(Closed) Turning our Unfinished Attic into a Guest Bedroom?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can totally do it and it will add some extra functional space! Just keep in mind, when adding “another story” to your house, you can get in sticky situations with permits and whatnot.

Post # 5
10450 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sure. How often do most people have guests anyway?

Post # 6
5842 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Does the attic have heat/ac? 

Post # 8
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Attics work usually quite well for storage…

Not so much as “alternative” rooms… because beyond the requirement for permits and such… there is the whole extensive amount of work that is required to make the space liveable.

I agree with others, you need to figure out another spot for the baby… such as repurposing one of the bedrooms that you currently have (altho to be honest, we did keep our babies in our MBedroom the first few months… they were tucked into a cradle).  It isn’t for everyone, but as a New Mom, it certainly gave me some peace of mind.

Hope this helps,

PS… If you live in an older house… you need to have someone come in and tell you if there is asbestos at all in your attic (before the baby comes).  It can greatly effect the quality of air in your home (asbestos isn’t a BIG problem as long as it isn’t disturbed / moved).  Likewise, I’d keep the cats out of the attic… not only because of the asbestos, but also because it could very well look like a giant litterbox for them… and THAT would be the LAST THING you need to contend with !!


Post # 9
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Just be very careful with weight loads and how you put in the subfloor up there (if you don’t have a subfloor up there alerady).  First house we looked at about 20-30 different houses and I remember the one where they put the master bedroom in the attic space.  The floor creaked constantly, the area bowed, and I was worried the entire time we were up there that we would fall through the floor.  I would recommend having a contractor come out there to evaluate it and give you a ballpark number and hopefully also talk you through what they would need to do at the same time to give you an idea of how much is involved/if it’s worth it.

Post # 10
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Your attic may not be made to support heavy furniture, and you’d probably want to add insulation to the roof if the floor is insulated. Attics typically work well with storage. As a guest in a strange house the lat thing you want to do is stay in an atic and have to go get a cup of water at night and fumble with drop down staris. Would you want to sleep on the attic?

Post # 12
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@JaneDomani:  Do you have sleeper sofas (I might have missed that) or could you use the twin beds as day beds in place of sofas?  Your guests wouldn’t have a ton of privacy that way, but they’d have a place to sleep.  Or even taking one twin bed out and making it a combo nursery/guestroom where when guests come, you can keep the baby in a pack and play in your room (which will suck for moving but you can make it work if it’s only when guests are there).  Or your second twin bed could be one of those portable guest beds that folds up and can be brought into the office if need be?

Or you could try and figure out a different situation for whatever is in the armoir and keep the baby in your room, with a changing pad on top of the dresser instead of a changing table.  

You could try putting the makeup stuff on your dresser and putting the vanity in the attic for now, and then putting the baby in there, but then you’d not get any work done while your baby’s sleeping.   

Post # 13
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@JaneDomani:  Ignore me about the floor then.  They’re built sturdier than the new stuff.  😀

I don’t know though.  Depending on the size of the attic, it might be better in the short term to move the office upstairs and move the twin beds into the old office with the vanity.  If that’s something that works in the long term, maybe a more permanent finish-out of the attic could be achieved with drywall and paint and then the opening for the drop down stairs could (at a later date) be enlarged for something a bit more sturdy (I’m assuming you have the collapsible drop down steps as opposed to something like this: http://www.houzz.com/attic-stair that could stay lowered for longer amounts of time).

Post # 14
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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I like the idea of rearranging furniture to put the baby in the master or guest. Also, bunking would be ok and you would have more floor space. I would rather sleep on a cot on the floor, on the couch, or climb into a bunk bed that is in a room than to go up to the attic that was not built to be a bedroom. I think for your family’s safety if you aren’t going to actually renovate the attic, don’t randomly have people stay up there. There are rules and regulations for a reason. What if there is a fire? What if aunt has an emergency and needs help from the paramedics? When folks come to stay they know your living situation and won’t mind adjusting to whatever they need to adjust to, just make sure it is safe. 🙂

Post # 15
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with PP that it wouldn’t be safe to put furniture in an attic for actual use. Asbestos, insulation, etc,

Why not get rid of the two twin beds, put the crib in there, and get a day bed like the Hemnes one from IKEA? It extends to become a full-size bed. If you don’t want your guests bunking with your baby, you can sleep there, or just put them in a pack & play in your room when you have people over.

You can always take out the closets in your other bedrooms (office, guest) and use IKEA wardrobes. It’s likely if your home is older that the closets were added after anyways. That would make it easier to rearrange. Or, put things in storage/get rid of things. 1200 sq ft is a good amount of space for 2 people + baby.

Post # 16
2889 posts
Sugar bee

You said the office has 2 computers, lap tops or desk tops? Maybe you could bring one or both (if lap tops) into the living room and store them on a side table or coffee table when not in use and turn the office into a baby’s room. You mention a vanity and large closet, why does one need a vanity? If space is an issue, can you just do makeup in the bathroom or bedroom and get rid of the vanity? What about that large closet that causes a room to be L shaped, can you move some other storage in their in order to find a room for the computers elsewhere. I think your best bet is to leave the guest room as is but try and turn the office into the baby’S room. If you don’T actually use both computers daily, maybe moving one of those upt o the attic is better. In case of a fire or other emergency, I don’t think it would be safe to have people sleeping in the attic with pull down stairs.

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