If you are looking for a way to make the most out of your loft space, then this blog is for you. It’s easy to turn an unused, dusty, and boring floor into a fresh, new storage space. The best part about making the most out of your loft space is that it doesn’t require any major construction work other than introducing a few exciting features!
All it takes is some creativity.
You can choose how much space you want to use for your storage so that you can avoid converting your entire loft, but it could be an idea to invest in some stackable boxes which you can label to redistribute your storage easier.
Due to a loft being dusty and dirty, buying some closed containers with lids are a good find. It’s worth looking to see how much storage you have so that you can buy the right size and shaped boxes for all your items.
If you wanted to be more eco-friendly and add some of your own DIY skills in your loft, then perhaps make your own boxes out of some recyclable material. Creating your own bespoke storage to fit around your loft space can help you to get rid of those awkward gaps to make the most out of the space in your loft. Using every inch!
To make life easier, place all the things you use most often towards the loft hatch, and less used items further away, your loft will then be organised without the need to rummage about.
Boarding for Your Storage
It is useful to install some loft boarding to enable you to make the most out of your loft space in terms of storage. The more boarding you have, the more storage space you get.
Without placing any loft boards, the loft can only support the weight of the ceiling. It is important that you spread the weight evenly across the loft floor so that it is not all condensed into one space.
At LoftZone, we have designed our StoreFloor boarding system which is the strongest raised system available! LoftZone StoreFloor can hold up to an impressive 500kg per square meter due to its Tri- and Uni-Supports made from extremely strong engineering-grade recycled plastic, making it much stronger than the joists of a typical loft. That’s over 10X the amount that is recommended on a regular boarding structure!
It is important not to overload the joists as it will cause them to bend and snap through the plasterboards below. Remember – loft joists are intended to support the weight of the roof and ceiling, nothing else. So, if you are considering having more than 40kg then look at our StoreFloor boarding system.
Most people like to board their entire loft, but you don’t have to. Our StoreFloor is modular so you can start and then build more later when your storage requirements go up. We are flexible and we build to your preferences – so it’s always your choice.
Our StoreFloor is exactly what it sounds like: an area of storage right at your feet.
Loft Insulation Efficiency
Please remember, placing things on top of insulation (especially if it’s laid at 90 degrees across the joists) can squash it – leading to areas of the house being damp and poorly insulated. You can save a large sum of money if you invest in good insulation and our StoreFloor raises your loft floor above it so that this incident will never happen.
Take a look at one of our other blogs, ‘The Dos and Don’ts Of Boarding Over Loft Insulation’ to find out more.
Make It Your Own
All lofts are different, you know yours better than anyone. It’s your responsibility to load it sensibly without overloading the joists enough that they snap.
If you have any questions or are unsure where your property falls under our standards, contact us anytime! We are always happy to advise you. Give us a call on 01483 600 304, or drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.