How to convert an attic into a closet

Is your room too small for a closet? Or do you just want some extra space to make a closet and a playroom? We’ve got the perfect DIY for you! If you have a room next to an attic you are in luck. We will be breaking the wall between the room and the attic and converting the attic space into a closet and playroom. If you’re interested, read more to find out how it is made.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Insulation rolls

2.      Hardwood flooring

3.      2 x 4

4.      Plywood

5.      Primed MDF

6.      Screws

7.      L-Brackets

8.      Dowels

9.      Hinges

10.   Drill

11.   Jigsaw

12.   Circular saw

13.   Drywall knife


Let’s get started with this DIY project!


Step 1:

The first step would be to clear out your attic. Since the attic is very hot it is also advisable to cut pieces of R-13 insulation rolls with a utility knife and stapling them onto the sides of the attic on the walls. Make sure to cover every nook and cranny of the attic with these insulation pads.

Step 2:

Next, you need to start breaking the wall between the attic and the room connected to it. It would be best to bring a professional to do this since it involves a lot of tasks and it could be dangerous if you don’t have or know how to use the necessary tools needed for this process. You need to rewire the electricals, make a header for the rafters to rest on since the wall on which it used to rest earlier is now going to be broken down, and much more. One more point to be noted is that when you’re breaking the wall down you don’t want to tear out the drywall around it so it’s best if you get a professional to do this task so that you don’t have any added problems.

Step 3:

If your attic is similar to the one in the video, you would have an entryway into the rest of the attic separate from where we’ve been doing all our work. If this is the case, you need to make a door for it which can easily be made by measuring the size of the opening, making a frame for the door by using some 2 x 4s and cutting and fitting the actual plywood door with the help of some hinges.

Step 4:

Next, we need to start dry walling the place. It is better if you don’t just screw in one large piece and instead use smaller sheets so that everything is fits properly and there aren’t any loose parts. This process will vary depending on how big your attic is so we’ll just tell you the overall process. You need to measure your attic in parts and cut the sheets of drywall according to your measurements. Make sure to cut the drywall where ever there are any fixtures or fittings like screws, bulbs, etc so that none of them are left behind the drywall. Now all that’s left to do is to screw everything into place using some screws and a drill.

Step 5:

If any of your floorings is harmed during this process, you could just cut out a piece of 1 x 12 according to the dimensions required and fit it in place by drilling some screws through it to even the floor out before we put the second layer of flooring. Now you need to roll out an underpayment before we put our hardwood flooring together. You can obtain the parts of the hardwood flooring from any nearby store and all you have to do is put it in place on the floor of your attic one by one. You can even put some baseboard around to finish the floors up.

Step 6:

You can use sheets of primed MDF cut to length to make the frame of your entrance where the wall was just cut off so that there aren’t any rough edges remaining. You can even add some trim on the outside to make it fancier. This frame will also give the entrance of your soon-to-be closet/playroom a nice and finished look.

Step 7:

Take a dowel and cut a slit in it using a jigsaw. Then take two L-brackets and insert them into the slit you just made. Put a screw through the dowel and L-bracket on both sides to secure it in place. Then screw the L-brackets onto the wall of the attic using some screws and a drill. You can now hang your hangers and clothes on the dowel. You could either use the whole space as a closet or if you still have some space remaining you could convert that into a playroom by putting some toys in there too. The last step is to add any fixtures of your choice into this space like lights, shelves, etc. You can even paint your new closet to personalize it according to your tastes!

Your attic has now successfully been converted to a closet and playroom! Give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve managed to complete this DIY! We’ve used the extra space to make a closet and a playroom but you could use it for absolutely anything you want! You could even decorate it to personalize the space to reflect your personality. Enjoy your latest creation!

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