Looking for balustrade loft ideas

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I need an idea for a balustrade to finish off my loft. I don't want to do more cable or wood, any ideas?
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  • Ddu10042188 Ddu10042188 on Apr 09, 2018
    are you looking to finish for decor or storage?
  • Tae Tae on Apr 09, 2018
    I can’t think of any other options besides framing in wood and using glass or plexiglas. I guess you could use iron but either option depends on what you plan to put up there.
  • Lcl32129107 Lcl32129107 on Apr 09, 2018
    I forgot to mention it is to put my daughter's bed up there. I thought of plexiglass but it will block the air flow. Perhaps a square metal/wire mesh.
    • Bonnie Bonnie on Apr 09, 2018
      Just my opinion here, but the mesh ballustrades look like a chain-link fence to me. What about wrought iron? You could go as simple or as decorative as you want with the spindles.
  • Carol Sybrowsky Carol Sybrowsky on Apr 09, 2018
     The supports for your "loft" do not look strong enough to support a person (even a small person). The skinny pole and thin metal straps look like a disaster waiting to happen. Also, not much head room. I would take all this down, drop it about 6" to 8" and re-build it so that the air vent above the door blows air into the "loft" space. Hot air rises so it can be 5 to 10 degrees hotter near the ceiling. You also need a much thicker plywood deck, a much thicker "beam" to support the deck and a much thicker pole to support the "beam". As for ways to keep your daughter from falling out, a wood railing is, IMO, the best look decoratively since you already have a lot of wood in the room. In fact, while you are re-building your loft, make it wider. You can then use the large, white ceiling beam to attach the railing to the "loft" deck and get rid of the skinny metal straps that look dangerous to me. Yes, I know, you will have to relocate the ceiling fan unless you want to get creative and cut out a half circle or a rectangle in the expanded loft area to make room for the blades to spin safely. Bottom line - this whole project as built does not look safe or very practical. Please redesign it with the safety of your daughter in mind.
    • Lcl32129107 Lcl32129107 on Apr 10, 2018
      Hi Carol, thanks I do appreciate your feedback, but be assured the structural integrity is all good :) I had it checked out. The structural timber frame is bolted to the wall all round. The ply wood is 22 mm. The angle of the photo doesnt show the true space above the loft, i can walk up and down bent over of coarse and have made another air vent right in the higest corner. The light and ceiling van is going to be moved to another area totally. I will definitely rethink the wood balustrades! Tx

  • LindaSue LindaSue on Apr 09, 2018
    ditto, what Caro S. says

  • Lcl32129107 Lcl32129107 on Apr 10, 2018
    Thanks all!
  • Lcl32129107 Lcl32129107 on Apr 10, 2018
    Hi Carol, thanks I do appreciate your feedback, but be assured the structural integrity is all good :) I had it checked out. The structural timber frame is bolted to the wall all round. The ply wood is 22 mm. The angle of the photo doesnt show the true space above the loft, i can walk up and down bent over of coarse and have made another air vent right in the higest corner. The light and ceiling van is going to be moved to another area totally. I will reconsider doing wood balustrades..

  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 10, 2018
    what about a rope screen or straps like a seat belt like they used to use in sleeping cars on a train for the top bunk
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