8 Before and After Attic Makeovers

The attic tends to be a pretty underutilized space, but not so for these creative bloggers, who brought bold, functional designs to their previously underappreciated attics.

While having extra room for storage is always a good thing, there is so much opportunity in attic spaces—especially for those who have an eye for turning blank walls into something fabulous. Scroll through these impressive attic “before” and “after” transformations and you might just find yourself feeling inspired to help your own attic reach soaring new heights.

Before: Brick and Brown

Unfinished attic with busted wood flooring.
Hey Eleanor!

With a new baby on the way, Molly Mogren Katt of the lifestyle blog Hey Eleanor! was in need of some extra space in her 120-year-old duplex, which she already shared with her husband, their toddler, a cat, and their bed-hogging pup. The solution: turn the previously bare attic into a cozy and spacious primary bedroom where family (and dog) could relax.

About This Term: Primary Bedroom

Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term “Master Bedroom” as discriminatory. “Primary Bedroom” is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.

Attic bedroom with french doors and dog laying on bed.
Hey Eleanor!

One of the first steps in this attic transformation was to take out the back windows, move them to the front of the house, and replace them with some French doors to lead out onto the new deck the Katts had built off of the primary suite. The bedroom itself makes use of its previous attic identity with exposed beams and rustic wood floors, which are complemented by a king-sized bed (to fit the aforementioned dog) and a Craigslist-thrifted green velvet chair that provides a pop of color in the corner of the room.

Before: Gloomy and Dark
Empty and unfinished attic room with two windows.
Beginning In the Middle

Catherine and Bryan Williamson of Beginning in the Middle had their work cut out for them with the attic level of their 1900’s home. The space required a complete re-working of the footprint, plus the addition of another bathroom so it could function more fully as a primary suite.

After: Farmhouse Chic

Updated attic bathroom with farmhouse decor and wood floors.
Beginning in the Middle

If you’re like us, you probably didn’t see this gorgeous bathroom as a possibility when you looked at the “before” picture. But Catherine and Bryan achieved this—and a whole lot more—in their attic, which they reconfigured to create two mini wings with their own bathrooms. They made up for the expense of construction by cutting costs in other ways, including a few Craigslist finds in this room (including that elegant vanity).

Before: Extra Storage

Attic storage space with white walls and skylight.
The Villa on Mount Pleasant

Tamsyn Morgans, who runs the blog The Villa on Mount Pleasant, didn’t use her original attic for much beyond tossing stuff into storage that she didn’t have room for elsewhere in the house.

After: Relaxing Retreat

Updated attic space with floral wallpaper accent wall.
The Villa on Mount Pleasant

The focal point of Tamsyn’s redesigned attic space is the cheery Chelsea wallpaper from Sanderson, which anchors the room with a vintage vibe. Tamsyn had the brick wall covered in plasterboard and then applied the wallpaper herself; she then finished up the space with tasteful details—plus a couple of plush chairs for curling up with her kids, a cup of tea, or a glass of wine. The new space is fun, feminine, and functional, serving as somewhere you’d want to hang (and not just fling a few boxes).

Before: Empty Space

Finished attic space being used as storage.
Centered By Design

Claire Staszak’s attic space—which serves as the top level of her Chicago bungalow—left a lot to be desired when it came to utility and design. Claire, the founder of Centered By Design, had big goals for the space though, including turning this blank canvas into a stunner of a primary bedroom. 

  • After: Mesmerizing Primary

    Renovated attic master bedroom with French doors and exposed beams.
    Centered By Design

    Check out this amazing new attic space, which Claire and her husband managed to brighten up in a myriad of ways to fit a more modern aesthetic. The space, which had previously been used to house the furry residents of a cat rescue, saw a complete overhaul with the addition of new paint and exposed beams, both of which add depth and dimension for a more open feel.