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What is the difference between an attic lift and ceiling storage lift?


When it comes to maximizing storage space in your home, two popular options that come to mind are ceiling storage lifts and garage attic lifts. While both of these solutions serve a similar purpose of creating additional storage space, there are some key differences between them.

ceiling lift with totes

A ceiling garage storage lift, also known as an overhead hoist or garage ceiling storage lift, is a motorized system that allows you to raise and lower items from your garage ceiling. This type of lift typically consists of a sturdy platform or basket that can hold various items such as boxes, bicycles, or even small vehicles. With the push of a button, the lift lowers the platform to ground level, allowing you to easily load or unload your belongings.  In many areas of the country such as Colorado and Arizona, attics are not common among older homes and in flat roofed homes like Arizona and New Mexico, there is no attic, thus a ceiling lift serves a purpose to be able to get more storage out of a garage.  

Ceiling storage lifts are often installed in the garage, where the ceiling height is sufficient to accommodate the lift system. They are especially useful for homeowners who have limited floor space but ample vertical space in their garages. By utilizing the overhead space, you can free up valuable floor area and keep your belongings neatly organized and out of the way.

One of the biggest advantages of ceiling storage lifts is their versatility. They can be used to store a wide range of items, from seasonal decorations and sports equipment to tools and camping gear. The weight capacity of these lifts can vary, but they are generally designed to handle heavy loads, often ranging from 200 to 500 pounds or more, depending on the model.

man with products on a ceiling storage lift

Ceiling storage lifts are easy to operate, thanks to their user-friendly controls. Most systems come with a remote control that allows you to raise or lower the platform with minimal effort. Some even offer additional features like adjustable heights or customizable shelving options, allowing you to personalize your storage space according to your needs.


On the other hand, an attic lift is specifically designed for accessing and storing items in your attic. Attic lifts are typically installed in a garage to take valuables up into the attic storage area of the home, or sometimes in a hallway or closet on the lower level of your home, allowing you to transport items between the ground floor and the attic with ease. Unlike ceiling storage lifts, attic lifts actually disappear up into the attic and are hidden from view with the exception of the ceiling cover that can easily blend in with the ceiling of the garage. 

attic lift with lots of totes going up into garage attic

Attic lifts consist of a platform or basket that is connected to a motorized system. When activated, the lift safely raises or lowers the platform, allowing you to load or unload items in your attic. These lifts are designed to fit within the dimensions of a standard hallway or closet, making them suitable for homes with limited space.

Advantage of Attic Lifts

The primary advantage of an attic lift is its ability to provide easy access to your attic storage space. Attics are often underutilized due to their difficult accessibility, but with an attic lift, you can effortlessly transport items to and from your attic without the need for ladders or heavy lifting. This makes attic storage more practical and convenient.

attic lift and attic ladder view of ceiling

Attic lifts come in various sizes and weight capacities to accommodate different attic spaces and storage needs. It's important to consider the dimensions of your attic and the types of items you plan to store before choosing an attic lift. Most lifts have weight capacities ranging from 200 to 250 pounds, but some heavy-duty models can handle even larger loads.

Garage and Home Safety is a crucial aspect to consider when it comes to both ceiling storage lifts and attic lifts. These systems are designed with safety features to ensure smooth and secure operation. Look for lifts that have features like limit switches, which prevent overloading or accidental collisions, as well as safety brakes to keep the platform in place when not in use.

attic lift in garage attic

In summary, while both ceiling storage lifts and attic lifts offer solutions for maximizing storage space, they are designed for different areas of the home. Ceiling storage lifts are ideal for the garage, allowing you to utilize the overhead space and store a wide range of items. Attic lifts, on the other hand, are specifically designed for accessing and storing belongings in the attic, providing easy and convenient access to this often underutilized space. Consider your specific storage needs and available space when choosing between these two options, and enjoy the convenience and organization they bring to your home.

picture of man using lift



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50 David Magelssen

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