Designing an office or studio attic

by Jan Kennemer 01/15/2023

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When it comes to choosing a location for a home studio, attic and basement spaces are often at the top of the list. These areas are far enough removed from the regular living space to not cause as much disturbance, while also giving you the unique opportunity to utilize a previously useless space.

However, an attic home office or attic studio can pose some interesting design challenges. If you're interested in setting up a studio in your attic, here's what to know:

What is an attic?

An attic is the area in a house between roofs on the higher floors in a home. Usually attics have insulation and occasionally heat and cooling equipment too. Unfinished attics usually require adding electrical wiring, drywall and flooring to become livable.

How to build an attic studio

If you're lucky, your attic might already have flooring, windows and wiring installed. If not, you'll need to begin with a basic "finishing" remodel.

Before you begin working, have a contractor inspect the space. They will check for adequate ceiling heights, escape routes and other structural safety factors. This will also help you if your local building codes require a permit before remodeling.

How to work with an angled ceiling

The most iconic and charming aspect of many attics is a steep, angled ceiling. However, this feature can also make an attic space tricky to decorate. Some great tips for building an attic office space or studio include:

  • Opt for custom storage solutions and shelving that work with the ceiling shape.
  • Install blinds or screens for skylight windows to control the amount of natural light.
  • Choose low-profile furniture to accent the space without making it feel cramped.

What else can you do with a small attic?

In addition to a studio or home office, a small attic can serve a variety of purposes. You could convert an attic into a dream walk-in closet, a craft room, a miniature library or a playroom for kids. If you like houseplants, a sunny attic room can make a perfect indoor greenhouse space.

No matter how you decide to decorate your attic, these tips and ideas will help you get started on the right path.

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.