You might use accent colours to highlight certain features, like chimney breasts. If the space is especially small, then you’ll need to pay particular attention to spacing.