Tips and ideas for creating the perfect attic study space
Space is precious, and too many homeowners are failing to recognise the wealth of possibilities offered by their unused attic or loft. There are an assortment of rooms that your loft can be converted into, and one idea is to transform it into a quiet study space. These days more people are working from home, whether due to self-employment, university study or schoolwork. But working in most areas of the home can be hindered by distractions from the daily to and fro of the household. That’s why more people are looking to their loft or attic to provide a tucked-away area to relax and focus.
So, what might you have to consider before starting your project? To find out, take a look at our top tips and ideas for creating the perfect attic study space.
It may be tempting to start planning the fun elements of your new study space, but don’t overlook the practical considerations. A scholastic room is probably going to house lots of books and paper, so plan for this by making sure that your roof is watertight and that you have plenty of well-designed bookshelves and storage solutions that can be tailored to fit around the sloping roof. You also need to make sure that your attic or loft will be able to accommodate the use you are trying to achieve; a professional will be able to advise as to whether the dimensions are appropriate for your plans (for more detail, see last month’s article Loft Conversions – a Beginner’s Guide).
Make it look the part
The key to concentration is to not make your interior design too loud or overwhelming. It might look great, but when it comes time to settle down and work, it could prove to be a distraction. Your working environment is hugely influential on your productivity, so to achieve a peaceful and focused space, instead choose warm, neutral colours that are both attractive but non-distracting.
In addition, try not to let clutter build up, as this can spawn a stressed out atmosphere. Instead make it look more studious by filling out the shelves with books obtained from charity shops; these will provide both decoration and great reading material for your work breaks. And don’t forget to kit out your new space with some ergonomically-friendly furniture. After all, comfort is crucial!
Control your environment
Like the interior design, the environmental conditions of your study space are vitally important to your productivity, so ensuring that you are in a position where you can personally control them is ideal. Temperature and light-levels tend to be the two main conditions that affect the performance of office workers, so consider ways in which you can regulate your surroundings. Blinds are a great way of controlling sunlight, in addition to keeping your space cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Bring in the professionals
To make sure your project is in safe hands, finding a reliable loft conversion company is the final step to turning the dream into a reality.
Here at Kingsmead Conversions we can help you transform your abandoned loft or attic space into a study sanctuary. We’ve been providing premier conversion services since 1999, and cover the Oxford, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire areas. We have a large team of trained professionals to turn your dream into a reality, who will work together to give you the best results. Contact us today to discuss your upcoming project.