How to turn a non-residential attic into a furnished attic

In private houses of the old type in the attic, they kept old rubbish, which is a pity to throw out, carpentry tools, sports equipment, in extreme cases, dried clothes. The modern design of the attic involves its full use as a place for work, leisure, sleep, and hobbies.

White sloping ceiling in the attic room

Bright interior of the guest room with dormer windows

Attic design in a private house

In the countries of Europe, the West they call it the beautiful word "attic". This additional floor in many houses is an elite housing - there are high ceilings, an open plan, all communications are summed up, panoramic windows are arranged, from where a wonderful view opens.

But in Russian reality, not every attic can be made residential, especially when it comes to private houses of the middle of the last century. The ceiling height here is often small - it allows you to walk normally only in the middle, the floors are not always designed for the installation of massive furniture.

The interior of the kitchen-dining room in the attic

Ceiling beams can not be hidden under the casing, but rather, highlight them with dark accents on a light background

Design solutions for this room are used almost the same as for all others. To make residential, special documents are not required. It is important to make a strong staircase, organize sufficient ventilation, take care of warming, summing up the necessary communications - light, water, heating.

The walls are finished with drywall, wood, glued with wallpaper, heat insulation is required for the floor, the roof is equipped with noise insulation so that no rain noise, sounds of bird steps, etc. can be heard. The decoration is predominantly light, reflecting light well.

Designed habitable attic with a small window

For small windows, use light colors for decoration

Important: sometimes for the construction of the attic floor, strengthening the design of the entire building is required.

Layout of the interior of the attic room

Depending on the area of ​​the attic, one or more rooms are equipped here. For large spaces, the installation of additional partitions is a very laborious task, because zoning is done using screens, light screens, a few pieces of furniture, curtains.

Blue attic residential design

The main thing is not to clutter up the interior with unnecessary details, but to rationally use every corner

An ideal form for arrangement is a round, five-pitched roof. At the design stage, all measurements are made, if the configuration is complex, this is also indicated in the plan. The attic rarely occupies the entire attic - a comfortable room height is at least 160-200 cm, which greatly limits the field of activity if the roof is shallow. The maximum height is made arbitrary, up to the roof ridge - usually 2.5-3.5 meters.

Tip. The attic is quite suitable for organizing a multifunctional space: a study with a library, a bedroom with a dressing room, a hall with a place to sleep.

Attic insulation

A room intended for life at any time of the year is necessarily insulated. Warm air tends to rise upwards; the insulation will not let it “go away”. Material for insulation is selected:

  • fireproof;
  • vapor permeable;
  • eco-friendly;
  • thickness of 10 cm.
Insulation of the slopes of the attic roof with slab mineral wool

Mineral wool is preferred by many

Adequate insulation will save significantly on heating. Expanded polystyrene, mineral wool are suitable for the roof, floor. The ideal solution is a combination of a rigid, semi-rigid insulation, which is placed between the external wall and the internal finishing material: lining, drywall, plywood.

Tip. At will, warm floors are arranged in the attic.

Window device, input

Windows can save on lighting in the daytime. They are made at the ends or directly on the roof. The size of the windows is at least 10-15% of the total attic area. It will be very hot here in summer, so you should definitely install an air conditioner.

Armchair under the window in the attic of a private house

There will be much more light if roof windows are installed between the rafters

Rolled curtains on dormer-windows

Windows need to be supplemented with roller blinds

The staircase should not be too steep, a slope of 35-45 degrees is preferable. It happens:

  • marching line or with a turn;
  • curvilinear;
  • screw.

It is installed along the wall, sometimes in a niche. On the second floor, the opening is closed by a hatch, fenced with a railing, which is necessary as a safety measure. Sometimes a PVC window acts as a hatch. A staircase is made outside the house, along the outer wall, if there is not enough space inside. The material for the staircase inside the room becomes glass, wood, on the street it is appropriate to make a staircase of stone, concrete, with wrought iron railings. For very cramped spaces, an attached, folding is used.

Attic wooden staircase in a log house

Classic single-stair staircase made of wood

What style to decorate the space

The stylistic design of the attic space largely depends on its area and purpose. The tight loft in the loft or baroque style does not look too good, but minimalism, modernity, will be appropriate. A small room is decorated in light, warm colors, especially if there is no way to make large windows. A spacious room with a high ceiling is finished with colder, darker tones.

Cozy bedroom in the attic of an apartment building

The interior of the attic room can be decorated in any style.

The most commonly used styles are:

  1. Minimalism - there is a lot of space, not enough furniture. Folding sofa of strict geometric shape, a small table, large windows. At the same time, a maximum of two colors are used, one of which is white, almost no accessories.
  2. Loft - open floor plan, uncovered ceiling wooden beams, brick walls, metal accessories. The windows are very large, without curtains. The furniture is old, artificially aged, made of dark wood.
  3. Ecological - wooden decoration, furniture, often there are indoor plants, a whole winter garden. Natural colors, natural fabrics - linen, cotton, silk.
  4. Scandinavian - stylish plain furniture, bleached wood, laminate, metal. The colors are mostly light, individual color accents are acceptable, there are not many accessories.
  5. Provence - pastel colors, floral prints on textiles, wallpaper. Light, light furniture, "cozy" accessories - rugs, pillows, wardrobe trunks.
  6. Oriental - a low table, bed or sofa is a mattress on the podium. Light photo wallpaper with hieroglyphs, sakura blossoms, lots of light.
Bright Scandinavian-style attic bedroom

Scandinavian minimalism will create a cozy and relaxing room with a homely atmosphere, while using a minimum of funds

Several small skylights in the loft bedroom

Rafters and support racks are the best suited for interior design in the loft style

Round bed in a classic style

The classic design will require a lot of money, and it will look only in a fairly spacious room

What room to make in the attic

The attic floor is used to equip both one room and a full-fledged apartment, if there is enough space. It is advisable to consider the purpose of the premises at the planning stage in order to know which communications to conduct.

Children's room on the site of the old attic - the miracles of remaking will allow you to organize a fabulous space. Above all, here is security. Finishing materials are selected the most environmentally friendly. Staircase - as flat as possible, always with strong railings, the hatch to the floor closes securely. Good lighting is needed throughout the room. An indispensable attribute of a nursery is toys. They are placed on shelves, in drawers.

Blue walls of the attic room

Nursery style

The bedroom in the attic is practical, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing. In the center there is a double bed, if it is a matrimonial bedroom, two single along the walls - for the guest. Storage for bedding, other things are done under the bed. The upper light is soft, diffused, but if it is supposed to read or work on a laptop in bed, local bright lighting is done. Dressing table, wardrobe also have their own local lighting.

Green bed in the attic bedroom

Cozy bedroom in a small attic of a country house

The design of the living room in the attic has its own characteristics. It houses everything you need for a family vacation, friendly get-togethers. Furniture should not be excessively bulky, heavy, high. They put the TV on a narrow console, attach it to the main wall, and if they have a good speaker system, they arrange a home theater. Panoramic windows allow you to admire the view of a flowering garden, a river, a flower bed. An artificial fireplace in the living room also looks good.

Furnishing a living room in the attic of a country house

Large sofas with many pillows will be the best place for a friendly pastime

The arrangement of the office involves the presence of a well-lit workplace. Additional soundproofing, remoteness of the room from other rooms, will allow you to fully focus on the tasks. Office equipment will be placed on the table, shelves, lighting directly above the table is made bright.

Workplace in the attic of a country house

Natural light is best suited for your home office.

The workshop on the attic floor should have enough storage space for materials and tools. The number of work surfaces depends on the intended activities.

Creative mess in the attic workshop

The attic room can be an ideal place to organize a home workshop due to its isolation

The attic library offers numerous racks. The reading corner is located at the window - in the brightest place of the room. Artificial light is made sufficient to find the right books, reading in the evening should also be comfortable.

Home library in the attic

The reading place should be well lit

The wardrobe room is equipped with hangers, bars, pantographs, hooks for belts, ties, supports for umbrellas, shoe racks. To store small haberdashery hanging shelves are made, a chest of drawers with drawers. Some things are stored in cardboard boxes, plastic boxes. In addition to clothing, small household appliances are often stored here, which are not often used, an ironing board, sports equipment. Here you can easily use every centimeter of the attic area.

Organization of a dressing room in the attic

Bevels of the ceiling impose certain restrictions on the use of shop furniture

Billiard room, gym, relaxation room in the attic will have to be very out of place. Adequate lighting is mounted above the pool table, for the arrangement of the gym additional strengthening of the structure, sound insulation, ventilation is necessary. A shower would also be very helpful.

Billiard table with green cloth

The atmosphere of the attic room perfectly contributes to the appropriate mood for a measured game of billiards

Kitchen in the attic is rarely done, but its arrangement is quite possible. To do this, have to hold water, put a powerful hood. Airing is also done through windows, and one of the working surfaces becomes a continuation of the windowsill. LED lights on the top and bottom of the headset will make the interior modern.

Attic dark dining table in the kitchen

Industrial motifs in the design of the attic kitchen

The device of a bathroom, a combined bathroom in the attic space is quite possible. It is designed with moisture-resistant materials, water supply and its discharge are organized here. The bath itself is often mounted under the slant of the roof, the shower is placed closer to the middle of the room, where you can stand upright. Often the bathroom is located next to or above the kitchen. Panoramic windows will create a unique interior.

Organization of a bathroom in the attic of a private house

In a large family, an additional bathroom does not hurt

The highlight of the interior of the attic

The design of the walls, floor, ceiling, contrasting with each other, bright sofa cushions, poufs are quite capable of becoming a kind of "highlight" of the attic interior. A round bed or a sofa in the shape of a month, hand-painted on the walls, hanging chairs of the original form look very original. Numerous, diverse light sources, paintings on the walls, murals, home-made rugs, draperies on the windows, mirrors - what is the best way to emphasize in each case is decided individually.

Hanging rattan chair in the attic of a private house

Hanging accessories accentuate the beveled walls

Colorful wallpaper on the wall of the attic bedroom

Vibrant wallpaper on an accent wall will help to revive the interior


The attic is quite suitable for expanding the living space of a private house. It is easy to organize almost any room here, if it is well insulated, beautifully decorated.

Living room in a furnished attic

Today, when literally every centimeter of the area is counted in the house, not using the attic is simply unacceptable luxury

When problems arise with independent improvement of the attic, professional interior designers will come to the rescue, who will develop the project “from and to”, in accordance with the wishes of the customer.

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Photo of the inhabited attics

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