Loft conversions are rarely ever conventional shapes, which makes them architecturally interesting spaces. Sometimes this can pose a challenge, how do you make the most of low ceilings, awkward spaces, nooks and crannies? Here are our top tips on how to make the most of dead space in your loft conversion.
The internet is awash with glossy pictures of reading nooks. If you have a small nook you don’t know what to do with then a reading nook is a great way to use the space. When creating a reading nook you will need a comfortable seating area, good lighting and for the space to be cosy. To create a seating area you can use chair, a window seat, bean bags or scatter cushions. Natural light is preferable, so if your nook is next to a window make the most of it. If you don’t have a window get a lamp that will give you enough soft light to read by. Make the space cosy by adding some warm blankets and some comfy cushions.
As we accumulate more stuff, we need to be more efficient with the space we have. One of the most efficient ways to gain storage space without losing any floor is to create cupboards under the eaves. You can also use a stair wall, inserting shelves where the ceiling is low or create a cupboard in a small nook.
If you have a long narrow space that is not quite big enough to be used as a proper room, make it into a walk-in-wardrobe. They are not just for the rich and famous! Put in some simple rails and shelving plus keep an area free for shoes. If you don’t want to put them in yourself you can get flat pack wardrobe organisers and shoe racks or your appointed loft conversion specialist will most likely have a carpenter who can design and build one for you.
If you’re a book lover then you can use nooks, low ceiling space and even a stair wall to create your own mini library. If you’re handy with tools or know someone who is, you can make the shelves a design statement in their own right. Plato said that ‘A house that has a Library in it has a soul.’ So give your books their own home and space.
If you have a small nook or low ceiling space you can transform it from a boring dead area in to a play den for your children (or for yourself). An easy way to make this is to put in a small colourful tent or canopy. If these do not fit you can use a curtain, ideally there needs to be a way to close it off. To make the space comfortable use cushions, bean bags and blankets.