Attic storage solutions include adding shelving to areas under slanted roofs, installing ceiling hooks, installing hanging shelves and adding truss shelves. The best way to use an attic for storage is to relegate to it items that are needed infrequently, such as holiday decorations, seasonal sports equipment, souvenirs and outgrown clothing. Improving accessibility is a key to making use of attic storage space.
Store old or seasonal clothing in garment bags to hang from ceiling hooks or rods. Avoid simply moving cardboard boxes to the attic. Instead, transfer the contents to plastic bins to avoid attracting rodents and other pests.
If a ladder is necessary to access the attic, consider changing this for pull-down stairs, or install a handrail for the purpose of safety. Other safety issues involved in designing attic storage include making sure that the attic floor is strong enough to walk on and sturdy enough to hold the items to be stored there. This is because many attic floors are not built to carry the weight of packed storage bins and other heavy items. If photos, books or paper are to be stored in an attic, insulation is necessary to control the humidity of the space to prevent these items from sustaining damage.