The attic is the uppermost part of your home; it can be a large over-the-garage loft or a crawl space between your roof’s rafters. Not all attics are appropriate for storage, but if the attic space is easily accessible, it can be a valuable asset. Getting around your attic can be hard, making effective organization even harder. To minimize the difficulty, follow the attic organization tips below.
- Assess the space you have. If you’re thinking of converting your attic into a livable room or using it as a self-storage space you need to find out if the area can hold the items (you may need to call in a professional). Getting into your attic can be hard because of the sloping ceilings and walls, and an organizational pro can give you tips on maximizing your space.
- Make sure your attic floor can hold the items you need to store. Depending on your floor’s construction, it may be able to handle heavy storage. It may need only slight reinforcement, or it may require the installation of a complete flooring support system. Again, a professional can evaluate the structure of your attic floor, and make recommendations for safe storage.
- Make necessary repairs and adaptations. Before you store, look for signs of wall and roof leaks, birds’ nests, and signs of rodent infestation such as chewed wiring and droppings.
- Install rods, hooks and shelving for additional wall storage. An unfinished attic is by definition completely exposed, so there should be a lot of places to install fixtures.
- Add shelving between rafters and around gables. You’ll need custom shelving here due to the angle of your roof. The things you put in your attic will likely get pushed toward the back, and you won’t be able to stack them very high. Shelving will create separate areas where you can easily access and view the contents of boxes.
- Use clear plastic bins for storage. With cardboard you can’t see what’s inside without opening the box, and paper containers attract mice and rats.
- Use the attic’s sloping ceiling and walls for additional storage. If you’re turning your attic into a bedroom or playroom, the space against the wall can be used for a seating or bed nook, and you can build a drawer under the frame of the seat or bed to store toys, clothing and other items.
- Consider using an unfinished attic for extra closet space. If your attic is smaller but easily accessible, it’s the perfect way to add more closets to your home.
- Think carefully on what you store up there. Attic storage has its uses, but the dramatic swing in humidity and temperature can damage some items. If you’re storing holiday stuff, take out any candles and store them somewhere more climate-controlled. Antiques, books, paintings, photos and other paper articles can also be ruined if stored in an attic, and plastic things like toys can also be damaged.
From Amy Fowler on behalf of Bingham Self Storage, experts in storage Nottingham.