These days we are all looking for extra room in our house to create a home office. But what do you do when all the rooms in your house are being used? You go up and create an attic home office.
Converting your attic space into a home office is the perfect solution to needing your own space to work from home. It’s quiet, there’s privacy, and it’s cozy.
You’ll need to make sure you have enough clearance to convert the attic into office space. In older home, or home with interesting roof lines, you may need to have some structural work done. Turning your attic space into a home office will take some work, but in the end it will be all worth it!
We all have stuff stored up in our attic that we only use once a year or not at all. Maybe it’s time to get rid of some of the old stuff you don’t need anymore! If your attic is large enough, you may be able to convert half of it into an office space and leave the remainder of the space unfinished for storage.
Depending on how handy you are, you may be able to do this yourself. If you aren’t comfortable hanging drywall or dealing with electrical, it’s best to hire a good contractor.
You’ll want to have a layout in mind before you begin renovating the attic. It’s important to know where you need power or internet access!
Here are my 9 tips for designing an attic home office.
If you have a window, I suggest putting your desk in front of it. People who spend just 10 minutes looking at nature are more relaxed and less stressed! Plus it helps with your body’s natural circadian rhythm as well. If you don’t have a window already then I would highly recommend adding one!
Another added bonus is when the weather is nice, you can open the window to allow for better indoor air quality. If you can’t put in a window, consider adding a skylight!
What colors are soothing to you? What colors do you love? Picking a calming color palette that you love will make you want to be in the space. Choose a paint that has low VOC’s. No one wants to be breathing in toxic fumes all day. Don’t be afraid to add some pattern with wallpaper. There are so many peel and stick options today and the possibilities are endless!
I recommend a good sit to stand desk. It’s important to be able to stand up for a good portion of your day. Pay special attention to the height of your desk. It’s so important to try and maintain good posture throughout the day. This office ergonomic calculator allows you to determine optimal height when setting up your desk.
There’s also nothing worse than working all day in an uncomfortable chair! When it comes to your chair, make sure it’s ergonomical. You’ll want to look for one that allows you to adjust it accordingly.
Here are two options. The free flex chair is one of the more economical options while the Steelcase chair is more expensive, it is very durable and doesn’t off gas and is made from recycled materials.
You’ll want to incorporate some photos or maybe artwork that you love. The point is to have this space feel cozy and comfortable to you. We spend a majority of our time inside working so it’s important that the space brings you joy. Consider adding a cozy throw blanket, family photos, or items that bring you good memories from a previous trip.
You need to know what your needs are and how you need the space to function for you. Whether you’re designing the space yourself or you’ve hired a designer to do it for you, you need to really think about what’s currently working for you and what you need to work better!
We all need to take a five minute break every once in a while and that’s good-even necessary. What’s not necessary is getting sucked into social media or watching Netflix for an hour instead of working. I keep my phone in my office but it’s turned around so I can’t see all the notifications that pop up (and it’s on silent!)
I also recommend using smart storage solutions. This will help keep you organized. Knowing exactly where everything is and where it goes not only helps reduce your stress levels but helps you to be more productive as well! When designing storage solutions for your attic home office, take advantage of the interesting roof lines. In the photo below, you can see she added storage both vertically and horizontally!
You’ll want to incorporate task and ambient lighting. Good lighting is so crucial in any design!
Plants help keep the air clean and provide something pretty to look at. I recommend succulents if you’re like me and tend to kill everything! Succulents are very low maintenance.
So there you have it. My top 9 tips for designing a productive and healthy home office in your attic. I hope this helps you create a space where you can feel empowered and focused!