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Question DetailsAsked on 2/18/2017

How can I make more practical storage space in my house? No attic space. Still have things that won't fit in attic.

Attic space limited due to the way it was built. Need more storage space for sum bins that I have. Any ideas?

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1) If you have some floor space, rolling (or if bins are at all heavy put on provided feet instead) metal racks - our family uses these following (come in several sizes and even a bit cheaper at Costco -

2) Build an elevated storage unit or shelves under the bed - elevating the mattresses a bit maybe to fit (or a lot for 2-decks of bins) - because that is pretty much wasted floor space in most houses. Ditto to raising a couch or futon up on a wood deck - though makes for a high couch.

3) Ditto - build a window seat with cushion, storage shelves below (make enough space for two bins high)

4) Depending on what is in them - if not mildew prone tape shut and put in crawlspace if dry in there

5) Depending on space above garage door opening, run a piece of 2x2 (2x4 if heavily loaded tubs) fastened to the beam as a ledger board, plywood part width sheet (say 18-24-30 inches deep depending on bin size) nailed across top of it, front edge of plywood held up with 2x2 or 2x4 under it with eye bolts every 2 feet or so, chain supports to eye bolts in garage ceiling rafters. Many garages have 1-high room for storage tubs over garage door (make sure door clears as it opens), some 2 or 3 high. you can also do this same thing near top of any wall - just be sure to leave room for tub, a bit of tilting space so it does not drap on the ceiling, and the plywood (usually 1/2" thick CDX will do) on top of the ledger board.

6) Build cheap portable storage closet with 1/4" (5.5mm or 6mm usually) luan plywood and 2x2's, to conceal stacked tubs inside

7) Build heavier duty shelves across end of closets above the coat rod (leave just enough room under the shelf for hangers to be lifted off) - with no upper level shelf in middle to provide clearance to pull tubs off the end shelves and down in front of the clothes (with door open, of course)

8) Put in bottom of closet, with shoes directly on top of them or an elevated 1/2" plywood or 1x material shelf above the tubs for the shoes - maybe at only one end of closet if you have some long-hanging clothes like dresses. Commonly room for at least one row of tubs if only suits and shirts and skirts, assuming pants are doubled over a pant hanger type clothes hanger.

9) For infrequently used ones, stack in two or two double-width stacks with some lamninate countertop over the top as a desk - with the tubs replacing the usual desk drawers on each side.

10) bunk beds (of 2x4's for uprights and 2x4 frame around 1/2" plywood for bed frame bases if tubs are pretty heavily loaded) with upper bunk for the storage

11) Depending on local zoning provisions, many times you can knock out a double doorway opening in outer wall (with appropriate header and such) and put in a bump-out closet or two cantilevered off the side of the house. Ditto to putting a tight insulated closet or shed on the back deck, connecting through to the house so it becomes part of the conditioned space.

12) build a heated, ventilated outdoor storage building - basically a detached one-car garage in many cases, for general storage of items not too susceptible to heat or humidity issues.

13) do what millions do - rent a storage locker (presumably heated/air conditioned, otherwise you might just as well put in a backyard storage building.

14) stack and drape with decorative fabric, and use as base for a wood or glass or whatever living room coffee table - though you will be tight on footroom underneath

Bear in mind on the attic thing - unless you are in a perennially nice climate (not at all hot in summer, not cold in winter) an attic space which is NOT connected to and part of the "conditioned space" is not a great place for most items - damp in winter, up to 140-160 degrees in the summer.

Ditto to outdoor yard storage buildings - some of the Rubbermaid type come awfully cheap at box stores, but of course not heated, can be moist (especially if sitting directly on ground or exposed to blowing snow), and not insect proof.

Note also on outdoor storage - even if fully taped tight, in hot weather many things will age fast, and many will stink up the tihings around them - even if plastic bagged individually. In cold weather plastic bags and the tubs will trap the air in there, commonly causing condensation and mildew as the container cools below the dewpoint, so outdoor storage is not recommended for most types of items that are not outdoors furniture and such anyway.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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