Make the Most of Your Attic

Originally posted on: www.homeguides.sfgate.com by Jennifer Blair

How to Make the Most of Your Attic Space

No matter how big your house is, it often seems like there isn’t enough space to meet your family’s needs. Whether you need an extra bedroom, a quiet home office or a spacious playroom for the kids, converting your attic space is an ideal way to add an extra room to your home. To get the most out of your attic, there are a few key changes that you may want to make so the space is as comfortable and inviting as any other room in your house.

Insulate It

Whether you plan to use your attic an extra bedroom, home office, playroom or home gym, it should be comfortable for year-round use. If your attic is not insulated, it may be too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer because air can easily pass in and out. You can use either loose-fill or batt insulation for your attic, though loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive and provides more effective coverage if it is installed correctly. In addition to adding insulation, make sure that exhaust fan duct work is properly sealed inside the attic so air can’t escape or enter through it. To ensure that the attic is a comfortable temperature throughout the year, you may also want to install a separate new heating and cooling system. Hot air rises, so you might strain your existing air conditioning system by using it to cool your attic in addition to the rest of the house.

Adjust the Stairs

If your attic stairs take up a great deal of floor space in the room, you may want to update them so you can actually use some of that space. In many cases, it’s best to place your attic stairs on the low roof side of your home. Typically, this requires breaking the staircase into two smaller flights that go in different directions and are connected by a landing. This type of staircase will take up less space in the attic, so you have more room for furniture and storage options. Depending on its size, you may even be able to use the landing itself for storage by adding built-in bookshelves.

Install Windows

If your attic is dark, you may have a hard time convincing your teen to use it as a bedroom or motivating yourself to do a workout in your home gym. Natural light helps open up a space and makes it feel brighter and more inviting. If your space lacks natural light, you can add windows or skylights. Dormer windows, which protrude slightly from the roof, are an ideal option because they provide additional space and ventilation while allowing natural light in. You can add built-in features beneath dormers, such as a desk, drawers or shelves, or use the windows to provide more headroom for a seating area. If you plan to use traditional windows, opt for the tallest and widest style that will fit to maximize the amount of light that enters the attic.

Add Color

While your new guestroom, playroom or home office may be a converted attic, there’s no reason that it should feel like an unfinished space. Simple decorating touches can go a long way to make it feel like another cozy, inviting space in your home. Start with color — if your attic doesn’t receive much natural light, it’s especially important to choose a light color for the walls so they reflect the light that is present. White works well, but it can make the space feel a little stark. Instead, opt for a soft yellow or peach shade to add warmth and color to the room. You can incorporate even bolder shades through accessories like window treatments, throw rugs, pillows, and artwork so the space has a welcoming vibe that makes your family want to spend time there.

Need help with your window treatments? Contact us and we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project. At DrapeStyle, we can help you create your dream drapes. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Grommet Drapes-Pros and Cons

Grommet topped drapes have become increasingly popular. They are sleek and clean and offer a modern look. Here is a look at the pros and cons of drapery panels with this type of treatment.

With so many grommet sizes and finishes, you are sure to find a look that compliments your home. Did you know that some companies use plastic grommets? DrapeStyle only uses solid brass, corrosion resistant grommets. Choose from black, matte nickel or oil rubbed bronze finish. Because they are corrosion resistant, they are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

 

 

Since drapes with grommets don’t have pleats sewn into them, you will need to “dress down” the drapes. This means you will have to arrange the drapes to make them look good. Grommet drapes can look messy after opening and closing them. If you want nice, long pleats, you will have to adjust them and space them out to create this look.


If you are wanting blackout draperies, you will need to adjust the grommet drapes when you bring them closed to the center of your window. Blackout lining can be added to any of our drapes, but when the grommet drapes are closed, there may be a gap between the drapes in the center. Having your drapes made with extra fullness will solve this problem.

 

Grommet panels will never hang flat, but that’s ok. One of the beautiful features of grommets is the wave they create. Therefor, when determining the width of your drapery, you should figure the drapery panels to be at least twice as wide as the space you are trying to cover. If you want a fuller look, have your drapes made 2-3 times the width of your window.

 

Do you need decorative drapery panels? Grommets are a perfect solution. Beautiful to look at, and once you “dress them down”, the pleats will stay in place and you won’t have to worry about them again. Consider pairing your decorative drapes with roman shades. They will provide the privacy you need while looking stunning.

 

Whatever your application for grommet drapes, DrapeStyle can help. Please contact us for more information or to place an order. We’ve been making custom draperies for 15 years right here in the USA. We invite you to view our fabrics and take advantage of ordering free samples before you place your order. Need a little advice? We’re here to help. Our designers will help you every step of the way. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Celebrating 15 Years of Success!

Celebrating our 15 year anniversary!

Back in 2002 we started an online custom drapery company. Something we loved doing, something we truly felt that we were good at. Something we knew we could do well. And who would believe we would still be serving our customers 15 years later! We are humbled that our customers still have such faith in us, and we welcome new customers every day, to look through our luxurious fabrics and see and feel the quality for themselves.

For 15 years, DrapeStyle has produced the highest quality drapes, Roman shades and pillows right here in the USA. We started in a small space in Southern California, and now we have a 10,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you are in the market for custom draperies, Roman shades or pillows, DrapeStyle can help.  Silk, cotton or linen.  Contact DrapeStyle and we will help you decide the right fabric for your application.

And our best quality feature is our people. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. And you can rest assured that the most experienced, talented seamstresses will be making your window treatments. Each has an average of 25 years of sewing experience and have many, many years of making custom window treatments.

DrapeStyle opened its doors (and computers?) 15 years ago. A lot has happened over the years, but one thing has stayed the same, our commitment to providing homeowners and the design community with exceptional service and products.

You can certainly find cheaper drapes anywhere. But if you want gorgeous, high quality custom drapes that you will be proud to hang in your home, you won’t find a better value than DrapeStyle. Please join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary, and join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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