Today I’m giving you a glimpse at an area of my home that I love and hate at the same time – my finished attic.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having the useable space, but that’s exactly my issue….we’re really not using it to its fullest potential!  I have a vision of what this space could become and as you’ll see, it’s not even close to being there just yet.  Notevenclose

We own a two-story home and most of the upper story has vaulted ceilings, including my bedroom, so attic space in our home is very minimal.  Our attic access was actually through our master bedroom closet and the previous owners finished the floors/walls and added lighting so that the attic essentially became a small room off of the master.  In fact, since it’s behind our closet no one really knows it’s there.  We jokingly refer to it as our panic room.  ;)

Here it is in all its glory…

A diamond in the rough!  Finished attic space just waiting for a makeover!

As you can see, we just use it for random storage and since there’s not really any type of storage system in the room, everything is in boxes on the floor.  {Note the fire escape ladder sitting there…that’s not going to do me any good in an emergency, is it?!}

I had visions of making this an exercise room and so we wired it for a TV when we were redoing the master, but I’m sure you can tell from the layers of dust on the treadmill and the wires hanging out of the wall that this was a case where I though having a place to exercise would inspire me to do it {wrong!}.   And goodness!  Look at all of those unused picture frames I’ve accumulated over the years!!!

A finished attic exercise room in need of some TLC!

 

We did get all of our paperwork and books organized with these GALANT cabinets from IKEA that fit perfectly into the small side of the room, but now that they’re full, I’ve just been randomly stacking things on top! That can’t be good…Tidbits&Twine IKEA Cabinets in Attic Storage

 

You can’t quite get a sense of the size of the room from these pictures alone since I’m standing on one side in order to take the photos, but the room measures about 12′ x 15′ with the tallest part of the ceiling almost 9′ and the lowest at 4′.  While the roofline doesn’t make it idea to use for everything, there are still lots of options and lately, I’ve tried to envision how it could be better utilized.

My fashionista friend is dying for me to make it a walk-in closet/dressing room.  Perhaps something like this?

Sloped Ceiling Walk-in Closet via Kentron Custom Builders
{via Kentron Custom Builders}

 

My hubby would love for it to be quiet lounge where he can escape and relax.  I’ve looked at a few ideas for that as well and can imagine that it would look great.  This ceiling treatment is really amazing, isn’t it?

Cozy attic lounge with painted ceiling
{via Home and Garden Design Ideas}

 

But really, we need more storage and so, it would be best utilized as a storage/work space.  I have a ton of extra home decor that is currently crammed under every bed and in every closet but it would be nice to have it all contained in one area.  I also have a lot of craft supplies that don’t really have a home so perhaps they could go here, too.  But it’s not just me that has stuff to store!  My hubby sells vintage action figures and his inventory is getting out of control!

If we turn it into a storage area with a work space, I’m envisioning something along the lines of this.  {Okay, I realize I don’t have a window or a chandelier but a girl can dream!}

Finished attic craft room storage area
{via Apartment Therapy}

 

And I love the bookshelves built into the angled wall:

Finished attic office and book nook
{via Pinterest}

 

And I would love to add some interest {and skylights} to the ceiling.  Maybe some rustic planking like this:

Charming Bedroom with Sloped Planked Ceiling
{via Good Housekeeping}

 

Or maybe bring in some wood tones like this:

Pottery Barn Office
{via Pottery Barn}

 

 

What do you think?  If you had this little diamond in the rough, what would you use it for?

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11 comments on “Finished Attic Ideas & Plans”

  1. I’ve had dreams where I find a door that I never noticed before (like in a closet) and beyond it was a whole other room.
    I have no clue what I would do with an extra room like that but I sure would love to have one! I guess I’d have to choose storage too, but maybe with a chair or loveseat or something, just to escape.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Gee…..I was dreaming right along with you…….a closet, a happy hour relaxing room for just the two of you, an office, a craft room……all of it, but I think you already know what makes the most sense. You and your hubby both need storage and organization that works for you. Not as fun or as glamorous, but think how it will feel when all the hiding spots are empty and it is all together upstairs there.

  3. Oh, storage! I have so much decor and craft materials that I’m trying to wedge into a one-bedroom apartment I’d give my eye teeth for this space. As it is, I think, despite a fairly large storage closet, I’m going to have to resort to a rental storage unit so that I don’t have to give up my seasonal decor…and then it won’t be as easily accessible…out of sight out of mind, you know. This little space of yours would just be perfect.

  4. I too have an unused attic room piled sky high with stuff I need to sort out, throw out or get organized. I have dreams of a studio space. I am a quiltmaker so the photo with the corner desk and sewing machine suits my sensibilities! I do have the window, which overlooks a lovely fiord on the west coast of Canada and is the perfect spot to gaze at the moon as it rises over the the water. It used to be our bedroom until the highway traffic down the hill from our house got out of control and way too noisy. When the kids grew up and moved out we switched our bedroom to the back of the house, still in the attic but have never really had the funds to fix it up yet either. A girl can dream. Your blog post is insipring. I have lots of pinterest pics here https://www.pinterest.com/seejanequilt/attic/ and here https://www.pinterest.com/seejanequilt/studio-space/. I can’t decide between setting up my Granny’s old mahogany cannon ball 4 poster bed and making a sweet little sleeping space or turning it into storage/closet space or a much coveted studio. Tough choices. Fun to dream.

  5. I too have an attic, that right now is brimming over with u name it, it’s there ! I love ALL of the idea pics u posted! I think I would go for the storage, love the built in bookshelves! I too have lots of craft items n home decor that is scattered here n there! A nice little corner dedicated to crafting, a desk, bookshelves, maybe a little lounging corner! That’s what I would love too see mine become. As you said. a girl can dream :) lol. They r akk wonderful ideas! Post after pics :) I need ideas for mine ! Thanks so much !!!!

  6. Un gran trabajo de tu parte!!! Impresionante cambio!! La verdad que cuando tenemos un piso con poco espacio como es mi caso, me parece un poco mas sencillo decorarlo ya que sólo necesitamos de un poco de imaginación y una pequeña ayuda de blogs como el tuyo. Gracias por compartir tus trabajos

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