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Old 09-13-2017, 08:51 PM   #1
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My wife wants a walk-up closet, since there is no room for a walk-in closet.

We have a pulldown staircase (ladder) up to our attic. Around that scuttlehole in the center of the attic is an open area with plenty of height, the ridge is about 10' from the attic floor. So there is lots of storage space up there, but it's dirty. It's fully ventilated with soffit vents and a ridge vent. And my wife worries about spiders and bugs.

So what I was thinking about is building a small enclosure, maybe 7'X10' to use as a closet. The main thing about this enclosure is that it would be sealed off from the dirty attic space.

I do NOT want to get into drywall and spackling. I saw a video on YouTube in which they used thick plastic to seal an area of the attic for storage, but I'd like something a little more solid than plastic.

Do they make any type of inexpensive paneling that could work for this? Has anyone done something like this before?
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There's many ways to do this, but consider (not knowing your wife) that walking up and down the stairs to your attic to get your clothes daily will get old real quick and most likely the work will end up being for naught...
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There's many ways to do this, but consider (not knowing your wife) that walking up and down the stairs to your attic to get your clothes daily will get old real quick and most likely the work will end up being for naught...
This wouldn't be the main closet. It would be used maybe once or twice a week. Just clean extra storage space.
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Plastic & cover with OSB. Don't get much cheaper & easier than that.
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Plastic & cover with OSB. Don't get much cheaper & easier than that.
Hey Pin, are you still doing the handicap hunts?
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Hey Pin, are you still doing the handicap hunts?
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Plastic & cover with OSB. Don't get much cheaper & easier than that.
I would have to cut it down to fit up there, unless they make 32" wide boards.

What thickness do you recommend, 3/4" or could I go thinner?
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My wife wants a walk-up closet, since there is no room for a walk-in closet.

We have a pulldown staircase (ladder) up to our attic. Around that scuttlehole in the center of the attic is an open area with plenty of height, the ridge is about 10' from the attic floor. So there is lots of storage space up there, but it's dirty. It's fully ventilated with soffit vents and a ridge vent. And my wife worries about spiders and bugs.

So what I was thinking about is building a small enclosure, maybe 7'X10' to use as a closet. The main thing about this enclosure is that it would be sealed off from the dirty attic space.

I do NOT want to get into drywall and spackling. I saw a video on YouTube in which they used thick plastic to seal an area of the attic for storage, but I'd like something a little more solid than plastic.

Do they make any type of inexpensive paneling that could work for this? Has anyone done something like this before?
A little more specificity is needed....

1. Are you looking for something that you can install around the staircase so she can just walk up to it or go up the stairs and walk into the enclosure?

2. Does it need to have rods attached to it to hang items?

3. Do you need shelves involved for additional storage?

4. How much access will you still need to the rest of the attic?
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Sounds like a terrible idea to me. Stick with the closet you have. This is the worst idea since the walk in casket.
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Sounds like a terrible idea to me. Stick with the closet you have. This is the worst idea since the walk in casket.
Having more storage space is a terrible idea?
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A little more specificity is needed....

1. Are you looking for something that you can install around the staircase so she can just walk up to it or go up the stairs and walk into the enclosure?

2. Does it need to have rods attached to it to hang items?

3. Do you need shelves involved for additional storage?

4. How much access will you still need to the rest of the attic?
1. I figure the best way is to walk up into the enclosure, this way everything is clean, we will never have to be in the dirty part of the attic. The scuttlehole would be on one side near the wall and I could put a railing around the other two sides for safety.

2 & 3. Shelving could be those inexpensive free standing plastic shelves that I use for my shop. Rods could be free standing or attached to one of the walls.

4. I would still like access around the outside of the enclosure so I figure a small door can be installed.
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Having more storage space is a terrible idea?
It's the kind of thing you do for holiday stuff, seasonal clothes, suitcases,etc. Not once or twice a week. But have at it if that's what she wants. Happy wife, happy life!
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It's the kind of thing you do for holiday stuff, seasonal clothes, suitcases,etc. Not once or twice a week. But have at it if that's what she wants. Happy wife, happy life!
What's the the problem with it?

It's really better not having the space at all?

BTW, the once or twice a week thing might not be completely accurate. Who knows for sure? Maybe once a month. Or maybe it will be seasonal clothing changes. The point is to use that dirty space for clean storage.
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Sounds like a terrible idea to me. Stick with the closet you have. This is the worst idea since the walk in casket.

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Having more storage space is a terrible idea?
I didn't realize it was storage. I thought it was a closet for daily use.
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1. I figure the best way is to walk up into the enclosure, this way everything is clean, we will never have to be in the dirty part of the attic. The scuttlehole would be on one side near the wall and I could put a railing around the other two sides for safety.

2 & 3. Shelving could be those inexpensive free standing plastic shelves that I use for my shop. Rods could be free standing or attached to one of the walls.

4. I would still like access around the outside of the enclosure so I figure a small door can be installed.
Based on what you telling us (i.e. - you want access, your wife doesn't want bugs, you want it cheap, you want flexibility, can be moved, etc.), don't overthink it... below is what I'd recommend for your situation...



You can get them at Target or Amazon for like $30 - $50... Can be zippered up to keep out bugs, critters, better than any type of door setup would (you need clearance)...

Ease of access, keeps out critters, flexible storage, quick set-up, inexpensive (you'll spend more on OSB, plastic, hinges etc, plus aggravation), organized...

You can still even set-up shelves as well with closed containers or on rolling shelves...

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I appreciate the idea, but it's still way too dirty.

Everything you pictured would still be covered with dust, almost like soot. You touch it and your hands are dirty. The floor is very dirty. Etc.

We'd like a clean area.
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This is the reason why I really don't use forums often. 18 posts in and the only actual help I received is the word "OSB". Nothing more. Even the questions I asked about it, such as thickness, went unanswered while everyone spent their posts saying how bad of an idea it is instead of actually helping with the topic.

Never mind.
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This is the reason why I really don't use forums often. 18 posts in and the only actual help I received is the word "OSB". Nothing more. Even the questions I asked about it, such as thickness, went unanswered while everyone spent their posts saying how bad of an idea it is instead of actually helping with the topic.

Never mind.
And here I thought I was being helpful...

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