Having a loft that’s both aesthetic and functional is something we all dream of having. Lofts are generally on the smaller side, so they can be a little limited when it comes to design options. Depending on what you have in mind for your loft, it can be challenging to find different ways to make that idea work. While there isn’t any one-size-fits-all formula for the perfect loft, here are 10 design ideas that can help inspire your loft conversions.
Generally located at the top of a building, lofts are the best place to take advantage of the sun and its natural light. Ideally, leave windows completely uncovered to allow natural light to flow through freely. While hanging bulbs and chandeliers are better for lofts with a lower ceiling, we recommend other types of light fixtures that will not compromise the space of the loft, especially with most lofts being rather low. Having lots of natural light can give the loft a more spacious and homely feeling, giving you a comfortable space to rest after a long day.
As lofts can come in different shapes and sizes, it is recommended to get tailor-made or custom-built furniture. Having customised furniture can help to maximise every inch of space. For example, adopting a sofa bed can be useful in serving two purposes. Placing furniture in a small space can be incredibly challenging. Generally, furniture should be placed along the sides of the walls to prevent obstruction in the middle of the room. A tip is to space out furniture, with a tiny spacing in between furniture, it does help give the illusion that the room is more sparse.
Storage is such an important element in every household. In order to prevent clutter, built-in storage spaces in unusual spaces and tight corners are a great way to start. Having shelves up on the walls are great in using vertical spaces while freeing up floor space. To create the illusion of a bigger space, choose colours that are similar to that of the wall. There are many ingenious ways that you can make use of your space, play around with it!
For lofts that have a good amount of space for an en-suite, consider the size and spacing of it to prevent knocking things over. We know sometimes adding a plant or a potpourri is irresistible, but you really need to first consider the space constraints of your en-suite. If you’re looking for extra spaces to store toiletries such as toilet roll or washroom items, make use of vertical spaces. The aim is to see as much floor as possible — so if you can build things up vertically without them touching the floor, do it!
Just like any other household, you can choose to add a little twist to your loft. For example, if you’re a big fan of music you can choose to hang photos of legendary pop/rock stars or even install a record player or an old classic jukebox to spice things up. Don’t worry if you’re not into anything in particular or would rather skip having a ‘theme’, but hanging some art pieces or decorating the room a bit would be a great way to make the space livelier.
Remember, lofts are generally small and relatively squeezier than any other room. Our goal is to pick colours that will enhance every inch of space and create the illusion of a spacious living area. Having white or light coloured walls does help the room feel airier, while dark coloured walls make the space feel stuffy and claustrophobic. For lofts with en-suites, choose a more neutral colour tone to section that area out, while giving you a relaxed and calm vibe when you’re in there.
Although lofts are considered a separate part of your home, it is still important to maintain consistency throughout your home. Try not to get carried away by adding the latest trends in furniture and disregarding the theme of your home. If that happens, your loft and your main home can look rather mismatched. By matching textures and hues, you can avoid making design mistakes while ensuring that your home looks beautiful throughout, which can really help enhance the overall look of your living space.
As much as natural light is valued, privacy blinds are necessary just in case. If it’s not for privacy, having blinds can also help keep out the sun from waking you up early in the morning — especially when it shines straight into your eyes at 7 am in the morning. We know your pains. To prevent overhead hang on Velux windows, consider installing sliding blinds. If done right, the blinds can double up as a stylish way to keep out unnecessary light and also help with privacy.
Lofts often get chilly in the colder seasons, especially during winter. Depending on your type of loft, some can be easily connected to a central heating system. However, there are instances where radiators have to be installed. There are smaller radiators available, which are perfect for lofts as they will not take up much space.
Soundproofing your loft is highly recommended as it helps keep out unnecessary noises from outside the house and also from anyone living downstairs. For lofts that have already been constructed, you can consider using floor rugs to encourage dissipation of sound waves while retaining style.
Rooms are a reflection of their owners. Unless you have a particularly demanding job, you’re going to spend a significant amount of time at home. Hence, choose a theme or a colour scheme that you can relate most to. After all, you’re the one who will get to enjoy the space. Designing a tiny loft is hard and requires careful planning of the interior in order to make the space functional, practical and aesthetic at the same time. Follow the tips above and you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect loft!