Loft conversions are often intended to be used for the entire family to share, including children. But how can you create a loft space that is safe for the whole family? Here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions, we are loft conversion experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about loft conversion design for a child safe space.
What are the important considerations when creating a child safe loft conversion?
There are a number of considerations to take into account when creating a loft conversion that is intended to be safe for children to use. These considerations include:
- Window design- for dormer windows, Juliette balconies and even for standard rooflights, you will need to consider the angle of opening and potentially install window locks or restrictors so that your windows can not open fully out. This can help keep younger family members safe.
- Staircase design- for children, the design of the loft staircase may also need to be considered carefully. Spiral staircases and paddle stairs can be more risky for younger children, and stairs like kite or double kite stairs can be useful as these reduce the gradient of the stairs, helping them stay safer. It will also be important to install banister or rails along the length of the staircase for increased safety.
- Standard safety features- wall socket and other electrical safety considerations should also be be considered for your new loft conversion. Planning the socket position as well as lighting design can help create a safer space for children, as well as for anyone else using the loft conversion. Effective placement of sockets can reduce the overload of sockets and reduce the amount of trailing wires and cables associated with an excessive use of extension cables.
For more information or advice, why not get in touch with the team today, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions.