Make good use of untapped, under-roof space to access your home's full square footage potential. Sloped attic space is a natural for storage of seldom-used items, such as seasonal decorations and clothing. An unused attic also has the potential to be a media or game room for you and your family. Or perhaps you need a quiet space to create the perfect office environment.
Attic Point of View
An attic with treetop perspective offers a bird's-eye view. It is the perfect location for a special craft or hobby, such as a sewing room or music-editing workstation. Position a desk or table and swivel chair on a wall at its highest point and use power strips to ensure easy access to electric sources and task lighting. Low spots provide functional storage of equipment, supplies and books with built-in shelves or cabinets that extend into the room along one or more walls. If you have a window with a clear view in your attic, consider converting it into an observatory with a telescope aimed at the night sky for family star gazing.
To simplify your attic setup, begin with a computer program or use grid paper to scale the space, including window dormers, angle degrees and elevations as well as ceiling heights throughout the attic. Note window sizes and door swing directions as well as all electrical and lighting sources. Support beams, angled dormer cutouts and descending staircases require considerations, such as guard rails or accent paint colors, to minimize head bumps and attic mishaps.
An attic bedroom may be the solution for a growing family, offering a teenager or young adult a space to claim as her own. Position a bed beneath an attic window or at the tallest spot in the room and include a generously sized rug on the floor for warmth and sound insulation. Children take well to attics because of their height and love of small spaces. Let imagination lead the way to a kids' playroom that places their favorite toys in storage benches along the perimeter of the attic. Add a chalkboard wall and painting easel to encourage lofty art expressions.
Perched atop the entire household, anything is possible in a light-filled attic space that includes a cut-out ceiling. Reward the scholars in your family with a customized library, complete with a cushioned window seat and extra pillows for naptime comfort. An attic space may be the perfect location for a personal fitness center. Place exercise equipment beneath the highest point in the ceiling, instead of hidden behind the sofa in your family room. Most attics feature a separate entrance from other rooms, which allows for enhanced privacy and security measures.
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