The area of space just below the roof on Cape Cod style houses, as well as bungalow style homes, is commonly known as the attic kneewall. More specifically, visualize the vertical studs in your attic, and imagine where the roof meets with the shorter attic wall. This space is what creates the area known as the attic kneewall. The following paragraphs will discuss the attic kneewall, as well as provide some tips and ideas regarding how to utilize the space.
Since most kneewall areas involve very little head room, one of the most simple way to make use of this area is to install shelves in it. You can run the shelves down the entire length of your attic kneewall, spacing the shelves according to your own specific storage needs.
Many people have found that adding shelves to the kneewall of their attic is the ideal way to store their smaller boxes and other smaller items. The use of shelves in kneewalls also helps to free up space near the taller attic walls, so that it may be used for the storage of bigger boxes and taller items, perhaps even some of your older pieces of furniture.
Another common way homeowners make use of their attic kneewall is to create a storage closet in those areas. By enclosing the attic kneewall with a wall, including a short door for easy entry, you can make it possible to store items in your attic in a space that is closed off from view.
Not only does this type of closet help to keep your attic spaced more organized, it can also give your attic more function in case you decide to renovate it into a livable space one day, like a playroom, guest bedroom, or just a quiet place to relax. You can still have a livable space in your attic, while still using your kneewall areas as storage areas.
One thing to look for, before installing shelves or building a storage closet, is insulation in the kneewall area. It is very important that your attic kneewall be insulated. If your attic kneewall was not constructed with some sort of insulation, you will need to install some.
By adding insulation before beginning your renovation, you will be helping to maintain a comfortable temperature in your attic. Not only that, adding insulation will also assist in helping to control the temperature of your entire house.
Some homeowners are totally unaware of the space they could be saving in their attics by dressing up their kneewall. While there may not be a lot of headroom in a attic kneewall, it can adequately function as a storage area or closet.