What to consider when planning loft storage
Your loft is the best option when it comes to loft storage, and it is one of the most underused areas in the home. It is one of the easiest spaces to convert into a storage space and over time can be incredibly cost-effective.
Converting your loft into a fully functional and practical storage space is a better alternative than a home extension as it doesn’t require planning permission if it is not going to be used as a habitable space.
Over time we accumulate a lot of personal possessions some of which we don’t have the heart to get rid of as it holds sentimental value. Therefore we tend to find space in cupboards, draws, garages and garden sheds.
These areas might be good for the smaller items but it’s not practical for the larger stuff. In this article, we look at what to consider when planning on loft storage.
What are you going to be storing?
Take some time to consider what it is you’re going to be storing in the loft. Are they possessions and keepsakes or items that you will need to access on a regular basis?
What about insulation
Loft insulation is important for several reasons one of which is that it stops major changes in temperature which can affect the condition and quality of what you’re planning to store in your loft. The other benefit is that proper insulation can help to reduce your energy bills as it will keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter.
Shelving and cupboards
Another consideration to make is whether you decide to store boxes in your loft or whether adding shelving and bespoke cupboards is the way to go. Shelving and cupboards are ideal if you plan to access your items more frequently but it also helps to keep boxes neat and tidy and out of sight.
Make sure there is light
The days of fumbling for a torch or using your phone are gone and you should ensure that any loft storage solution has adequate lighting. You could also think about installing Velux roof windows to add some natural light which can help with your energy costs.
Avoid mould and damp
One of the biggest considerations is making sure that all your possessions stay mould and damp-free. The best way to avoid this is with the right ventilation which allows sufficient airflow to circulate through the loft space.
Speak to the loft storage experts
If you would like to know more about how we can transform your loft into an efficient storage space, then get in touch with one of the Ecoloft team here. We have several packages and design options for you. You can even try our easy-to-use online calculator which will provide you with an instant loft storage estimate.