Converted loft space can be the perfect area to house an extra bedroom, but there are a number of aspects that you need to consider before you create the additional bedroom.
For example, you need to work out whether it is actually possible to fit a bedroom into your loft space. Every house is different, and it might just be that your loft is too awkward a shape to fit a sizable bed and enough space to walk around in.
Furthermore, you need to consider if the insulation is sufficient because the last thing you want is for the room to be so cold that it is unusable.
Indeed, many of these aspects relate to the human factor – whether your loft space is suitable for a person to live in.
Here is what you need to know when turning a loft into a bedroom:
Is the space suitable for a bedroom?
The first and most important question you need to ask yourself if you want to convert a loft into a bedroom is whether the space is suitable for it.
This can be solved by measuring up the size of your loft conversion and comparing it to the size of a bed and the furniture that you may want to place in it.
Hiring a professional loft conversion service like Touchstone Lofts will help you to make the space as usable as possible in order to make it practical enough to be used as a bedroom.
Make sure that the loft is insulated enough
While it is highly likely that you already have insulation in your roof, you need to make sure that the ambient temperature of the converted loft is pleasant enough. This means ensuring that the room stays warm at night and free from the damp you sometimes find in loft spaces.
It is a good idea to use your loft conversion as an opportunity to make sure that your insulation is sufficient because it can massively impact the amount of energy your house uses and how pleasant it is during colder months.
Consider the logistics of walking from the loft down to the rest of the house
An underrated factor that is worth bearing in mind is how your loft bedroom will connect to the rest of the house.
For example, suppose you can only access the loft via a tight ladder or staircase. In that case, it might not be suitable for a bedroom, especially if you are expecting elderly visitors. There is also the question of transporting furniture up into the loft bedroom in the first place, which may be an insurmountable challenge.
Similarly, if your only available entrance to the loft is through another bedroom, then it may be unsuitable for use as a separate bedroom. You could instead use it as a dressing area or storage room.
Is the room light enough?
One of the most crucial questions you need to ask yourself is whether the bedroom is light enough.
Given that there will be no existing windows, it may be necessary to fit a roof window in order to allow the necessary light and fresh air in. Loft bedrooms can quickly become claustrophobic if they are not sufficiently lit, so make sure you solve this problem before using it as a bedroom.