If you have a room with a sufficiently high ceiling, you can get additional living space by setting up a mezzanine (Italian for “medium”). Mezzanine levels are very common in studio loft apartments and allow optimal use of the available vertical space. Your mezzanine is a room that can be used in a variety of ways: as an office space, library, additional bedroom or play area for children.
In case you want to explore this attractive design concept in your home, here are some tips and instructions!
Get your measurements right for mezzanine
The minimum headroom that you need below the mezzanine to get up is at least 3 m. With a floor thickness and grid depth of about 3 to 6 inches and a mezzanine height of another 7 feet, your height from floor to ceiling should initially be at least 15 feet (if not more).
Keep in mind that adding a mezzanine is not a practical solution unless your space is the required height.
Plan the space under the mezzanine
Remember that the space under the mezzanine will have a low ceiling height. Plan to use it as storage space, bathroom, or work area where you sit most of the time. In a studio loft, the space under the mezzanine can act as a pantry that does not require much height.
Mezzanines always work better if they only occupy part of the double-high room, so that a view is possible from the upper to the lower level. This way, the whole room doesn’t feel tight and there is a free flow of vertical and horizontal space in the room.
Consider the structural design
The structural planning is a critical aspect when designing the mezzanine. You need to consult a structural expert to plan the beam and construction grid on which the floor will be laid. Your mezzanine is ideally supported on three sides for maximum security or can be self-supporting from a wall if it is not very deep.
Remember what the room will be used for. Elements such as bookshelves increase the floor’s own load considerably, so the bar size may need to be increased accordingly.
If possible, add skylights
If your mezzanine is on the top floor of the building, you can add windows that are embedded in the roof for natural light. The windows do not have to be openable, but can have glass panes that follow the roof pitch.
This tiny loft has a day bed next to a compact library. The skylights on the roof offer a breathtaking view of the starry sky at night.
If your mezzanine was created by opening the attic of a saddle roof, you can take out the entire wall like this designer and create a large triangular panoramic window through which the morning light falls into the room. This adorable loft bedroom meets all of our requirements!
Make up with the available heights
If the space under the mezzanine is very low, it’s a good way to place your bed there so you don’t have to get up much in this area.
In the bedroom of this teenager, the loft above the bed offers additional storage space. From the sloping windows in the roof, a lot of natural light falls on both levels.
Plan the lighting well
The lights should have control switches from both levels so they can be turned on and off without having to run up and down the stairs. Plan the light points so that you get adequate lighting for the functions you need on both levels.
In this pretty bedroom for a teenage girl, the ceiling lights can be swiveled to focus on different walls as needed.
Secure the overlook for security reasons
Make sure the gallery has a view of railings or a sheet of glass that is at least 3 feet high. Secure the grills very carefully to ensure safety. Note that vertical bars are much safer than horizontal bars, especially in rooms used by children. Children love to climb and horizontal bars allow them to do this too easily, which jeopardizes their safety.
Choose light and comfortable furniture
Remember not to overload the mezzanine with too many elements and to use light and comfortable furniture. Heavy furniture requires additional reinforcement beams, and you also find it difficult to pull them up the stairs!
This tiny guest room offers additional sleeping space in the attic. Since there is little headroom, this room is only for sleeping.
Design stairs that are accessible and safe
It is important that the stairs are wide enough to be easily accessible. At least 2 feet wide. They should not be too steep for comfort and can have a handrail for safety reasons.
This creatively designed loft uses a metal staircase with wooden steps that go well with the rustic decor.
Your mezzanine will be part of the area below. It is therefore important that the decor matches on both levels. Are you looking for tips and ideas for mezzanine styling for your home? You can call the HomeLane team at any time!
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