Do you ever wish that your house had an extra room? Creating additional living or storage space in your attic is a fantastic way to add to your home’s square footage. Angled ceilings and knee walls (low walls) are great for built in storage and giving your room a unique character.
How to Make an Attic into a Room
- Assess your Space
Measure all available space in your attic. Even measure low eaves, small nooks, and narrow passages. These can be converted into storage spaces such as shelves and cubbies. Go downstairs to your main living space and compare this space to the size of your attic. This will allow you to see what kind of furniture might fit in your attic.
- Consult a Professional
Ask a professional to assess your attic to make sure that it is structurally sound and can hold the weight of the items you plan on placing in your attic. Furthermore, a professional can give you advice on how to best utilize your space and how to safely and easily access your attic from the rest of your house.
- Insulate Your Attic
No matter whether you choose to use your attic as an extra room or for storage space, it is vital to insulate the walls to keep the temperature consistent in the attic and the rest of your home. Without insulation, changes in temperature and humidity can cause damage to items stored in your attic.
- Make Repairs and Add Storage
Repair leaks, holes in walls, and frayed wires. Also, search for rodent droppings and bird nests for signs of animals. If your attic does not already have windows, consider adding windows and skylights to best utilize natural light. Add electrical wiring if necessary. Low walls, due to sloped ceilings, can be converted into storage spaces such as shelves and cubbies.
- Paint and Decorate
Consider painting your attic white or another light color so the room seems larger and brighter. Add a mirror or two if you wish to make the room seem even larger. Be meticulous in where you place furniture to make sure you best utilize your space. Consider adding furniture that doubles as storage, such as a bed with drawers underneath.
Types of Rooms for Your Attic
Below are 6 attic designs for you to consider when renovating your attic:
An attic bedroom is perfect for a growing family or a guest bedroom. If the bedroom is for a child, consider tucking the bed into a knee wall to best utilize space. However, if the room is for an adult, place the bed under the highest point in the ceiling so the adult does not hit their head.
If you have children or grandchildren, an attic is a perfect place to create a playroom. Low ceilings do not hinder young children and older children like having their own place to hangout. Using your attic as a playroom also works as a perfect way to store toys and to keep the rest of the house organized.
3. Game Room
A game room is an excellent way to entertain your family and friends. Make sure that your attic flooring can support a great deal of weight because a typical game room can include items such as a pool table and a Ping-Pong table.
If you’re searching for a quiet place to work, convert your attic into an office. A desk built into the wall with shelving underneath is a great way to conserve space. Make sure that your office is equipped with electrical outlets so that you can use your computer and printer.
5. Walk-In Closet
If you ever feel like your house does not have enough closet space, you should consider turning your attic into a walk-in closet. Knee walls can be a perfect place to hang your clothes. First, measure these low walls to make sure they are tall enough to hang shirts and other clothes. Then, install a closet rod. If the wall is too low to hang clothes, build cubies, open shelves, and shoe racks to utilize this space.
Even if you only have a small attic, you can carve out a nice, cozy nook. Place a fuzzy rug or a mattress on the floor. Decorate with comfortable pillows and string lights. Enjoy having your own private space to watch movies or read books.
You have many options when choosing to convert your attic into an additional living space. Be sure to consult a professional before diving into this project to ensure that your remodeling project is safe. After listening to a professional’s advice, you just need to decide what type of room will be best for your household and then enjoy your updated space!