Eaves are the edges of the roof that overhang the exterior walls of a house. These overhangs create a space between the roof and the walls, which is often underused. In the context of a loft conversion, these are the sloping parts of the room where the ceiling meets the floor. They can be tricky spaces to use effectively, but with the right storage solutions, they can become invaluable assets.

Here at Visionary Lofts, we’ve converted countless underused loft spaces into vibrant and functional parts of our client’s homes. Through our experience in loft conversions, we’ve learned that one of the most overlooked goldmines for space is right under the eaves.

This comprehensive guide aims to be your one-stop shop for all things related to eaves storage in loft conversions. From understanding the basic structure of a loft and the essentials of eaves storage to diving into innovative storage ideas and practical steps for implementation, we’ve got you covered.

What is Eaves Storage?

Eaves storage might seem like an industry term, but in reality, it’s a practical, everyday solution for those yearning for extra space in their homes. Eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall and provide an opportunity for space optimisation. Often, the space underneath these overhangs is underutilised, serving as little more than an area where dust gathers.

Converting this space into storage, what we refer to as ‘eaves storage’, brings a dual benefit. Firstly, it turns these nooks and crannies into functional areas that can be used for storing everything from seasonal clothing to keepsakes. Secondly, with the right design approach, this type of storage can be made aesthetically pleasing, complementing the overall decor of your loft conversion or even becoming a feature in its own right. We’ve seen first-hand how these spaces, often dismissed as dust collectors, can be reinvented to store everything from off-season apparel to sentimental items.

Loft Conversion and Eaves Storage

From our point of view, the type of loft conversion you choose can significantly affect the potential for eaves storage. Our portfolio includes examples of both Mansard and Dormer conversions, each with bespoke storage solutions that we’ve tailored to our clients’ needs.

Types of Loft Conversions


Mansard Conversion

Named after the 17th-century French architect François Mansart, Mansard loft conversions involve changing the slope of the roof to make it almost vertical at the sides. This type of conversion often provides the most amount of additional living space, but it’s also usually the most expensive.


Dormer Conversion

Dormer loft conversions are among the most popular types in the UK. A dormer is essentially an extension that protrudes from the slope of the roof, and it adds headroom where it might otherwise be lacking. These are less expensive than Mansard conversions but can still offer a significant amount of extra space.


L Shaped Dormer Loft Conversion

An L-Shaped dormer loft conversion, typically ideal for Victorian and Edwardian homes in London, combines two connected dormer extensions at the property’s rear. This unique configuration significantly enhances the loft’s floor space and headroom, particularly where kitchens or bathrooms extend to the back of the house.


Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

A Hip to Gable loft conversion effectively extends the side of your roof by replacing the sloping ‘hip’ side with a vertical ‘gable’ wall, creating more interior space. This alteration transforms the side roof into a vertical wall, often leading to a significant increase in the usable floor area within the loft. It’s a popular choice for properties with hipped roofs, where space is otherwise limited, and is commonly combined with a dormer conversion at the rear to maximize headroom and floor space, making it an ideal solution for homeowners looking to add a substantial, functional living area to their homes.


Velux Loft Conversion

A Velux loft conversion is the most straightforward and cost-effective option, as it doesn’t alter the exterior roof structure. This choice can be particularly suitable if planning constraints limit more extensive alterations. While it typically accommodates a single bedroom and the existing roof slope may restrict headroom, it’s an efficient way to upgrade your loft within planning limitations.


Structural Requirements for Eaves Storage

Before you rush off to convert your eaves into storage, there are some structural considerations to bear in mind. The load-bearing capacity of the existing structure needs to be evaluated. Most houses can easily accommodate eaves storage, but some might require additional structural support. Also, consider the accessibility and ease of installation. Some eaves storage solutions can be more complex to install than others, requiring skilled carpentry. It’s often advisable to consult a professional loft conversion company to ensure that your dream of efficient eaves storage becomes a reality without any hiccups.

Eaves Storage Essentials

Suitability for Sloping Ceilings

The most distinguishing feature of loft conversions is often the sloping ceilings formed by the roof’s architecture. While these sloping ceilings offer a certain charm and cosiness, they also present unique challenges for storage. That’s where eaves storage comes into play. These are custom-built storage solutions designed to fit seamlessly into the angles and corners formed by sloping ceilings, ensuring that every inch of space is utilised. Far from being a makeshift or temporary solution, eaves storage for sloping ceilings can be a highlight of interior design. When well-executed, it provides a blend of functionality and aesthetics that traditional storage options often can’t match.

Organisation and Storage Benefits

When people think of storage, they often picture a purely utilitarian space—somewhere to tuck away items that are not immediately needed. However, eaves storage can transcend this basic function. Through careful planning and design, it can become an integral part of your home’s organisational ecosystem. Imagine a series of custom drawers built into the eaves, each designed for a specific purpose—from holding your winter clothing to storing cherished family photo albums. Or consider a multi-functional space where the eaves storage includes not just drawers but also a built-in desk or a cosy reading nook. The possibilities are almost endless, turning what was once ‘dead space’ into a living, breathing part of your home.

Creative Eaves Storage Ideas

From high and low combos to dual-angle storage, our team has crafted innovative storage solutions that not only maximise space but also add visual appeal to the lofts we’ve converted. Let’s dive into some eaves storage ideas.

High and Low Combos

When it comes to eaves storage, creativity knows no bounds. One particularly compelling approach is the ‘High and Low Combo’. This concept marries tall, floor-to-ceiling storage units with lower, more accessible solutions. The tall units are ideal for storing items that are infrequently needed, like holiday decorations or winter coats in the summertime. In contrast, the lower units offer easy access for everyday items, making them highly practical. Imagine a tall, built-in wardrobe that transitions smoothly into a series of drawers or open shelves as it reaches the lower, sloping part of the ceiling. This fusion not only maximises space but also creates an interesting visual flow that adds depth and character to your loft conversion.

Dual-Angle Storage

In a similar vein, ‘Dual-Angle Storage’ takes advantage of both the high and low angles in a loft conversion. The design incorporates storage solutions on both sides of a dormer window or other architectural feature, effectively utilising what might otherwise be considered ‘dead space’. Customised shelving could grace one side, perfect for books or decorative items, while the other side could feature a more enclosed storage unit for personal belongings. The result is a balanced, highly functional space that turns every nook and cranny into an opportunity for better living.

Flat Surface Solutions

The notion of a ‘Flat Surface Solution’ is all about multi-functionality. In this design, eaves storage options incorporate a flat surface area that can serve multiple purposes. Think of a set of drawers that transition into a flat desk-like surface, perfectly positioned near a window for natural light. Or consider a storage unit that includes a flat top, offering a perfect spot for a lamp, a collection of family photos, or even a small indoor garden. The aim here is to create a versatile living area where storage and lifestyle needs coexist harmoniously.

Continuous Storage Solutions

For those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic, continuous storage solutions can be incredibly appealing. These involve building storage units that stretch continuously along the length of the eaves, offering a sleek and uninterrupted look. The handleless design works particularly well here, adding to the streamlined appearance.

Stepwise Shelving

Stepwise shelving plays on the natural slope of the eaves, creating a cascading effect that’s as visually pleasing as it is practical. This can be particularly effective for displaying books, decorative items, or even indoor plants, turning your storage into a design feature.

Bespoke vs Off-the-Shelf Options

In our work, we often discuss with clients the benefits of bespoke solutions. Bespoke options allow for a high degree of personalisation, tailored to the exact dimensions and aesthetic of your loft space. Off-the-shelf options, while generally more affordable, may require some compromise in terms of fit and style. However, advances in modular design mean that many off-the-shelf solutions can be adapted to fit unique spaces, offering a middle ground between cost and customisation.

Flexible Interior Arrangements

Transforming eaves into cosy corners with integrated storage is one of our specialties. The nooks and crannies created by eaves can be turned into cosy corners with the right storage solutions. Think built-in seating with under-seat storage, or alcove shelving that turns a corner into a mini-library. We’ve seen how these spots become the favorite nook of a home, offering both comfort and utility.

Cosy Corners

Transforming eaves into cosy corners with integrated storage is one of our specialties. The nooks and crannies created by eaves can be turned into cosy corners with the right storage solutions. Think built-in seating with under-seat storage, or alcove shelving that turns a corner into a mini-library. We’ve seen how these spots become the favorite nook of a home, offering both comfort and utility.

Lighting Solutions

Our projects often include integrated lighting within eaves storage, which not only serves a practical purpose but also enhances the overall ambiance of the space. Integrated LED lighting can illuminate shelves or drawers, not only making it easier to find items but also creating a dramatic effect. Whether it’s subtle, ambient lighting or brighter, task-oriented lights, the inclusion of this feature adds both utility and aesthetic appeal.

Smart Eaves Storage Technology

At Visionary Lofts, we’re always looking ahead, which is why we’ve incorporated smart technology into our eaves storage solutions, offering convenience at the touch of a button. While certainly not a requirement, the inclusion of smart technology can take your eaves storage to the next level, merging traditional storage needs with modern convenience.

Eco-Friendly Options

Sustainability is a growing concern, and your eaves storage can reflect this. We prioritize eco-friendly materials and practices in our eaves storage solutions, ensuring that our work is as good for the planet as it is for our clients. Materials like sustainably sourced wood or recycled metal can be used in construction, and finishes can be selected based on their environmental impact. Not only do these choices contribute to a greener home, but they can also be a selling point should you decide to move in the future.

Customisation and Versatility of Eaves Storage Spaces

Push-to-Open Systems

One of the latest trends in eaves storage is the use of push-to-open systems. These systems eschew handles, offering a sleeker look and a more streamlined design. With just a gentle push, the storage unit opens, making it incredibly user-friendly. This is particularly useful in loft conversions where space is limited, and every inch counts. The absence of protruding handles creates a cleaner, more harmonious space, while the push-to-open mechanism adds a touch of modernity and convenience.

Aesthetic Versatility

Eaves storage offers a blank canvas that can be painted to match your unique aesthetic preferences. Whether you’re after a rustic look with reclaimed wood or a modern, minimalist vibe with high-gloss finishes, the possibilities are endless. The key lies in choosing materials and finishes that not only align with your personal taste but also complement the existing décor of your loft conversion. It’s this versatility that sets eaves storage apart, allowing it to seamlessly integrate into virtually any design scheme.

Durability Factors

We choose materials not just for their appearance but for their durability. Our eaves storage solutions are built to stand the test of time, something we’ve seen bring continual satisfaction to our clients.


Material Choices

The choice of material plays a pivotal role in the durability of your eaves storage solutions. Options range from hardwoods like oak or cherry, known for their robustness, to engineered woods and laminates that offer a balance of durability and cost-effectiveness. The material you choose will directly impact the longevity and performance of your storage units, making it a crucial consideration.



Well-designed, well-constructed eaves storage can last for years, even decades, offering excellent return on investment. Features such as reinforced joints, quality hardware, and thoughtful design all contribute to the lifespan of the storage solution, making it not just a quick fix but a long-term investment in your home’s functionality and value.

Pull-Out Mechanisms

One of the more ingenious advancements in eaves storage is the use of pull-out mechanisms. These systems allow drawers or even entire cabinets to be pulled out for easier access, effectively solving the problem of deep, hard-to-reach corners. Whether it’s a pull-out shoe rack or a retractable drawer for kitchen utensils, these mechanisms offer a blend of convenience and efficient space utilisation that’s particularly useful in sloped or awkwardly shaped areas.

Multi-Functional Surfaces

The multi-functional surfaces we design serve various needs, a reflection of our understanding that space in a loft conversion is precious and should be maximised to its full potential. A flat, pull-out surface could act as a temporary desk, a sewing station, or even a folding area for laundry. When not in use, it tucks neatly away, allowing the storage unit to return to its original function.

Safety Features

Safety is never an afterthought for us. While it’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetics and functionality, safety is an equally important consideration, especially in homes with children or pets. Features like child locks, soft-close mechanisms, and rounded corners can add an extra layer of safety to your eaves storage. These features are often overlooked but can be crucial in making your loft conversion a safe and comfortable space for everyone.

Artistic Elements

We at Visionary Lofts know that storage can be both functional and beautiful. Think about incorporating elements like glass-fronted cabinets to display decorative items, or using chalkboard paint on drawer fronts for a fun and functional twist. These artistic elements can turn your storage solutions into focal points, adding layers of visual interest to the room. We enjoy adding artistic touches that reflect our clients’ styles and personalities.

Adaptability Over Time

Life is ever-changing, and your storage needs today might not be the same a few years down the line. Opt for eaves storage solutions that offer adaptability over time. Whether it’s adjustable shelving or modular units that can be reconfigured, choosing versatile options ensures that your storage solutions can evolve along with your life circumstances, offering enduring value.

Practical Steps to Eaves Storage

Initial Contact and Consultation

The journey to a functional and aesthetically pleasing eaves storage starts with an initial consultation. We offer in-depth consultations to explore your vision and how we can bring it to life. Whether you opt for a bespoke solution or an off-the-shelf product, this first step is crucial. It’s a time for taking measurements, discussing your specific needs, and exploring various design options. Some companies offer free consultations, either in-person or virtually, allowing you to get professional input without any initial financial outlay. This initial meeting provides the groundwork upon which your eaves storage solution will be built, making it an integral part of the process.

Purchasing, Delivery, and Installation


Ordering Process

Once we finish the consultation and you’ve settled on a design, the next step is placing your order. For bespoke options, this often involves reviewing and approving final designs and material choices. Off-the-shelf solutions generally have a quicker ordering process but may offer fewer customisation options. It’s crucial to get an estimated delivery date at this point, as this can impact your broader renovation timeline.


Installation Timing

The timing of the installation often depends on the complexity of the design. Simpler, off-the-shelf solutions can frequently be installed in a matter of hours, whereas bespoke options may require more time. If your eaves storage is part of a larger loft conversion project, coordinating the installation timing with other construction activities is essential to ensure a smooth process.


Financing Your Eaves Storage

Eaves storage solutions can range from surprisingly affordable to a significant investment, particularly for custom designs. Many companies offer flexible financing options, such as monthly instalments or deferred payment plans, to make it easier to budget for your project. It’s advisable to explore these options early in the process, as it may influence your choices in terms of design and materials.

Additional Storage Solutions

Beyond Eaves: Other Loft Storage Ideas

While eaves storage is undoubtedly a fantastic way to maximise your loft space, it’s not the only option at your disposal. Other loft storage solutions can complement your eaves storage to create a cohesive, highly functional space. For instance, under-stairs storage can offer additional room for items that don’t necessarily fit well in eaves storage. Similarly, alcove shelving or modular wall-mounted units can provide much-needed storage without taking up floor space, making them perfect companions to your eaves storage.

Complementary Products

Certain products are designed to complement eaves storage, creating a seamless storage ecosystem within your loft conversion. These can range from matching furniture sets that include wardrobes, desks, and drawers, to more specialised items like integrated lighting systems or smart storage tech that can be controlled from a central hub. The aim is to create a harmonious environment where each element enhances the others, providing both functionality and aesthetic appeal.


We’ve traversed a vast landscape of possibilities, from the intricacies of high and low combos to the multi-faceted utility of multi-functional stations. This article aimed to be your ultimate guide to eaves storage, offering a balanced mix of creative ideas, practical insights, and real-world applications. Whether your loft conversion is a blank canvas or a space in need of a revamp, there’s an eaves storage solution that can meet your needs, both functionally and aesthetically.

If there’s one message to take away, it’s that eaves storage is not merely about tucking things away; it’s about enhancing your quality of life. Prioritise solutions that offer both functionality and design appeal, and don’t shy away from custom options that can be tailored to your unique space and lifestyle. Also, always consider factors such as safety, durability, and future adaptability when making your choices.

Ready to take the next step? Visionary Lofts offers consultations and quotes, providing a risk-free way to explore the potential of your loft space. It’s the perfect opportunity to ask questions, discuss your needs, and get professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. So why wait? Reach out today and take the first step towards transforming your loft into a functional, beautiful space that serves you well for years to come.

FAQs About Loft Conversion Eaves Storage

How do you organise eaves storage?

Eaves storage is most efficiently organised by installing bespoke shelving and drawers that conform to the roof’s incline, making full use of the confined space. Transparent, labelled containers assist in maintaining an orderly arrangement, and sliding doors or curtains can effectively conceal storage without necessitating additional space for opening.

Can you convert eaves storage?

Converting eaves storage entails adding insulation and made-to-measure carpentry to craft practical storage solutions that fit the sloped space. Applying plasterboard, lighting, and accessible entry points can transform this typically underutilised area into a functional storage asset for the home.

What can you do with under the eaves space?

The space under the eaves can be ingeniously transformed into built-in furnishings like desks or beds, cosy seating areas, or custom cabinetry, exploiting the unique angles for a snug and efficient use of space.

What is eaves storage in a loft?

Eaves storage in a loft is the space along the lower edges of the attic where the roof descends to meet the floor, often equipped with cupboards or shelves to use the otherwise vacant space for storage.

What is the difference between eaves and soffits?

Eaves are the projecting edge of the roof that extends beyond the house walls to offer protection from the weather, whilst soffits are the exposed underside of the eaves, designed to enclose and protect the roof overhang and typically incorporating vents for attic aeration.