It can be difficult to know what to do with an empty space, most people think attics are just for storing your suitcases and Christmas decorations – but with the right ideas, you can convert it into attic storage solution.
Maintaining an organised attic can make your life so much easier and will save you time trying to retrieve items. According to research conducted in 2012, there are 23.3 million attics in the UK. That’s a lot of wasted space if it’s not being used properly and in a way that suits your lifestyle. Of course, LoftZone has got a few ideas on how to create productive and helpful storage solution.
1. Transparent Storage Boxes
One of the most important things to remember is to make sure that the items in your attic are stored away safely.
Investing in some clear plastic boxes will allow you to see its contents. They are easy to label and can be stacked quickly and easily, (do not stack above head height as it can become a hazard). They provide more protection than cardboard boxes and are often air tight. This means that any delicate, precious or sentimental items that are in the attic – or clogging up the downstairs – can be moved into the attic without worry.
Organising your boxes by labelling them is a clever way to identify all your storage, for example, writing things like ‘Christmas Décor’ and ‘Photo Albums’ is a great way to know exactly what you’ve stored. It’ll help you prioritise everything in the attic and save you hours of digging out old boxes.
2. Truss shelves
Are your attic trusses V or W shaped? If they are, you can make use of your attic space by inserting a shelf in between the trusses and placing your storage boxes on top to create a lightweight, strong, and simple truss shelf.
If your attic has trussed roofs, (the structural framework of timbers supporting the roof), they can hold shelving to make a platform. You can use this in conjunction with your clear storage boxes, but they can also support other items or storage solutions to make your attic more organised and decluttered. Installing these platforms will make all those awkward spaces disappear and just make the space generally more functional.
Angled walls and smaller areas can be tricky to manoeuvre around, so installing some shelves around the attic is a great idea to utilise the room without having to move or remove any of the joists. Don’t let any space go to waste!
3. Hanging Rods
Hanging a few rails or rods between your trusses is a wonderful and versatile asset to store in your attic. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can hang your old and seasonal clothing from them; it’s an ideal attic storage solution to create more room in your wardrobe.
Ever wondered why your attic is damp? It’s important to protect your clothing from any dust particles, damp, and mould, just in case your attic isn’t insulated properly. So, why not put all your clothing in plastic protectors, or vacuumed bags so that they are accessible and concealed safely.
If you prefer your clothing to stay in your wardrobes or you need it to be accessible, then consider hanging some wires, Christmas decorations, or baskets from rails and rods. They will be completely secure, and you can adjust the bars to the way you want, making your attic more methodical and you can see everything in front of you without rummaging through endless containers.
4. Attic Boarding
You can store so many things in your attic, but you must be aware of what you store and how much you store.
Attic boarding is an effective way to create a larger storage space in your attic. The simplest way to do this is to raise your attic boards above the joists.
With the Loftzone StoreFloor, it can help you to create up to 50% more usable space and it’s been designed to install a new flooring over the full depth of your insulation. It can hold a massive 500kg per square metre due to its Tri- and Uni- Supports, which are made from a strong engineering-grade recycled plastic, making it stronger than typical attic joists.
5. A LoftZone Storage Solution
At LoftZone, we ensure that you can store your belongings in one fully functional attic space whilst protecting your insulation. Our team of attic experts are always happy to answer any questions or help you to make the most out of your attic space.
Our team of attic experts are always happy to answer any questions or help you to make the most out of your attic space. Give us a call on 617-765-7444 (7 am to midday, EST). Or drop us a message at [email protected].