If your family is growing, you already have children, or you regularly welcome grandkids, nieces or nephews into your home, your loft extension needs to be child friendly. When planning loft conversions, it’s vital to think about everyone who will use the space because this ensures it will meet all needs. On this page, the Econoloft loft conversion specialists explain how you can make sure your conversion in East Grinstead or elsewhere in the UK is safe and comfortable for the children in your life, while providing the practical extra space you need.
There are various ways to make attic conversions child friendly and the best options for you will depend on factors such as the age of your children and how you intend to use your conversion. With this in mind, some of the main ways to maximise the child friendliness of loft conversions are:
Large windows are a huge attraction of attic conversions because they create a bright, airy room that enjoys natural sunlight throughout the day and seasons. However, windows can also be a major hazard with the potential for children to fall and, from such a height, the consequences could be devastating. As such, make sure any windows in your East Grinstead loft extension are lockable and if possible, out of reach of children. This includes not placing furniture beneath windows that kids could use as a climbing frame.
Furthermore, if you incorporate a balcony into loft conversion plans, ensure you keep the doors to the balcony locked when children are unsupervised. You should also be wary of blind cords and try to select cordless blinds to eliminate this hazard.
A new staircase is an essential part of any loft extension and as loft conversion specialists, we help you choose a child friendly option for your home in East Grinstead or the UK. Children easily fall down stairs, so it is important to minimise this risk and one way to do this is by choosing a style that reduces the chances of tripping or slipping. For this, we recommend a conventional, carpeted staircase. While space saving staircases such as spiral and paddle designs and popular for attic conversions, they are more hazardous for children.
In addition, depending on the age of your children, you may wish to install stairgates at the top and bottom of your new stairs.
Many homeowners in East Grinstead decide to build loft conversions to use as playrooms. If you plan to create a playroom, it’s worth thinking about soundproofing to provide more peace and quiet to the rest of the house. While soundproof insulation is one option, features such as think curtains and carpets are also effective at minimising noise.
Our loft conversion specialists also recommend soundproofing for customers building a home office in the loft. This reduces noise from the rest of the house, aiding concentration and is especially beneficial if you have children playing downstairs.