Considerations When Installing an Attic Storage Lift

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Considerations When Installing an Attic Storage Lift

Attic storage lifts are some of the most impactful devices a homeowner can own. Not only do these powered platforms easily move heavy items from one floor to another, but they also help you save time and effort in keeping your home organized. If you’re going to get one of these products for yourself, you first need to have an understanding of what all goes into installing it. These are some important considerations when installing an attic storage lift and their role in a successful build.

Attic Construction

When considering an attic lift, check your attic structure to ensure it’s strong enough to hold all the items you plan to put up in the attic. Most people store their keepsakes, family heirlooms, holiday decorations, and the like; thus, weight is usually not a problem. Checking with a carpenter or framer who is familiar with framing is always a good idea. At Versalift, you’ll find a very detailed installation guide that will help guide you through the entire process.

Lift Placement and Clearance

Think about where you’re going to place the lifting platform and how much clearance it will need. Depending on the model you buy, your lift will need a certain amount of area where it’s free to move unobstructed. Some people might find this space in their living room or hallway. However, the most common placement for these systems tends to be in the garage. Refer to your specific instruction manual to determine exactly how much room you’re going to need.

Electrical Requirements

Another key consideration when installing an attic storage lift should be how much electricity the device needs to run properly. The Versalift Attic Lift only uses five amps of electricity. Thus, you can always put them on the same circuit as the attic lights, and when you leave the attic and turn off the lights, you kill the power to the lift. (This isn’t required, just a good idea.)

Attic Flooring and Accessibility

Above all, though, you need to ensure that your attic is structurally sound enough to support the lift and yourself. This means installing strong attic flooring if you don’t already have some installed and making this space as accessible as possible for you. Attic railings can also be installed along the entryway, giving you something to hang on to as you maneuver through these tight areas.

When it comes to choosing the best attic lifts for the job, only Versalift can set you up for success. Our attic storage lifts are made from the highest-quality steel in order to provide the most strength when carrying heavy loads. We also sell each of our products with a detailed installation guide to walk you through the process. This way, we can ensure you’re getting the best possible results from your device. For those of you that want to increase the safety of your attic, we also offer attic safety railings. These sturdy rails go around the attic ladder opening, so you have something to grab ahold of when entering the attic. They’re a stable and safe way to support yourself as you make that first step down from the attic on the pull-down stairway.


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