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

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 18
10357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you thought about turning your dining room into the office (get rid of table) and turning your 3rd bedroom into the nursery? Otherwise, i’d get rid of the guest bedroom. It’s definitely a luxury that 1200 sq ft does not allow. I’d also go through your clothes and makeup and be a little ruthless. If you’ve got a closet, dresser, armoire, AND vanity table, you’ve got too much stuff. My husband and I live in a 1000 sq ft two bedroom house and all our clothes fit in the one closet in our master….no dresser. You’d be surprised what closet organizers will do for making more space!

Post # 19
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@crayfish:  That’s very true, you can make a lot of room in closets and dressers by storing your seasonal clothing; sundresses away in the winter, coats away in the summer.

Post # 20
1327 posts
Bumble bee

We live in 1000sq ft with two bedrooms + flex office, I understand your frustration.  I would get rid of one computer (sorry you will have to learn to share and take turns, you wont have time to both be playing on the computer at the same time anyways with the new baby) and find a smaller desk for the one computer. A vanity is fine but it should be small, You could then probably move one of your dressers in there for more space in the master. Then keep one guest bed with a mattress stored under it (or else double layer the mattress) for sleeping on the floor in the other room if guests are there and turn the rest of it into a nursery. This should solve you space issue, if not then get rid of the guest beds completely and tell your guests they need to stay in a hotel or get a pull out couch for the living room.

Just some ideas:

For the computer, a nice corner desk:

HEMNES Corner work station IKEA Cable shelf under the table top keeps power strips and cables out of sight and the work surface clear.

For your dressing table:

If you had some picture of your place we might be able to help more?

Post # 21
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Just dont’ have an overnight guest room, you guys are having a child, they need a nursurey. If you have overnight guest offer them the couch or floor. If they don’t like what you can offer they can get a cheap hotel room for the night. You plan on moving down the line, so its really not that important to accomodate overnight guest since you are now having a child. Make sure when you look for your new house that it has everything you need and the layout of the rooms aren’t strange.

Post # 25
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You could put a guest room in your attic but it will cost you. Bedrooms have to have adequate ventilation. Is there power up there? Some attics, especially in old homes, don’t even have electricity run through them. My Brother-In-Law & SIL live in a house with a finished attic. When they bought the place, they had every intention of using it as a “man cave” but it can only be tolerated for a few months out of the year since there’s no heat or AC. If you expect people to sleep up there, it needs both.

As for the stairs, a pull down staircase is a safety hazard if it’s going to be accessed on a regular basis. Could you imagine navigating that in the middle of the night when you have to pee? It’ll never work. You could add a spiral staircase but those are expensive and I imagine they require more than just going out and buying one. I’d talk to a contractor before making any decisions.

Post # 26
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@JaneDomani:  That is totally lame about the closets! I know someone here who has 2 bedrooms, no closets (they bought the home as a 1 bedroom and restructured the dining area into a bedroom, but both only have wardrobes). So, here’s what I think having read all the replies: Turn the guest room into a guest room/nursery by getting rid of the two twin beds and buying this bed from Ikea (if there is one near you.). It is pretty fab. If you can, rearrange the stuff in the master bedroom to fit a bassinet, pack & play, co sleeper, etc. so that your Aunt isn’t disturbed by the baby every night (and you don’t have to get up). By the time you are feeling capable of taking care of baby and Aunt leaves in 2-3 months, your baby will transition from your room to the crib in the nursery. My other suggestion would be shelves. I saw a great example where a couple built a shelf ~18 inches from the ceiling to store boxes with extra clothing, or pretty stuff that they wanted to show off, or books, etc. But of course now I can’t find the photos. Or you can do a sofa bed, but let’s be honest, most of them are not comfortable for more than a few nights at a time 🙁

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