The prototypical Manhattan lofts are in converted warehouses or factories in downtown Manhattan areas such as Soho, Nolita, Tribeca, the East Village, the West Village, Chinatown and the Financial District. After these original industrial spaces were converted into residential lofts, new ones were built throughout Manhattan in an attempt to create more living spaces.

Classic features of the New York style loft

Unique original architectural features of the New York style loft include high ceilings, exposed rugged brick walls and support beams, open floor plans, large double-hung windows, historic tile and hardwood flooring, and spiral staircases. The lofts are often given a contemporary facelift with a state-of-the-art kitchen and a bathtub.

Choosing furnishing to enhance the feel

Some of the most interesting New York style loft furnishing choices provide a warm and eclectic vibe that builds on the earthiness of all the natural wood and the charm of the industrial roughness. These ideas can be used for all smaller living spaces whether to recover splendor after a reform that has “respected its roots”, or to bring luxury to any new apartment. Industrial forms, other furnishings with an interesting history, and the new custom-made pieces can be combined and lovingly curated to achieve a stylish atmosphere.

Here are some ideas:

Streamline sofas and sofa beds

The New York style loft is where the mix of different furniture pieces and influences converge into a singular chic style. Large windows need to provide privacy whilst also being capable of providing access to views and natural light. Often the solution is double up lightweight cotton drapery panels. These large voluminous curves can be offset with a streamline sofa and sofa bed like the Unfurl, with its clean lines and minimalist styling. The Unfurl Convertible Sofa by Innovation provides comfort and functionality and will also help punctuate detail in other furnishings and any quirky geometry features in the loft itself.

Converting to a bed is easy

Perfect for the open plan loft design the convertible sofa bed easily folds down in a single motion from a sofa to a bed, ready to accommodate guests or for everyday use.

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A contemporary take on seating

The Canyon Chair with Ottoman comes in a wide range of color choices and works with practically every type of décor. The pair capture a sophisticated style with the bold stitching adorning the rich DuraBlend® upholstery and traditional nail head accent perfectly tracing the rolled arms and shaped back.

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Enjoy the full light

An open plan loft gets a lot of its character and charm from the full light flooding in through big double windows. For this reason partitioning needs to be carefully considered so that light can penetrate the entire room in both direct and subtle ways.

A great bookcase choice

MODLOFT’s Pearl Bookcase is a light and open shelving system that looks great in a large loft to divide up space for semi-privacy. Made of sturdy hardwood in walnut or wenge finish, the shelves rest on sturdy steel chrome supports. The Pearl is an excellent way to store books and display pieces, and is available in a white lacquer finish.

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Frugal selections

To furnish your loft with flair and a sophisticated New York state of mind there is a need for storage to be provided in innovative ways to avoid a cluttered feel and to ensure there is sufficient space provided for ongoing needs. Here are some leading products that solve storage needs as either unique storage units or through storage functionality being boosted to other quality design furnishings.