Small Escapes: Charming Loft Spaces

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Sometimes necessity truly is the mother of invention; like when you live in a place where space is at a premium and you have no choice but to maximize your use of what’s available. Other times, inspiration takes hold, leaving you with little in the way of resistance, so you give in to the impulse and take a creative leap to do something different with your home. Either way, if you need to — or simply in the mood for — make good use of the vertical space in your abode, some of these charming, little loft design ideas might come in handy.

Bedroom Retreat

There’s something really appealing about taking a short staircase up to a room that’s just big enough for a built-in bed. And when those stairs include drawers and the loft is a beautifully constructed wooden wonder (like the one above), it’s even more appealing.

Small Escapes- Charming Loft Spaces on the Interior CollectiveImage: Adam Friedberg for Dwell

Modern Mastery

Efficiency and tidiness are the keywords here. Because of its tiny nature, this city apartment needed to take full advantage of the vertical space, and the architect did so in a very clean, attractive, and modern style.

Small Escapes- Charming Loft Spaces on the Interior CollectiveImage: Home Adore

Industrial Ingenuity

A lot of my favorite elements are included here — wood, concrete and steel — and they are incorporated into this combination bed/workspace loft structure extremely well. It’s this kind of creative use of space that makes me wish for a double-height room in which to do something similar.

Small Escapes- Charming Loft Spaces on the Interior CollectiveImage: Martin Löf on Desire to Inspire

Creative Calm

This large stair landing has been converted into a home office with the smart addition of shelving and a desk space. A space that some might struggle with in designing, this homeowner has turned it into something truly inspirational.

What have you created with your loft design?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.