Pt 1: Creative space planning & design makes attics with sloped ceilings functional…

I was a bit disappointed when I toured the Parade of Homes last month because majority of the rec rooms (basements) weren’t finished. Some of the homes weren’t even decorated in some areas. I was completely shocked when I came across this upstairs space in one of the model homes. Really? Completely unfinished, which I’m sure has to do with the economy. But it got me thinking about the different uses that space could serve…

I know often times people get frustrated when there is an oddly angled room. Especially if it consists of sloped ceilings. People feel very limited on what the use of the rooms can be and often times, it ends up dead wasted space. Here’s a ton of inspiration for you to make use of your attics. It’s all about having an open mind. These areas can end up some of the most coziest, functional, relaxing areas of the home…

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The key thing is to get out the habit of pushing furniture against the wall. This is especially true for attics as some of the wall space is very short. Most furniture is too tall so this is where scale comes in. Make sure you select pieces that is to scale for the room. The only way any furniture can work in an attic is if it’s smaller and lower. Not paul bunyon sized beds with canopies and bedpost. Not usually at least. Try a platform bed that sits very low to the ground. Or even an air mattress. For this living space above, the sofas are in the middle of the room where there is more head space. Put a console table behind them to take up some of the dead space…

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If you can’t spare a bedroom to convert into an actual office, use the attic. Just make sure to have adequate lighting…

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Another living area where the furniture is in the middle of the room. If you must have a taller piece of furniture, don’t hesitate to position them on an angle…

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Now I love this space above. Cozy enough to indulge in reading material. The skylight allows natural light to prevent the area from being too dark…

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A fun kids space. I’m assuming the bed is on the other side of this shelving unit. That’s another good way to prevent a bed from looking too awkward. Another example of this can be seen HERE on a post where I gave you inspiration for dividing space in a studio apartment…

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So if your attic is too low for grown ups to be comfortable, perhaps you can make it into a kids space. Let the virtually challenged roam free. They don’t need normal sized furniture and this can really make them feel like the room is customed for them…

 

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Another thing you can do is put the shortest pieces of furniture near the smallest part of the wall and the bigger pieces closest to the arch. Yeah, the nightstands aren’t right by the bed but at least all the pieces fit…

I did a post on dressing rooms using THIS attic conversion and this one above is just as functional. If you don’t want to have a room in the attic, you surely can have additional storage space..

When there is a really odd-shaped room, you can always prop a chair, a lamp & table for a reading nook. Part 2 is where I will show you how bright attics can be with a little bit of paint….

 {all other images via Pinterest, except the first which was from my phone}

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