How to Convert a Loft

Two Methods:

Depending on where you live in the world, a loft can mean a large industrial space or a small attic-like room. Each environment presents challenges for converting a loft into a comfortable living space. Whether your loft is large or small, here are some tips to convert a loft.

Method 1

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    Obtain permission to convert your loft from your local building authorities if necessary.
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    Hire professionals to redesign a room's layout. If a room in your loft is oddly shaped, find out if a designer or contractor can work with you to make it more open and functional. A kitchen, for example, can become easier to navigate if its island is repositioned in a different spot.
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    Make use of the open space in the loft. A large industrial loft usually has high ceilings and an open floor plan. Consider adding cabinets or mounting items onto walls and ceilings to store them out of the way of the living area.
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    Separate rooms from each other using d├ęcor. If your large loft has an open floor plan, you can arrange furniture and decorations to help distinguish the purpose of each room. Adding elements such as sliding doors can also create more privacy when you need it.
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    Reuse industrial pieces from the original space. Instead of taking out existing flooring or furnishings, try to decorate and/or repurpose the equipment for day-to-day living. If you have original concrete flooring, for example, you can resurface it to add some warmth and style.
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    Take advantage of windows or other sources of natural light. An attraction to living in a large, upper-story industrial loft is the amount of light and beautiful views it can provide. Create a room where natural light would be welcome, such as a home office or dining area, in a spot where such lighting exists.

Method 2

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    Decide what type of room you want to convert your loft to. Choices range from a bedroom or bathroom to a home theater (cinema) or gym.
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    Consult with professionals to check if your loft can be converted. Compare pricing estimates for loft conversions done by professionals.
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    Receive permission to convert your loft from your local building authorities if necessary.
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    Hire professionals to convert the loft space into another room if necessary.
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    Let in natural light by adding 1 or more windows if possible.
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    Paint walls in light or neutral colors to allow your loft space to feel more open and roomy.
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    Add mirrors to create the illusion of more depth to the room.
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    Hang wall storage to remove clutter from the floor and furniture.
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    Rearrange beds or other furniture in the room to create a more open floor plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Permission for loft conversion
  • Professional designer or contractor
  • Construction workers
  • Furniture and decorations
  • Sliding doors
  • Wall cabinets or ceiling storage
  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Paint

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