What do you have in your attic?  Probably holiday decorations, old clothes and miscellaneous treasures too dear to give away or that you have forgotten about.  In any case most of us use our attics for storage.  So what are the best Attic Storage ideas? 

  • Putting in flooring of some type either plywood or some other type of flooring is usually quick and easy to do and adds a lot of storage space.

  • If you dont have one – put in a better quality pull down stair case into the attic.  It makes access much easier and safer.
  • Lighting.  These days with the LED battery operated lights that give off as much light as a wired 110v system so save yourself a lot of installation effort and money and just use the LED battery operated lights.  You get the extra bonus of safety – regular home wiring can generate heat and sparks and ultimately fires while battery operated LED lights wont.
  • Since we are talking about safety – install a smoke detector high in the attic.  Fires that start in the attic have to burn a while before the smoke is detected in the lower stories usually after a lot of damage is done.  Adding a smoke detector can prevent damage if a fire does occur.
  • If you are ambitious putting up walls with drywall will make the space much more useable but this can cost hundreds of dollars if you do it yourself and maybe $1000+ if you hire someone.
  • If you get elaborate with your improvement projects take a minute to check with the city or county where your home is located about the need for a permit.
  • If you dont put up walls – putting up thick while plastic walls can brighten up the space and cut down on the dust.  Just make sure to leave some space above and below the plastic sheets for air movement.  Ventilation is critical to keep you attic cool and dry.
  • Speaking of ventilation – when you use your attic for storage be careful not to block the flow of air from the eaves to the ridge top.
  • The best storage containers are the large plastic bins with lids that are near air tight.  There tough, stack easily and are pretty good at keeping dust and, hopefully they never will have to, water out.  The giant heavy duty zip lock bags are great for pillows, comforters, etc.  These too are tough and hold up pretty well to multiple uses.
  • If you want to upgrade your plain attic to a very nice closet or even a bedroom get an instant cost estimate with our free to use attic finishing cost calculator.