When it comes to attics, you might think of dusty storage spaces where heirlooms and family treasures are hidden. Or maybe your mind conjures up a vision of a crowded teenage bedroom in the attic. You don’t usually think of it as a well-designed and comfortable room that you would use every day. But we’re here to show that you can actually get pretty creative with this A-framed space and transform it into a stylish and practical room that tops off your home.

The attic room is probably one of the most awkward spaces our customers need help designing. It makes sense since it can be a challenge to decorate given the sloping walls, low ceilings, and often compact square footage. But the beauty of an attic is that you can give this space so many different uses!

We’ve rounded up our favorite creative attic ideas with tips to inspire and guide you in your own design—be it attic bedroom ideas or a kids’ zone for little ones to spread out their games and toys. Find out more about how you can put your attic to work below!

attic designed as a cozy family room with a sofa, bookcases, and TV

1. A Relaxing Family Room

Turn your attic into a comfortable and cozy family living room where everyone can unwind and kick back with a good TV show or movie. It’s the perfect space to unwind after a workday or on the weekend. This type of space is all about comfortable furniture and major coziness. With an attic, a deep sofa, an oversized rug, and a big ottoman will add coziness without making the room feel cramped. With a large ottoman or coffee table, this space could also double as a game room!

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Design Tips for an Attic Family Room:

Pick out low, comfy furniture. Sloped ceilings mean you’re more limited with standing and moving around. Low furniture will give your head extra clearance. Plus, skipping furniture on legs will make the space feel even more cozy. (Just what you want for a movie room!)

Layer in practical furniture. We love the idea of incorporating some poufs, a pair of matching bookcases, and a bench by the window for a space that’s rooted in practicality, offering extra functionality and storage.

Consider a sleeper sofa that doubles as a bed. This can turn your attic into a makeshift guest bedroom or sleepover space.

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2. A Quiet Primary Bedroom

Nothing beats attic bedrooms that feel like a mini escape from the rest of the home. If you want a primary bedroom that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house, transform your attic into a private primary suite! Your attic bedroom will feel super cozy among the sloped ceilings. Plus, if you have a smaller home, turning your attic into a bedroom is also a great way to free up another room for use elsewhere in the house.

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Design Tips for an Attic Bedroom:

Choose low-profile furniture to give yourself as much headspace as possible. A platform bed is a great choice in an attic bedroom. (You’ll definitely want to skip the canopy beds here!) And when it comes to attic bedroom design ideas, it’s also worth picking out a bed frame that lets you skip a box spring. This will help give you even more space between your head and the ceiling! And a low-boy dresser will give you plenty of clothing storage space without interfering with the lower ceilings. Both of these pieces keep the line of sight low, making the slanted ceiling not feel so impeding.

Stick mostly with neutrals and keep prints low to the ground in attic bedrooms. A neutral color scheme will help keep a small attic room feeling bright and airy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have colors! The biggest print and boldest color in the room pictured above is on the rug. It brings color and pattern into the space—but since it’s on the floor, it helps ground the space and bring your eye down again, after the slanted ceiling draws your eye up.

Maximize natural lighting. Attic spaces tend to get some of the best natural light in the house! Make the most of it with gauzy curtains that won’t block the light.

Check out our bedroom design ideas page for more attic bedroom inspiration!

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a small attic with sloped ceilings designed as a guest bedroom

3. A Comfy Guest Bedroom

With an attic that’s not large enough for a primary bedroom, consider making it an attic bedroom for guests. It’s the perfect solution for a space that’s awkwardly sized and not used often. This gives guests their own private space—plus, an attic guest bedroom can easily be decorated to feel like a quaint bed-and-breakfast, which is sure to charm visiting family and friends staying over.

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Design Tips for Attic Guest Rooms:

Design your attic bedroom for guests with all the essential amenities. This includes items such as a laundry basket, floor-to-ceiling mirror, a chest of drawers, and a comfy bed. This will create a room that feels like a total getaway for guests!

Arrange the bed parallel to the walls rather than pushed right up against them. It helps to have the bed under the tallest, “tented” part of the ceiling rather than along the slope so that guests don’t risk hitting their heads when sitting up in bed!

Open up the space by painting the room a bright white and opting for an open-frame bed. With a smaller attic, the sloped ceilings might make the space feel even smaller, so it helps to use little design tricks to help open up the space. You can also use sheers for curtains to let extra light in and make the space feel extra airy. Maximizing natural light is one of our favorite small bedroom design tips!

small attic decorated as a reading room with two leather armchairs and bookcases

4. A Bright Reading Room

Take the reading nook to the next level with an attic room that’s designed for relaxing and reading. This is one of our favorite ideas after an attic bedroom, since it’s chic and unexpected. Whether it’s a reading space that’s designed for two or all for yourself, you can make an attic reading room yours however you want. All you really need is a cozy lounge chair and good lighting! Round it out with a soft rug, shelving, and an ottoman, and you have a space that’s sure to feel effortlessly elegant.

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Design Tips for Attic Reading Rooms:

Line up a row of low bookcases. This will maximize book storage and give you some space for decor. With all this shelving, you can even think of your reading room as an organized attic storage room that’s available if there’s overflow in the rest of your home.

Place armchairs closer to the center of the room. This is where the ceiling is tallest, so you don’t hit your head when standing up. This placement will also give you more height to fit a floor lamp near your reading chair.

attic room with low ceilings designed as a kid's hangout zone and playroom

5. A Fun Kid Hangout Zone

Give the kids a space all their own by transforming your attic into a kid’s hangout zone. Think of it as a laid-back playroom and gathering spot that can work for them (and you) for years to come. While your kids will eventually outgrow a playroom, with the right furnishings, this space can grow up with them, transitioning from a toy room to a cool friend hangout zone.

With the right comfy furnishings in place, this can also easily serve as a study room for kids where they can work on their laptop and get reading done. It’s essentially a makeshift communal work space for them.

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Design Tips for an Attic Kids Space:

Load it up with books, games, and toys for entertainment. This helps make it a space your kids can truly call their own. They can kick back with friends and have free reign over the space. And since it’s away from the rest of the house, you, as parents, don’t have to actively look at any messes or disorganization your kids create in this space!

Pick out comfortable and timeless-but-kid-friendly furniture. Think: a large sectional for relaxing (which is also great for sleepovers), poufs for floor lounging, and versatile storage, like a low TV console, to keep things somewhat organized. Floor poufs are particularly great in kids spaces! They’re a good way to add extra seating, they can be fun for kids to play with, and they work well with the lower ceilings.

long and narrow attic designed as a home office with two desks

6. A Productive Home Office

With more and more of us working from home, if you have an attic room that’s unused, consider making it a shared home office space to separate your work and home lives. This can give you a greater sense of work-life balance, since your workspace can be totally separate from the rest of your house. This also allows you more privacy and fewer distractions during the work day!

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Design Tips for Attic Offices:

Measure your wall, desk, and computer height. You want to ensure your computer can comfortably fit on your desk without running into the slope of the ceiling! This is especially pertinent for those with monitors vs laptops. (In an attic space, you’ll also probably have to skip a standing desk due to the lower ceilings!)

Make sure the space is well-ventilated. The whirring pieces of tech can really heat up a closed-off workspace. And attics are already known for getting toasty. The last thing you’d want is for your home office to double as a sauna every day. Make sure you have good windows that can open, heavier drapes or blinds that can block sunlight from cooking the space in the summer, and a good fan for additional airflow!

Pull in pieces that let you station yourself comfortably in the space for hours. That means a sturdy desk, floating shelves for storage, good desk lighting, and an armchair for when you need to take a break or hop on a call.

small attic room designed as a craft room

7. An Inspiring Craft Space

Have an artistic hobby that requires spreading out a bunch of supplies? Creating a craft space can be an afterthought—but an unused attic is actually a great space to create a craft room. Since it’s tucked out of the way, you can take more creative liberties on the design, adding more pattern and color to create a space you really love. Plus, it’s ok if you occasionally leave your supplies out, since they won’t interfere with a living area.

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Design Tips for an Attic Craft Room:

Opt for open-base furniture for your craft space. This will make the space feel less cramped and more visually open.

Choose storage on wheels when possible. This allows you to wheel over a cart stocked with paint or craft supplies to keep it within reach when working on crafts. But then it can be easily tucked back into a closet or nook when not in use, keeping more floor space open.

Maximize crawl spaces and walls. In a small attic space, these nooks and crannies often go unused—but you can maximize your square footage by using them as storage space for art and craft supplies.

small finished attic designed as a home office with a sofa bed

8. A Multipurpose Guest Room/Home Office Space

No need to give your attic just one purpose. Make it a combo space! Since attics can feel pretty cozy and are also fairly private, we love the idea of designing a combo guest room and home office. Day-to-day it can be used as a secluded office space. Then, when you have guests over, they’ll have a private space that also offers a workstation during their stay!

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Design Tips for Multipurpose Attics:

Use a daybed rather than a traditional bed. It takes up less space than a full bed, and when not in use as a guest room, the daybed can act as a cozy place to relax during a busy workday! (You can even opt for a trundle daybed, like the one pictured above, to give sleeping space for two!)

Pick a desk with a more open, airy design. This will help keep the small attic room, with its multiple purposes, from feeling cramped.

kids bedroom in an attic

9. A Cozy Kids Bedroom

An attic space can be a great place for a kid to have a bedroom. Low or sloped ceilings won’t feel as restrictive for a child—in fact, they might feel downright cozy! Plus, kids’ furniture typically sits lower to the ground, which is good for slanted, low ceilings.

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Design Tips for Kids Bedrooms in Attics:

Don’t be afraid to paint or wallpaper slanted walls! You can add pattern and character with wallpaper and low gallery walls, and turn up the coziness with rugs and a pouf.

Leave lots of open space in the middle of the room for play. This will make an attic bedroom feel like a haven for your child!

Be sure the room is insulated. Attics tend to get hot in the summer and cold in the winter—but proper insulation can mitigate those extreme temperature changes!

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This post was updated December 8, 2021

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