I absolutely love loft rooms even if they aren’t as practical as rooms that are enclosed. Take the above image for example, by using the loft design for more floor space (i.e. second floor) it retains the openness of the entire space for both the lower and upper levels. However, the down side to loft rooms is they lack privacy that enclosed second floor rooms have.
Log homes and A-frame homes are renowned for loft spaces because of the tall ceilings. Whether small or large, they create additional rooms (often bedrooms) while retaining the openness throughout the home.
But as you’ll see in our extensive loft room gallery below, many styles of homes incorporate lofts, upper-level walkways, mezzanines and interior balconies because they look great while offering some additional functional space.
Common uses for loft spaces include bedrooms, offices, libraries and reading/TV rooms. In other words, loft space is used for “additional” or optional space as opposed to main rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms (although in some cases, especially with apartments, the loft is the sole bedroom in the home).
One issue all loft designs wrestle with is access. Some homes use a ladder, which isn’t the easiest to use. Some homes us a spiral staircase, which reduces the amount of space it takes up, but is easier to go up than a ladder. And then some homes use a typical staircase, which the easiest to navigate, but takes up more space. Our gallery features lofts with all forms of access.
There’s something fun and whimsical about loft rooms… after all kids love them (we feature some great loft-style bunk beds kids love at the bottom of this gallery) for this reason and so it’s fun to be playful with interior design and creating a loft does just that.
It really doesn’t get more open concept than this home. The dramatically tall ceiling makes it easy to create a sizable loft space that barely seems to encroach the rest of the room. Below is an image depicting the staircase behind the kitchen to the loft.
Staircase to the loft featured in the first two images above.
Massive living room and library combination where the library is situated on the main floor and the loft space. Circular stairs take you to the upper library that overlooks the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
The above 2 images depict a home with a walkway leading to a loft sitting room. The loft space is fenced in with a glass railing which provides unobstructed views of the main floor.
Here’s a large living space with a fun loft. It’s big enough to work well as an office, but not so big that it encroaches on the room. In fact, the loft design enhances the overall design of the room. The spiral staircase reduces the amount of square footage required for access to the loft. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
The above 2 images depict an apartment with a loft system creating 2 bedrooms. It’s an efficient use of space in small homes/apartments. Fortunately the ceilings are elevated so that each bedroom’s height is respectable.
A gargantuan open living space with open walkway contributing dividing the space between living room and dining room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
This home uses a loft to create two bedrooms. It’s possible because of the cathedral ceiling. The simple stairway leads the way.
The sloped ceiling in this home makes it possible for a large upper level where the hallway overlooks the main floor. This is a common design for homes with sloped ceiling and works well because part of the living space enjoys great height, yet the home’s usable square footage is increased with a partial upper level. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Here’s an interesting hanging loft. The glass floor helps retain the openness of the space. While not a large loft area, it does provide for a home office.
Bookshelves are a spectacular way to decorate a home. This home takes bookshelves literally to the next level in the living room by creating a library loft within the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Loft space for upper level sitting room.
Intricate loft system where the loft space sits like a tray straddling two rooms on the main floor. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Good loft design in how it’s curved to parallel the contour of the home’s outer wall. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
View of loft space from the main floor. The loft area over looks the backyard with swimming pool. Going with a loft/walkway provides the main floor with a more open design.
Modern home with loft overlooking the living room.
Loft used for sitting/living room space above the foyer and kitchen.
Interesting double loft. The living room is like an atrium where to one side spiral staircase rises two stories, each upper level being a loft space overlooking the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM. Be sure and check out our special feature on sectionals for even more fabulous furniture ideas.
A wrap-around upper level overlooking the home’s great room.
Upper level open walkway overlooks the living room.
Loft used for home office accessed via wood stairs from the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Concrete home with loft room above the kitchen overlooking the living room.
Contemporary home with loft room above the kitchen overlooking the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Here’s the first log home loft image in our gallery. Log homes are renowned for loft spaces. The massive log home above features a large, but unobtrusive loft room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
The above image and two below feature a large log home with loft bedroom.
Loft bedroom that actually has a good amount of privacy in log home.
Loft room in large open log home above the kitchen. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
This large log home has several rooms in the loft space. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
View of the main floor from the loft room.
Loft bedroom accessible via ladder. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
For a small loft space, this home uses a large staircase. It’s an example where a spiral staircase or placing the stairs against the wall may have been a better use of space. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
The above 2 images depict a metal loft system built within an apartment.
Interesting loft room placed above the in-home mini-bar. This living area has a spectacular stone fireplace. I think the design of the bar is more unusual than the loft itself. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
View of loft space and main floor from the staircase.
Modern home with library loft looking out a two story window. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
This office appears to have been carved out of the home. It’s private yet enjoys and open design. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Home has upper walkway and loft space wrapping around the outside of the main floor. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Small upper level library overlooking the living room. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Interior Balconies Overlooking Living Rooms
Upper level expanded landing with room for a sitting area.
Upper level room with view of the foyer. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Upper level room above the kitchen overlooks the large living room.
More Bedroom Lofts
Bedroom and bathroom in loft space. Attic spaces can also be utilized as great bedroom or bathroom spaces.
Loft inside the bedroom which is used for a massive closet accessible via spiral staircase. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Small bedroom/sitting room in loft space overlooking the main floor.
Loft space within the bedroom creating a small home office. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Tiny home with loft bedroom accessible via ladder.
Loft room over the bed in a bedroom making the loft appear like a bed canopy. Source: Zillow DigsTM.
Tiny apartment with glassed-in loft above the kitchen and entry hall.
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