Transforming a Loft into a Bedroom on a Budget

Mike and Becky Nance’s bedroom, after it’s been converted from a loft
This bedroom once was a loft with no privacy for visiting grandkids. But what a difference some walls can make!

We’re taking on a lofty project as we help a family make their home fit their changing needs.

This home was built 20 years ago by Mike Nance, who at the time was single. A few years later, he married Becky.

There’s a lot to love about the couple’s two-story home, but since Mike’s marriage to Becky brought some grandchildren with it, they can think of a better use for the loft.

The three grandkids only visit once a year, but Mike and Becky want them to be comfortable.

Becky’s solution? Convert the loft into a bedroom — one that’s private when in use, but open when it’s not.

Our plan for Mike and Becky’s loft is to replace the railing with a wall — one with a cased opening in the middle at window height.

For privacy, we’ll add a pair of sliding shutters on the outside and a new door at the top of the stairs.

The Projects

Chelsea Lipford Wolf frames the walls
Chelsea helps frame the wall.

Frame wall

Before we can frame the walls, we have to take down the loft’s railing.

After doing that, we bring in scaffolding that will come in handy when we begin hanging drywall that will cover the frame we’re working on.

The frame includes space for an opening that will match the size of the nearest window.

Near the stairway, we frame an opening for the new bedroom door.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and Danny Lipford install drywall
Danny and Chelsea install drywall.

Install drywall

Whenever you work with drywall, you need to cover up all the furniture and rugs to prevent the spread of dust.

After protecting everything, we grab some SoundBreakXP drywall, which is made by National Gypsum. It’s designed to block noise from one area to another, so it’ll help keep the living room sounds out of the bedroom when the grandkids come to visit.

Once we get the drywall installed on one side of the wall, we can add mineral wool insulation between the studs, which also will help with the sound.

Then Becky helps cut a hole for the window out of the drywall with a reciprocating saw.


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