Loft living, loft apartments, duplexes and SoHos, whatever you call them today, are home-cum-studios that have evolved since poor artists who lived in former industrial buildings in New York back in the 1950s. Primarily, the idea of loft apartments is attractive because these spaces offer cheap rents and ample spaces to both live and work in. For the loft dwellers, maximum space at minimum cost is what matters. Loft homes are popular also because it allows one to be in charge of the completely open space and the expression of one’s personality.
Urban Loft Living in Singapore
The need for free space in densely-built Singapore for urbanites is not driven only by the rising property prices . Spaces without compartmentalization presents an absence of interior walls and fosters a sense of spaciousness and luminosity. This makes city loft living ideas increasingly in demand as flats, apartments and homes in Singapore are shrinking in floor areas by the day. Singaporeans are looking at dual or multiple purpose spaces within the same air space. Ironically put, it is the same “accident of economic misfortune” that hits developed cities like New York in the 1950s that hits us today. The common trigger would be the high housing costs and the lack of buildable land.
The Loft vs The Loft Bed
Lofts are not to be confused with loft beds. Loft beds entail the pretext of ‘loft’ being two-level concept that saves space and maximizes it for multiple functions at the same time. However loft beds per se are similar to bunk beds except that the void below, if not being used for sleep, serves the purpose of a study, living or working space; pretty much a piece of furniture on its own that only harnesses the concept of a loft.
A loft comprises an inhabitable space as a whole, complete with a mezzanine decking, or a sub-floor; which is a platform level where a second tier of volume is created for a bedroom, office space, library, etc.
The idea of a loft design is basically to harmonize a two-level space of a home or building to fuse the living and working atmospheres seamlessly into one single space due to their flexible functionality, informality and fluent communication. Its fundamental intent is to challenge the physical space constraint by getting creative with the use of spaces.
Going deeper into the whole loft living concept will also mean doubling up the function or use of a particular element or a feature. Like in the case of loft beds, stairs with steps leading up to the mezzanine floor can be integrated with storage compartments, with flip-down panels or pull-out drawers for access.
A loft idea wouldn’t be called one if the resident does not have a panoramic view of the surroundings and the open interior. The components of a loft apartment are essentially laid out in an uninterrupted manner in pursuit of open space and air. Translucent curtains, white walls and optimal natural lighting are ways to enhance this spirit. There needs to have not just “vertical communication” between the interior spaces but their relation with the exteriors as well. A loft concept should always present an honest visibility so you can see the outside world no matter where you are.
Loft Apartment Interior Designs & Ideas
Creating a Sense of Openness
Glass walls and balustrades are commonly found in lofts and applied internally as interior separators to delineate living spaces yet remain that seamless transitions between them. When there is transparency, the space appears expansive and is relatable.
Taking Care of an Open Loft’s Acoustics & Privacy
Having a loft concept does not necessarily mean privacy and solidarity will have to be compromised. Hinged walls or pivoted panels made of chipboard material for example, could siphon off external sounds. These walls can be swung or rotated close to hide the loft space for private withdrawal or, they can be opened to expose the bedroom to blur the boundaries once again between sleep and the rest of the communal spaces.
Multiple-Storey Living Space
Loft styles are not limited to only double storeys. With two or more mezzanine decking one can achieve a vertical communication between several levels of living spaces and their various functions. For example, high ceiling heights in penthouses or vast air wells in courtyard-styled houses allow one to build platforms and cantilever space pods in staggered manner and link them by steps. In this way, more functional tiers can be achieved without any headroom interferences.
Elevating Floors to Create Storage
The idea of loft living is not construed only with suspended flooring. A sub-floor per se can be created by raising an existing floor level of a room. Cabinets, drawers and storage systems can then be built from the bottom up and incorporated as part of the room’s façade, not only for easy accessibility (storage compartments located higher may need ladder for reach) but for optimal use of space too since the area below the ceiling is often taken up by beams.