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A loft conversion is the perfect opportunity to expand your home and add some extra extra space. A loft conversion could be the perfect excuse to go beyond the obvious extra bedroom and indulge in that home cinema, home gym or gorgeous library you’ve always wanted. Or maybe it’s the perfect place to keep toys and kids’ stuff all in one place (and prevent them from being strewn across the living room) – by turning it into a kids floor.
Short on natural light? Turn it into a mezzanine floor instead, with a balcony overlooking the space below.
Here are a few stylish loft conversion ideas to get the inspiration flowing…
Alternate-tread stairs that double as a bookshelf lead up to a mezzanine gym. The double height means that, in volume terms, this room is huge.
Get the look: The stairs were designed and built by David Money Architects. This is the Saltbak rug from Ikea.
This bedroom at the top of the house had previously been two smaller rooms, but the stud wall was removed to make a large space to last from childhood to teenage years.
Get the look: The football table was bought in Italy – try Liberty Games for a similar design. The chandelier is vintage Hans-Agne Jakobsson. The wallpaper is by House of Hackney. The walls are painted in Ammonite and Hague Blue estate emulsions, both by Farrow & Ball.
This top floor was converted into a mezzanine library with a balcony overlooking the space below. Double height windows and alcoves were installed to help make the spaces flow.
Get the look: The built-in shelving, created by architects Stiff + Trevillion, is made of oak veneer backed by bronze mirrors. The Bath sofa and footstool are from Graham and Green. The Anemone Cocoa rug is by Marni at The Rug Company. Jon Loveday of Loveday Construction made the bespoke pendant light. The T-tables in Crystal are by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell. The wood flooring is from Parquet Flooring.
This top floor work space is full of books and pictures. It’s a private and personal space. There’s big picture board with personal photographs that help make it feel like home.
Get the look: The antique glass desk came from Lerebours Antiques and the 1969 Tulip Karmstolar chair was a vintage find. The rug is from Madeline Weinrib.
The strength of the deep blue headboard and amber cushions are wrapped up in the softest of fabrics, giving the guest bedroom a traditional yet luxurious feel. the old-fashioned finishing touches mean the overall look is serene but far from bland.
Get the look: The bed is by Sofa.com. The bedside table is by Eichholtz, available at Sweetpea & Willow. The lamp is by Loaf. The walls are painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The cushions are by Timorous Beasties.
This loft has room for a generous guest bedroom and bathroom, perfect for when guests come to stay. The look is kept simple with aqua metro tiles and graphic flooring.
Get the look: These are Pencil Salon tiles by Bert & May. Try Victorian Plumbing for a similar roll-top bath.
Tucked beneath the eaves at the top of the house, this youngster’s bedroom is a snug, well-ordered retreat.
Get the look: Find a similar rattan bed at The French Bedroom Company. The colourful cushion was brought back from South Africa. The blind fabric and rug were sourced from The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road. This is the 1B chest of drawers by Unto This Last.
If you're allocating the loft space to the kids, best to give them their own bathroom or shower room too – it'll also help keep the master ensuite mess-free. Perfectly fitting the proportions of the space, this sleek shower area is tiled in a bold swimming pool blue.
Get the look: The shower screen was created by Richard Ilendo at RAI Developments. The wall tiles are from Johnson Tiles. The bathrobe is from The White Company.
Two separate living rooms were created in this home, so there is space to retreat to even when guests are staying.
Get the look: The screen and sofa are by Jaime Beriestain. The coffee table came from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store. This is a vintage Stilnovo floor lamp. On the desk is the JWDA table lamp by Jonas Wagell for Menu. The photographic prints are from The Keyhole series by Erwin Olaf.
This loft has been converted into a smart study. A patinated foxed mirror beneath the staircase displays a beautiful reflection of the prints opposite it.
Get the look: The sketch is a portrait of Danielle by French fashion designer Stéphane Rolland. To create a similar wall, try Rough Old Glass.