Since the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a huge increase in the demand for home offices. Working from home has become the norm for so many people, yet many still don’t have a suitable work environment at home that they enjoy working from.
Working from the dining room table or from your bed was all well and good as a temporary work around solution during the pandemic, but there comes a point where enough is enough and you need a space at home that motivates you to deliver your best work.
Maybe you don’t have the space? Perhaps you do but feel that space is better used as a bedroom or extra living space? So, now what?
The answer could be right in front of you. Or to be more specific, above you! Our loft conversion specialists are on hand to discuss all the possibilities your loft space could offer you.
Benefits of using your loft space for a home office
- It provides you with increased living space, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice a room solely or partly used for work.
- The loft being slightly set apart from the rest of the house makes for a quieter, more peaceful working environment.
- Loft conversions often don’t require planning permission as you often would for an extension or conservatory.
- Converting your loft will increase the value of your property.
- Your energy efficiency is usually increased, saving you money on hefty energy bills.
- If and when your office space is no longer required, it can easily be transformed in to living space to better suit your needs.
Making the most of your loft office
We’ve discussed the benefits of a loft conversion for office space, but how do you maximise your converted loft area to best suit your requirements?
Loft conversions come in all different shapes and sizes, so there isn’t one simple rule when it comes to how to get the most out of your office space. Knowing what type of loft is right for your home can be difficult, but here are a few ideas and tips on getting the most out of your converted loft office.
Office loft ideas and tips
Maximise the space
One of the best ways to save space or maximise the space you have available is to build into the natural nooks and crannies that most lofts possess.
A lot of homes have pitched roofs that creates ideal spaces under the eaves for storage that’ll help keep your desk free of clutter.
You’ll no doubt have some kind of alcove that could be used for a desk or office equipment, so use these areas to provide you with the maximum amount of space possible for other other uses.
Make it multi-purpose
Why stop at just an office? A lot of loft conversions will have the space to allow you to double up and use any spare space for a secondary purpose.
You may opt to use the extra space for an additional bedroom. There may be space for a sofa and TV that’ll make for a nice cosy extra living area. Maybe a playroom for the younger kids or a games room for the teens (and adults) to enjoy? The possibilities are endless…
Add roof windows
Lofts are notorious for being dark and dingey places within the house, but they needn’t be, and a Velux loft conversion can be a great way of bringing natural light into the room.
Natural light when working is said to improve your mood, health and wellbeing as it helps improve concentration and regulate your body clock. Velux windows in your roof are great way to brighten up the loft, whilst making the room aesthetically pleasing and more inviting at the same time.
Keep things slimline
If your loft conversion is on the smaller size, you may want to consider the furniture and equipment you’re kitting-out your loft office with to maximise your space. That said, you may want to consider this even if you have a larger attic as this will allow space for other things.
Narrow, slim desks are readily available and may be ideal for an office loft space. Likewise, other office equipment is available in all shapes and sizes and opting for smaller options may be the way to go if you’re looking to give yourself as much space as possible.
Add some colour
Injecting some colour into your loft office will make it a much more inviting and comfortable space to work from.
You may want to consider painting your walls pale shades of blue or grey if you’re looking to brighten up the office. Avoid dark ceilings if you’re looking to keep things fresh and bright.
Feature walls are a popular choice at the moment and are a great way to make a statement with a bold colour or wallpaper on one of your walls.
Deeper, darker shades are great if you’re going for a cosy feeling space. Just be sure to give yourself enough light, be that natural or artificial, when you’re not looking to cosy up and work is on the agenda!
Keep the noise out – soundproofing your loft
When you’re hard at work, the last thing you need is distracting noises that disrupt your focus. If you’re converting your loft in to an office, you may want to consider soundproofing the loft.
This not only prevents noise from coming into the area you’re working in, but also restricts sound from leaving the space.
Soundproofing if you’re doubling up your loft office as games room, cinema room, music studio, or anything else where sound could be an issue for either the rest of the house or neighbouring properties could prove a sensible move.
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