Comparing the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Loft Conversion

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Comparing the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Loft Conversion

Staff Writer · Mar 10, 2010

If you’re considering loft conversion, you’re probably looking to create more space in your apartment. The question of whether or not conversion of loft space is beneficial for you is answered when you compare the advantages of disadvantages of the project:

Step One: Determine What Kind of Space You Need More

The greatest advantage of loft conversion is that you will be creating more usable space in your apartment. Converted loft space can be used as an additional bedroom, a guest sleeping area, a work area, an entertainment center or a quiet reading area, to name a few uses. You can also line the area with shelves and store a moderate amount of items, such as books, DVDs, CDs and knickknacks.

On the other hand, if you go overboard with storage in a new loft area, you defeat the purpose of a conversion. The largest disadvantage of conversion is that you lose what is otherwise a prime storage area. You can’t get away with stacking boxes of items in what’s supposed to be a usable living area.

Step Two: Get Your Landlord’s Permission

If you decide to proceed with the loft conversion, you must ask your landlord what kind of structural changes you’re allowed to make to your apartment. A disadvantage of this procedure for apartment dwellers is that you don’t own the property and are unlikely to be allowed to make significant structural changes. This decreases the amount of functional furniture, storage, benches and work stations you can create in the area.

However, another advantage of conversion is that even a minimal change can make the space functional. Cleaning and clearing out the area, laying down an area rug and putting in a bookshelf and other removable pieces of furniture may be enough to make the space functional.

Step Three: Take Measurements

If you’re going forward with loft conversion, you’ll need to clear out the space and take measurements. If you’re making structural changes, these measurements will have to be more precise, but even if you’re just looking to add furniture to the area, you’ll have to know how much floor space with which you have to work.

Step Four: Draw Up a Floor Plan

Before you get excited about the new usable space you’ll have in your apartment, use your measurements to draw up a workable floor plan. You have to calculate the best size area rug and how much furniture you’ll be able to fit comfortably in the space. Don’t forget to account for plenty of empty space in which to move around.

One disadvantage of any loft area is that you’ll probably be able to comfortably fit far fewer pieces of furniture in there than you think, so make sure you’re aware of the limitations of the space. You may find that you won’t get much usable space for the room you envisioned and that keeping the space as a storage area is best.

For most apartment dwellers, loft conversion is a smart idea that opens up more usable space in even the tiniest of apartments. However, it’s possible that as you compare the advantages and disadvantages of the project, you find that keeping the space as a storage area truly is the most beneficial to your apartment.

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