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6 Convenient DIY Attic Storage Ideas (With Pictures)

Old wooden attic interior with old cardboard boxes for storage or moving

Attics are made for storage. However, getting an attic organized and able to store many items can be challenging. After all, it’s hard to organize a large, open room. If your attic had some storage built-in, then it probably isn’t enough. If your attic had no storage, you might be looking at it and wondering how you would instill a sense of organization.

Luckily, many others have walked this path before you. There are tons of ideas out there that can be used to organize your attic. Most of these are easy to accomplish and require little work.

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The 6 Convenient Attic Storage Ideas

1. Easy-to-Install Storage System by Porch Day Dreamer

Materials: Closet organization system, peg board, heavy-duty hangers, ribbon or wire
Tools: Power drill, drill bits, level
Difficulty: Easy

Install a closet storage system in your attic for instant storage. The example shows hanging wreaths on this storage system, as well as stacking various boxes. However, you can use this for practically anything. You could store old coats, clothes you don’t wear, or just about anything else. These systems often come ready to install and are pretty straightforward to put up.

Therefore, they are an excellent option for those looking to add some storage to an attic quickly. You can even hang more than one system for wall-to-wall storage, which take very little installation time.

2. Stair System by Instructables by Instructables

Materials: Skateboard bearings, 5/16 inch washers, 5/16-24 nut, 5/16-24 X 1-1/2 bolt, 2 pulleys, 50ft of paracord
Tools: Nail gun, saw, clamps, socket wrench, 3D printer, drill with bits, speed square, tape measure
Difficulty: Medium

Sometimes, getting boxes and storage items into the attic is the issue. Being able to take pre-packed boxes up to your attic can make storage much easier—and it makes it more likely that you’ll take the box up to the attic.

This pretty simple system can be used to quickly move boxes into your attic without dangerously carrying them up. This straightforward pulley system is pretty easy to install, though it is a bit more involved than some of the other ideas on this list. Plus, a few different tools are required, so it helps if you have some DIY experience.

You do need a 3-D printer to create some of the materials, and these can get expensive. Therefore, this likely limits the usability of this plan a bit.

3. Add Shelves by Kristin Hitchcock

Materials: Atticmaxx
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

Atticmaxx is a straightforward tool kit that allows you to add shelving to the edges of your attic. This way, you can maximize your space instead of just piling boxes up in the middle. However, as a not-really-DIY system, it can get expensive. However, one pack comes with quite a few systems, allowing you to store many boxes.

Therefore, you can easily install enough storage to get you by with this one purchase. If you’re looking for something pretty easy and straightforward, we recommend this option. However, you will be paying for the straightforward design and ready-made kit.

4. Add a Shelf by Tom Builds Stuff

Materials: Various cuts of wood, nails
Tools: Hammer, screwdriver, saw (optional, depending on the wood you purchase)
Difficulty: Medium

An easy way to add more space is to add a shelf to your attic, which is precisely what this plan outlines. With some pretty basic steps, you can easily add a shelf to the side of your attic, allowing you to store more boxes with ease.

This will require some know-how since each attic is a bit different. However, it shouldn’t take much previous experience to be able to install another shelf easily. The main issue is getting the shelf flat, so spend plenty of time leveling.

The steps in this plan are simple to follow and come with constant pictures. There are probably more pictures that the plan needs. However, for visual learners, these pictures may it extremely easy to follow the guide.

5. Embrace Labels by A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Materials: Labels of some sort, clear containers
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

Another easy way to make storage in your attic a bit more efficient is to utilize labels. You should label all your boxes and store items according to their category. Many people store seasonal items together, as well, as you’ll need all of these decorations at around the same time.

Home organizing may seem straightforward, but it can be more complicated than you imagine. Therefore, we highly recommend following an easy guide to help you on your way. A few simple organizing hacks can make a huge difference in your attic.

Many of the guides designed for your garage can help be helpful for your attic. Therefore, feel free to expand your reading a bit to include anything that may help with your organization.

6. Bungee Cords by Designed To Dwell

Materials: Bungee Cords
Tools: None
Difficulty: Easy

You can do many different things with bungee cords, surprisingly. With some know-how, you can hold sports equipment and other hard-to-store items in place. We highly recommend this system for stuffed animals and similar items, as well. Because of how the plan is written, this system can easily be adapted to any space

You can easily install these bungee cords in your attic to provide extra storage space. Furthermore, they also work well in garages and kid’s rooms, making it very easy to put away and get out the items stored within.

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There are many ways you can effectively add extra storage to your attic. If you’re using your attic exclusively for storage, then keeping everything nice and organized may not seem like a huge deal. However, keeping everything organized makes it much easier to find stuff and can keep you from avoiding the attic altogether.

With a few simple systems, you can quickly turn your attic into a storage haven—instead of a place where you just shove everything. In this way, you can be much more effective and store more items.

Featured Image Credit: A-photographyy, Shutterstock

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