How to Finish and Convert an Attic into a Bedroom

How to Finish and Convert an Attic into a Bedroom

The attic in your home is most likely un-used space that simply collects dust and insects, and possibly the place to store items you hardly ever use. However this is sufficient space for many functional rooms of your home, including an extra bathroom. If you have several bedroom upstairs but only one bathroom, it can make life easier for everyone by having a new one built in the attic. The following tips help you understand what needs to be done in order to finish and remodel the attic and have it converted into a working bathroom.

Building Permit


The first thing you should do before taking on this kind of remodeling project is to find out if you need a building permit. This can save you a lot of hassle later on when you might have to pay steep fines or penalties for building in your home without obtaining the proper permits. Doing a quick check solves the problem and gets the process started if you do in fact need a building permit.

Is the Attic Suitable?


You will need to take a look around at your attic’s foundation to determine whether or not it can make a good bedroom. The floors need to be sturdy enough for bedroom furniture and for someone to walk around comfortably. You also need to make changes to “finish” the attic which includes adding insulation, possible plumbing, electrical work, flooring, walls, and the bedroom ceiling. These things can be done yourself if you have these kind of DIY skills or by hiring a contractor. It is very important that you have the attic inspected first, however, to remove any termites or insects that might be living there.

Finish the Attic


Now that you have determined it can be converted into a bedroom, the work will begin. To finish the attic, be sure you have first removed any insects or small creatures that might have been living there. You will probably need to remodel the walls, such as adding drywall and painting over it with the color of your choice. For flooring, you can either install carpeting or hardwood flooring, though wood flooring is common for attic bedrooms. Be sure the electrical work is complete and you have added proper electrical sockets and outlets for bedroom items like a computer, lamp, and television.

Decorate the bedroom


Now that the hard part is out of the way, it’s time to have some fun with i! Begin choosing and moving in bedroom furniture such as a bed, nightstand, dresser, and desk with a chair. Add decorative elements like area rugs, bedding, wall décor, window treatments, lamps, and other items your child or other family member might like in their attic bedroom.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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