Attic Storage Ideas - Wall Shelving

Looking down the length of a long, empty, unfinished attic.

If storage is a problem in your household, the attic could be the place to look. You don't just want to throw all your stuff up there, though; you need a system. Attic architecture varies in terms of the space available and the pitch of the roof, offering many interesting options for wall storage.

Examine Space Available

One of the first steps is to measure the space available so as to be able to calculate how to best go about it. The walls may vary in length and layout, especially in attics. There may be sloping areas, gable walls, and places where the roof is slightly lower.

Decide on the Material

You need to decide what type of material to use for your shelves. Several options are available: wood (including plywood), metal, and plastic. Consider how much you wish to spend, whether you are going to build the shelves yourself, or have them made by a carpenter.

To maximize storage availability, it is best to avoid buying ready-made shelves, since they would be of fixed dimensions and most likely waste part of the available wall space.

Consider What You Will Be Storing

Give some thought to what you will be storing away on these shelves. This will allow you to make some adjustments from the start. Deciding how far apart to put the shelves is an example.

Oddly-Shaped Walls

In attics, some walls are not regularly shaped due to sloping areas. These triangular-shaped walls are referred to as a gable walls. Such spaces are not to be underestimated: you can still use them for storage. Simply customize your shelves according to the dimensions and shapes of these spaces.

Type of Shelves and Their Layout

There is the option to purchase shelf units that can then be assembled later. Still, if you make them yourself or ask a carpenter for help, you will ultimately use space better.

A couple additional options are to fix hooks to walls or install shelves suspended from the rafters. Wall storage is also convenient because it helps to maximize storage space. It keeps your floor space free for easy entry and movement or, ultimately, more storage.