Looking Up: 7 Clever Attic Makeovers

Design ideas for a beautiful, practical attic remodel

By Lisa Frederick


Need motivation to clean out the attic? Consider this: After you whisk away cobwebs and banish the clutter, you'll have a clearer view of the space's potential. Attics are ripe for remodeling, and making them over can be an ideal way to gain square footage without changing your home's footprint. Check out these seven approaches to a common attic design challenge.

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Attic Bedroom by John Loecke

Transform it into a bedroom.

Whether you need spare quarters to sleep houseguests or room for a growing family, consider an attic-to-bedroom conversion. If your attic has a sloped ceiling, as this one does, let bed placement dictate the way you orchestrate the space—often, it makes the most sense to position the headboard parallel to the roofline so that people don't bang their heads against a low, slanted wall.

Because most attics aren't well illuminated, choose pale, cheery colors that reflect light, such as the yellow, white, and green palette here. Consider adding an extra window or two in addition to layering lamps, ceiling fixtures, and sconces.

Attic Bedroom
by John Loecke

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