One of the primary reasons people fail to utilize their attic or loft space is because they haven’t finished it. And, many people fail to finish their attic space because they believe it will be too expensive.
Making an attic or loft space more user friendly may seem like a difficult project. But, there are many simple and inexpensive products, like loft ladders and hatches, along with budget wall and flooring options, that can make taking advantage of your attic or loft space very easy and budget friendly.
One of the big problems you face with unfinished attic or loft space is that you may not have a good way to access the space. This is the first issue you’ll want to tackle.
Solve the Access Problem
Creating the access to the space first will make the rest of the project go faster and easier because you’ll be able to move in and out of the space more easily. You’ll need stairs or a loft ladder for a traditional loft, or a loft ladder and hatch for an attic space. Loft ladders and hatches work well for some traditional loft spaces, too.
Loft ladders and hatches come in a wide variety of styles, price ranges and materials. The hatch simply refers to the opening, with trap door that closes the loft ladder inside. Some hatches, particularly those on a wall instead of a ceiling, may not have doors.
When you’re on a budget, one of the best options you can choose is a telescoping loft ladder. Telescoping ladders are made from eight to ten ladder rungs that fit up into each other when the ladder is retracted, much like nesting tables. Once the ladder is folded, it slides right up into the attic or loft space.
Telescoping loft ladders and hatches are cost effective, in part, because the ladders are made from metal, which makes them less expensive than wooden loft ladders.
Telescoping loft ladders are also less expensive because they’re easy to install. If you’re even a little bit handy, you can order a telescoping loft ladder and hatch online and install it yourself. Telescoping loft ladders are attached to the attic or loft ceiling, rather than the hatch door, so the installation is quick. If your hatch is already complete, or if a hatch is not required, the installation is especially quick.
Finishing the Space
Now that you’ve installed your telescoping loft ladder and hatch, you’re ready to finish the space. Depending upon how finished the space already is and your planned use of it, you may need to add flooring and drywall.
There are sometimes special considerations to be made when choosing flooring for an attic or loft space. In order to muffle sound, you may want to install carpeting in your loft or attic space. Luckily, carpet is one of the most inexpensive flooring types.
Drywall and bead board are both inexpensive choices for your walls, with bead board being less expensive than drywall.
There may also be additional considerations for finishing your attic or loft space. For example, the area may not be wired for electricity. If this is the case, it’s wise to hire a professional electrician to ensure that the area is appropriately and safely wired. This is one area where you don’t want to do it yourself, unless you’re appropriately trained.
You’ll be amazed at how much use you can get out of your newly finished attic or loft space. Whether you use it for a home office, bedroom or just a calm place to relax, you’ll love the extra space, and you’ll love knowing that you did it yourself for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional.