It is a fact known to many who are into loft conversion that you will never be able to occupy the entire floor space of any given attic. Building laws and regulations enforced by your local building control officer will prevent you from doing so. You just can’t secretly bypass these rules either. Do so and you’ll be risking safety and your house’s structural integrity.
While many certainly end up with a large fraction of their attic’s floor space, some get no more than a small space that can contain no more than a bed and a few furniture. Occupants of these small lofts, especially well-off ones, tend to get the room cluttered quickly as they give up a lot of space just for convenience’s sake. For most part, the problem here lies not on the size of the converted loft, but on how the place is organized.
Now you don’t have to be a professional or get a degree in interior design in order to figure this one out. You’ll just need plenty of planning and common sense. Here are a few tips to help you out.
- Use Versatile and Moveable Furniture for a Small Loft
Furniture is one of the main reasons why small lofts get cramped so easily. They tend to be large, bulky, and occupy a good chunk of floor space. That said, you should start using furniture that is versatile, or can perform a variety of functions. Do away with furnishings like plain tables and start using ones with drawers or a built in cupboard.
Furniture that can be tucked away whenever they aren’t in use are also highly recommended. Folding chairs or stackable plastic chairs can save you a lot of space that those heavy wooden chairs cannot.
- Use Bedding that can Save Loft Space
Beds can truly take a lot of floor area in small lofts. Of course we won’t be suggesting that you go with bedrolls or sleeping bags this time. Rather, we say that you invest a fold down bed, one that is hinged at one end such that it can be stored in a wall or the large closet next to it.
Otherwise, you can also opt for a trundle bed. This one is a pair of beds, with one usually lower than the other and can be put underneath the other, like a large drawer.
- Paint the Loft Room with Light Colors
White or any other light paint can make small lofts feel a lot larger. The entirety of the room should be covered in light color. However, you should paint one small wall section with a different light color such that you won’t feel so confined.
- Keep Things in Your Loft Neatly Stored
Last but not the least, don’t just keep your stuff lying around the place. Store them efficiently and in an organized manner, making use of containers that fit well in your shelves. Don’t just limit your storage on cupboards and shelves, but also make use of vacant and accessible niches.
One thing you have to remember when putting small lofts in order is that organization is the key. Without it, you’ll definitely end up with a messy, uncomfortable living space.