There are certain spaces which often prove more challenging than others. One such example is the sloped ceiling room. No, not the tall vaulted or cathedral ceilings which provide both height and volume galore, but areas where the slope is such that standing becomes a challenge for the typical person. How do you work with such spaces?
Closets & Storage
Ceiling height and the degree of the slope clearly play a role in all sloped ceiling design solutions. The important thing to remember is that there is always a viable solution if you’re willing to explore the options.
Who couldn’t use more storage? Creating custom built-ins ensures a workable space. But if static built-ins will not work, make the solution mobile! The slope of the above ceiling is quite significant and goes right to the floor. By putting these storage compartments on wheels, the space stays neat and organized and the contents of the containers are easy to reach.
Though the photo is not the best, the utility of the solution is readily apparent. You could certainly put doors or fabric on the front section to hide the clothes. The one caveat with a roll-out solution is ensuring you have the floor space available to manoeuvre the cabinets for access. You will also want quality wheels that will not fall off and/or chew up your flooring.
When there is a knee wall—a wall typically under three feet (one metre) in height, used to support the rafters in timber roof construction—more options become available, such as the closet above.
But what it there is insufficient floor space to add storage inside the room? Do the obvious and build into the wall!
Since some spaces can be deep and you’ll want to create as much useful storage as possible, expand your thinking; the “hidden” sections behind the shelving units are a brilliant solution.
A bed does not need to rest upon a standard frame. In this case, it can be used as seating and the surrounding cabinetry transforms the lowest ceilinged areas into functional space with ample storage. If you have a lot of overnight guests, add a trundle-bed.
By installing the reading lights on the wall, the side tables can be easily repositioned and used for something other than a resting place for lamps.
This is perfect for cottages or homes that get a lot of overnight guests! You likely would not want to suddenly sit upright without first remembering where you are, but the odds are good that a young guest would be occupying one of these beds.
Creating a cosy seating area—one which encourages you to curl up with a good book—is ideal for a sloped area. And while the lower ceiling remains visible, the finish on the wall and ceiling of the main space is a great way to draw the eye to the rest of the room.
You will need to ensure that the furniture is placed such that the average person will not smack her head (the space feels more feminine than masculine, no?) on the ceiling every time she sits or stands.
Your seating could also face the sloped ceiling. Televisions seem to be getting larger by the day, so the feasibility of something like this is dependent on the ratio of screen size to wall height. In this case, there is a fireplace behind the sectional, but in other applications, you could also consider a wallmount fireplace.
Home Office / Desk Space
If you need an office and the only option is the attic, not to worry. Just be sure to place the desk chair in an area where your head remains safe from connecting with the ceiling.
For most people, that would translate into putting the desk against the wall.
While I love window seats, I also enjoy being able to look outside while I work, so creating a built-in solution that allows both a view and ample storage is never be a bad thing.
Bathrooms can be tricky when it comes to ceiling heights. Rather than getting fancy and trying to create a huge shower, it was kept modest and a substantial amount of storage was added opposite the vanity instead.
The roofline allows for a higher exterior wall here, so it makes sense to create a more luxurious shower space. But if the ceiling began closer to the top of the towel warmer, you might choose to install a pull-out linen closet at that end of the shower. (And yes, if the latter were the case, the glass and door position would need to alter, too.)
Creating a wet room for the tub and shower is a smart way to incorporate two showerheads, a tub, and still have room to move freely about.
Are you inspired to see how you can reclaim some space you never before thought usable within your home?
If you have more ideas but you aren’t sure how to implement them, call a design professional; we’re always happy to help!