Attic shelving ideas

Updated July 20, 2017

Storage space is often an issue, and considering the limited and awkwardly sloping spaces of many attics you may need to consider alternate strategies for installing shelving that maximises space and allows for maneuverability in tight quarters. Additionally, you need to consider special materials in the construction of your customised shelving.

Adjustable Shelving

A tutorial from points out "The disadvantage of non-adjustable shelving is that some stored objects may be too tall or short, thus wasting space on the shelving you construct." Attics need to be versatile, and adjustable shelving provides flexibility in future use. To construct adjustable shelves, you must build grooves into the shelf walls by either cutting slots into the wood or building ledges on top of the walls using segmented planks. You can then insert or remove individual shelves as you see fit. This style may not be as strong as permanent shelving so keep this in mind when you are filling the shelves.

Shelf Strategy

According to, a company that offers home building products for the attic, "The key to maximising attic storage is to use every imaginable corner, cubbyhole and pocket of space." The size of each family member is also important. If you are outfitting your attic to take in the collective accumulated products of your household, you need to consider different spaces for different people. The smaller, lower portions near sloping walls, for example, are great areas for building children's shelves, while the areas closer to the highest part of the roof should be reserved for the largest members of your family.

Track Shelving

Designing shelves for your attic space often means getting maximum use out of minimum space. This is where track shelving enters the game. According to, "Selecting a system that allows you to use movable shelf units on a track that is fixed at two points ensures that you can get ultimate versatility from your units." With track shelving, either built into the floor or into the ceiling you can easily manoeuvre your shelves from one space to another, allowing for easy clean up and relocation of shelves in the face of a more permanent fixture.

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