How To Convert a Loft for Storage
Is your home filling up with boxes of accumulated possessions? Do you need somewhere to store all your festive decorations? Whatever the reason, many people look to their loft for storage. It’s one of the most common spaces included in almost every home design, but how do you convert it to use it for storage?
If you’re lucky, the property you’ve moved into might already have ample loft storage space, aided by boarding over the joists. However, if it hasn’t already been converted it won’t be of much use to you. So how do you actually go about converting it so that it’s ready for storage?
This month at Loft Storage Rooms, we’ll talk to you about the benefits of loft storage, the boarding required and the cost you can expect to be involved with the process.
Benefits of loft storage
Something we all want more of is space. But it’s hard to come by unless you’ve got a lot of money to spend on moving to a bigger property. That’s why many people start looking at converting their loft space, and there are so many benefits to this, including:
- Free up room in other areas of the home – A loft that has been converted for storage space will mean that things like suitcases, old toys, books and those Christmas decorations can be kept out of the way. This frees up more practical space in the rest of the home.
- Decluttering for your mental well-being – If you hate to let go of items but you feel like your life has become too cluttered, the loft storage space keeps things out of your way. Now you can breathe a little easier with the minimalist style in your home that you’ve always dreamed of.
- No need to move home – Think about the time, money and hassle you’ll save by simply utilising your loft as a place to store things, instead of always stretching to get a larger property.
- Your property will be worth more – When you do eventually decide to move, your home will be more attractive to buyers than a home where the loft isn’t in a position to be used as storage space. This in turn means the value of your property should increase.
Boarding your loft
The easiest way of creating storage space that you can readily use in your loft is by boarding over the joists. This will give you a platform that you can use to reach further into your loft space and it also allows you to put more of your things up there – including right into the eaves – without worrying about them falling through the ceiling below.
Boards in your loft can be laid by nailing or screwing them into the joists, but this could be tricky if you have a layer of insulation that sits above the joists. This is common in most homes and is designed as such to provide adequate thermal insulation for your property. Squashing your insulation to board the loft will render it less efficient and you could encounter problems with condensation and dampness. You can read more about this in our previous article on the topic.
This is why it’s so important to convert a loft into a storage room properly, using professionals if you’re unsure how to do it correctly.
How much does it cost to convert my loft for storage?
When it comes to cost, converting your loft for storage will vary due to how different our homes are. The smaller the loft, the cheaper you can expect it to be, since it will use fewer materials and take less time. However, there is the added consideration needed for other elements of this process, including whether you need to have raised boards, whether you have trickier areas in your loft to work around and whether you also want lighting in the space.
You can read more about the different considerations that come with converting your loft for storage in our previous article here. This will help you to focus on what you want to achieve, making it easier to get a quote for the cost.
Loft Storage Rooms in the UK
Here at Loft Storage Rooms, we carry out professional conversions, creating fantastic space that you can use for storage. We take care of all the different aspects, including loft boarding and installing your choice of loft ladders to make it easier to access the space when you’re decluttering or putting the decorations away. We can even create luxury loft storage spaces if you want a tailored design to suit the items you want to store.