Creating the perfect attic bedroom is a huge project. There are so many things to consider and so many options to choose from. It is important for you to get it right because your bedroom is the one place in the house where you want to be able to relax and close your doors to all your problems and responsibilities. Your loft bedroom is the first place you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before you go to sleep. This is the place where you will spend around one third of your day, so it should turn out exactly the way you want it.
1) Planning The Bedroom Out
To achieve your perfect attic bedroom, there are several important factors that need to be taken into consideration. The very first thing that needs to be done is for you set up a budget. Then, you’ll need a concept for what you want your bedroom to look like and what function, aside from being a sleeping area, do you want it to serve.
Once you’ve got these two things settled, you can now start shopping around. With your budget and concept in mind, you can already look for furniture and colour schemes. You will also need to find contractors to do the actual work for you, unless you want to do it yourself. You’ll have to consider how to manage the limited space and how to create places for storage. Then, you’ll also have to take care of the plumbing, heating and lighting in your attic. If the existing set up wouldn’t work for your new bedroom, then you’ll also have to get some new ones installed.
It may sound like a lot of work, and it is, but it doable and manageable as long as you have a plan and you stick to it. Contracting out some of the tasks is also important if you don’t plan on doing it all yourself. This saves you a lot of time and energy. In the next sections, we will discuss a few of the things already mentioned in more detail.
2) Budgeting Your Attic
Having a budget is important in any project. If only money wasn’t a problem, then you can go ahead and create the most extravagant loft suite bedroom you can imagine, but money is a limited resource and we need to manage it carefully.
When budgeting, it is important to be as detailed as possible. Having just one ballpark amount in your head for the whole project won’t cut it. This will probably lead to you splurging on the first things that you buy, and end up having no money left for the other things that have to be spend for. Take a long piece of paper and write down the maximum amount that you can spend for the whole project.
This is your ceiling – the highest you can go for the whole attic transformation. You can’t make any exceptions here. This is a hard number that is set in stone. If you already have the whole amount available in cash, you can even open a new bank account and transfer the whole amount there. As the project goes on, this is the only account you will use for spending. This then eliminates the chance of you spending more than your budget allows.
Once you have that overall number down, the next step is to break it down. Write down the things that need to be done for your loft’s master bedroom. This should include the new furniture that you need to purchase, the materials for the structure itself, the payment for contractors, etc. You may also need to shop around early so you can have an estimate of how much these things will cost. Write down maximum amounts that you can spend for each category. Because this is the maximum, this is should already include a bit of leeway from the estimates that you got from window shopping.
While creating your budget plan, you should already be getting an idea of what you want your attic bedroom to look like. You should already have a basic layout in mind, as well as theme or motif for you to follow. Since your attic is probably bare, you will be starting from scratch. That is actually a good thing because you have more freedom in the layout of your bedroom. Use this to your advantage.
Also, you’d want to think about what other functions you want your attic master’s room to have. Aside from it being a bedroom, would you also want to you have your own bathroom? Would you want to have a walk in closet? Do you want it to have a little office space as well? There are other things that a bedroom can have aside from just the bed itself, so think about what you want your perfect bedroom to have and make sure to account for those things in your budgeting and conceptualisation as well.
3) Shopping Around And Comparing Prices
Once you already have a concept and budget plan in place, it’s time for you to shop around and compare prices. Since you have a budget for the main categories of expenses needed for your attic bedroom transformation, you already have a guide as to what you are looking for. Depending on your budget, you will also have an idea of where you should look for the things that you need to purchase.
The important thing to remember when shopping around is that you have a lot of options. It’s so easy to see a piece of furniture that you love and that fits your budget that you want to purchase it right away. If you do this, you are depriving yourself of the chance to see an even better and maybe even cheaper option. A good rule of thumb is to never buy something right away, no matter how much you love it.
You should have at least 3 options for each and every item that needs to be bought. You should also keep in mind that you are not limited to your locality. You can also check online stores for options. Granted, you will be spending a bit on shipping, but the price of the piece itself may make up for the shipping costs.
Aside from price and aesthetics, the quality of the products is also an important thing for you to consider. If you want your furniture to last for generations, then prepare yourself for higher prices. If you are okay with furniture that wouldn’t last as long because you plan to upgrade in a few years, then you can settle for products that are a bit less well-made.
Comparing prices is also applicable for services that you need to employ. If you are going to hire contractors for some of the things that need to be done for your loft master’s room, then make sure to choose the service that gives you the best deal. A great way to find contractors that will do the job well is to ask the people you know for recommendations. If someone you know has hired a service and they are happy with it, then that already saves you the trouble of worrying whether you can trust the guys you hired.
4) Colours, Furniture, Space And Storage
With the preparations dealt with, you can now get to the nitty-gritty. This is the meat of your attic bedroom project. It is usually the most fun part, as well as the hardest. The first thing that you should take care of is the structure. Once the structure is in place, you can start on the colour scheme. You should already have this in your concept. The walls, the ceiling and the floor should be finished before any furniture is brought in.
When choosing a colour pallet, you should consider the amount of space that you have. If your attic is not that big, then it is important to choose a scheme that would create the illusion of a bigger space. One way to do this is by painting the ceiling, floor and walls with just one colour. Without any deviations with the room colour, you are elimination divisions. This makes the room look bigger. A light shade is usually the best choice for this. Then, to contrast, you can choose one dark shade for your furnishings.
Another thing that you can do is to have a minimalist theme. This means that you will have minimal furniture in the room. With less furniture, you have more space. Installing a floor to ceiling mirror on one wall can also create the illusion of a larger space. It is also a good tip to make sure all your furniture pieces are against the wall. Avoid positioning anything in the middle of the space, especially large objects, because that would create a division.
For your loft bedroom to look as neat as possible, storage space should be strategically positioned. There are so many ways you can maximise the space that you have. For example, you can organise your shoes and bags in boxes under the bed. You can also create storage shelves under bedside tables, window seats and even on the corners of your walls.
5) Lighting, Plumbing and Heating
If you’re making a bedroom out of your attic from scratch, chances are the attic doesn’t have the electricity, heat and plumbing set up that you need yet. These usually need the most expertise out of all the other things that need to be done for your new bedroom. It is advisable to contract these out if you don’t know how to do them yourself.
If you are going to have a bathroom in your new room, it is advisable to position it above the bathroom on the lower floor so that the plumbing pipes would be easier to install. Also, if you really need more lighting in your room, lights that face up to the wall is a great way to make the space look bigger. It also creates a dramatic effect that is both homely and cozy.
With all these things in mind, you are now equipped to create your perfect attic bedroom. All you really need is a good budget plan, the patience to shop around and compare rates, and the ability to make the most out of the space you have. It may be a big project, but once it’s done, you will be rewarded with a great master’s bedroom. These tips and ideas allow you to transform a bare, dirty and dusty attic into the bedroom of your dreams. You have a place where you can relax and rest your head after a long day. You will be able to open your eyes to a beautiful room that will make you start your day with a smile.
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