If you’re already using your garage for storage and you’re looking to utilise the attic space in a similarly useful way, why not create another bedroom?
Even if you have all the rooms you need, guests are an inevitable part of everyone’s life, and the attic can provide you with enough freedom to create an entirely new and innovative sleeping space.
Of course, there are a few alterations you’ll need to make before moving the furniture in, alterations that will be covered in the paragraphs below. Here are a few things to consider when turning your attic space into a stylish bedroom.
It’s possible that your attic isn’t fit for a person to live in… at least not yet. To be on the safe side, have a contractor inspect the space. The contractor will inform you of the safety requirements, building codes, what needs to be installed, and what needs to be improved. Central air-conditioning won’t reach the attic from the main living area, so you should consider having the room ventilated, cooled, and heated by other means. Fans have never failed us in the past and neither have warm bedding products, which aren’t that hard to find; online retailers like MiniJumbuk provide a range of wool quilts and blankets suited for cold weather and perfect for those looking to furnish a new bedroom without breaking their budget.
Prior to filling your attic with gallons worth of stuff, you must consider – with professional help, obviously – what needs to be improved. One of the first things you should look at is not the flooring, but the floor joists, as this will determine how much weight can be supported. Never having been used for anything major, it’s possible the joists will need to be strengthened. Even if they don’t, you should have them inspected anyway. Insulation is also not a bad idea, as cold and hot air will be lost faster in the attic than in other parts of the house. If you’re including a bathroom, you’ll need to contract a plumber to make all the necessary alterations and connect the existing pipes. And, of course, there’s no reason you can’t include some hidden space for storage; it is an attic, after all.
The attic is a small and dark space in which to occupy one’s time. For this reason, your design may be limited to making it as bright as possible so that it resembles an ordinary bedroom. To begin, do everything in your power to make sure you’re getting the most out of any natural light available. Try and manipulate the lighting through use of mirrors and sheer curtains, and think about installing a skylight as well, particularly if you only have one window or none at all. Consider painting the walls white or a light colour as well.
Attic bedrooms are trending rapidly, simply because they explore an overlooked area of the house in a unique and exciting way. Setting up a living area in the attic encourages you to consider safety from every angle and to think up new ways to inhabit a typically unorthodox space.