Making Additional Storage Space In Your Loft

When it comes to our homes, it seems that the one thing we can never have enough of is storage space. As our families grow, we need more and more space to store our belongings, our clothes, toys and all the other things that we seem to just accumulate. We resort to more cupboard space, under bed storage, we even put things in sheds and garages and hope for the best. And yet many of us ignore a storage solution that is literally right over our heads – our loft space.

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The loft space is something that many of us just ignore, and yet it can be the perfect storage solution. It is almost the whole of your upstairs space, and can be made into a light and airy space with the addition of roof windows from Solstro.  Lofts are a great place to store seasonal items, things like Christmas trees and decorations that you only need to use once a year, but are then a problem to store for the other 11 months. They can also be useful for storing old toys that you don’t want to part with but are no longer played with.

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There are a few more things to consider if you plan to use your loft for storage. In older houses (like my Victorian terrace for instance), the loft space can be dusty and lofts are not designed to take much weight, so a board out is a good investment, making the space cleaner and safe for walking in.The floor can be strengthened by installing loft panels, which is a relatively simple job, you can find a good how to guide from Wickes by clicking here. A good loft ladder can also be a worth while investment, a pull up and down style that can be  attached to your loft hatch and then stored in the loft when it is not needed.

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If you are struggling for space in your home, moving some of your current clutter into your loft space could be just the solution you’ve been looking for.

The Perfect Use of Your Loft Space

You’ve made the decision to convert your loft space into a room and have decided to go ahead with a loft conversion. You’ve taken into account all the issues related to the size of your space, and have chosen your VELUX windows and blinds in order to give your room the right amount of light and shade it needs to be comfortable and inhabitable. Now you need to decide what you are going to use your extra rooms and space for.

Here are a few suggestions for ways to use your loft space.

A new Bedroom

Probably the most obvious choice, a new master bedroom can be a perfect fit for your loft space, often with the advantage of an ensuite bathroom too. The room can be bright and airy due to the VELUX windows, but blackout blinds can ensure you still get a good night’s sleep. A loft bedroom is usually of a decent size, and, if your family is expanding, can mean you can accommodate a growing family without needing to move house. It can also be an adult only haven away from the children.

A dressing room

Another idea is to have your loft space as a dressing room/walk in wardrobe. If you have more clothes than you know what to do with, this could be an effective and stylish way to sort your storage issues, and create a beautiful space fit for a Hollywood star.

A study/home office

If you need a space in your home in which to work, your loft space could make a really useful home/office.  Situated in a quieter part of the home, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your house, a home office in the loft could allow you to work in peace. Similarly, it could also make a good study space for teenagers sitting GCSEs and needing somewhere to revise and concentrate.

A Den/Man cave

Man caves tend to be outdoor spaces – a shed or summer house that has somehow been converted to a sanctuary or bastion of maleness – complete with beer cooler, bean bags and a dartboard. But if you want to house your man cave or den in warmer surroundings, then the space in your loft may just be the answer to your prayers.

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Things to consider when planning a loft conversation

A loft conversation can often be the answer when you are struggling for space in your current home. You can create extra bedrooms, another bathroom or study space by converting your loft, and this can often mean you can stay in the home you love, rather than needing to move out as your family grows. But there are some key points that you need to consider when you opt to convert your loft. These will ensure you get the best out of the space you have, and are not left disappointed.

Will the Space be big enough for your needs

My husband Pete is a loft conversion specialist and says that one of the problems he sometimes faces is that people are disappointed with how big their new loft space is. You have to bear in mind that one side of the roof will remain sloping, so you will not get the same amount of space has you have on your current first floor. You also need to consider your existing roof height. It needs to be a minimum of two metres in height – after all, you do need to be able to stand up in the new room.

Light

Lofts are notoriously dark spaces, so you need to add light. The best way to do this is with a Salstro roof window. Salstro, produce the best quality roof windows and you can find a wide range of styles and sizes at Roofwindows.co.uk The windows come with a ten year guarantee, and in a range of finishes to suit the style of your new room.

The staircase

The configuration of the new staircase into the loft space is probably the most important thing to consider. You don’t want to be in the position of losing a room downstairs if you are only going to be gaining one new room in your loft. The most popular loft conversions create one new bedroom and an ensuite bathroom that works from an existing stairs and landing. This is the best situation for creating a new space.

Finding the right company

A loft conversation is a massive job, so you need to look carefully when it comes to choosing a team/company to convert your roof space. Look for a reputable company and read up on customer testimonials. This is your home so you deserve the best team.

If you take all these points into consideration, you should be able to create a beautiful new living space in your home.