03 Dec Top tips for turning your loft into the ideal study space
One of the many advantages of having your loft converted is that you can then put that space to a wide range of uses. You could turn it into a playroom for the kids, you could transform it into a home entertainment paradise, or you could simply use it as an extra bedroom – it’s entirely up to you. There are numerous options to consider. One such option is turning your loft into a home office or study space.
More and more of us are working from home these days, so it could be very useful to have a quiet spot to work in. Your newly-converted loft space could fit this bill. Here are some of our top tips for turning your loft into the perfect study space.
Give yourself enough space
Perhaps the most important thing to consider is how you’re going to get enough peace and quiet. There’s not much point in having a home office or study space if it isn’t peaceful enough to work in. This is why a converted loft space could be well suited to this role – it can provide a quiet little hideaway just when you need it. The fewer distractions you have to hand, the more efficiently you’ll be able to work.
You should also try to avoid letting things get too cluttered. Tidier surroundings should allow for sharper focus on your work. You’ll need to make sure you have all your books, papers and equipment close by, but make sure you keep clutter to a minimum. Bookshelves and storage racks can help you keep things orderly. An array of papers, open books and notepads can just make you feel that bit more stressed.
Let there be light (and heat, but not too much)
It’s important to ensure adequate lighting in any room where you’re likely to spend a lot of time – but particularly so if you’re going to be working in there. Not only are dingy and dark surroundings a bit grim in general, but they can also sap the energy out of you and make you feel more tired. When you’re designing your loft conversion, you must ensure that you make the best use of natural light. Unnatural light can be harsh on the eyes, so it’s no substitute. Blinds can help you keep natural light out whenever it gets excessive, though.
Make sure you’ve got the temperature right in your study space, too. Keep a fan or heater to hand just in case you need it. If it’s too hot or too cold, you won’t be comfortable and you won’t be at your most productive because you’ll struggle to concentrate. Think carefully about your décor too – if it’s too loud or if you’re not happy with it, it’s probably going to be a distraction.
Access and furniture
If you’re going to use your converted loft as a home office or study space, then don’t forget about how you’re going to furnish it. Your home office space needs to be comfortable and spacious. Make sure you’ve got a desk that you can sit at with your elbows resting on it comfortably. You’ll also need a chair that you can adjust to the right height – an ergonomic chair could do the job. Foot rests are also handy for getting more comfortable while you work.
You might also want to invite clients round to your home office to show them what you’re working on – so you should think carefully about access to your converted loft. A ladder simply won’t work if you want your converted loft to be a habitable space; for one thing it won’t comply with regulations. Spiral staircases are attractive and classy, but take up a lot of space. Nevertheless, a staircase of some sort would definitely be the best option, depending on the space available.
Of course, you’ll want to put your own stamp on your new study or office space, so exactly how you go about creating it is up to you. Still, you should seek the opinions of a professional loft conversion specialist before you do anything else. The team here at Econoloft are always on hand to provide you with useful insight into how to make best use of your loft, as well as taking care of all the practicalities involved in making your dream loft conversion a reality. Get in touch today.