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Forum topic by Milo posted 06-11-2013 12:50 AM 626 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

859 posts in 2010 days


06-11-2013 12:50 AM

Hoping to get some feedback from everyone on the best use of my loft storage space.

Sorry these picture are so crappy. Bad lighting for pictures. What you are looking at is one of my storage lofts. They are 8 feet wide and four feet deep. In the middle the height is about 30”, 18” on the sides.

I do NOT want these to become a just dumping grounds for junk. I’d really would like to organize it somehow. Since I have the imagination of a medium size piece of shale, I thought I’d as everyone here (and over at Woodtalk, I’m going to ask there too.) I’d love some ideas on what would be the best utilization of this space and how to make the most of it. I will probably use this space for irregularly used tools, stains, finish, etc.

Thanks in advance for the ideas.

Here are my very bad pictures… Obviously the space is not finished yet. Thanks!

and two…

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...


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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 03:43 PM

Milo,

Your Loft’s ability to store any amount of weight depends on the size of the floor joists you used to frame the floor.

Your Loft is constructed pretty much the same as a Book Shelf, being that it is only supported by the walls on 3 sides.

IMHO;
Without a structural beam across the front side to displace the ‘dead weight’ of what is stored up there I’m afraid you are relegated to very lightweight item storage.

Here is a referrence link that I have used in the past, but then it doesn’t really address your situation of 3 sided support.
http://planhelp.com/public/98.cfm

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Milo

859 posts in 2010 days


#2 posted 06-13-2013 03:25 PM

Len,

The front of this lift has a double beam, two 2×4, cross piece, and additional ones at the 24” and 48” at the back wall.

I am considering perhaps a pyramidal “cubby hole” approach for the back, leaving the front open for more regularly used items that I still want up and out of the way.

Thank you for the link, I will go look at it now!

Thanks,

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 03:53 PM

Extra beer storage, and a small mattress for when you’re in the dog house.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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woodcox

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 04:14 PM

Divide and shelve one loft, leave the other(’s)? open for larger items. Like you said “dumping ground for..”, I would start with one for now. Mayb shelves around the perimiter and one down the middle front to back.
Charlie.. my first thoughts as well.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Milo

859 posts in 2010 days


#5 posted 06-13-2013 07:36 PM

Definetly have to get a frig! Already have A/C and heat.

Thanks!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Milo

859 posts in 2010 days


#6 posted 06-13-2013 07:36 PM

Definetly have to get a frig! Already have A/C and heat.

Thanks!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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