Attic Storage Space

One of the biggest concerns people have when getting started with their food storage is “Where do I store all of this food???”. A while back we posed this question to our readers and we got some fabulous results which we compiled into the Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout.

My husband (the handyman who helped us make our first rotating can racks) has come up with a fabulous new storage solution for our house. He was working as an airline pilot for a while and was based in Houston, Texas — the land of no basements. The apartment that he lived in during his “on days” made use of their ATTIC for storage space. Ever since he stayed in that apartment he dreamed of converting our attic into a functional storage area.

After a long time of deliberating, several Home Depot trips, and a gaping hole cut into the bedroom ceiling … we finally got a solution that works!


The magical ladder (pre-install)
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Ladder installed, so cool!
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The kids loved helping!
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Beautiful new storage space!
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While it doesn’t necessarily work to store food (due to extreme heat and cold) … it’s a fabulous way to store everything else thus making room for more food in the other areas of our home. Isn’t my husband the greatest? And the best part about having the attic stairway is that I can actually climb up there myself and access our storage!


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  • Farron

    Most do need major renovation. Most trusses and rafters are not designed to support a roof and large amounts of storage. Good luck

  • Farron

    Most do need major renovation. Most trusses and rafters are not designed to support a roof and large amounts of storage. Good luck

  • Anonymous

    Having suffered this particular problem, go back through your Christmas storage bins and make sure you pulled all the Christmas candles out. We had unheated/uncooled attic space off a bonus room in Ft. Wayne IN many years ago. We put all the Christmas decorations in that space in January and by the next December all the cute shaped Christmas candles had melted into interesting deformed shapes. Just a word to the wise if you have Christmas candles as a part of your decorations. πŸ™‚

  • margaeli

    Having suffered this particular problem, go back through your Christmas storage bins and make sure you pulled all the Christmas candles out. We had unheated/uncooled attic space off a bonus room in Ft. Wayne IN many years ago. We put all the Christmas decorations in that space in January and by the next December all the cute shaped Christmas candles had melted into interesting deformed shapes. Just a word to the wise if you have Christmas candles as a part of your decorations. πŸ™‚

  • My hubby had to lay all of that plywood and he also nailed boards across it so we could stack things in tiers. It was a lot of work but he was determined πŸ™‚ I am grateful to have all of our bins of baby clothes, Christmas decorations, and keepsakes out of my hair!

  • Lisa

    Our “attic space” would needs lots of renovating in order to be used πŸ™ You are blessed

    • My hubby had to lay all of that plywood and he also nailed boards across it so we could stack things in tiers. It was a lot of work but he was determined πŸ™‚ I am grateful to have all of our bins of baby clothes, Christmas decorations, and keepsakes out of my hair!

      • Wendy

        Watch for elastic in baby clothes and kids’ hand-me-downs. I lost a lot of clothes by putting them in hot attic space, in my eagerness to get them out of the way. You can always replace elastic, but it is a hassle. Synthetics can change colors too.

        • I have noticed some of my boys clothes waste bands being looser. I thought
          it was just because they are getting old. Could be the heat of the attic.
          Dang.

    • Farron

      Most do need major renovation. Most trusses and rafters are not designed to support a roof and large amounts of storage. Good luck

  • Lisa

    Our “attic space” would needs lots of renovating in order to be used πŸ™ You are blessed

  • We did that too! Our attic is now full of Christmas boxes and anything I think we'll use once a year πŸ™‚ Other boxes are outside in the shed full of rotating toys, or things I need more often πŸ™‚ Closets are not for clothes in our house…they are for food storage πŸ™‚

  • We did that too! Our attic is now full of Christmas boxes and anything I think we'll use once a year πŸ™‚ Other boxes are outside in the shed full of rotating toys, or things I need more often πŸ™‚ Closets are not for clothes in our house…they are for food storage πŸ™‚

  • He's a very handy handsome hubby. Don't climb up that in your condition though.

  • He's a very handy handsome hubby. Don't climb up that in your condition though.