Top Loft Conversion Ideas That Will Transform Your Attic
August 16, 2019

Are you considering renovating your loft? If you are, you’re in the right place! We’ve collected our favourite loft conversion ideas from across the web to help inspire your next renovation. These conversions include small loft conversion ideas, loft storage ideas, bedrooms, and bathrooms! We want to make sure you’re using the space in your home in the best way possible, after all.

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Small Loft Conversion Ideas

Tiny Reading Nook

Tiny Reading Nook

If your loft doesn’t have much room to spare, you can still transform it into livable space. This tiny loft conversion takes the form of a reading nook featuring a wall of bookshelves. The best part of this design is that you can style it towards any member of your family. If you have kids, you can outfit the nook with bright colours and toys, or if you don’t, we think the pictured design looks great! It’s really up to you.

Home Office With a View

Home Office with a View

If you’re considering undertaking a loft conversion, you may be struggling to find a good use for the areas with sloped ceilings. That’s why we love this small loft conversion, as it uses that space in a productive way.

This loft features a built-in desk in the loft’s hallway with built-in storage at the end of the hall. We love that the window sill doubles as a storage space. Plus, what’s better than a home office with natural light and a view of the outdoors? This space would be perfect if you have children at home or you find yourself working at home on a regular basis.

Lounge in Your Tiny Attic

Lounge in Your Tiny Attic

If the ceiling in your loft is too low for a full bedroom or bathroom, why not use it as extra living space? Your kids are sure to love lounging in the attic and you’re sure to love having your own space on the main floor! This loft conversion features budget-friendly vinyl siding on the ceiling and walls and a built-in bench under the window. The bean bags and scattered toys make it the perfect place for kids to hang out and relax.

Why not add some lovely rugs for extra decor and protection? If you have hardwood floors covering your attic floor, the sound of tiny feet can still sound… well… not-so-quiet from downstairs. Rugs are a great way to make any room cosier and have the added benefit of absorbing the sound of footsteps. We’re especially big fans of the shaggy rugs for attics, but there are plenty choose from whether you’re browsing online or in a high street shop near you.

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Loft Storage Ideas

Build a New Closet

Build a New Closet

If your master bedroom has a connecting staircase to your loft, why not use the loft as a beautiful walk-in closet? You can install custom cabinetry along the walls of the loft and skylights in the ceiling to bring in plenty of natural light. This walk-in closet is clean and modern, but you can tailor it to whatever style you prefer. If your loft is large enough for a bedroom with a dormer that extends off of the side, use the dormer as a closet instead!

Install Sliding Doors

Install Sliding Doors

This loft conversion really maximises the space available in the room. Given how low the ceilings are on the sides of your loft conversion, it can be easy to ignore this space or make it look messy and forgotten. During this renovation, the homeowners decided to install shelving and storage spaces in the space below the roof.

Behind the first barn door, you can see that there is shelving installed in the space. The barn doors, shelves, and flooring all stick to a consistent colour palette, making the room look cohesive and intentional. With this renovation, the homeowners are able to store their less-than-beautiful belongings behind sliding doors while still displaying their knick knacks and essentials.

Use the Space You Have

If your loft conversion has more of an industrial vibe, this hack is for you! You can use metal piping to create a makeshift closet in your open loft. Just install the piping on your sloped ceiling and hang up your clothes on it. It’s as simple as that.

To change the aesthetic of this makeshift closet, all you need to do is install a different colour of pipe (or just paint it!). We love this idea because it doesn’t require building new walls or installing custom cabinetry and can be removed easily if you want to change the purpose of your loft.

Loft Conversion Bedroom Ideas

Create a Master Suite

If you’re lucky enough to have this much space in your loft, you should put it to good use! This master suite features a neutral colour palette and natural wood accents. The homeowners have also utilised the lower ceiling in an efficient way, installing built-in storage along an entire wall.

The skylights in the ceiling bring natural light into this beautiful master suite. From what we can see of the bathroom, it features a large window and full bathtub. That sounds like a pretty nice master suite to us!

Monotone Shiplap Cladding

Monotone Shiplap Cladding

While this cosy room would be a perfect master suite, we think it also works as a guest or rental suite. If you have all the space you need for your family in your home but lack a guest room, why not convert your loft into a fully functional suite for your guests? Your family and friends can stay in your loft when they’re in town, and you can even rent it out on Airbnb when you don’t have visitors.

We love the monotone shiplap cladding in this loft conversion, as well as the hardwood flooring that ties the bedroom and bathroom together. You can even see that there is hidden storage in the shorter area of the room. We’re sure that any of your guests (whether they’re family or not) will love this guest suite!

Build a sleepover room

Build a Sleepover Room with Built-in Beds

This loft conversion is definitely extravagant, but will soon become the talk of the town. If you have a large family that visits often or simply want to build a room dedicated to sleepovers, this conversion is perfect for you. This room features multiple single beds, perfect for children and adults alike. The beds also feature built-in storage, making sure space is used in the best way possible.

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Bathroom Loft Conversion Ideas

use a dormer to add a shower

Use a Dormer to Add Headspace to Your Shower

Having a lower ceiling doesn’t have to mean that you have less space. This loft conversion uses the lower ceiling (and dormer) to its advantage, creating this beautiful and sunny bathroom. In most bathrooms, you’ll see the shower head installed on the exterior wall or ceiling, which would cause some trouble in a room with sloped ceilings.

However, the owners of this home have installed the shower’s plumbing in a piping system independent from the walls of the room. This shift, along with the dormer, creates extra headspace for whoever is in the shower, a luxury not commonly found in attic bathrooms.

luxurious master bathroom

Luxurious Master Bathroom

If you have the space to spare, why not create a master bathroom this large? This beautiful bathroom features glossy white tiles, hardwood flooring on the steps, and brass fixtures. The resulting product is a bathroom that is both modern and vintage. We love that the homeowners used a fabric shower curtain instead of a glass wall, creating a more comfortable look.

The white tile flooring is also accented with small black tiles, defining the space and making it look more custom. To increase the available storage space in the bathroom, you could also install drawers in the steps for linens and towels.

Shower room in the attic

Shower Room in the Attic

This shower room in a converted loft uses all the space it has in an efficient way. By not installing a swinging door in the shower, and turning the entire room into a shower room, the homeowners have added space to the bathroom. They’ve also installed a sink that hugs the wall closely with open storage underneath instead of a full vanity.

What really sets this bathroom apart from the crowd is the tile flooring that makes the room look softer and less modern. We love how the blue flowers in the tile flooring tones down the stark white and black features of the rest of the bathroom.

We hope our loft conversion ideas have inspired you to transform your loft into a space your family will love. If we have, you can request bids from local contractors on Bidvine for free! All you need to do is answer a few questions about your renovation project and we’ll shortlist custom bids from interested pros for you.

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Kitchen Pendant Lights

1. Kitchen Pendant Lights

This simple lighting arrangement will work in any type of kitchen. These black pendant lights work perfectly in this farmhouse kitchen, but they would also look great in a modern or traditional kitchen. With three pendants, it’s important to hire a professional to install your ceiling lights. After all, you want to make sure the kitchen lights are spaced evenly and hung at the same height.

Kitchen Island Lighting

2. Kitchen Island Lighting

If you’re lucky enough to have enough space for a kitchen island, you’ll want to accent it with ceiling lights. These hanging lights have a bit of an industrial vibe to them but look great in this modern kitchen. We love the contrast between the black lights and splashback and the white cabinets and worktops.

Exposed Wires

3. Exposed Wires

This is a pretty trendy kitchen lighting idea, but it’s not overly expensive. That means that you can install it in your home now and then update it when the trends change. This kitchen features light bulbs hanging from cords wrapped around a brass pole. This industrial look is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your flat if you can’t install a whole new light fixture.

4. Hanging Edison Bulbs

To add a vintage touch to your modern kitchen, we recommend installing hanging Edison bulbs above your island. You can even drape them around a brass pole like the previous idea to create a more intricate focal point. These Edison bulbs are spaced perfectly above the island and allow for a clear sight line throughout the space. The great thing about exposed Edison bulbs is the fact that they won’t impede your field of vision.

Industrial Loft

5. Industrial Loft

This beautiful industrial loft features fourteen Edison bulbs at two different height levels. This means that people using the ladder to access the bar as well as people at ground level will both have ample lighting. To ensure your safety, it’s best to hire a professional if you want to achieve a similar effect in your kitchen.

Large Pendant Lights

6. Large Pendant Lights

The large pendant lights made of steel, along with the high-end appliances, make this kitchen feel like a professional kitchen. These heavy metal pendant would need to be installed by a professional given their weight and risk of falling on your family members. If you’re searching for an industrial and professional look, though, these lights are perfect for you!

Reclaimed Lights

7. Reclaimed Lights

If you want to bring the farm into your vintage farmhouse kitchen, we recommend looking for reclaimed pieces that can be transformed into lights. You can scout out pieces at charity shops or flea markets and then use a bit of creativity and your DIY skills to fashion them into lights. If you need some help with the DIY portion, you can hire a professional handyman to help out.

Light Over The Kitchen Sink

8. Light over the Kitchen Sink

While you may think that a window will provide enough light for your dishwashing, you’ll likely find yourself needing a bit more brightness. For this reason, it’s smart to install a ceiling light over your sink. This kitchen features traditional ceiling lights, with two large lights over the island and a smaller one over the sink. It’s smart to keep the design of the lights in your kitchen the same in order to ensure cohesion throughout the room.

Simply Ceiling Light

9. Simple Ceiling Light

If you’re not ready to splash out for an extravagant light fixture or fancy chandelier, worry not! You can find many budget-friendly options that provide plenty of light to your kitchen. The light fixture pictured features four bulbs pointing in different directions, making sure that the light covers the whole room. This light is modern enough to update a kitchen, but not too modern that it would look out of place in a simple kitchen.

Vintage Ceiling Lights

10. Vintage Ceiling Lights

This traditional kitchen features white cabinets and worktops, as well as a white brick splashback throughout the kitchen. The lightness of the kitchen is contrasted by the dark wood island and vintage ceiling lights. These lights look like they were taken directly from a castle or medieval town! We love the way the vintage lights look with the shaker-style cabinets and the clean lines of the range hood. more
When Do You Need Loft Conversion Planning Permission?

In almost every case concerning a residential property, you will need loft conversion planning permission. This is because adding onto your home can affect the structural integrity of your house. It will also have a visual effect on your neighbourhood, which is why there are certain restrictions in place for loft conversions.

The rules for loft conversions differ between England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, so we’ve collected them below to help you understand your local rules better. If you have any questions about the rules in place or need to clarify anything, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and to contact your local Planning Authority.

Keep in mind that any additions or modifications made to your home by previous homeowners will need to conform to your planning permission in order to be approved. Again, it’s better to contact your Planning Authority before drafting final plans for a loft conversion to avoid any troubles or added costs.

We recommend planning out your renovation well ahead of time and going through the appropriate motions before undertaking any work on your building. You could save yourself thousands of pounds in labour and materials by not jumping into a renovation without consulting your Planning Authority.

Disclaimer: By providing this information, we are not offering you legal information. You should consult your local Planning Authority before undertaking any work on your property.

Then once you’ve contacted your local Planning Authority, get your renovation on the go with a local loft renovator!

Planning Permission in England and Wales

Loft Conversion Planning Permission in England and Wales

First off, you will not be able to convert a loft or install dormers in a home on designated land. Most designated land in England exists around cities like London and Manchester to prevent urban sprawl. Designated land includes conservation areas, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, or World Heritage Sites. If you live in a listed building, consult your local Planning Authority to learn more about the process of obtaining a planning permission. more
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That way when you want to change the layout of your home you’re all set with the skills you need to install a wall. You can even add a door to make an entirely new room! Adding a stud wall can turn a large room into something usable. You can add a partial wall to a large, open concept space like an attic to designate smaller areas.

Or it can transform your basement and make it the perfect place to spend your time. No matter what your vision looks like, you can build a stud wall to make it happen.

Don’t have time to build a stud wall yourself? Hire a home renovator and get your wall put up in no time!

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What is a Stud Wall?

Essentially a stud wall is a standard wall. Stud walls are built with studs, which are pieces of wood or timber that support the wall’s structure. These are then attached together with either drywall, plasterboard, or in some instances, a combination of lath and plaster.

How Far Apart Are The Studs in a Wall?

When you’re putting up a stud wall, it needs to be built properly in order to stand the tests of time! This means it needs to be structurally sound. Follow any code requirements or regulations to ensure your wall is safe.

Your studs will need to be equally spaced throughout your wall. Typically, studs are set 16″ apart (or 400mm). Not only will this make your wall sturdy and solid, but it will make it easier to install plasterboard. Your studs will line up with the edges of a sheet of plasterboard. So when you reach that step, it will be simple to fasten your new plasterboard securely.

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