An attic can be finished and used for a variety of different rooms, such as a bedroom, sewing room, bonus room, storage space or even a playroom for children. Remodeling an attic requires only a few specific steps, but you must take care to work with the shape of the room since many attics feature steep ceilings and angled walls. With the right techniques, an attic can offer much needed additional square footage.
Insulate between the rafters of the roof if necessary. Although most attics will have at least some insulation, the spaces between the rafters may not be properly insulated. Use roll-out insulation and staple gun it into place on the wood of the rafters.
Install drywall over the insulation. Select drywall that you can paint for this application, unless you plan to install paneling over it. Ask someone to help you hang the drywall since it is very heavy and cumbersome. Use a saw to cut out any pieces needed for electrical boxes or light switches. Once you have secured the drywall to the wood, use joint compound to seal all the edges together. Allow this to dry.
Add in your light switches and electrical plates. Screw these in to each of the boxes while the main power is off. Once you are done, you can turn on the main power to the house.
Install a subfloor. If the attic does not have proper flooring, you will need to install a subfloor first. You do this typically with sheets of plywood and screws. Attach the panels to the floor supports using a screw every 6 to 12 inches.
Install flooring over the subfloor. If you will be using carpet or a floating laminate floor, you will need to lay a carpet or floor pad over your subfloor first. Tack or glue this into place. Proceed with laying your new flooring. If you prefer to save money, you can simply use peel and stick vinyl tiles over your subfloor.
Finish the room. Paint or wallpaper the walls or install hardwood paneling. Finish off the room with window treatments, furniture for your desired use of the room and a few decor items such as mirrors, pictures, or small figurines.