Discover how to decorate your attic truss room with charming furniture and nostalgic touches, making it a cozy and inviting bedroom retreat.

What is a Room in Attic Truss?

An attic truss, also known as a room-in-attic truss or attic roof truss, is a type of truss used in the construction of residential or commercial buildings. It is designed to create a habitable space within the roof structure, allowing for the addition of an attic or loft area.

We had a room in attic truss installed a number of years ago to add two additional bedrooms to our Coastal Maine Home design. The character of the slanted ceilings and small door openings just added to the charm of this Early American home. It was also an easy way to turn this retirement home with two downstairs bedrooms into a four-bedroom home.

Room in Attic Truss: Quaint Bedroom Ideas

Attic trusses offer several advantages in construction:

  • Increased usable space: Attic trusses provide an opportunity to utilize the space within the roof structure for additional living, storage, or recreational purposes. This can be particularly beneficial in buildings with limited floor area.
  • Cost-effective: By incorporating the attic space within the truss structure, there is no need for additional construction of walls or a separate roof structure. This can result in cost savings compared to traditional construction methods.
  • Design flexibility: Attic trusses can be customized to accommodate various room layouts and configurations, allowing for flexibility in the design and use of the attic space. This can include features such as dormer windows, skylights, or staircase access.

Attic Room in Truss Design

Designing a bedroom in an attic truss space can be a unique and charming endeavor. The sloping ceilings and cozy atmosphere of an attic truss create a cozy and intimate ambiance. Here are some attic truss bedroom ideas to inspire you:

  • Utilize the Sloping Ceilings: Embrace the architectural charm of the sloping ceilings by painting them in a light color to create a sense of openness. Consider adding exposed beams or wood paneling to enhance the cozy feel. Use this unique feature to your advantage when arranging furniture.
  • Cozy Bed Nook: Create a cozy and inviting bed nook by placing the bed against a wall with a sloping ceiling. Opt for a low-profile bed frame or a mattress directly on the floor to maximize space. Add soft bedding, plush pillows, and cozy blankets to create a comfortable and inviting sleeping area.
  • Functional Built-in Storage: Make use of the room in attic truss space by incorporating built-in storage solutions. Install shelves or cabinets along the walls to maximize storage while keeping the room clutter-free. Consider utilizing under-bed storage or built-in drawers to optimize space.
  • Skylights and Windows: Take advantage of natural light by installing skylights or windows in the attic truss. This will not only bring in natural light but also provide a view of the surrounding landscape. Use curtains or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through while maintaining privacy.
  • Reading Nook: Create a cozy reading nook in a corner or alcove of the attic truss. Place a comfortable armchair or a window seat with cushions and a small side table. Add a floor lamp or a wall-mounted reading light for adequate lighting.
  • Warm Lighting: Create a warm and intimate ambiance with soft lighting. Use table lamps, floor lamps, or string lights to add a cozy glow to the bedroom. Consider installing dimmer switches to adjust the lighting according to your mood and needs.
  • Neutral Color Palette: Opt for a neutral color palette to create a calm and serene atmosphere. Choose soft hues like whites, creams, grays, or pastels to enhance the cozy feel of the space. Add pops of color through accessories like pillows, rugs, or artwork to the room in attic truss.
  • Cozy Seating Area: If space allows, create a small seating area in the attic truss bedroom. Place a comfortable sofa or a pair of armchairs with a coffee table or ottoman. This space can be used for relaxation, reading, or enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • Decorative Accents: Personalize the room in attic truss and enhance the cozy atmosphere by adding decorative accents. Hang artwork on the walls, display decorative items on shelves, or add plants for a touch of greenery. Incorporate elements that reflect your personal style and create a warm and inviting ambiance.
  • Privacy Solutions: If privacy is a concern in an attic truss bedroom, consider installing curtains or blinds on windows or using room dividers to create separate areas within the space. This can help create a sense of privacy and separation while maintaining the open and airy feel of the attic truss.

The key to designing an attic truss bedroom is to embrace the unique architectural features of the space and create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Utilize the sloping ceilings, maximize natural light, incorporate functional storage, and personalize the space with your own style.

Room in Attic Trush decorated with quaint vintage charm.

Quaint Attic Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Attic Truss Beds

To begin decorating our rooms in the attic truss, we first assembled two full-size pine beds and added an antique dresser and chair that my parents had left to us. That is one bed in each of the two bedrooms. We were just starting out at this time.

Room in Attic Truss empty with one bed headboard
Coastal Cottage Bedroom vintage style

You may also enjoy many of these 18+ more vintage bedroom decorating ideas from our home here in Maine.

Attic Bedroom Bedding

For easy yet charming bedding, I chose Beddy’s Bedding for our bedrooms in the attic truss. Learn more in the Best Zipper Bedding Glamping in the Attic post.

Beddy's White Bedding with iconic blue green zipper.

I changed the window valances out to one that my mother had made in a downstairs bedroom.

I gathered a few other antique finds from around the home to accentuate the dresser and the walls.

I quickly went to the local thrift shop and found two large blue and white check pillows for .50 cents each. I knew then that blue was going to be this room’s color of choice.

This bedroom in the attic truss was now ready for what I call the poof! A quick trip to the HomeGoods stores where I found bed skirts, pillows, pillowcases, throw rugs, and more to make this bedroom feel cozy and inviting.

room in attic truss with bedding and accessories.

I found a few throw rugs at HomeGoods, too, that looked antique, with their vintage blue paisley pattern on the attic truss bedroom and authentic wood flooring.

Coastal Maine Antique Guest Bedroom

If you are looking for more inspiration for vintage bedroom decor, you may also enjoy this 12 Cottage Vintage Guest Bedroom Ideas To Inspire post.

Room in attic truss with vintage decor for a bedroom setting.

It’s now been about five years since we started decorating this room in attic truss, and our plan now is to add wallpaper to the bottom portions of these bedroom walls.

There will be a coastal vintage theme to it, so stay tuned for more coming this summer!

You may also enjoy this Repurposed Oak Dresser with Mirror Quaint in the Attic post, in which I replaced this antique dresser with a new one with a mirror.

Repurposed Oak Dresser with Mirror Quaint in the Attic truss.

Enjoy more bedding ideas in the 10+ Best Coastal Bedding Ideas For Your Beach House post.

Bedroom in attic truss with vintage details.

See this room today in the Spring 2024 edition of Country Sampler Magazine.

Here is the second room in the attic truss, which is smaller but has the same design layout.

Room in attic truss, bedroom with vintage details

Luggage racks are such a convenience when you are a guest.  I purchased this one online. However, I think I will paint it and add some vintage-inspired ribbon to make it look antique for this attic bedroom

Coastal Maine Antique Guest Bedroom

Rooms in attic trusses are like glamping at home. Children love snuggling in these unique bedroom styles, and so do we!

You may love the Cottage Core Inspired by 3 Days Glamping in the Adirondacks post, too.

Cottage Core Inspired by 3 Days Glamping in the Adirondacks

The key to designing a vintage-themed bedroom in an attic truss space is to incorporate antique or vintage-inspired furniture, soft color palettes, delicate details, and vintage accessories. Embrace the charm and nostalgia of vintage style to create a cozy and romantic vintage haven.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. This is so beautiful!! I would really really love to know what your wall color is. It’s such a cozy Creamy paint color! Just what I’m hoping for in my home.

    1. Thank you Chandra, we were trying to match a 25 year old white colored wall, which was downstairs in the house, so it was formulated to match that white, it’s not a particular color white if that makes sense… Similar though to Alabaster or Acadia white.

  2. Brenda Merchent says:

    I actually want to come and stay in that room. It looks so sweet, comfortable and inviting. I love it. New to your blog but now following. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much Brenda. There’s just something about an attic bedroom. Don’t you think🤗