10 Ways to Create a Modern Workspace in Your Attic

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Thinking of converting your attic into an office, creative studio, or craft workshop for kids? Use these examples to inspire your project.

Maximizing the space you have is the primary focus of any well-planned renovation—especially when you're working with a limited space like your attic. Though this space has been traditionally used solely for storage, homeowners have gotten creative by turning them into bedrooms, playroom, or workspaces. If you're thinking of converting your attic in order to gain some extra square footage, take a look at these 10 examples that turned a neglected space into a creative hub.

This industrial-inspired attic office is home to a small creative firm. The designers intentionally created lower level darkness in order to have the ability to regulate light in response to their production process requirements. They used exposed reclaimed-wood beams to add dimension. The beams cast shadows below while also drawing your attention upwards.

This multi-level attic is home to a creative firm that use the lower space for its production studio and the upper space for meetings or traditional work. 

This multi-level attic is home to a creative firm that use the lower space for its production studio and the upper space for meetings or traditional work. 

This 100-year-old Portland home received a $400,000 remodel. The formerly dim attic was turned into a cheerful home office and play area. The designer freshened the walls and floors with white paint and installed four large skylights to flood the space with natural light from outside. 

In this Portland attic, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design whitewashed the entire space and added a pair of windows to lighten up the formerly dim space. 

In this Portland attic, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design whitewashed the entire space and added a pair of windows to lighten up the formerly dim space. 

This 650-square-foot attic was transformed into a learning and play space for children. It features bamboo flooring and custom built-ins fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white lacquer finish. The homeowner designed the blackened-steel balustrade, which has cable inserts and a walnut handrail.

Bamboo flooring and custom built-ins—fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white-lacquer finish—brightened this educational attic. 

Bamboo flooring and custom built-ins—fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white-lacquer finish—brightened this educational attic. 

This light-filled attic is more than an office—it’s also a living space and studio for photography and production. The space originally lacked any storage space, so the owner added freestanding racks from Walden, installed a long sideboard from Superfront, and created a desk out of two sheets of multiplex wood. The desk has trestle legs on either end of the desk and two ‘Billy’ cabinets from IKEA to support the center.

A lifestyle blogger and designer calls this top attic her top floor flat, and also acts as a studio for photography, branding, and textile design. 

A lifestyle blogger and designer calls this top attic her top floor flat, and also acts as a studio for photography, branding, and textile design. 

This Portuguese home office serves as workspace for the couple that owns it. They added white wainscoting to the walls, restored the original wood beams, and installed a new reclaimed wood floor. 

The monochromatic color palette of this Portuguese home office creates a cohesive look and draws your attention to natural elements used in the architectural details of the space.

The monochromatic color palette of this Portuguese home office creates a cohesive look and draws your attention to natural elements used in the architectural details of the space.

The majority of this office space folds out. Specifically, the chairs and desks are collapsible, allowing the homeowners to expand the space for other purposes including using it as a production studio or hosting overnight guests. The owners created a focal point by adding multiple types of wooden floor boards to the wall to frame the windows.

You can increase attic workspace functionality by using furniture than can be easily collapsed, moved around, or serve multiple purposes.

You can increase attic workspace functionality by using furniture than can be easily collapsed, moved around, or serve multiple purposes.

This Toronto home’s third-floor attic space was rendered unusable for the majority of a year, due to the lack of insulation and ventilation. The room was stripped of all interior finishes, the structure was reinforced, and new mechanical systems were installed for ventilation. Three operable skylights were integrated into the roof to bring in more natural light and to provide a cross-breeze in the warmer months.

Lack of insulation and ventilation didn't prevent this Canadian attic from becoming a top-of-the line workspace for the townhouse's owners. 

Lack of insulation and ventilation didn't prevent this Canadian attic from becoming a top-of-the line workspace for the townhouse's owners. 

The owners of this attic nook wanted to make use of what had turned into dead space. Spending less than $500, the couple used an IKEA desk and storage unit—along with a vintage chair they found at a flea market—to create a workspace. Conveniently located next to the upper floor radiator, the space is warm and cozy year-round.

Small nooks and corners can provide office space when working on a limited budget. 

Small nooks and corners can provide office space when working on a limited budget. 

This Victorian cottage received a modern makeover when its owner decided to convert a dark attic into a library and office. They added custom built-ins to accentuate the angle of the roof, as well as provide much needed storage without the use of traditional bookshelves. The elongated cabinetry draws your eyes to the end windows.

This 1900s attic was converted into a reading room and workspace. 

This 1900s attic was converted into a reading room and workspace. 

This historic attic was transformed into a minimalist office space, which features restored white oak flooring and custom cabinetry crafted from rift-sawn white oak that's set in flush panels. 

The skylights that descend into the wall plane bring in natural light and provide views of the historic neighborhood. 

The skylights that descend into the wall plane bring in natural light and provide views of the historic neighborhood.