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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 09:17 AM   1
Pearls18
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Using a loft for storage


Google isnít helping me very much. We want to pop some boxes in the loft, nothing too much, Christmas decorations that kind of thing. House isnít very old, can we just put some MDF boards for them to rest on or does in need to be a little more sophisticated than that?! We donít intend to actually climb in there and walk in there, itís just to have a flat surface for things to be stored as far as we can reach them from poking our heads in!!!



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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 09:21 AM   2
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I havnt put anything down i just chuck things in around the hole, nothing has fallen through and seems solid enough



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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 10:17 AM   3
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Ah I didn't know you could do that! Not sure I want to test that in a new build knowing how flimsy they can be haha!



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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 11:20 AM   4
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Mine is an older house so maybe the people before me did something to the floor, im quite clueless though i just assumed it was ok to do that, maybe someone else will know haha.



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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 11:33 AM   5
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In our old house, there was OSB down the center to walk on but boxes were either on OSB or just resting on the joists above the insulation.

It really depends on your attic construction and stuff. Personally I would use OSB not MDF, just in case you put something heavy up there you wouldn't want it to fall through and mess up your insulation or fall through your ceiling.



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 12:18 PM   6
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I live in avery old house but had mine boarded out and a new hatch with fold down ladders put in it was only around £450 I wouldn't want to risk just putting things up with no boarding down.



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 16:07 PM   7
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I live in avery old house but had mine boarded out and a new hatch with fold down ladders put in it was only around £450 I wouldn't want to risk just putting things up with no boarding down.
That is probably not a bad deal, don't know how much these things cost in pounds but a new fold down ladder is about $100 here I think plus the cost of the wood....



 
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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 20:04 PM   8
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You can put down some plywood or OSB. I used left over plywood for the loft in my storage building.



 
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Old Feb 1st, 2017, 14:06 PM   9
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Depending on the house, as long as the items are placed on the joists (& not inbetween) then it's fine.

Laying down some cheap plywood over the joists would be better though. We boarded ours out last year as we desperately needed insulation up there so killed two birds with one stone. We just did it ourselves and it was around £150 for all of the insulation (fibre glass rolls & polystyrene boards), plywood and we also wired a light up there.



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2017, 10:34 AM   10
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We have a new build house it is 4 years old this April and we had it boarded last year although we got a company in to do it as it is a large loft (you can walk around in it)
They have to make sure they move your insulation correctly so not to ruin the insulation in your loft - it should be quite thick



 
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