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Most of us would like to carve out more space in our homes, and converting the attic is one way of boosting square footage. Whether you’re transforming yours into an extra bedroom, a home office or a living space, you might need to overcome sloping walls and tricky angles, which can be a challenge when it comes to storage. But that just means you have to be smart about it. Get the most out of your room in the roof with these ideas.
1. Work with the eaves. This bank of built-in cabinets makes the most of every inch while barely encroaching on the room, offering masses of storage, including one big closet in the tallest section.
The use of color works well. White doors blend into the rest of the room, keeping the storage discreet, and rich purple interiors offer a little surprise and shot of personality when the doors are opened.
2. Line walls with low-level cabinets. With loft conversions, letting in enough light is crucial. In many cases, that means skylights galore, but this can reduce your storage options.
All is not lost, however. Make full use of the bottom section of the wall with long, lean, low-slung units, like these, that stretch the length of the room. This can be a fairly cost-effective solution, too, as you can join up lots of compact, off-the-shelf units rather than having to go custom.
3. Max out on mirrors. If you want to create a bit of a walk-in closet feel, try cladding drawer fronts and cabinet doors in mirrored glass to magically open up a space and allow natural daylight to bounce around.
The drawers and cabinets in this space offer tons of storage without crowding the room.
4. Consider customized storage. Tailor-made storage may be more expensive than off-the-shelf solutions, but it’s a godsend for tricky-shaped rooms and awkward angles.
If your loft conversion is going to serve as your master bedroom, it might be worth shelling out for a wall of customized closets, drawers and nooks, with a dedicated place for all the things you need to store.
The custom storage in this loft space blends seamlessly with the architecture and makes the most of all the odd nooks and crannies.
5. Mix your levels. Don’t be afraid to play with all your available space and mix and match different levels of storage. What you can do with one wall might be totally different from what you can do with another, due to eaves, windows or other factors.
Here, a bank of relatively deep, tall closets is balanced by a floating drawer unit that offers storage space while maximizing the light.
6. Tuck it under. Adding a separate level with storage drawers underneath is a genius design trick for loft conversions with a little more head height.
This way you can fit out the area underneath the raised platform (used here for the bed) with a variety of drawers and pullouts to hide away clothes and shoes.
7. Go big on underbed storage. If you have the height, try raising your bed to capitalize on the space beneath. You could fit in bookshelves, a desk or even a clothes rod. You might decide to go for a built-in option, or there are plenty of stylish off-the-shelf cabin beds available nowadays — perfect for teens.
8. Make baskets work hard. If you don’t have the budget to invest in built-in furniture but want to make the most of every last inch, try using baskets or wooden boxes for those awkward spaces that won’t accommodate any other type of furniture. It’s a cost-effective way to make the most of your space, and it looks cute, too.