There is a time in every family’s life when the need for extra space arises. Kids are growing up, and they need their own rooms. A member of a family needs a home office or an arts and crafts studio. Seniors are moving in with their children. When purchasing a new home is not a realistic option, you should consider how to manage with what you have.
If you are still using your attic as extra storage, it is time to change that and help it liven up to its full potential. Truly, attics can be fantastic rooms, with plenty of light, storage, and comfy details. So, if you are ready to get rid of all the junk, and convert your loft into a dreamy space, here are a few tips that should help you.
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1. Sacrifice Some Space for the Staircase
If you are serious about the attic renovation, the typical retractable ladder will not be enough, especially if you are designing a high-traffic room you’ll visit frequently. You can stack a new flight of stairs over the main existing staircase, or, if you want to save space, you can always go with a spiral staircase that is also visually more interesting. Choose wooden stairs for a warmer and rustic home feel, glass staircase to add a contemporary look to the home interiors, or concrete stairs with iron railing for ultimate elegance and luxury.
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2. Decide What You’re Going to Use It For
Depending on your needs, you will have to decide on a specific purpose of the attic. Here are some great ideas:
• Master suite
• Guest bathroom
• Elegant bath
• Sitting area
• Home office
• Art studio
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3. Draw a Floor Plan
As soon as you decide about the purpose of the room, you can proceed to plan the layout. You can use online platforms for that, but it would be best to hire an architect, especially if you are planning some major changes like tearing down or constructing the walls, installing durable composite panels or installing the gallery ceiling. Before you commit to such a project, check whether there are any safety issues, such as problems with roof, insulation, floors, walls, and termites.
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4. Make the Most of the Attic Features
Don’t think of an attic as just any other room in your house. It is very much different, and you can use those differences to create a unique, awe-worthy space. Start with the slanted ceiling. If you don’t have a window there, install it to get direct sunlight. Paint it white to make the room have a more vintage appearance. Leave the beams in natural wood color to create rustic décor. Use the part from the floor to the start of the angle for built-in storage solutions.
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5. Play the Wood Card
If you want to stay in the “loft spirit,” it would be great to introduce wooden furniture and home-ware. Depending on the style you decide to chase, you will use different kinds of wood. Pale wood goes well with minimalistic design, such as Scandinavian, while darker shades match classic design or rustic style. The design will also determine some basic furniture characteristic, and while the former will demand clean and simple lines, the latter will be curvier and visually more interesting.
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6. Add Texture and Extra Something
Layering the textures is the most popular decorating trick to make the space feel warmer and homier. You can achieve that by using different rich materials, such as velvet and knit. The floor could benefit from a sheepskin or cowhide rug, but you’ll do better if you layer one of these two over some larger natural fabric rug, like jute or sisal. Throw pillows and blankets will only contribute to the cozy feel. Finally, you will have to accessorize, but don’t wander off from the nature style too much. Potted plants and flowers in vases will be your best friends.
This was everything you needed to know about converting your attic into a livable space. Everything else will depend only on the specifics of your loft, your preferences and, of course, your creativity. Good luck in attacking the attic!