Ways to Maximize Alhambra-Valley Attic Storage SpaceFor many homeowners, their attics are a place that’s visited a couple to a few times a year. For others, it could be a space they enter far more often because of what’s being stored inside it. For still others, it could serve as an office space, a playroom, or an entertainment space.
A home’s style and vintage often dictate to what extent an attic can be used for attic storage. Victorians and pre-1970′s Colonials offer the best third-story space due to the steeper pitch of their roofs. Newer two-story homes, ranches, and raised ranches have the least amount of attic storage space, mostly because the engineered roof trusses used in new construction greatly compromise roof pitch. —Bob VilaSince attics are not typically designed to be livable space, they are not properly insulated, and, are one of the entry points and living spaces for pests. This gives it all the more reason to get it whipped into shape and able to make it into a functional storage area. Here are some ways to maximize attic storage space:
- Clear out the attic and start with a blank slate. A good place to start with any project is at the beginning. That’s not meant to be insulting or even chuckle inducing, but it’s very true. So, start by clearing out what’s in your attic and sorting it out to get better organized.
- Reroute the air conditioner ducts. If it’s possible, you ought to reroute the air conditioner ducts. You might opt to replace them and install new insulation to improve energy efficiency while also getting a bit more space to store items.
- Install vertical storage shelving. When we think about storage, we generally think about size in terms of depth and width. However, there’s another component, which is height, meaning that you ought to think vertically, if your attic has the room. Shelving is a great way to store stuff and in an organized way.
- Group like and related items into boxes. As you are putting things in your attic, be sure to group like items and always leave a path to navigate for easier retrieval when you need things.