Loft conversion design ideas to maximise space and light

Maximise space and light in your home with these cleverly designed loft conversion layout ideas.

By Emily Brooks and Gemma Parkes | 28 September 2018

From ensuite to dormer loft conversion ideas, we show you how to increase space and light with these nifty design tricks.

Bedroom loft conversion with en suite

Image: Mulroy Architects

Whether it’s used as a master suite, a child’s bedroom, an office or hobby space, a room in the roof makes good sense. As long as there’s adequate headroom, it opens up a world of options – and many projects can be done without planning permission.

Take heed of these clever loft conversion ideas designed to maximise space and natural light in your home.

Combat awkward attic spaces with custom storage and a mezzanine

L-shaped loft conversion bedroom with split levels for bed and dressing room area separated by stairs

Image: Rees Architects

Clever design can make the most of sometimes awkward attic spaces. ‘Odd-shaped rooms with low ceilings are a challenge,’ says Charles Bettes, managing director of architects Gpad London. ‘If changing the shape is not an option, make sure any furniture is low level and more compact, and square off rooms with custom storage.’ Design the layout around what’s critical to have at full head height, such as a shower, and put desks and dressing tables in the lower areas.

If you have plenty of height to work with, your loft conversion would benefit from a mezzanine level. The extra floor space will allow you to create a spacious bedroom and dressing room area.

Build a new flight of stairs over an existing staircase

Indoor glass staircase leading into loft conversion - your architects - conversions -

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A head height of around 2.2m at the highest point, and a roof pitch of more than 30 degrees, will make a loft conversion feasible. The placement of the staircase is another make-or-break factor – if the new flight can go over the existing one, that’s great, but if not you’ll be eating into the floor space below.

Compromising floor space can be avoided by choosing a narrower and steeper staircases, or for even more space-efficiency, opt for a spiral staircase.