Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • bretts
    • By bretts 24th Jun 14, 10:01 AM
    • 469Posts
    • 51Thanks
    bretts
    Convert loft for storage space
    • #1
    • 24th Jun 14, 10:01 AM
    Convert loft for storage space 24th Jun 14 at 10:01 AM
    Hi

    I just want to know I plan to use loft in a better way as the loft space is huge.

    I had a british gas engineer come out and said we have about 100mm insulation which needs to be topped up. I am planning to top it up to 270mm and then put loft legs and some sort of wooden board on the top so I can store some stuff upstairs.

    My question is

    1) Would I need any building regs or PP for this
    2) If not what type of wood should I put on top so I can stand and put things, so it needs to be strong. I dont think I can put floorboards anyways if i am not wrong.

    I do not want to spend a lot of money on this as I plan to do a proper loft conversion later on.

    Can some one please advise.

    Thanks in advance.
Page 1
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 24th Jun 14, 10:03 AM
    • 66,141 Posts
    • 388,477 Thanks
    PasturesNew
    • #2
    • 24th Jun 14, 10:03 AM
    • #2
    • 24th Jun 14, 10:03 AM
    My question would be whether going into the loft for storage is sensible. I've never fancied putting stuff in a loft (nor getting it out), it all seems so precarious .... a good quality, insulated shed, with a sturdy lock, in the garden (if you have one) would make stuff more accessible and probably be cheaper/safer.
    • bretts
    • By bretts 24th Jun 14, 10:18 AM
    • 469 Posts
    • 51 Thanks
    bretts
    • #3
    • 24th Jun 14, 10:18 AM
    • #3
    • 24th Jun 14, 10:18 AM
    Hi

    Thanks for your reply

    I do have a shed but it is in a really bad state as well, so storing in that is not an option either, its full of spiders, I had a thread about that too earlier as to how to get rid of them, I will have to get that built properly later on.

    This weekend I did go inside and cleaned as many webs as I could and also kill some spiders but I am sure when I go back in it this weekend it will be back to the way it was.
    • Procrastinator333
    • By Procrastinator333 24th Jun 14, 11:43 AM
    • 1,641 Posts
    • 2,303 Thanks
    Procrastinator333
    • #4
    • 24th Jun 14, 11:43 AM
    • #4
    • 24th Jun 14, 11:43 AM
    If you are doing a loft conversion in the future, I would just buy a couple of packs of loftboards and chuck them on top of the insulation. You obviously will only cover off the area near to the hatch and it won't give you a lot of storage. But it will be cheap, not take long, give you a bit of extra storage and can then be disposed of without feeling it is a waste later on.

    No you don't need building regs or PP for doing it.

    This is the sort of thing that normally goes in a loft:

    http://www.wickes.co.uk/T+G-Chipboard-Flooring-18x600x2400mm/p/164516

    If you do want to do it properly, it will cost you more - which seems a waste if you are going to throw it away.

    I personally don't trust loft legs - too worried they will move a bit and then come down through the ceiling. Probably overkill, but to do ours, I got a load of 2X4 and put it in out loft in the opposite direction to the existing joists. I then put insulation between the 2X4 and then put those tongue and grove boards on top. It took a bit of time, but it created a very stable surface up there, allowed for the insulation and worked well for me. I did an area of about 25sq metres and I think it cost a little over 200 for all the wood, boards and screws.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 24th Jun 14, 12:07 PM
    • 8,049 Posts
    • 6,877 Thanks
    Norman Castle
    • #5
    • 24th Jun 14, 12:07 PM
    • #5
    • 24th Jun 14, 12:07 PM
    I've boarded areas to walk on and store lighter stuff on hardboard resting on the insulation.
    Don't harass a hippie. You'll get bad karma.

    Never trust a newbie with a rtb tale.
    • ic
    • By ic 24th Jun 14, 12:35 PM
    • 2,645 Posts
    • 1,348 Thanks
    ic
    • #6
    • 24th Jun 14, 12:35 PM
    • #6
    • 24th Jun 14, 12:35 PM
    if you're going to squash the insulation, then there's no point having it. I installed knauf insulation boards under chipboard to form a large storage area I can safely walk around in.

    http://www.space-insulation.com/products/space-board-eco/
    * my posts are made in good faith and only represent my own opinion, experience or understanding of a situation.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 24th Jun 14, 1:18 PM
    • 15,929 Posts
    • 22,285 Thanks
    Gloomendoom
    • #7
    • 24th Jun 14, 1:18 PM
    • #7
    • 24th Jun 14, 1:18 PM
    If you are going to rip it all out anyway, there is little point in spending loads upgrading the insulation. You are unlikely to recoup the cost. Leaving 100 mm thickness between the joists will also make it easier to lay the boards. Having said that, relying on the just original ceiling joists for support will make it suitable for light storage only.
    • bretts
    • By bretts 24th Jun 14, 1:41 PM
    • 469 Posts
    • 51 Thanks
    bretts
    • #8
    • 24th Jun 14, 1:41 PM
    • #8
    • 24th Jun 14, 1:41 PM
    Hi

    Thanks a lot everyone for your replies, I just want to store really light stuff but takes a lot of space otherwise in the house, like empty storage boxes when we moved in, I could keep it like that anyways without any chipboard or anything but I just do not want to put them right on top of the existing insulation.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 24th Jun 14, 9:15 PM
    • 3,530 Posts
    • 2,260 Thanks
    Ectophile
    • #9
    • 24th Jun 14, 9:15 PM
    • #9
    • 24th Jun 14, 9:15 PM
    I used the Wickes chipboard for my loft, and it does the job. It's sturdy enough to walk around on if you install it in accordance with the instructions.
    • scottishblondie
    • By scottishblondie 25th Jun 14, 9:14 AM
    • 2,062 Posts
    • 1,329 Thanks
    scottishblondie
    My Dad outfitted my loft using the loft legs (from Screwfix) and 18mm thick tongue and groove chipboard flooring (from the local timber merchant). It's perfect for storing all my lightweight but bulky stuff, and is plenty strong enough to walk on.

    However, if you are planning on converting the loft in the near-ish future I wouldn't bother. I'd just lay some chipboard near the loft hatch for storage, and get the insulation topped up everywhere else.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

737Posts Today

5,299Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • Have a great Easter, or a chag sameach to those like me attending Passover seder tomorrow. I?m taking all of next? https://t.co/qrAFTIpqWl

  • RT @rowlyc1980: A whopping 18 days off work for only 9 days leave! I?ll have a bit of that please......thanks @MartinSLewis for your crafty?

  • RT @dinokyp: That feeling when you realise that you have 18 days of work and only used 9 days of your annual leave! Thanks @MartinSLewis h?

  • Follow Martin