What’s In Your Loft?
On first reflection, utilising loft space may not appear to be an enlightening idea or exciting prospect.
However, when it comes to lofts, there are countless instances where potential to use space and add creativity to this commonly neglected area is lost.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can maximise your loft space and throw in a splash of creativity to maximise your loft’s full potential.
The Rise Of Loft Conversions
Loft conversions are a highly popular way to utilise space and add value to a home. Because they do not require planning permission, many homeowners have taken the opportunity to carry out home improvements and add bedrooms with the perfect loft conversion.
With the rise of loft conversions comes the emergence of common mistakes which individuals fall foul of when attempting to utilise their lofts and maximise space. These have a detrimental effect on the overall design and functionality of the loft space.
The No-Go Danger Areas
When it comes to maximising your available loft space, there are a number of no-go danger areas which many people fail to steer clear of when trying to utilise their lofts.
In environments like lofts, space is at a real premium. It is therefore essential to keep clutter to a minimum and have the correct storage in place to avoid ending up with a space that looks overcrowded and claustrophobic.
This is particularly important if the converted loft space is being used as a bedroom or home office. An overcrowded and cluttered space can not only look and feel imposing but can also have a negative impact on mood.
Lack of loft boards
Time and time again, we encounter loft spaces where loft boards have been only used in livable area but not under eaves which is natural place for storage. Using loft boards not only strengthens the loft floor, but also protects the ceiling below from damage.
The ‘Not-So-Happy Marriage’ of Windows And Wardrobes
Windows have often been installed by the time a fitted wardrobe is requested for a particular space.
Often, windows are fitted too close to the wall, making it almost impossible to enjoy a full-depth wardrobe.
This limiting situation forces shallower wardrobes to be produced, and as a result available space inside is so tight that fixed hanger rails with easy access to clothes cannot be used.
However, to overcome this problem, pull-out clothes hangers can be used – although it’s not the most practical of solutions and can cause frustration over time.
Failing To Utilise Space
Failing to utilise available space is commonplace in loft conversions.
A great deal of space is often available above the loft staircase. This space is often overlooked, but unlocks huge potential for creativity and useful storage solutions if utilised effectively.
These errors are commonplace and can have a negative impact on the overall functionality and design of the space.
They also cause frustration for both designers and homeowners, as they limit the scope of the overall design and lead to unforeseen flaws that prevent users from enjoying the space to the full.
For more information on certain danger areas in loft design, read our blog post: Common Design Traps And How To Avoid Them.
A loft need not be perceived as a concealed and untidy storage space.
At C&S Interiors, we pride ourselves on finding functional solutions to maximise space in your home as effectively as possible, and loft conversions are no exception.
Inject life into your loft space and let C&S Interiors solve your storage problem with creativity, flair and expertise.
Making the most of every last available inch of space is what we do best, no matter how awkwardly shaped your loft space might be.
Minimal clutter and maximum creativity is our recipe for success, and our loft transformations highlight our passion for effective storage solutions.
Contact C&S Interiors today to discuss your loft space transformation.