Converting your loft into a usable living space offers a great way to add both space and value to your home, and there are a range of ways in which you could use the new room. One option is to convert the loft into a dedicated children’s playroom, giving your kids a special space to keep their toys and play with their friends. But what are the potential pros and cons of converting a loft into a children’s playroom, and are there any special considerations that need to be made?
The first thing to note is that, in terms of safety, converting the loft into a playroom won’t require any dramatically different safety considerations to what you would need if you were just converting it into an office space or extra bedroom. All conversions must satisfy the same set of building regulations, which any professional loft conversion firm can help you with. The only potential extra consideration that you’ll need to make will be in terms of access. If the only way into the loft is a pull-down ladder, this is both impractical and potentially dangerous for small children. Installing a staircase is a much better option, if your house can accommodate such an arrangement, so keep this in mind if you’re set on a playroom conversion.
Play rooms also need a lot of floor space, both as a play area and for toy storage. This will obviously be difficult in smaller lofts, so think about whether this type of conversion is really for you if space is tight. You’ll also want to invest in a type of flooring material that is both durable and easy to clean, such as laminates with a natural-wood finish. Most importantly, though, you’ll need to invest in some decent sound-proofing. With all the noise and running about that’s likely to happen in this new space, you’ll quickly tire of the sound of little feet as you sit in your reclaimed living room.
Aside from these practical considerations though, there are many reasons why a loft playroom makes a great option for family homes. For one, having all the kids’ toys up in the attic frees up space and helps to de-clutter both the living room and the children’s bedrooms, which can help to remove a great source of stress. Furthermore, having a room purpose-built with the child’s safety in mind can give you a sense of security that wouldn’t exist if they were playing in the living room or kitchen.
The only downside of course is that you’ll likely see far less of your children in other areas of the house, which can be disappointing for some who like to see beaming faces after a long day at work. However, at least you’ll know where they are and be able to regulate your time with them more effectively, all the while giving yourself a new room that will likely add a great amount of value to your home. With that in mind, the costs of converting a loft into a playroom are far outweighed by the benefits.