Homeowners choose to undergo a loft conversion for a multitude of reasons from creating an extra bedroom to building a home office. Whatever you’re intending to use the new area for, making the best use of the space is something you can really nail during the planning stages. One of the most common loft conversion problems is lack of space to fit in everything you need. Even if you have a large loft area, finding clever storage ideas is a must, especially if you have lots of little nooks and crannies to fill.
Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Use the Eaves
While you want your new loft area to feel like an integrated room of the home rather than a glorified storage space, you can still find some spots to hide items like boxes of Christmas decorations you don’t want cluttering the rest of the house. The eaves are a perfect place for this, hiding away small items which you can access via a hatch or even a drawer which looks flush against the wall. Take a look at our recently completed loft projects for more.
Build Shelving Around Your Furniture
You don’t always want to hide everything away, especially if you’re planning on creating cosy areas around your bed with books, personal items and light fittings. Forget looking for a clear floor to ceiling space. Consider building shelves around your furniture such as a new desk or bed. This can look great too, framing the area while having everything you need in handy reach.
Choose Fitted Wardrobes & Cupboards
Don’t waste hours looking for a cabinet which is an exact size or trying to shove a rectangular-shaped bookshelf under a sloped area. Specialist companies and interior designers can custom-make storage to fit all the odd spaces within your loft. Use as much of the wall as you like for this, especially if building a home office and need lots of storage for filing. You can even install these within sloped areas or fit recessed cupboards under a sloped ceiling, using the top of the cabinet as an extra shelf.
Add Hidden Window Seat Storage
We love building loft conversions with beautiful windows and many want to add a window seat in this area as an extra space to sit and relax while enjoying the new view from their home. This is an ideal option if building a dormer window within the loft area, making great use of the small window space. However, you can also use this as a secret storage area too. In-built drawers or a hollow area reached under the cushions can be used to store items, turning your awkward dormer space into a practical area which you can enjoy for all its merits.
Want to use every inch of your loft conversion to its full potential?
Here at Tiger Building Services, we will help you plan your loft conversion from the concept of your first ideas to the completion of your final designs. We cover London, Surrey and Sussex, including Banstead, Epsom and Cheam. Get in touch to speak to a designer about your ideas and storage needs.