How to choose a staircase design for your loft conversion


One of the benefits of a loft conversion is the utilisation of what could be considered dead space – and while property owners dream of light-filled bedrooms, how you will get up to your newly converted loft space is often hardly given a second thought. However, the staircase is not only important for practical reasons, it can also be a design feature in itself. Here is our guide on how to choose a staircase for your loft conversion.


Get a designer 

To make the most of the area you wish to convert, it’s always advisable to hire a qualified designer. They will be able to best utilise the space needed for stairs – making sure you don’t lose so much as a square inch unnecessarily. They will also be best placed to incorporate design features such as light wells and any ornamentation you may want. At Simply Loft, we have a team of designers, who can help you decide the type of stairs you need for your build design, circumstances and budget.



Building regulations for loft staircases

Building stairs for a loft conversion are subject to certain building regulations. Here are some of the basics:

  • There must be at least 1.9m of headroom at the centre of the flight
  • There must be at least 1.8m of headroom at the edges
  • The maximum pitch of stairs is 42 degrees
  • There is no minimum width. Though less than 600mm is unlikely to prove practical

Bespoke vs. pre-made

Naturally, a bespoke staircase is more expensive than a pre-made one. As a rule, pre-made staircases are not quite off the shelf, as they will need to be customised to the pitch, height, depth and the number of treads. Generally, they are made by large manufacturers, who can use their economies of scale to keep costs down. If you are on a tight budget, this is the best route to take and you can still be left with a stylish design. Another advantage is that there will usually be a quick turnaround time; with more employees and space, large manufacturers can generally meet tight project deadlines faster than bespoke makers.

Bespoke staircases, made to order by a skilled joiner or specialist manufacturer, do cost more as a rule, however, the results can be spectacular. Most staircases you will see in glossy property and interior magazines are likely to be bespoke ones. With a bespoke staircase, you will get something that is unique, stylish and that utilises the space efficiently. Though they can be costly, a bespoke staircase does last a lifetime and, when designed correctly, is an architectural feature in itself.

Spiral staircase


If space is tight, a spiral staircase can be a viable option. Not only do they look great, they can limit wasted landing space. They can also be a cost-effective solution, with the cheapest options starting at around £500. Remember, though there can be tight building and fire regulations around spiral staircases so do speak with your Simply Surveyor who can talk you through the options.


When buying furniture for your loft, keep in mind how you will get it up the stairs when your loft conversion is complete. Many loft steps have a curve, making it difficult to get bulky furniture up to your newly created loft. If you have narrow stairs it’s best to buy flat pack furniture if possible. If you are having bespoke furniture made, ensure you tell the maker that it will need to get up the stairs – even if that means it has to be assembled in the room.

A loft conversion is a great way to expand your home without having to lose garden space. If you want to convert your loft, contact Simply Loft today for a free site survey.

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Space saving ideas for your loft conversion

One of the main motivations for undertaking a loft conversion is to have more space. Many Londoners, especially those with families, feel like they have outgrown their house, but the capital’s property market makes it difficult and expensive to move. If you do take the plunge and convert the loft, you want to be sure you are making the most of the space you will gain. As loft conversion specialists, we have compiled our top tips for space saving ideas for your London loft conversion.

Fitted furniture

Fitted furniture for loft conversions

Fill in those awkward spaces with fitted furniture. Fitted wardrobes like the one above can be utilised to keep your clothes, shoes and accessories organised – many fitted wardrobes are now equipped with clever storage solutions making it easier to keep track of all your stuff.

Storage ideas for loft conversions

With such difficult spaces, you may need to have some custom made furniture. In this loft conversion, the owner had the ingenious idea of setting a chest of draws into the eaves of the loft conversion roof, which maximises floor space.

Window seats

If you have space under a dormer window and don’t know what to do with it, you could build a window seat. A built-in window seat gives a bedroom a cosy touch and creates a natural lounging area that is ripe to be used as a reading nook or chill out space.

Custom fitted bathroom suites

Custom made bathroom suites are a great way to utilise the space you have regardless of how big or small your bathroom is. If you have an awkward space, you could use a nook to put in a shower.

Custom fitted bathroom suites for loft conversions

Putting a bath under a sloping ceiling can be an efficient way to use what otherwise would be dead space. The picture below shows what can be done when you use small spaces efficiently, the added skylight floods the area with natural light.

Custom fitted bathroom suites for loft conversions

Another way to save space if you have little square footage for a bathroom is to have a wet room like this.

Custom fitted bathroom suites for loft conversions

Built in shelving

Built in shelving for loft conversions

Loft spaces are far from conventional – many have unusual shapes with plenty of nooks and crannies. Using these awkward spaces for built-in shelves can be both a design statement as well as a storage area. In the image above, the owners of this loft conversion have installed cupboards as well as shelves and used the space for children’s books and family pictures. It is possible to make such shelves yourself if you have the necessary DIY skills or you can either employ a carpenter or ask our Simply Loft team to add this into your quotation from one of our in house joiners.

Built in shelving for loft conversions

Installing shelving into small recesses can offer much-needed storage. The loft above have taken advantage of a small recess above a bed that offers somewhere to put books, keepsakes and family pictures.

If you want to create a space saving loft conversion, don’t hesitate to contact us for a no obligation site survey. Either call us on 0800 917 7571 or contact us here.

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How your can turn your dark loft into a light, creative space

‘Improve, don’t move’ has become a mantra for families throughout the country. Many people are attracted by the possibilities of expanding and extending their homes rather than dealing with the fuss and hassle of moving house. Loft conversions are still hugely popular, and there are plenty of ways you can transform your dark, bare loft space into something magical.

If you don’t fancy going for the traditional spare bedroom option then how about turning your loft into a light, bright creative studio? Let us tell you how.

Loft conversions can provide the perfect space to transform into a creative hub. This often unused space is located far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house, giving you more peace and quiet than other rooms will. Plus, being at the very top of your home means you could benefit from some great views, which are perfect for helping you find inspiration in the great outdoors.

Here are a few points to consider if you’re thinking about transforming your loft into a creative area within your home.

Let there be light

Daylight is one of the most important things to think about if you’re considering transforming your loft into a hub of creativity.

There are plenty of different options available to you when it comes to flooding your newly renovated loft conversion with tons of natural light. Centre pivot roof windows are a classic when it comes to lighting up your loft conversion, and are great for higher installations. You can even get electric roof windows for out of reach places so you can let fresh air in for a more comfortable space. Plus, they add a little touch of luxury!

Top hung windows are ideal if you want to make the most out of your roof window. As they open outwards, there’s no sash protruding into your room and taking up space (or creating the opportunity to bump your head!). You’ll also enjoy the greatest amount of headspace and panoramic views with a top hung window. A great opportunity for a 5 minute break with a cup of tea to boost your creative juices.

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Our experts know how you can get the most out of your roof windows, whether it’s positioning them correctly to capture the best amount of daylight or creating a stunning feature with two or more windows.


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Simply Loft London loft conversion VELUX CABRIO balcony window

Another special way of taking inspiration from the great outdoors is by opening up your new creative space through the installation of a balcony window system. These innovative roof windows create a gorgeous Juliet-style balcony with one gentle push, and are the perfect way to open up your space and make the most of the gorgeous views. Balcony windows from Sterlingbuild come from renowned brands like VELUX and FAKRO, so you know you’re in good hands.

Make it beautiful

Once you’ve made the decision to create a gorgeous inspiring space in your loft, the next step is the fun bit – decorating.

Think about what you want your room to feel like and then work your colour palette around this. Lilac and purple hues are known for their associations with creativity, joy and spirituality, which makes them great options for a creative space. White and neutral tones have clean, pure connotations, and are perfect for creating a blank canvas in which to allow yourself to make the most of your imagination.

Mirrors are a great way make the most of the light within your new loft, bouncing rays around your room and creating a greater sense of depth within the space. Glass has a similar effect, so when you’re thinking about decorating your new studio perhaps dot around a few gorgeous mirrors or hang some wall art in glass frames. This not only boosts the style in the space, but it makes the whole room feel bigger and brighter.

Think furniture

Another big aspect of making sure your creative loft conversion is as successful as possible is storage. You don’t want your creativity to be dampened because you’re surrounded by mess and clutter, do you? Here at Simply Loft we understand that you need to consider storage during the planning phase. Take a look our storage ideas for some inspiration.

Fill your new inspiring abode with all of the things you need to get your creative juices flowing. Whether that’s an easel and plenty of storage for pretty paint pots or a pattern cutting table and the perfect desk to hold your sewing machine, make sure the furniture in your new space is just what you need to feel invigorated and inspired.

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The key to making the most out of your dark, dingy loft space is light. Once you’ve flooded the room with gorgeous natural light then the possibilities are endless. Lofts are the perfect place to blend creativity, style and function within one beautiful new space, and as the capital’s leading loft conversion specialist we can help you make this a reality in your home. It’s sure to become your new favourite place to be.

Take a look through our
gallery for lots more inspiration about transforming your loft through a Simply Loft conversion project.

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Making the most of a small bathroom

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If you’re planning a loft conversion, you may well be considering a bedroom and en suite to create more space in your London home. An en suite is a great way to give your home an extra bathroom, however they are usually on the more compact size which can present a challenge when planning the layout and look.

However, it’s simply a case of knowing how to make the most of the space you have, and our tips will help you do just that.

  1. Create a wet room

A wet room is a great solution for an en suite as it negates the need for a shower enclosure, and the only additional fixtures you need are your toilet and basin. Concealed shower trays and floor-to-ceiling tiling give the wet room look, and you can even incorporate built-in shelving or integrated tiled seating for some real luxury.

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  1. Have your shower over the bath

It’s not always practical to have a bath in a small bathroom, but if you have the space for a tub and really do want a bath and shower, then consider a shower over bath solution. For many people, the idea of a shower over bath conjures up images of a clunky hose attachment on the taps, hooked up to a shower head on the wall however, there are now stylish options for both electric and mixer showers that can fit over the bath. You can even get specially shaped shower baths that give you the best of both worlds, with a full size tub and a more spacious shower area.

  1. Use your dead space

If you really want a separate bath and shower, there are still solutions for a smaller bathroom. Consider a corner bath with a curved edge as an alternative to a more traditionally shaped tub – perfect for soaking in, but without guzzling up space. Corner basins, too, have the advantage of not jutting out into your bathroom and wasting space and, if you opt for a wall mounted version rather than a pedestal, you can even create additional storage space. Another great way to use dead space is to put your bath in the eaves, under the sloping roof. With a strategically placed skylight you can have the luxury experience of bathing under the stars.

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  1. De-clutter

It’s amazing how much you store in a bathroom when you take into account towels, toiletries, cleaning products, toilet rolls and any other paraphernalia. Throw out or give away toiletries you’ll never use and strip back to what’s necessary only. If an en suite is only going to be used by one or two people regularly, you don’t need to store towels for a family of four in there. Just ensure the room has the essentials that will be used regularly.

  1. Clever storage

Storage units themselves can be bulky and take up space so in a small bathroom it’s key to think about space-saving storage. Cavity shelving can be built into your walls, or ‘floating’ shelves can take advantage of empty wall space such as over the bath or door. And never forget the benefit of some back-of-the-door hooks for a neat place to hang towels and bathrobes.

If you’re looking to give your London home an additional bedroom and en suite with a loft conversion, speak to Simply Loft on 0800 917 7571 to discuss your plans, or take a look at our recent work.

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10 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Space

If you’re considering a loft conversion to your London home then the chances are you’re already looking at ways to optimise your space. It stands to reason, then, that the last thing you want to do once you have your loft conversion is squander the newly created space.

To help you decide how to best design and decorate your loft conversion, we’ve put together 10 of the best tips for making the most of your space by allowing it to look and feel bigger.

1. Paint your ceiling

If you paint your ceiling the same colour as your walls it can make the room look taller. This is because it stops your eyes from seeing exactly where the ‘join’ is and creates an illusion of more height.

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2. Use light colours

Whites, creams and other light colours reflect light rather than absorbing it, giving a light, airy feel and making the room feel bigger. Combine with light-coloured flooring to complete the effect.

3. Use tall, built-in shelving

Built-in shelving has the double benefit of giving you more storage and reducing the amount of furniture needed on the floor. Keep it shallow – no more than 30 cm in depth – so that it’s not encroaching too much on the room and go to ceiling height where possible. It makes your ceiling look higher and increases your storage space.

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4. Lots of natural light

Lighter rooms feel bigger so let in as much natural light as you can. When you’re planning your London loft conversion, think about the positioning and amount of skylights and dormer windows to maximise the sunlight in your room.

5. Mirrors

An extension of the natural light rule is using mirrors. It doubles your space’s visual size and reflects light, creating a feeling of expansive space. Hang a mirror opposite your window or – for maximum effect – opt for a wall of mirrored floor-to-ceiling wardrobes.

6. The more lights the better

Rather than just one central ceiling light (which causes light to pool in one space) opt for several smaller lamps, pendants or spotlights to spread light around the space.

7. Dramatic wall art

Go for one or two large, bold pieces of wall art. This makes the wall space appear larger than when you cover it with lots of smaller pieces.

8. Stripes

Stripes can really elongate your room so if you’re going for carpet, look at striped designs or, if you’re opting for wood or laminate flooring, choose a striped rug to finish it off. Make sure you orient the stripes so they run the longest length of the room for the maximum effect.

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9. Buy a daybed

If your loft conversion is going to be used as a guest bedroom rather than a family room, a daybed can be a fantastic space saver that also makes the room more versatile. Designed to look more like a sofa or bench, a daybed can also have hidden storage or even a collapsible trundle bed that can turn it into a double when needed.

10. Create designated areas

If your loft conversion is going to be multi-purpose (perhaps a home office and guest room), use rugs to create several small spaces for each area or activity, giving the illusion of having one bigger space.

To see how others have used their loft conversions, take a look at our case studies showing off a variety of London loft conversions.

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Inside a London Loft Conversion – Interior Design Colours & What They Mean

At Simply Loft, we don’t just build bespoke loft conversions in London we decorate them too.

Like everything else we do, the colours we use to decorate your brand new space are entirely up to you. But which colours will you choose and what do they mean?

Choosing a colour scheme for your loft conversion is about much more than what looks “good”. The more you discover about colours, the more you realise how closely connected they are to our moods, our attitudes and emotions.

Therefore choosing a colour scheme based on the theory behind those colours could influence the ways you enjoy your new space.

Let’s start with the primaries!


Red is the colour of passion and strong emotion, so if your loft conversion is a bedroom you can imagine what type of bedroom it might be! The colour red increases enthusiasm and encourages action and confidence. It also provides a sense of protection from fear and anxiety.

It could certainly be one way to keep the nightmares at bay.


Understandably, blue is known for a cooling effect; but not simply when it comes temperature. Blue is known as calm and sedate. It has even been known to help lower blood pressure and build confidence. With confidence comes productivity and blue is considered the most productive colour on the spectrum.

Could a blue loft conversion make the perfect study?

Blue Loft Conversion Bedroom



Yellow is mentally stimulating, but this comes with pros and cons. A yellow interior is known to stimulate the nervous system and encourage communication but it is also the colour most likely to cause eye strain and is even known to make babies cry.

Not ideal for a bedroom, then, especially for a little’un. Great for other parts of the home, though.


Green is the colour of nature. It’s also the colour of renewal, self-control and harmony. Soothing and restful on the eye, in contrast with yellow, green is known to help alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety; and it is relaxing physically as well as mentally.

In short: it is perfect for luxuriously, sleepy bedroom.



If you’re not using your loft conversion for bed time and rather hobby or creative time, you might consider using orange as part of your colour scheme. Orange is the colour of creativity. It stimulates hunger and enthusiasm.

Think orange is too overpowering? Why not choose to decorate an accent wall rather than the whole space?


Simple, stable and reliable; brown is connected to the Earth. It’s timeless and classic, it never gets old. We could create a classic space with your loft conversion using brown as a starting point.

Brown is wholesome and practical. Not one for teenagers, perhaps.

Neutral Loft Bedroom



Black is powerful, sophisticated and even somewhat mysterious. A black room is said to evoke a sense of potential and possibility. On the flip side, black harbours some connotations with evil and death, although that really depends on the school of design.


Finally, we come to white; the colour of purity and mental clarity. White supports mental clarity and encourages us to clear our clutter and obstacles. White is seen as a blank page and a fresh start.

Perfect then for a brand spanking new loft conversion in London and an elegant new space to be savoured for years to come.

White loft bedroom


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