Late last year we sacrificed our attic to a major insulation project that transformed it into an air-sealed, taped down no-man’s land with thick, foil-covered foam-board lining the floor. When the contractor finished it looked like part of the International Space Station, complete with a door hatch. We were never able to use the attic much due to heat extremes, and it’s even less usable now. I’m not complaining since the insulation changed our house from cold and drafty to warm and cozy — but it makes me envious of anyone with attic rooms that can be used. While our house has an adequate laundry room and two home offices, I long for one of those idyllic attic studio spaces with great light, one that could be dedicated to sewing and crafts, my photography projects plus have space for a gift-wrapping station.
My attic rooms would never be as organized or as charming as the white-washed, multi-purpose Mom-closet [top and above] that permits a desk in front of a window, vintage storage options, enough room for the inevitable clutter, plus a place for a little one to play. A Mom-closet is, of course, the female equivalent of a man cave.
A bright and cheerful attic space can be transformed into a clever kids’ room cum dorm on a relatively modest budget. Partitions separate the beds and provide partial walls. With under-bed drawer storage, the room doesn’t seem cramped and yet each child has his or her own zone.
As an attic guest room, this one does the job. It has a professional decorator’s touch, from the bamboo drapery rods to the dark desk at the window that helps make a chock-a-block room look wider. Draperies around a bed can provide privacy and help eliminate drafts. But despite a cheerful fabric and lovely color scheme, there’s a railroad sleeping car quality to this attic that feels too much of a good and clever idea.
A home office/bonus room should have cushy carpet, great desk space plus a place to lie down for a cat nap. I also think the handsomely lighted hallway space with divided storage that permits you to see everything at a glance is organizational genius.
(Source: Baomida Interior Design, apartment therapy, highstreet market, dot-dot-dot)
For more attic ideas see Attic Bedrooms and Creative Attic Spaces
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