Homes with high ceilings create an open and airy atmosphere in their indoor spaces, but all that extra vertical space can make it seem empty and impersonal at the same time. Today’s hottest design and architecture trends are leaning toward homes and apartments with small special footprints, but which make clever use of space and storage without wasting an inch. Mezzanine structures in the home are increasingly popular today because they offer extra floor space without sacrificing any of the room below, and also make use of all the wasted space that ceilings of above average height create.
Despite these advantages, mezzanine floors also have to work on a visual and practical level, so here are some things you need to consider if you’re looking into installing mezzanine structures in your home.
Mezzanine structures need to allow people to stand completely upright, both on top of them and underneath. This is important even if the mezzanine floors are being constructed to be bed platforms. Generally, a ceiling height of 14 feet is ideal, allowing you to have both mezzanine floors and usable spaces beneath. If you have a ceiling height below 12 feet, you can still install mezzanine structures to act as storage spaces, allowing you to free up more of your floor plan.
Your mezzanine should be easy to access, with spiral staircases being the option that takes up the least floor space. If it’s only being used for storage purposes, you could get away with installing a sturdy ladder in place of a staircase, or even go without one if you don’t mind bringing the stepladder in every time you want to get to your mezzanine.
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Things you may have forgotten to consider
Bear in mind that hot air rises, so if you’re installing a mezzanine floor, remember to take heating and air circulation into account, or you could end up with a space that is too hot to be comfortable. Your Mezzanine will also need to be safe for people standing on it, as they will in all likelihood lean over the edge from time to time. A solid barrier works well, but ruins the open-plan appeal of having a mezzanine floor. A good bet is to go with a glass or Perspex barrier, which doesn’t obstruct the view and provides good safety. Another option would be metal meshes and other fence-like solutions that don’t obstruct the view.
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