Turning Attics into Livable Space

After you have determined the actual space available in the attic and the structural requirements, you will then have to determine the way you will utilize the space. Homeowners can convert or remodel the space available for the following uses:

Common Attic Conversions

  • Recreational rooms equipped with billiard tables and video games
  • TV or movie rooms which contain big-screen TVs and plenty of plush with comfortable seating
  • Guest or master bedrooms which have sunny windows, luxury bedding as well as attached bathrooms
  • Multipurpose workout spaces, library, and office spaces
Attic remodeled with bookshelves.

Aside from the slanted ceilings, would you have guessed this to be an attic?

How to Start Attic Remodeling / Converting

It does not matter the use of your space; you should start by installing ceilings, and walls then proceed to add flooring and lighting.

Walls and Ceilings

Ceilings and walls play a crucial role in transforming an unfinished attic to a livable space. To install walls, you can spend an average of $1,900 and installing ceilings can cost $1,300. To have the help of a professional you have several options such as the following:


With drywall, you have a smooth wall for the ceiling, which is easy to install and generally an off white color. . They also allow easy painting or wallpapering. The drywall can cost on average about $1,700.


Wallpapers are versatile due to a wide variety of patterns and textures available. It can cost $505 on average, but you will achieve great freedom in personalizing your walls. You should also note that for the last decade or so, wallpapers have been going out of style, and while they are functional, they may not be stylish.


It is available in a wide variety of shades. It is among the fastest and easiest ways to finish your attic. Professionals can cost about $1,669 on average.

Installing trim and crown molding

You can install trim out of basic baseboards or from ornate crown molding. Other sources include shiplap and beadboard which will provide a great finished look to your space. A professional can charge about $1,094 to $1,304 on trimming services.


If you have a bedroom below the attic, then you need soundproofing. Insulation can offer soundproofing apart from climate control. Choosing a plush carpet over a plywood subfloor can be the best option. It perfectly muffs footsteps and activity on your attic floor. Some of the popular flooring options include the following:

Ceramic or porcelain tile

It is an idea for the application in the kitchen or bathroom. The flooring material offers easy cleaning and has an average cost of about $1,500.


With hardwood, you enjoy warmth and elegance. It works well with contemporary as well as traditional décor with an average cost of $4,500.


It comes in a variety of materials and colors.Height ranges from flat to plush. It can cost $1,500 on average.


A pet-friendly laminate with water resistant feature will offer a traditional look with easy maintenance. The average cost is about $2,748.

Before you decide on flooring materials, you should take into consideration its cost per foot, use and its look as well as feel. When adding a bathroom to the attic, you should use tile or water safe materials. For a bedroom or game floor, you can consider wood or carpet.


To enhance the usability of the space, you should always choose the right light for your attic. You can opt for desk top lamps or even integrated overhead lighting if they work well. Homeowners can install a ceiling fan which costs about of $242 to enjoy both overhead air circulation and light. Other options you can consider include the following:

Recessed lighting

The lights are installed in the ceiling. They leave the lines of the roof intact while offering light. They cost about $50 to $200 per light.

Traditional ceiling-mounted lights

They offer a variety of styles which range from domes which sit flush to the ceiling with dramatic hanging chandeliers. They can cost about $100 to $200.

Wall lights

You can choose from traditional sconces to various modern wall lights. The fixtures allow users to develop targeted lighting which supplements the overhead lights. The average cost is about $100 to $250.