How to Maximize Attic Storage

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Attics can be a great extra storage space. However, a cluttered, disorganized space won't make the best use of this area. Maximizing your attic space can give you the storage solutions that you need, while keeping everything available and safe.

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    Size up the attic space that you have. You'll need to work around many of the existing elements of the attic in maximizing your space. For example, the immediate joists and roof supports can't be cut so you'll need to work around them. In addition, the space between the floor joists and the size of them can influence how much weight the attic can hold if not reinforced.

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    Hang rods for clothing or hanging shelves in the center of the attic. Depending on the roof pitch, you may not be able to put in high shelves. By installing rods and hanging shelving units, you'll get extra storage in the space. Hanging fabric shelving that zips up can keep dust out but let you see what's inside.

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    Put in a knee wall under the eaves and install shelving. This space will often go unused otherwise and the shelving makes the storage neater and more organized. You can build in shelves or install metal shelving. Make sure to nail shelving in to prevent the shelves from toppling over from uneven loads.

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    Use pull-out storage solutions for the space between unfinished trusses. These systems offer a platform that you can pull out from between the trusses. This is especially useful for areas with low head room. You'll be able to store things in these areas without having to actually crawl into the area to get what you need.

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    Place items in clear boxes and containers whenever possible. Airtight containers can help protect books, papers and fabrics. Remember that stacking heavy items on top of furniture can damage it so use shelving and floor space for these items.

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