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Turn It Into a Game Room
You don’t need to build anything fancy in your attic. It doesn’t even have to be finished – it’s a space that you can decorate as you want and then focus on finishing it over time. When you do finish it, fancy isn’t a word that you should worry you.
You can use a rustic retreat that makes your attic look like an old cabin and build a game room. You can have a place for your friends to sleep that are a couple of cots or even set up a camping tent. Your friends can come over to the game until you’re all too tired to crawl anywhere further than your attic’s sleeping arrangements. You can have everything from an Xbox to a Playstation to board games. You might even get a pool table and dartboard to mix it up a bit.
After the current crisis, you probably realize that you need to ensure you have enough groceries to last you a few weeks or months. You might have a different idea about stocking up, which includes making sure you have an extra container of toilet paper and disinfectant wipes. Either way, you’ve also realized that your pantry near the kitchen doesn’t allow for much extra space, so now you have the trouble of finding room to store all your dry goods and supplies.
If you have an attic that just collects dust and things you don’t use, look up those stairs and see what type of pantry you can build. If your attic is big enough, you might only need half or a quarter of it and then can leave the rest for storage or create a getaway room on the other side.
There is nothing wrong with having your attic as a storage room. You might be saving furniture and other items for when your children move. Perhaps you’re looking for a bigger place yourself, or you can’t get rid of the things you have up there. You also might have other plans for donations or other ideas.
Whatever it is, you can use your attic as storage, but also a clean and organized place where you know what is up there and where it is. You might find that you’re comfortable spending time working on a few projects or just drinking a coffee while looking out the window alone as you reminisce about your life.
You can do more than crafts and work in your attic. You can also create a space that is specific to your hobby. If you’re a writer or an artist, you can set up your workspace and then a few cozy areas to relax and find inspiration. You might have a bookcase or create different feature walls throughout your attic.
You can use your attic to add your personality into space so you can be comfortable and motivated to improve your skills and talents. You can even create a seating area for when your friends come over, family comes up to visit, or you start to have clients. Remember, you don’t need to create the perfect space right away. It might be something that you build slowly as your hobby grows.
Have you been dreaming of a place in your house for a home theater? Do you keep looking around your home and wondering how long it is because you think you need to wait for one of your children to move out? If you have an attic, it’s time to stop thinking that you need to wait and start living your dream.
You don’t need a large screen; you just need a television to let everyone see the movie. You don’t need to create rows of seats, instead just have a few comfortable chairs for your family and friends. You might have chairs that people can lay down and fall asleep on. It’s also handy to have a little end table for drinks and snacks.
Have you ever wanted to get away, but close to your home so you can go there whenever you want and not worry about your children? If so, a home attic spa might be the perfect getaway for you. Don’t worry about needing to book flights or a hotel room because you can turn your spa into the stay of your dreams and all you need to do is walk up a few steps.
If your attic is large enough, you can build a bedroom in one corner and the spa with a Jacuzzi. You can purchase luxe features with a soaker tub and frameless shower. You can even get a new skylight to help illuminate the many divine features of your space.
Are you into antiques or iconic works of art? Do you have enough unique items that you can create your museum? Maybe you like setting up themes around your house and find that your attic space is the perfect room to decorate with your different ideas. You might also want to practice your interior design skills to show them off for your new side hustle or business.
Display pieces are perfect for an attic because it’s an environment that you can control a little easier than other areas in your home, especially if you have little children. You can set up your unique pieces of furniture, show off your carpentry skills, and even refurbish your furniture to make it look rustic.
Go farther than just building a bedroom in your attic – create a master suite. If the space is large enough, half of your attic can be your personal bathroom, and the other half is your master bedroom. This project will create an extra bedroom downstairs, but it gives you more room and area to be you.
You can design the space how you want it from creating a tropical paradise bedroom to a spa-like bathroom. You can even include a reading nook and other features providing you have space. Maybe you want to limit your material items to create a large open area.
One unique feature about attics is they have slanting walls, which often makes them unattractive for many of these ideas until you start to build it. However, you can also make use of the walls and create a rock-climbing gym, especially if your children are into it.
Use Pinterest or talk to people who have experience with rock climbing to design your walls for safety and usefulness. You can also contact the nearest gym with this feature and ask them the best process for this type of wall.
You’ve always had an interest in photography but never had the place to set up a studio. An attic creates a room for a photography studio because you can design it to take photographs in one end and develop it on another end.
Create a cozy spot so children will be comfortable and interested in playing. You also have room to have different props and an area where adults can relax while waiting for their turn or their children to finish with the pictures.
Is your living room rather small downstairs? Do you feel like you can benefit from a more prominent room where your family and friends can come together? If this sounds like you, one of the perfect steps to take for your attic is to make the living room of your dreams.
The walls will help give this space a unique style that you can customize to your desires. You can also create an accent wall where your family can sit and talk without distractions from phones or TV.
That’s right: create a space that is meant for napping. The attic can provide you with the right amount of silence to help you find a dreamy state. It can also make you feel relaxed because you don’t have to worry about the hustle and bustle in and outside of your home.
You can create space for your children and adults to sleep. You can even decorate your attic to make it cozy and warm with the perfect colors.
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