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How to Turn an Attic into a Room

Posted on: August 14, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage September 4, 2018

A man renovating attic space into a new room

Attics are often used at the catch-all space for items in your house. Old cans of paint, holiday decorations, travel items and more are often placed into the attic until they are needed again. But what if we tell you that your attic can be more than just a storage area? When done properly, your attic can easily be transformed into a new room. This room can be used as a new bedroom, an entertainment room or even transformed into an Airbnb.

Tips for Renovating Attic Space into a New Room

Just because attics tend to be obtusely-shaped doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the living space, it just means you have to be more creative. When turning your attic into a new room, try out these tips!

1. Check the Building Codes

This step is very important. Before going straight into renovating your attic, it is important that you determine if your attic can handle being renovated. Different codes will prevent you from being able to renovate your attic.

2. Make a Plan

Give your attic a thorough one-over to determine the layout of the room, where electrical outlets will go and how you can make the most use of every inch of space.

3. Evaluate the Purpose of the Renovation

If you are simply looking to add a bedroom to your home, then this renovation should be relatively uncomplicated. If you are hoping to rent this space out, list it on Airbnb or transform it into a mini-apartment for a friend or family member, then this renovation can get a little more complicated. You may want to consider adding in a restroom, fridge and even a space for a small kitchen.

4. Rethink the Ceilings

Instead of viewing the ceilings as a space hinderance, use ceiling treatments to highlight any unique architectural elements. Accenting the design of the ceiling helps to create a one-of-a-kind look and can be a huge value add to buyers.

5. Focus on the Walls

Keep in mind that due to the slant of the walls, you are going to have a lot less wall space than traditional rooms. Additionally, it is going to be very difficult to find furniture that fits the space. Wherever possible, build storage into the walls. Closets, drawers and cupboards can be built into the wall to conserve space.

6. Use Window Space

In order to fit with the building code, you need to have one window that is easily accessible in case of fire. Adding additional windows to your layout is a great way to open the space up and provide natural lighting.

Reserve Your Household Storage Unit

Now that you know how to turn an attic into a bedroom, you have to decide what to do with the items that once inhabited that space. Once you get the seasonal items, clothes, decorations and old memorabilia out of your attic, consider storing these items in a storage unit. Lighthouse Self Storage has traditional and climate controlled storage units available at our Whittier, CA, Westminster, CA, Oceanside, CA, Carson, CA, Homestead, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Reserve your storage unit today!

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