The attic is a forgotten space in many Vancouver and Portland homes. It’s an area where seasonal decorations are stored and infrequently used tools are left. On the one hand this is understandable. By definition, an attic is located right below the roof of a home. The low slanted ceilings and unusual shape of most attics certainly poses a design challenge. Most homeowners don’t immediately look at their attic and say, “let’s remodel!”
However, the unconventional nature of most attics provides a foundation for truly unique interior design. The slanted ceilings of an attic naturally inform a sense of coziness and comfort that homeowners can leverage. Here at Floor Coverings International® of Vancouver, we believe although an attic may be functioning well as a storage locker, its full potential is likely going unrealized.
Below are a few steps you can follow to turn your attic into a cozy getaway. Especially during the fall and winter, a cozy attic can offer a relaxing escape from the rest of the home. The holidays are a hectic time of year, and thus having a quiet place designated for relaxation is worthwhile.
Step 1: Define The Purpose Of Your Attic
Before you start your attic renovation we recommend you clearly define the purpose of your attic, aside from the general goal of coziness. Think of your attic as a bonus room. You could turn it into a children’s playroom, a home theater, a reading nook, or even a spare bedroom.
Step 2: Choose Comfortable Floors
Regardless of your attic’s purpose we suggest you install comfortable floors in order to play up the cozy nature of this space. Wool carpet is a great option because of the thermal insulation it offers. Additionally, its fibers are thicker and denser compared to other carpet varieties, which makes for an especially soft and cozy feel.
Step 3: Capture Natural Light
Due to their location, attics tend to offer little to no natural light. Although it’s great to create a cozy space, you don’t want a room that feels closed in. This is where the installation of another window or skylight can be extremely helpful. It won’t take away from the cozy nature of your attic, but it will make it more inviting.
Here at Floor Coverings International® of Vancouver, we look forward to helping you transform your attic into a cozy getaway, starting with comfortable floors! Although wool carpet is a great option, we offer a wide selection of quality carpet floors, as well as many other materials. We encourage you to take a look at in our product gallery. Our design experts proudly serve the greater Vancouver WA, Portland OR areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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