Friday, 23 October 2015

Making the Most of Strange-Shaped Attic Spaces

Attic conversions are consistently one of the most popular major home improvements to be carried out in the UK as they’re a great way of adding cubic feet to your property without eating into your outdoor space. If you’ve thought about putting your attic space to better use by converting it into living space but have been put off because it’s not a conventional space that will be easy to work with, read on because this post has plenty of ideas to help your attic conversion reach new heights!


Skylights

Light can be a bit of a stumbling block in attic spaces where windows are not always easily fitted. Don’t feel like you need to stick to conventional lighting options – many attic spaces feature windows at a lower, which help bring extra light into the room. If fitting windows on an angle doesn’t appeal, why not consider a skylight? While these aren’t usually the cheapest option they can really have the wow factor – place your bed directly under the skylight and you’ll be able to enjoy they view while sleeping under a starry sky at night. Checkout these attic skylight ideas on Houzz for inspiration.


Integrated furniture

Maximising space in attic rooms means making clever use of all of those nooks, crannies and awkward corners. Some of the cleverest conversions put every bit of space to use thanks to integrated furniture. You might start with simple wardrobes built into angled alcoves but you could include all kinds of imaginative space savers that will help you to unlock the room’s full potential. Think bookcases built up the sides of supporting columns, sofa beds that fold down from walls and drawers that hide deceptively under desks. Having furniture built to order may cost you more than your average flat packed offering but it can really make a difference in this type of space; you can create something utterly unique that matches your personal specifications and it needn’t be all about storage.

Separate spaces

The great thing about attic rooms is that they are suitable for all kinds of uses, you might choose to add an extra bedroom, a home office or even an elevated playroom or games room. Because attics tend to come in all shapes and sizes, it’s easy to think in terms of restrictions and what will be hard to create in the space. For example, a long, thin room doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a bedroom but what about dividing it into a bedroom and a small lounge area? By doing so you have two more conventional spaces to work with and a guest floor that’s accommodating to multiple uses. Instead of dividing with walls, which will stop the flow of light, split the space with bi-fold doors – these from Vufold have a classic feel.

Dress the shape

We’ve talked about fitting furniture into the space, now it’s time to talk about decorating and dressing the space for maximum impact. It’s rare to see an attic space painted or papered in dark colours because it can make even large attics feel like enclosed spaces. However, that doesn’t mean that dark shades should be banished from such spaces completely, plush and dark soft furnishings can help create cosy areas. If you have a dormer window, try seating a comfortable chair next to it ready for reading. Cover it in plush pillows and throws.

If you’re lucky enough to have a bed that sits under a skylight with a view of the stars, add to the magic by dressing the bed with thin drapes. Complete the look with pretty lights tucked into the crevices of the walls and ceilings.

Attic rooms can be a challenge but they can also be really rewarding spaces to bring to life. Unusual living spaces often let your imagination run a little wilder to help you create storage solutions and cute features that would never work in normal bedrooms or guest rooms.

Are you working on an attic project and looking for ideas or have you previously converted an attic and put your space to good use? What was the most difficult obstacle you had to overcome? Do you have any hints or tips you’d like to share?

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