Are your children getting older? Does your home feel like its slowly shrinking? If you answered yes to both of these questions, maybe it’s time to think about converting your loft space into a den or other themed room. Your kids will love you for it and converting your loft into a livable space will add quite some value to your home!
Here are some suggestions to consider:
Bedroom or Nursery
A converted loft can make a beautiful bedroom or nursery. With lots of open space, a dormer ceiling and probably the best outside view in the house, the decorating possibilities are almost endless. One of the best things about turning this space into a room for baby is the fact that the rest of the family typically doesn’t have to be quiet when your little one is sleeping.
Study or Computer Room
One of the best reasons a converted loft makes the ideal study or computer room for kids is because it’s typically quiet and somewhat distraction-free. They won’t be interrupted when the doorbell rings or when the dog wants to go outside. If they don’t have easy access to things like televisions and cell phones in that room, it will make studying even easier.
Which child wouldn’t want his/her personal space? Depending on his or her age, it would be a great place to spend some quiet time or to hang out with a friend or two. Whether you choose to decorate it like a traditional den, complete with bookcases and an electric fireplace (for safety’s sake) or in some other motif, your child can benefit from it for years to come.
Movie or Music Room
If your children love to play musical instruments, or they are really into movies or music, turn your loft into their own personal studio or theater. There are many DIY tips to make the space sound-proof, so they can practice, watch or listen to their heart’s content… without disturbing you down below.
Similar to a music room, a loft turned into game room is a great place for your children to play all of his games without fear of bothering anyone or being too loud. Unless, of course, the game he’s playing requires him to jump up and down in quick succession. You’ll be able to get a decent night’s sleep, even when he has friends staying over who want to play into the night.
Loft conversion is on the rise. In situations like this, where your children need more space, it serves as the perfect solution. Once they are grown and on their own, you can claim the den as your own. You may even want to transform it into a sewing room, an office or exercise room. The choice is up to you.
This option is generally much more affordable than putting an addition onto your home. This is due to the fact that you are renovating space that already exists, as opposed to building a new structure.
Converting a loft will save some energy as well. Since heat rises from the living space below, often all that is required to adequately heat the room is a small, energy-efficient, electric heater.
About the Author: Farah Mustansar is a contributing writer for Abbey Lofts, a loft conversion specialist company based in London.