Have an attic space that you are considering turning into a bedroom for a child, guest, or even yourself? Worry it might be too small or awkwardly shaped to make it a success?
Avoid those nay saying feelings and take a look at the awesome ideas we’ve compiled to get you excited to revamp, refurbish, renovate, and redesign those areas you once saw only as good for storage. Attics no longer need to be considered wasted spaces and are amazing to take advantage of to help make more usable space in your home. Plus, it makes your home value soar!
1. Lighting Additions
Attics are often ignored due to their lack of lighting. If this is a concern you have, then consider getting a quote for a small renovation to help bring in light and take advantage of the proximity of a room in an attic for some unique options.
2. Wall Space
Just like everything else, wall space may be at a premium in these smaller spaces. Instead of hanging small wall decor options, choose a couple of larger pictures and objects (not too many!) and lean them against the wall for an effect that helps length the space.
3. Let in the Light
Sometimes the best view is from up top! Many upper floors have small windows, and it definitely behooves you to expand your options. Windows are some of the easiest, and most simple renovations that can be done, and making this space bigger and adding skylighting is a quick way to totally revamp a dark area.
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4. Natural Building Materials
Embrace the raw materials your top floor may boast! Don’t waste money on new drywall and paint when you can work more completely on a budget to bring out the natural beauty of exposed woods and stone. Sanding and wood stains can turn blah in beauty in no time.
5. Minimize for Space
Avoid large, bulky furniture and maximize your space with minimal furniture choices. Low level platform bedding, built into shelving, and avoiding things that fill a space rather than enhance a space is recommended. Also, use light decorative hues to help make your area look larger.
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6. Star Gazing
Who doesn’t want to fall asleep under the stars every night without worry of weather and insects? Embrace the perks sleeping under the roof eaves can bring and if you do nothing more to an attic space, allow yourself to gaze upon the night sky as you drift off to sleep.
7. Under the Eaves
Even if your space is not quite at the top of the house, A-frame styles homes have unique room spaces due to the dastic pitch of the roof which takes away from ceiling height and challenges the use of natural lighting. Use low profile furniture and bedding to help keep the space more open and provide you the room to move about in comfort.
8. Luxury Hideaway
When people think of attic bedrooms, they often imagine a more darkly light, cozy area, but you can easily turn the space into something much more elegant and luxurious. Brighten the space with white paint and trim, and avoid using wood or too many warm hues as a dominant feature. Rather, use them as detail pieces to keep the room looking open and airy.
9. Cozy Comfort
Rugs can be the perfect addition to a small space that you want to add detail and color to without making it overwhelm the space. Plus, plush floor covering can help take the chill off your feet each morning, and also provide a cozy look to your space. Look for rugs and carpeting that brings a pop of color to the room and adds detail.
10. BoHo Elegance
Rustic attic areas have a beauty all their own that you can enhance with simple decorative features to highlight raw floor and wall materials. Embrace the natural look of an attic and bring it new life with minimal paint and simple floor coverings and furniture choices.
11. Attic Getaway
Brighten darker spaces with a white wash, toss in some low profile furniture, simplify the decorative scheme and you have a getaway you may never want to leave. Attic spaces truly provide an incredible array of opportunities to be used as a living area with some simple changes.
12. Space for All
You probably don’t consider an attic space an area large enough for multiple guests, or even as a shared sleep area, but with some built in bedding, you can accommodate many! Roof eaves are the perfect place to build beds and still keep the rest of the floor space open.
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13. Reading Nooks
If you are frustrated with trying to find furniture solutions for an attic space, forgo those thoughts and think outside the box! Sitting, lounging, and reading areas do not have to have a traditional couch or chair associated with it. Use plush rugs and pillows; well placed, compact bookcases and shelves; and built in lighting to create comforting spots to relax in.
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14. Built in Storage
Never underestimate the power of a built-in shelving system. They allow you to open up floor space and truly address the need for storage spaces and keep you from having to pick and choose what you include in your bedroom. For example, who said you had to limit how many shoes you have?
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15. Airy Retreat
Sleeping at the top of the house can often feel like you are amongst the clouds, but that doesn’t mean you can “ground” yourself and avoid common decorating techniques – such as plantings. With enough indirect sunlight, you can grow a wide variety of plants to help brighten up your attic space, and support your overall health and wellbeing.
16. Refurbishing Hardwood Flooring
Often, an attic has the original flooring that may not even be well worn due to a lack of foot traffic. A bit of sanding and a good refurbishing can bring it back to its original glory and provide you with an awesome way to bring life into what might otherwise have been a more gloomy area.
17. Overstuffed Comfort
Most people don’t think of using large, overstuffed furniture options for small attic areas, but taking a chance on their placement can provide surprising results! Comfortable, cozy, and safe are all adjectives you can use to describe a personal space that allows you multiple options to curl up on with a good book.
18. Hanging Solutions
Anytime you turn a space that was not originally designed as a bedroom into a bedroom space, you will most likely find yourself stuck concerning storage ideas. Never underestimate what hanging hooks and boards can provide to your room to place various clothing and decorative items.
19. Daybed Designs
All too often, when shopping for a bed you will look for a more traditional option. However, the smaller spaces attics provide may be better served with built in, or even daybed choices. These types of beds are just as comfortable as one that boasts 4 legs, and usually doubles as a great storage solution as well!
20. Under the Eaves
Take advantage of good plaster work to help smooth out, brighten, and create a more elevated decor if that space under the eaves is calling your name. Even though taking advantage of raw materials can be a good idea at times, sometimes covering it up and redesigning the entire thing is worth the added effort.
21. Sleeping Space
Sometimes all you need is enough room for a sleeping space and some simple decorative touches. Don’t be dismayed by the size of your attic and toss away the idea of it being useful as a bedroom. This design proves that even the smaller spaces can be elegant and comforting.
22. A Room With a View
Attic spaces almost always have the best views, if they had windows. Take advantage of a builder and have them help you plan for awesome window placement to take in spectacular views. No matter whether you are over the mountains or a city scape, you won’t be disappointed.
23. Lofty Beds
Build in loft bedding to the eaves and take up the room often neglected by going up, rather than out. Create fun spaces for your children, sleep overs, or guests with this simple idea that saves on space and give you more floor room to work with.
24. Touches of Nature
Living under the roof in an attic is often limited in natural lighting and exposure to your outdoor environment. Take advantage of what light you do have to help bring nature indoors with trailing house plants, and well placed art to help brighten the space up.
25. The Great Outdoors
Yet another excellent example of taking advantage of roofing window treatments – these amazing options embrace both the slant of the roof and the side of the house to create huge displays for you to enjoy. Plus, you will save on your electric bill when you take advantage of the natural lighting provided!
26. Visiting Comfort
A private area for your guests is exactly what your visitors need. Open space to move with comfortable beds tucked under the roof is the perfect solution when you are looking for ways to provide a welcoming place your friends and family can stay.
27. Narrow Hideaways
When all you have is a narrow space, don’t despair as there is plenty of solutions waiting for you to take advantage of. Careful placement of furniture, good window treatments, and the use of either white washed or warm, wooden tones halp make narrow spaces look larger than they truly are.
28. Artistic Approaches
Modern and artistic, elevate an attic space while embracing natural wall surfaces and finishing off the ceilings with proper drywall and plaster to create artistic lines and unique decorative options. Rather than finish a rough floor, invest in a plush carpet of neutral coloration and decorate in a manner that helps bring any texture you have to life!
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29. Creative Solutions
If you feel you have the perfect attic space IF you only had a natural lighting solution – you aren’t alone. Even when your budget doesn’t allow a renovation to add window treatments, you can absolutely find creative ways to add lighting sources. Sconces, lamps, and fun, decorative touches are all ways to illuminate your ideas!
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30. Loft Spaces
Lofts are often used for storage despite the easy access they often offer, simply because they are less than private space and are open to living areas below. Don’t disregard a loft due to these reasons, however. You can always add a partial false wall – but more often than not, the placement of furniture can do more to add privacy than you could imagine.
31. Living Quarters
Go big or go home and take advantage of that space under your eaves to create a whole new living area complete with a private bath to pamper your guests. Half walls are a great solution to add privacy without closing off any areas and to allow a flow to the entire decor.
32. Garage Apartments
Have a garage storage area but never considered its use as a guest apartment? Well here is your time to shine! Living quarters are easy to incorporate into an insulated garage and the effort to offer a guest their own private area away from the main house is well worth it.
33. Tucked In
Tuck your creative interior ideas under the roofline and make a space you will feel comfortable and cozy in. Floor to ceiling windows are a great solution to let in light and also offer a seriously cool decorative touch.
34. Rooftop Lofts
Super cool rooftop loft spaces are all the rage. If you live in the city and have the added space, it is well worth renovating for a rental or guest area. Private baths and kitchens are also easy to incorporate for a true apartment feel.
35. Neutral Decor
Neutral decors that work with raw, natural materials is one way to help keep your space feeling light and airy. Decorate with creams, light blues, and furniture that is simple and elegant in its design.
If you had any reservations about turning your attic spaces into a warm and inviting bedroom area, I bet you don’t any longer! These inspiring, decorative ideas are perfect to help you plan how to best use the area under your eaves. No matter how large, or small, the space or what budget you have, you can always find a solution!