If you run out of room in your home and you need more storage space, look up for the solution. The attic is the logical place to store seasonal and other occasionally used items. Carefully measure your attic space to see how much room you have. Don’t forget to include stairs for easy access, adequate lighting and ventilation. Get creative, and you’ll have an enormous amount of storage, even in tight corners under the eaves.
Attic Stairs and Flooring
Place the attic stairs in a location that is convenient and easy to access. If you have pull-down stairs, the floor beneath them should be free from walls, furniture or other obstacles. In order to have the optimum amount of storage in your attic, you’ll need to add flooring. You may use plywood or other flooring systems designed specifically for attic use. Whatever you choose needs to be able to hold the weight of the items you intend to store, so select something durable and sturdy.
Shelves can be built into a variety of different configurations in your attic. Use plywood, laminated particle board, metal or plastic.
Odd Shaped or Sloping Areas
Look at areas in the attic that have odd dimensions or where the sloping roof creates a small, empty area. These are ideal places to store small boxes of toys. Use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes that may invite rodents.
Unfinished Attic Wall Areas
If you have sections of unfinished wall areas in your attic, use the space between the studs for shelving or hanging rods. This is good for storing clothing that are out of season or other items that aren’t used often.
After flooring the area of the attic you will need for storage, you may have enough room to add a walk-in closet. You may want to line it with cedar to provide additional protection for clothing and other fabric items.
You may want to add some hooks for hanging items that aren’t in constant use. This will work for gardening tools, bicycles and other sporting equipment.
Add Another Story
Some attics have enough space and height to add another story to your home. You’ll need to get a building permit to do this, which will require periodic safety inspections. In addition to increasing your livable space, you’ll have areas that are ideal for wall-to-wall storage where the roof slants. This is perfect for storing games, crafts, out of season clothing and linens.
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