How to Maximize Your Attic Space
Tips for Homeowners
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a lot of unused space in your attic. This space could be used for storage, a home office, or an extra bedroom. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for maximizing your attic space. By following these tips, you can make the most of this valuable resource!
An attic can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
Attics are great for storing things that you don’t use very often. If you have holiday decorations that you only bring out once a year or seasonal clothing that you only wear part of the year, it makes sense to store them in the attic. That way, they’re out of the way and you can use the space they would occupy for something else. And if you ever need to access those things, it’s not a big deal to go into the attic and get them. So if your home is starting to feel cluttered, consider storing some of your belongings in the attic. It can really help to free up some space.
If you have an unfinished attic, it’s probably just a bunch of rafters. But did you know that you can lay the plywood on those rafters to create a floor? This is a great idea for several reasons. First, it will prevent anyone from falling through the ceiling into the room below. Second, it will give you a place to put storage tubs or other items. And third, it will make your attic more comfortable to walk around in. So if you’re looking for a simple way to improve your attic, consider laying down some plywood.
Converting Your Attic to Living Space
Most attics are just wasted space. They’re dusty, dark, and often full of spiders. But if you have a tall enough ceiling, an attic can be turned into some extra living space. You’ll just need to think about adding electricity for outlets and lighting, as well as heating and air conditioning. For that, you may need to hire a contractor if you are unable to do the work yourself. With a little bit of work, that attic could be turned into a bedroom, home office, or even a playroom for the kids. So if you’re feeling cramped, don’t forget to take a look up at your attic. It could wind up being your new favorite room in the house.
Some ideas of what a finished attic can be used for:
home office – Many homes do not have actual “home office space”. With so many working from home these days, you may be looking for a quiet area of your home to add a home office to work in. The attic would make an excellent location for a home office. Just be sure you get an electrician who can make sure you have the proper wiring to allow for all the electric devices to be plugged in safely.
extra bedroom – If you have visitors often or are in need of a “guest room”, the attic could make for a great extra bedroom. Just as with adding a home office, you will want to be sure the space is wired for electricity and also has heating and cooling. You may also need to add a window to the space for egress and natural light.
playroom – If you have young children, an attic playroom could be the perfect solution for giving them their own space to play. This would be a great place to be able to keep the toys out of sight from guests who may come to the home. As with the other ideas, you will want to be sure the space is safe for children with the proper wiring and heating/cooling.
home gym – With many gyms still closed or with limited hours, some people are opting to create their own home gyms. The attic could be the perfect space for this. You will want to be sure the flooring can handle the weight of the equipment and that there is proper ventilation to avoid any fumes from the equipment. This could be done without adding heating and air if you want to sweat it out anyways.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways you can use your attic space. So if you’re feeling like you’re out of space, take a look up and see what possibilities exist for your home. You may be surprised at what you find.