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Ever since my husband and I moved into our new home about 15 years ago, I’ve wanted to put flooring in our home’s attic. Our attic wasn’t built with flooring, so until recently, we didn’t store anything in our home’s attic. It was such a waste of good storage space!
My husband meant to put in flooring when we first moved in, but putting in attic flooring the traditional way is a big job. It’s not easy to push heavy and cumbersome pieces of plywood through a tiny hole in the ceiling. Plus, there is all that cutting. Over the summer my husband discovered Attic Dek, however, and only a few weeks later, I had my attic storage area!
How to Install Attic Flooring
Attic Dek panels are lightweight plastic grids that are made to be installed in the unfinished area in an attic or over a garage. They come in two sizes: 16 inches by 16 inches, and 24 inches by 16 inches.
The size you use depends on how the joists in your attic are spaced. The joists in my home’s attic are 16 inches apart generally, so we got the 16-inch-square panels. No tools or cutting are required to install the panels. You simply screw the panels into your attic’s joists. The panels are durable and can hold up to 250 pounds. They come with the screws and the instructions needed for installation.
After my husband told me about Attic Dek, I reached out to Attic Dek, and they provided me with 20 of their 16-inch by 16-inch Attic Dek panels. (The 20 panels will provide about 427 square feet of storage space in our attic.) My husband was able to install the Attic Dek panels in a few hours, and now we have attic storage space!
My husband had difficulty installing some of the panels, but that’s because not all of our joists are spaced an even 16-inches apart. My husband was able to arrange them so everything would fit. We like the product so much that we ordered more Attic Dek panels, which my husband will install once the weather warms up.
Tips for Installing Attic Dek Flooring
My husband found it relatively easy to install Attic Dek flooring in our home’s attic. He found that it’s helpful to have knee pads or a foam kneel pad during installation. You might find yourself kneeling on hard joists or on the Attic Dek grids themselves while installing the Attic Dek squares. So it’s best to cushion your knees. You should also have work gloves on hand — you most likely will be working around insulation, which you shouldn’t touch with your bare hands.
What to Store in an Attic
Now I have to decide what to store in the attic. I’ve read that it’s best to put items in the attic that you won’t need to get to frequently, like Christmas or seasonal decorations.
My husband and I have some sentimental things stored in our basement, like our kids’ plastic dollhouses and toddler toys, and some of my mother-in-law’s dishware. I’ve read that non biodegradable items like plastic, ceramic and glass store well in an attic. I’ve learned that it’s best to place items to be stored in an attic in plastic storage bins. I’m looking forward to storing some of our belongings in the attic. Our basement is filled with stuff, and my daughter and I are hoping to carve a workout space for us there. So we could really use additional storage space.
Material like fabric and paper doesn’t last well in an attic, so I don’t plan to store mementos or clothing in the attic space. I’m exited to organize our storage space and to install some additional Attic Dek panels in our attic.