Your attic can go from useless storage space to beautiful kids room with a little work. Here are some ways to turn that attic space around and give your kids a great place to play.
Create a Design You Can Update
When you go to designing your kids’ playroom, you want to make sure that you aren’t setting in stone (or wood) the kind of room that won’t be appropriate for them in a few years. If you hope to stay in the same house for several years or resell the house later, then you want a playroom that is fitting for your child but that doesn’t have many permanent elements that will seem outdated later. An example of this would be inset cabinets and shelves that are made for very little kids. You want something that will still feel suitable for your kids when they are a little older, so either use parts that can be replaced easily later or make something that’s more of an all-ages room.
Plenty of Play Area
The attic may not be very large, so you need to prioritize play space. That means plenty of floor room for your kids to get out their toys and go wild. The best way to do that is to recess the drawers and cabinets as much as you can. Try to store things on the wall or on shelves that are stacked high. Essentially, keep your storage items to the edges of the room while you maximize floor space for the kids. We like attic playrooms where the edges of the room, with the tight corners, are used for storage and the bulk of the center area is used as a play area. You definitely want to put down a cushy mat or carpet for your kids to play on too, especially since the floor can get cold up in the attic.
Make Use of Existing Structures
Your options may be limited with an attic playroom, but don’t let that stop you from doing a lot with the space you have. Low attic windows mean your natural light won’t extend very high. You can offset that by hanging lights from the ceiling or using recessed lights to point the illumination right where you want it to go.
A lot of attics have what are basically shelves running along the floor. You can use this for storage space or to make a comfy bed for your kids. You can’t come at the attic with preconceived ideas about how a playroom should look. You have to work with what’s there. If you have lots of support beams in the way, you can attach bags or netting for toys on them. You can also add hooks onto these beams so your kids can hang their hats, toy weapons and whatever else they need.
Another great use for multiple support beams is to tie old sheets to the beams. You can stretch the sheets from beam to beam to make forts or mazes for your kids. When they aren’t in use, the sheets can be rolled up and fastened to their supports like a bedroll. Using different colored sheets all over the room can make for colorful decoration when they aren’t being used.