If your home has a loft currently used for little other than storing junk, then repurposing that loft as a new, liveable space could be a no-brainer. Typically, a loft conversion is about half the cost of an extension and adds, on average, £23,754.57 to a home’s value, Homebuilding & Renovating reveals.
However, there are so many different possibilities with a loft conversion that you might remain unsure what to prioritise buying for it first. Here are just a few ideas for great-value additions…
Adding a bed to your loft is an obvious move to make – especially if you would like an extra bedroom for your child or perhaps even guests. What’s not quite so obvious is where in the loft that bed ought to be positioned – but you could make a big impact by choosing somewhere central.
By also putting up a tall headboard, you could visually divide the room to help establish its layout – one that could be clutter-free, with several items kept in storage hidden behind the headboard.
It would be convenient for your energy bill if you could install large sections of glazing across much of your loft space, saving you from having to spend too big on electric lighting.
If you want to maximise natural light in your attic, Real Homes suggests that glazing comprise 20% of the roof area. However, if the room is relatively narrow and deep, you should give it just one large window rather than attempt to add several evenly spaced-out units.
Electric light fixtures
While natural light can illuminate your loft space to a certain extent, it can’t always be expected to do all of the work – especially in the evenings.
Fortunately, it’s not too hard to buy light fixtures that have been designed with lofts in mind. Instaloft offers a fair few lighting options where the switch would be placed near the loft hatch, making the light easy for you to use as you ascend to your attic space.
Your loft might be a better option for a bathroom’s location than you have long realised – even if that space is strewn with bulky beams. While you would need a certain amount of headroom for a shower, it’s possible to position a freestanding bathtub even beneath a low ceiling.
If space is at a premium in this loft, then look for clever ways of concealing, for example, shower fittings that could otherwise rule out the option of having a fully-fitted bathroom up there.
A feature wall
While painting walls in white is a thoroughly tried-and-tested solution for making a room look larger and more spacious, you might not necessarily be keen to do likewise with your loft.
If you reckon that an all-white scheme would look a little too dull or clinical for your liking, you could always instead add a feature wall complete with patterned wallpaper. You could still tap into some of the benefits of white, however, by throwing in a complementary, light hue as well.