Ideas for decorating an attic bedroom
In homes with limited space, every square inch counts. Sometimes an attic space can be re-purposed as an additional bedroom — but the slanted or A-frame ceiling creates some unique design challenges, which can be overcome with a little ingenuity and planning.
Slanted or A-frame ceilings can limit a room’s usable design space, often making it feel cramped or small even if the actual bedroom is of standard or larger than usual size. Painting the walls and ceiling with a dark color will make it appear even smaller, so be sure to use light, bright colors to open it up and create the illusion of added space. Bedding, rugs and lamps should be chosen carefully, in a complimentary shade that enhances the illusion of spaciousness even further.
Hanging artwork or posters is more of a challenge with a slanted ceiling. Hang frames at the ends of the room, or on the slanted walls. Use long frames that draw the eye upward and make the room appear to have more vertical space.
Place your bed against one of the slanted walls, and build a canopy from the ceiling. This will not only give you a more private sleeping space, but also creates the illusion of greater ceiling height. If the slanted wall and ceiling are high enough, you can build a loft bed on the slant and use the space beneath the bed for storage, a workspace or an entertainment center.
Because ceiling height is an issue, consider the size and placement of furniture pieces carefully. Under-bed storage instead of a tall dresser is one good alternative.
Attic bedrooms can be quite warm during the summer months, even with central air, so you might want to consider installing a ceiling fan if the vertical height of the room allows for it. You might also consider combining a fan with an overhead light fixture. Adequate lighting is essential in an attic room. Recessed light fixtures are effective because they take up a minimum amount of space.
If it’s in your budget, consider installing a skylight overhead. This is particularly beneficial if there are no windows to provide another source of natural light. It also does wonders in creating the illusion of spaciousness in an otherwise cramped attic bedroom. And don’t forget – natural light saves on electricity costs.
In short, converting your attic storage into a usable bedroom space is one clever way to make room for a growing family without building a costly home addition.