Hello friends, as you know, I’ve been weighing up the benefits of a sewing room vs sewing at the dinner table lately. Here is a sponsored post about how you might go about converting a loft to a craft room, if you’re lucky enough to own a house with an attic.
By James Perry for Sainsbury’s Bank
We are a nation of hobbyists. Whether you’re into model trains, fancy yourself a budding Rembrandt or just like spending hours knocking balls around a pool table, a loft can give you a little retreat in your home where you can take time doing something you enjoy.
Most of us use our lofts as a place to store Christmas decorations, luggage and assorted bits and bobs that we haven’t seen for twenty years but don’t want to throw away. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. An attic conversion can give you a perfect place to indulge your hobby and may also increase the value of your home. A loan may be a convenient way to pay the upfront costs.
Obviously lofts aren’t the ideal place to take part in your football hobby, but if you’re into painting, comic book illustration, writing, star gazing, collecting old vinyl records or learning a musical instrument, this could be just the space you’ve been looking for.
Presuming your loft is in a decent state of repairs and you have good access, it’s relatively easy to make it feel like it’s a good place to indulge in your hobby. A fresh coat of paint and some new flooring could be all you need, but consider whether your hobby is a messy one before laying down a new white carpet.
Natural light is often an issue in lofts so if you’re not lucky enough to have a skylight, there are some excellent natural sunlight bulbs that simulate the effects of the Sun. If you’re doing anything that requires precision, such as craft work, lighting is especially important so you don’t continually prick your fingers with a needle.
Keep things simple and functional. Whether you’re a beginner or expert at your hobby, it’s sometimes easy to over plan. Keeping things simple will allow you to grow with your hobby rather than feel constrained by your space. Make sure you have enough plug outlets in the right positions. It’s often the small details that will make all the difference.
Your flooring will depend on your hobby. If you’re an artist and you want to convert your attic into a studio you probably don’t want carpet. If you want a writing room you may want to have something a little cosier that’ll give you some soundproofing.
Finally, remember you still need storage space. Make sure you include the appropriate storage in any plans you make. You don’t want your model train to be detouring around the Christmas decorations eleven months of the year. Storage is often the thing that’s most forgotten about in an attic conversion. Think about your long-term needs and plan them in.
Once your attic is finished, the real fun begins. A hobby room is a place for you to indulge in your passion. Decorating it can be really fun and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Keep in mind that this is a room to escape to and you want it to be nice and inviting.
Issued by Sainsbury’s Bank