Lofts aren't just handy for storing Christmas lights and dusty heirlooms - a well-designed conversion is one of the most cost-effective ways to gain more living space and can add value to your home.
Whether it's a new home office, an extra bedroom or a family area that you want, our loft conversion ideas gallery will help to inspire you.
Below, we've included some key design tips and tricks to help you transform your loft from a rarely visited storage space to a part of your home you'll want to show off.
Before you start to plan, find out how much a loft extension is likely to set you back by visiting our guide to , where we spoke to experts and people who have had a loft conversion about the average prices and ways to keep costs down.
The sloping ceilings and awkward angles typical of loft spaces might seem challenging, but a cleverly designed layout and some nifty features can make all the difference.
Using glass and other transparent materials as much as possible throughout your new loft space will bring in light and help to emphasise the sense of space.
The staircase that leads to your loft can take up a sizeable chunk of the space on the floor below, so consider making a feature of it. Spiral staircases are a good solution for saving space, and installing a bookcase underneath diagonal stairs can be a great way to gain extra storage.
One of the best things about being up in the rafters is the panoramic views you'll have from your new vantage point. Make the most of them with strategically positioned windows.
If you live in a character property, take advantage of bare brickwork and timber beams to offset modern interiors.
Make slanting ceilings work for you by positioning baths in areas with low head heights or using tight spaces for storage.
The interior of your loft can look as beautiful as can be, but if you haven't thought about the outside too, you could risk creating an eyesore on top of your house. If you live in a Victorian property, zinc and aluminium cladding and window frames work well with the older brickwork - check out the image in the gallery above.
Loft conversions are most commonly used as extra bedrooms, but they don't have to be - attic spaces can be transformed into stunning offices, dining areas or family rooms.