Creating Attic Storage Space
An easy, inexpensive DIY for adding additional storage space to your attic.
How many of you out there are always in need of more space in your home to store things?
You know, that stuff that you either need or don’t want to get rid of, but you don’t want taking up space you actually use? Typically these are the things that end up being stored in your attic.
If you have a small attic, or maybe you don’t have a garage or a shed, you may need more storage space than your attic floor can provide.
Creating attic storage space not only gives you more storage room, it can also help with keeping things organized. And it can help keep things you may need on and off easier to find and access.
This is actually the very reason why we came up with the idea of adding additional storage in our attic. We just didn’t have any practical storage solutions for certain things, and they were starting to take over our living space.
This is a very simple, yet effective DIY for creating attic storage space that will not only provide more room, but also keep your attic floor uncluttered.
All you need for this project is just a few supplies:
- Circular saw – I used a 60v DeWalt FlexVolt
- Tape measure – used my handy dandy Fat Max Stanley
- Cordless drill – I used a 20v DeWalt
- 2 ft. level
- Chalk box (to mark plywood cuts)
- Brad gun and 18 gauge brads/finish nails (optional – you can also use screws or whatever your preferred fastening method is)
- Plywood – you will need to measure for your application. I used (8) 4 x 8 sheets of cheap 7/16 OSB (like $13 each from Home Depot/Lowe’s)
- Outdoor decking balusters, 2x2x3′ – I used these to break the plywood rips every 8′, but they can be spaced closer if you anticipate higher weight in your application
- Screws – I used #8 x 2 & 1/2 deck screws – these will be used to screw the balusters into the truss webbing for the rips to break on
The first thing that needed to be addressed was the lack of floor space to begin with.
I started by first cutting the plywood to fit on the attic floor wherever it wasn’t already present, and screwed each one into place.
Next I cut sheets lengthwise in half to make pieces that measured 2′ x 8′. I laid these in place between the truss webbing and leveled across to make them flat.
On each end I screwed a baluster into the truss webbing to support the breaks, and the truss webbing itself supports the rips everywhere else.
THIS METHOD FOR CREATING ATTIC STORAGE SPACE IS NOT FOR HIGH WEIGHT APPLICATIONS.
If you anticipate higher weight in your particular application, the balusters will need to be spaced 4 or 2 feet on center instead, depending on HOW MUCH weight you plan on seeing.
And that’s all there is to it. It’s that simple – now all you need to do is get organized and put your newfound storage space to good use!
It’s made a huge difference for us. We can actually walk around in our attic without tripping over things. And everything is nice and organized, making it easy to find what we’re looking for.
Check out our finished project picture gallery – These show the added flooring space, plywood shelves between trusses, and baluster placement –
The best part – we’ve got our living space back! It’s no longer overrun with the things we had no idea what we were going to do with.
Just in time too, it was starting to drive me a little up the wall…
A little tip – we decided to go with clear storage containers, which makes it super easy to see what’s inside each one. Now we don’t have to play, ‘musical tubs’ trying to find what we need.
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Check out my other post featuring more great storage and organization solutions for your home!
Working on your own attic storage space project? Let us know how your project goes, and share in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!