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Interior Design

Remodel Your Attic into a Beautiful and Usable Space

Attics are often overlooked despite
having the greatest potential in most
homes (garages are a close second). Instead of using the attic as storage space
for strings of broken holiday lights, boxes of unsorted family photos and
clothes you’ll never wear again, transform your attic from the set a
spider-webbed horror into a beautiful and usable space.

Here are five attic room ideas to consider
when you decide to reclaim this space:

Kid reading book in modern attic
Kid reading book in a modern attic

1. Home office/crafting space/reading room

The sloping
ceilings of most attics make these rooms ideal for sitting or lounging. The effort required to get up
to the attic guarantees it will be a low-traffic area, so you can count on
fewer interruptions.

beams in many attics offer all kinds of opportunities to customize seating and
work areas with built-in shelves. Take advantage of nooks and crannies, in
addition to harnessing whatever natural light the attic gets. Think window seats with storage in a dormer window,
long tables with benches under one of the sloping walls, or even a hammock
suspended from the center beam.

exercise bench in an attic
exercise bench in an attic

2. Spa bathroom/home gym

the “get away from it all” theme, installing a luxurious spa bathroom with a
deep tub is a wonderful idea. Naturally, if you take this approach, installing plumbing where
there’s never been any before might mean incurring some major expenses. If your idea of exercise is
lifting weights or practicing yoga, the large open space can be transformed into
a home gym or yoga studio. Whether you choose the spa or gym option (or a
combination of both), adequate insulation and ventilation will be a huge factor
in your renovation.

Master bedroom with wooden posts in an attic
Master bedroom with wooden posts in an attic

3. Master bedroom

The attic
can be the ultimate retreat if your children are old enough to sleep on another
floor or if your home has a small footprint. Relocating the master bedroom with
an en suite in the attic can be a brilliant use of otherwise wasted space. Depending
on how you choose to decorate, an attic can be the room to showcase your
individuality or break the decorating mold of the rest of the house.

renovating and decorating options for a large, raw space without an assigned
purpose are almost infinite. Center the bed at the room’s high point or put it
in an attic nook. Create a reading, morning coffee or daydreaming space in
front of a window.  Use screens to create
privacy around the bed or choose a four-poster with curtains.

kid's playroom in the attic
kid's playroom in the attic

4. Children’s clubhouse or playroom

Once kids
discover attics, they’re fascinated by them in the same way that they love
treehouses. With their sloping ceilings, attics may be the perfect indoor spot for children old
enough to play without much supervision. Rather than install a full bathroom,
add a powder room with a high partial wall. With any luck and enough toy boxes, this could be a major step
in decluttering the more public areas of your home.

If you choose
a rustic decor theme, add some insulation to the attic walls and cover them
with barn boards that serve as instant art galleries for your children’s masterpieces,
increasing both comfort and energy efficiency. If you're prepared to supervise
restocking it, a mini fridge would let kids camp indoors while enjoying snacks
and beverages. This area could also provide the perfect spot for a sleepover if
you furnish it with camp cots or daybeds. In a pinch, use it as an overflow
guest room.

Regardless of the option you pick,
remodeling the attic to incorporate the space into your everyday life is a good
thing. Any attic renovation ideas increase the number of bedrooms and your
home’s resale value. You could also rent an extra attic bedroom with powder
room and bar fridge on a temporary basis.

Attic renovation can be as extensive as
you like. Reclaiming the space can only enhance your home and its comforts.