Shelf life: how to make your home’s loft (even more) useful as a storage space

by Koa Makai
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Right now, your home’s loft is probably somewhere you visit only rarely – for example, to fetch decorations for the Christmas tree or store out-of-season clothes for possibly offloading to a charity shop one day. Still, you might have overlooked many of the most exciting storage possibilities for your loft.

Here are several example methods of making this particular part of the home even more multifunctional as a storage space for a wide range of items.

Increase the amount of usable floor space in your loft

You might have often reminded yourself to watch your step when walking around your loft – especially if many parts of its insulation have been left exposed and thus more vulnerable to potential damage.

As TheGreenAge reports that approximately a quarter of heat generated by a home’s boiler escapes through the property’s roof, you probably shouldn’t remove any of that insulation. So, consider having a company like Instaloft install raised loft boarding above that insulation.

Use floating shelves to create a feature wall

If you have a fair few items to store but not enough to warrant an entire wall of shelving, you could alternatively install some floating shelves, like those pictured in this Homebuilding & Renovating article.

This type of shelving is best reserved for storing items that look good when left out in the open – think the likes of pictures, books and collectibles. For relatively drab-looking, practical items such as reams of paperwork, you should seek a more conventional storage solution.

Use transparent bins – and label them

Good Housekeeping points out an instance of a professional organiser stacking clear bins on plastic shelves, allowing her client to easily see what each of these transparent compartments contains. However, you could go even further than this, and label each bin with details of what is in it.

That way, when you are looking for something specific in your loft, the sight of these labels could enable you to quickly discern what each bin contains and so which of the bins you should prioritise inspecting.

Hang around to… hang up items when and where possible 

It’s not just in a clothes cupboard that you could hang up things – even if you opt to have a clothes cupboard in your loft as well as your bedroom. Imagine, for example, how you could install a tension rod from which Christmas wreaths could hang in your attic.

Another possibility is that of screwing hooks into the attic’s rafters so that baskets could be hung from them – and, of course, many different things could go into those baskets.

Use the spaces between your loft’s trusses

Naturally, these spaces might only be able to accommodate certain types of items – and relatively small ones at that.

However, you could still find these inter-truss spaces eminently useful for storing pieces that could otherwise have been left strewn across the remaining floor space. You could now save this for larger items – one good example being a Christmas tree – that would be inconvenient for you to have to keep taking apart.

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