Property Design: Loft Furniture By Oriental Living

Most of us while buying a home rarely take into consideration
the loft space. Your loft space can represent up to one third
of your total house floor area, so putting it to good use a
makes good sense. When deciding what to do with your loft
space, there are two possible routes to go down: either a full
conversion of the space, or – instead – opting for a loft storage
room. While both may sound similar, they are in fact extremely
different in function and build effort required.

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The idea of loft living has become appealing and desirable to
increasing number of people, worldwide. To begin with, what
really is a loft? The standard English dictionary defines it as “a
large, usually un-partitioned floor over a factory, warehouse,
or other industrial space.” It is indeed like a large studio, with
no separation between rooms. Sometimes, there is an extra
floor or sleeping area on top of the room, to maximize space,
rather than an extra room on the side. The lack of walls and
other types of dividers makes it trickier to create separate
spaces, such as the kitchen area, dining area, living area, etc.
within a large room.

A good way to separate areas in your loft space is to use
furniture as dividers. For instance, you can separate an open
kitchen and living area by using a high kitchen table or “bar”
and stools.

Carpeting or different floor finishes can also help
distinguish different areas. The entertainment area
can have a different floor finish or carpet than the
kitchen area. Rugs can be strategically placed to
designate certain areas. For example, a rectangular
rug can be placed to mark the hallway entrance. Or a
rug can be placed diagonally to lead from one room
into another, or it can simply be placed in the middle
of an area, with furniture surrounding it to designate
it as the living room.

Painting one side of the walls of a room one colour, and
the other side a different, can also help differentiate
between the two. For example, in one space, the left
wall can be painted a pale yellow to mark it as the
kitchen, whereas the entertainment area can be painted
cream or whatever colour one wishes.

The type of furniture you use is just as important
as how you arrange it all inside a loft. For instance,
ottomans and longer, winding couches with
extended chaise loungers not only maximize space,
but can help corner off an area. Potted plants can
also be strategically placed to fill in little gaps or
areas that need a bit of separating. Bookshelves and
even beds can be pulled out of the walls and can be
tucked away during the day, so that the area can be
used for something else.

It is also wise to think about what the focal point of such a large
space should be. Preferably, it should be the most social area
of a home–the living room. Shrewdly, this also makes more
sense, since the bedroom area cannot be in the middle or very
beginning of the space, unless it can be pulled back into the
wall. Lastly, installing a large, unusual, and dramatic piece in
the centre of the living area or large loft space, can really serve
as the focal point of the entire space, and can ultimately help
to balance out the space.

LOFT by ORIENTAL LIVING

125/17 Moo 1, Bophut

Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320

Tel: 077-423 877