Loft living has many advantages but can pose a challenge when decorating and allocating for storage. It may require creative thinking when it comes to specific layout. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your loft space and reap the full rewards of loft living.
Go vertical. With high ceilings at a premium in loft spaces, you can make the maximum use of space by building tall shelving units. Use ladders to access upper areas. Ladders also enhance the decorative effect of shelving.
Niches and floating wall shelves are a great way to tuck away items or to make creative use from unused wall space. Use niches or floating wall shelves to display important art pieces. Install accent lighting to illuminate the display for added drama.
Multi-purpose dividers, such as bookcases, can bridge the gap between spaces in a loft. Place them between the sleeping and living areas or the living and kitchen area. Corral miscellaneous household items on the shelving into decorative boxes, metal bins or baskets.
Make use of all space, including stairwells. The area surrounding stairs is often overlooked when decorating. This is a space that can benefit from a bit of out-of-the-way storage. Create space with wall niches or add storage underneath the stairs.
With the expansive height of most lofts, you can create another level – a loft within a loft. Use this area for a bedroom, sitting area or library. Install a floating staircase to reach the upper level, allowing the space to remain open.
Expand the living area by opening up to the outdoor space. If you are fortunate enough to live in a loft that has a balcony or terrace, take advantage of the extra space. Extend your floorplan and decorating scheme to include the outdoor space.
Place walls and windows creatively in the loft. Use windows along with half-walls to create a unique room divider. Use materials such as brick, stone or wood cladding to enhance walls and give them interest. Allow space for ledges and openings for additional storage and architectural interest.
Living in a loft can be challenging but it is full of possibility. When you are faced with a wide-open space, create separate areas and manage space wisely. Make use of storage areas that are hidden beneath the surface and can be realized with a little imagination and planning. Make the most of your loft space by visualizing, creating and enhancing the functional and architectural elements.