CREATING AN ATTIC ROOM

Isn’t renovating a house so exciting?

You get to design your dream rooms, without having the hassle of looking for a new house and you don’t have to go through the whole process of moving.

We’ve been thinking a lot about extending the house lately, and creating an attic room. We moved back in with my mum temporarily while we are saving to go travelling in November, and sometimes, with three generations living in the house, it does get a bit cramped.

Creating An Attic Room

When I was a little girl I always dreamt of having an attic room. All of my favourite childhood books featured a secret magical attic space.

As I had to share a room with my sister, the fact that we had a big empty loft above our heads was a little bit too appealing. I definitely used to annoy my mum by begging her to convert the attic space for me. But, she never caved.

Since we’ve had grandchildren join the family, our house does on occasion get overrun. Who better to babysit for the night than grandma?

Finally I’m getting my dream (only about 20 years too late) and we’re starting the process of creating an attic room that will act as a bedroom/playroom for the grandchildren. 

Creating An Attic Play Room

As my little one and my mums other grandchildren grow up, it’ll be so perfect for them have a little space to play and when they come over. A place all to themselves away from the hustle and bustle of adults.

We’ve been looking into costings lately and it actually seems feasible to convert this space, as it not only adds value to the house, but also gives an extra room (or two) for guests (aka grandchildren) to stay. If only I had this argument when I was younger.

We’ve put together a little mood board of what the space could look like on Pinterest and we’ve been busy designing the layout of the space.

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The Design

As attics are often cramped feeling spaces, we love the idea of white walls to keep the space light and painted wooden furniture to keep the look fun and modern.

creating an attic room

Pictures in this post are courtesy of Out There Interiors

We are so in love with the Bloomingville collection by Out There Interiors, which includes the table in the picture above and the accompanying shelves. We love the dipped paint look on the wooden toys and the table, and the shelves look like such a fun stylish piece for storing toys.

We’re going to have the beds running alongside the walls under the roof slant, to give the little ones much more space in the middle for playing and the room is going to be full of soft furnishing; rugs, cushions, throws, as well as a little teepee area for them to relax in.

Creating An Attic Room

Image by Out There Interiors

Energy Efficient

Due to the way our loft is laid out, we’re putting in big slanted roof windows, to let more light into the space, and the whole room is going to be created to be as energy efficient as possible. We absolutely love these blackout energy blinds from Velux

Roof blinds are perfect for keeping in warmth (which means smaller bills) and blocking out light. How cute are these Velux Disney themed roof blinds too?

The floors are also going to be carpeted (to keep the noise levels low when those little feet are stomping around) and to make the space warmer, and at one end of the room there will be a little reading corner and built-in wall storage full of play items.

We can’t wait to begin renovating this space. Having a place for little imaginations to grow is so important. Especially somewhere that is calming and homely when they’re away from their parents.

What do you think of our ideas for creating an attic room? Have you converted your attic space? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Comments

  1. August 1, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Oh! This is so stunning! I fell in love the moment I saw the first photo. I’m particularly fascinated by the cute bear and the picture on the wall. 🙂
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  2. Fritha Strickland
    August 2, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I love these ideas! We’ve been considering a loft conversion but as we’re at the end of the street we lose one of the sides of the roof which would make it really small. I’m obsessed with hearing about others though! x

  3. August 12, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    My mum and dad turned their attic into a bedroom for me when I was a teenager and I absolutely loved it! I always wanted a house with one myself when I bought, but unfortunately nothing within our budget had one so I have to go without. Reading your post has brought back so many fond memories and I love your ideas too 🙂

    Louise x
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