Need help? you can watch our simple step by step installation video, or you can download our comprehensive StoreFloor Compact installation guide. (Note for Sara/DTQ, need new links to new video and installation booklet)
If you are looking for the instructions for our regular (taller) StoreFloor, then please see this page.
You only need clear a small area, by placing items already in the loft to one side. There’s no need to remove items from the loft altogether, as you can build the deck in stages and put items back on to an area you’ve completed. Insulate between the joists if it’s not already been done, but temporarily roll back any insulation that sits over the joists (this will be put back later). Make sure you have all your tools ready – you only need a tape measure, an electric drill and the screws that are supplied with the StoreFloor kits.
Align the Compact-Supports along the joists, avoiding obstacles and spacing them 610mm apart. Screw the supports into the joists through the two pre-drilled holes.
Slide the galvanised steel Cross-Beams on to the supports and secure them through the pre-drilled holes and slots. The sliding nature of the Cross-Beams gives you adjustment in case your joists are unevenly-spaced apart. There is no need for the Cross-Beams to meet exactly in the middle.
If you’re going to lay StoreFloor close to the edge of your loft space, then you may not have enough room to slide on the final Cross-Beam. In this case, just assemble the final set of Cross-Beams on to the Compact-Supports (without screwing anything in just yet) before placing the latter on to the joists, then lift them all up as one sub-assembly into place.
As well as supporting the end of each Cross-Beam, the Compact-Supports can also be used to support the centre of a Cross-Beam, to stiffen up the deck. In this case, to save time and minimise the number of screws, rotate the Compact-Support so that it rests on its other base and you are using it as a vertical leg, as shown in the photos.
Screw the Compact-Support into the joist through any one of the two pre-drilled holes in its base, and then use another screw through the slit in the top of the Cross-Beam and into the hole in the support below. In our standard kits, we supply one extra Compact-Support to use like this under every second Cross-Beam. You can space them out evenly or concentrate them in areas of highest footfall or loading.
You can also use the Compact-Support in this orientation at the end of a Cross-Beam if you are near a wall or hatch and tight for space.
For more information on using Compact-Supports see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Roll the top-up insulation between the Cross-Beams, making sure it fits snugly around the supports. Insulation rolls come in different widths, if yours are narrower than the gaps between the rows of Cross-Beams, then lay one roll right up next to the previous one, so there are no gaps along the edges, and tear small slits where the supports are, to allow the rolls to be positioned around the supports and hence to meet. The insulation springs back along the tear, so there are no gaps.
Secure the deck by screwing loft boards into the top of the Cross-Beams. The screws self-tap into the metal; there is no need to align the screws with the slots in the top of the Cross-Beams. You don’t need to stagger the boards; the deck is strong enough with them just laid next to each other.