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Innovative Attic Storage Ideas for Your Home

An attic space can add a significant amount of storage capacity to your home, provided you make the best possible use of it. For some people, the temptation is to put all kinds of odds and ends into cardboard boxes, put them in their loft and never think about them again, but this comes with a number of problems. It can make it difficult to find things you need and, if your attic storage space becomes messy and disorganised, you can feel discouraged from using it, which brings you back to the original problem.

If this is you, you’re in luck! Here, the team of storage experts at Clever Closet presents a series of innovative ideas and attic storage solutions that can help you to make the most of whatever space you have available. These suggestions encompass organisation, structure, efficiency and accessibility, meaning that whatever specific challenges you are facing, there should be something here to benefit you.

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Clear storage bins

Using storage bins is a great way to maximise your storage capacity and ensure that access to your belongings remains convenient. Many clear storage bins are stackable, allowing you to occupy more of the space without making a disorganised pile. This is especially suitable for items that are being stored for the long term. If you label your storage containers – or simply arrange the items so that you can quickly see what is inside – you will be able to find the things you need, and can keep items with a similar function or purpose together.

If you are storing items that pose a risk of creating a mess – for example, cables that can become tangled, or loose items that are at risk of scattering – you might choose to keep these in a smaller container inside the larger one. The wide availability of these containers on the market means that you can find them in a useful range of sizes, which enables you to stack them inside each other for maximum organisation. Of course, whether or not this is necessary depends on what you want to store and how likely you are to stick to a system. Being realistic, addressing the specific challenges you are facing and acknowledging your own shortcomings when it comes to organisation are great ways to make sure you find the perfect solution.

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Add shelves

A simple way to free up space is to build your own shelving in your attic. These can be fairly simple, especially for an unfinished attic space where the focus is on practical function rather than creating something that’s aesthetically pleasing.

If one shelf is not enough, consider how you might position shelves to take full advantage of the space – for example, if your attic has trusses, you could install open shelving between them. You need to make sure that your attic’s trusses can accommodate this before you build shelves into them, and refrain from putting heavy items onto these shelves once they are installed.

Hooks and rails

This can be a useful alternative to built-in shelves, or be used in addition to make even better use of the attic space. The shape of an attic often makes it difficult to install furniture, due to the restrictions imposed by the sloping eaves. However, you can take advantage of the available height by mounting hooks and rails from which you can hang your belongings. An unfinished attic will gather dust so, depending on the items you intend to store, you might consider packing them into protective bags. This can also allow you to store things that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to hang up, and keep valuable floor space free for larger items.

Built-in storage space

Built-in storage solutions are one of the best ways to maximise space and maintain high levels of organisation. These units can be installed under the eaves of the loft or at the gable end and, in either case, they can create an organised storage system in a space that is otherwise not practical to use. By structuring the space as a series of drawers, you can stay organised while also making the maximum possible use of the extra storage capacity.

This also adds an extra layer of protection – it is important to consider temperature and humidity before you make any decisions or begin any work in your loft. An unfinished attic may not be suitable for belongings that are vulnerable to moisture damage, for example, but by installing an attic storage solution you will be able to better protect your possessions.
To some people, this sounds like a prohibitively expensive option, but this is no longer the case. The customisable storage units from Clever Closet can be made to fit into almost any space, and are much more cost-effective than bespoke solutions. This makes them a perfect way to fully use the awkward space under your eaves or at the gable end of your attic.

If you want to upgrade your attic storage space with a built-in storage solution, get in touch with the team at Clever Closet today. Call us on 0800 031 8040, or use our online enquiry form to contact us today and start discussing the perfect solution for your home.

 

Upgrade Your Home with Loft Conversion Eaves Storage

There are several reasons why you might want to upgrade your home with a loft conversion and turn your unused loft space into an attic room, bedroom or living area. It will create more space for you to use and enjoy, which can accommodate a growing family, allow you to host guests and visitors more easily, and can increase the value of your property significantly.

However, it is important not to forget the value of storage. If you already use your attic space for storage, converting it will reduce your storage capacity, and it is important to account for this when planning. Even if you do not, adding a bedroom to your home without adding any extra storage capacity can make it difficult to use the space for the purposes you intend.

Thankfully, there are several types of built-in loft storage ideas and options that can help you to make the best use of the space without compromising on your storage needs. Here, the experts at Clever Closet explain how a loft conversion can upgrade your home, and discuss some of the options that can allow you to add storage capacity into a new loft bedroom, so that you can make the best possible use of the space you have available.

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How can adding a loft room upgrade your home?

A loft conversion can be a great way to overhaul your home and add some much-needed space. In fact, adding space is one of the most common reasons why people decide to undertake a loft conversion. Whether your family is growing, you want a dedicated home office that you can use for remote work, you have taken up a new hobby to which you want to dedicate the space, or you are trying to accommodate any other lifestyle changes, a loft conversion may be the most innovative solution.

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Enhance the value of your property

It could also allow you to create a guest room for visitors, or to sublet to a lodger or holidaymakers to make some extra cash. If you are motivated by money, it is also important to consider the fact that loft conversions can significantly enhance the value of your property. By creating an extra bedroom, you can give your home a quick boost – but as property values rise over time, you can also view your upgrade as an investment that will pay for itself many times over when you finally decide to move.

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Striking a balance

Of course, it is essential to consider the practical aspects of converting an attic space. You may need planning permission, and the attic itself may have structural challenges you need to overcome, or insulation to take into account. Another practicality is the need for storage space – however you intend to use your new room, you will need to strike a balance between living space and storage options.

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What are the benefits of under-eaves storage space?

There can be significant challenges in creating storage space in a converted attic room, due to the structural considerations we mentioned above, and the practical reality of a sloped ceiling. Wardrobes, cupboards and other storage units cannot fit comfortably under the eaves, which can leave you with wasted space, and force you to compromise with the design of the room, or the storage capacity you can utilise.

A purpose-built under-eaves storage space from Clever Closet is the perfect way to add storage capacity and free up room. Our under-eaves units take advantage of the otherwise-unused triangular space under the eaves and create an organised system of drawers and cupboards that gives you more flexibility in how you store your possessions.

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Avoid wasting space

One of the key benefits of adding extra storage space beneath the eaves when you install a loft conversion is that you can avoid wasting this space – in most loft conversions, the space under the eaves is impractical to use because of its shape and size.

Sloping ceilings create a triangular shape that is not convenient for typical furniture, and the space under the eaves becomes dead space that is usually hidden behind the walls of a loft conversion. However, by installing a built-in storage solution, you can turn this into a practical space instead, creating extra storage capacity that will allow you more flexibility in how you occupy your attic space.

By occupying the unused spaces in your attic room, these built-in storage solutions allow you to enjoy more of the available space, and give you the freedom to pursue the interior design philosophy that will best suit your ambitions.

If you relied on loft storage before you converted the space, installing under-eaves cupboards or drawers can also help you to find a new home for all the possessions you can no longer accommodate. This can prevent the need for you to hire a storage locker for your long-term storage needs, and ensure that your belongings remain easily accessible, but tidily out of sight.

Learn More

To learn more about our under-eaves storage solutions, read about our loft storage units or get in touch with our team today. Call us on 0800 031 8040, or use our contact form to send us a question and we’ll answer as soon as possible.