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If you’re looking for space in your house to create a third or fourth bedroom, consider your attic. This uppermost room of your home could become a favorite hangout. Add in a comfortable queen or king size bed, a chair, dresser, greenery and office desk and your attic could become your bedroom and office space. But, first make the room inviting and easy to get to.
Attic durability goes a long way
You could open attic access panels and place a ladder from the second or third floor of your house to the attic entrance. You could also build a drop-down ladder that when unfolded, extends from the highest floor of your house into the attic.
Access openings must meet housing code standards. Depending on where you live, your attic’s opening may need to be 30 inches by 30 inches at the minimum. Size of the opening depends on whether the opening is located in the ceiling or wall.
Make sure that the attic ladder is durable, preferably built with three quarter inch plywood. Permanent stairs and wrought iron steps with rails offer additional support. If young children will access the attic, steps with rails may be your best option.
For durability and to prevent sagging and potential breaks, opt for attic floors that are built with three quarter inch plywood as well. As another option, you could also go with solid hardwood floor panels.
Pay attention to the price, look and feel of flooring before you renovate your attic. But, don’t make buying the cheapest floor panels a priority or flooring could give way if heavy furniture is placed in the attic or children or adults cross the floor hard while walking or playing.
Create a welcoming attic space
Adequate insulation is a must to create a welcoming attic space. Install quality insulation in the ceiling and walls. Cover insulation with drywall. If you don’t have experience installing insulation, flooring and drywall, consider hiring an experienced contractor.
Renovate your attic right the first time, and you can save money, time and frustration. After you install the attic door, steps, flooring, insulation and drywall, start adding in furniture. Be careful where you place furniture, as you want to allow as much natural light to stream into the attic as possible.
Avoid placing too many heavy furniture pieces in the center of the attic. For example, you can place a bedroom dresser or chest near a back wall and place the bed along the longest wall in the attic. If you do use your attic as an office space, try placing a desk and chair in front of the attic window. That or you could place your office desk and chair across the floor from the attic bed.
Just make sure that you don’t cram too many items into the room. It may take a few weeks to adjust to seeing your attic as a bedroom and office space. To help you accept the space as a true bedroom and office space, place plants and flowers in decorative vases. Hang portraits and paintings on the wall. Before long,your attic may become a favorite room.