Loft Planning: How to Choose the Perfect Flooring

Loft Planning: How to Choose the Perfect Flooring

A loft creates additional space for your home, regardless of its purpose. Instead of using it as a mere storage location for unused or seasonal things, you can re-purpose the loft to make it an extremely vital part of your house. That’s why it’s important to plan the loft properly, and this includes thinking about the right flooring.

Tips To Choose The Perfect Flooring For The Loft 
If you’re seriously considering to use the loft for a specific purpose, here are some tips and tricks in choosing the best type of flooring:

1. Keep everything within budget

The last thing you would want to happen is to have absolutely beautiful flooring but with your life savings down to zero. Don’t make the mistake of using up all of your money just to make the floor gorgeous. Remember that you can still improve the look of your loft through other means, say using the right decorations or following the principles of interior design.

2. Consider its purpose

Before thinking about details on how to convert loft space, make sure to know what the loft will be used for. After all, functionality is more important than form. 

For instance, using bare concrete as flooring material for your loft might not be a good idea if you’re using the loft as a child’s playroom. A better alternative would be to have the entire floor surface carpeted wall to wall. 

3. Choose durable materials 

The floor is one of the most abused sections of your home, and so you need to ensure that it can withstand foot traffic and heavy furniture. In other words, you need to consider how durable the flooring material is. 

Here are some of the options for flooring materials to help you decide which one is best suited for you: 

  • Concrete: Emerging as one of the more modern flooring options, concrete is extremely durable. You may add coatings and stains to make the surface shinier and more artistic. 
  • Hardwood: This traditional floor material is easy to install, and can last for decades. However, it is susceptible to damage when you have kids in the home. 
  • Cork: This type of material is perfect for lofts that are expected to welcome some moisture, such as an extra bathroom or kitchen. 
  • Linoleum: This flooring option involves placing an additional layer of protection to an existing floor surface. Linoleum flooring is easy to clean (using a mop), and is water-resistant. However, some parts may chip off or get torn up under heavy furniture and frequent foot traffic.

4. Think about style

Once you’ve checked off the purpose and functionality of the loft, you can now get into the design aspect of the floor. Don’t choose trendy or edgy flooring designs, because these might become obsolete in a few years. Remember that replacing floor materials is expensive and labor-intensive. 

Instead, choose neutral floor colors because these are bound to be timeless. A neutral color also works with a lot of interior design options, and will not limit your options for the overall style that you want to pull off in the loft space.

One good tip is to visit showrooms to visually assess which flooring materials would work best in your preferred interior design.

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Regardless of your purpose and sense of style for the loft, choosing the perfect flooring can already make a huge difference, in terms of both function and form.

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