When deciding where to live, there are many different choices to be made. You need to choose the city, the neighborhood, the right price range, and potentially several other things. In addition to all of that, you also need to think about the type of apartment or home that you want to rent or buy.
While there are several options, one of the most popular is a loft-style apartment. These normally consist of one open room, with a lot of open space and incredibly high ceilings. They are often in renovated commercial buildings and will have exposed brick or concrete, along with visible support beams.
As you can imagine, living in a loft can be different than a standard apartment. Whether you found a great loft on a rental site like UMoveFree, or your real estate agent shows you one, it is important to do your homework and make sure you know what you’re getting into. With that in mind, let’s look at a few important things to know before moving into a loft apartment.
Be Ready to Get Creative
In most homes and apartments, the rooms are defined and thus, your creativity is fairly limited. Sure, you can change the colors or break out a wall, but most rooms are already set in stone once you move in. However, this is not often the case with loft apartments. Sure, they might have a kitchen area with some cabinets and appliances, but outside of that, it is up to you to create the space you want.
You are free to get as creative as you want. This goes for where certain rooms or areas are, how large they are, and the furniture and colors you decide to go with. Seek inspiration from online resources, as friends or family, or even consider working with an interior designer to bring your ideas to life.
Think of the Storage
While many lofts are quite large, they are essentially full of open space. As a result, they often won’t have things you might be used to like built-in closets or shelves. This can make it difficult to store a lot of things without having your whole apartment look like a mess. Thankfully, there are many solutions that you can use to add more storage space to your unit.
These range from adding bookshelves, to floating shelves, to storage furniture and everything in between. Do some research and find the best pieces that not only fit all of your items but also fit the overall look and aesthetic of the space. In addition to getting more storage for all of your things, consider downsizing before you move in. If you get rid of some items you don’t need or use, you won’t need as much storage space.
Have a Plan for Privacy
While there are several benefits and positives to living in a true loft-style apartment, there are also some potential drawbacks. One in particular that it is important to prepare for is privacy. Because lofts are generally one large room, if you live with a roommate or significant other, keep in mind that you will likely be seeing a lot of them.
Sure, this is fine some of the time, but there will come a time where you want some privacy or alone time. While a loft will hardly ever offer the privacy of a standard apartment, there are certainly some ways you can improve privacy. Shelving, sliding pocket doors, sheets and other solutions can help to give each area a better sense of privacy.
Think of Ways to use the Vertical Space
With the high ceilings of lofts, and often limited floor space, using vertical space effectively is a must. Some of the best ways to use the vertical space include adding a loft bed if you’re able to, wall storage, a pull-down bed, and other space-saving options. These will put your vertical space to good use.
If you don’t use the vertical space of your loft well, the floor space can look a little too cluttered and the tall, barren walls can stand out. It is a good idea to do some planning and research ahead of time. Also, make sure to actually visit the unit, to learn and understand the space you’re working with.
In conclusion, hopefully, this blog post has been able to help you become aware of all the things to know before moving into a loft apartment.
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