DIY attic storage units including everything from shelving to customization. Do you have what it takes?

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Using a home's attic as a storage room is not an uncommon practice. Many people are discovering that DIY attic storage units can be built to help keep things neat and better organized. It does not have to take a lot of time and money to transform your attic into an organized storage area for your belongings that you do not regularly use.

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If you are thinking about turning your attic into an organized interior storage area, you must take a couple of things into consideration when choosing your shelving or storage system.

One of the main considerations is the amount of items you are currently storing or plan to store in your attic. Small does not work for big items. In addition, a row or two of shelving may not suffice if you have a large amount of stuff that you need to store.

If you have a lot of stuff you want to fit into your attic for storage, there are many different types and designs of attic shelving, including:

  • Freestanding attic shelves.
  • Prefabricated attic shelving kits.
  • Custom attic shelving.


These types of shelves can all be constructed as a DIY attics project.

Your shelving options will differ slightly when you have a finished attic as opposed to an unfinished one. If it is finished, you may not be using it exclusively for attic storage. You may also be using the area as a living space. If this is the case, you may want to search out more decorative shelving than that used for storage purposes in traditional unfinished attics.

In addition, some attics that have been finished can be considered custom-built attics. When this is the case, custom-built shelving may be necessary. Traditional attic shelving is often designed with the attic trusses in mind. In some cases, the trusses actually act as the main shelving support system. If the trusses of your finished attic are covered in drywall, this type of attic shelving may not work.

However, there are other types that will work perfectly in your finished attic, such as any type of shorter storage shelving system you would use in other living areas of your home.

Many people do not realize how easy it is to turn an attic renovation project into one that you can do yourself. Since you do not have to hire contractors, the price of the project is more affordable to many. There are almost endless options available for both finished and unfinished attics.

DIY attic storage additions are an affordable way to transform your attic into exactly what you want it to be. If you need help, though, don't hesitate to seek out estimates from local contractors.