Short on space? Look up. If your ceilings are high enough, there might be a bedroom or home office waiting to rise from the floor. Lofted rooms are valuable space savers, since they increase a home's usable area without expanding its footprint.
Lofts can exist at many levels. They might be high up, but they could also consist of a low platform with storage or a trundle bed tucked underneath (see photos 2 and 3). Some can be purchased as pre-assembled sets, like the Italian Tiramolla lofts (2 and 3), but more often effective lofts are custom-made to fit the specific dimensions of a room.
If you're considering building a loft, safety is the first priority. You want to make sure there's enough clearance to comfortably use your bedroom/workspace/etc, and you'll want to include protective railings and a functional ladder or staircase in the design. The best way to create a safe and stable custom loft is to work with an architect who will be able to account for loads and structural safety. If the loft is low and you're a skilled builder, you could try a DIY version.
We've rounded up a few examples of beautiful lofts just to whet your appetite. If you'd like to know more about the spaces above, click through the links listed below.
• 1 Kimberly's Renovated Loft
• 2-3 Tiramolla Loft Bedrooms
• 4 Alex Fuller's Loft
• 5 Sleeping Loft from a Swedish Apartment
• 6 Curved Douglas Fir Loft Bed
• 7 LJ Builds to Fit One More
• 8 Mezzanine Beds in Paris
• 9 Yoko and Matthew's Simple White Home
• 10 Maisonette by Studio Gang Architects
Photos: Kimberly, Tiramolla, Evan Thomas, Alvhem, Steve Montpetit, Jill Slater, Gautier, Yoko, Steve Hall @ Hedrich Blessing