Tutorial for building a sloped ceiling knee wall with hidden access doors. This is an easy and functional way to block off a low sloped ceiling, while still being able to acess the storage area. Very good tutorial with lots of photos, diagrams, videos, and instructions from Ana-White.com
Sloped ceilings add so much charm and character to a home. But they can make a room awkward and challenging to use.
Before - Slope Ceiling Makes Room Awkward to Use
We recently took our attic room sloped ceilings that looked like this -
After - Looks Like a Board and Batten Wall
And built knee walls out of 2x4s and plywood
After - Opens for Full Access
But since I wanted the space behind the knee wall to be accessible for storage, we created hidden doors in the knee wall.
The entire knee wall is actually hidden doors - so the area behind is completely accessible.
You could take this project a step further and add closet rods and shelving to create a built in closet. We'll be using the knee wall storage for totes and off season things.
Update: Several Years Later...
It's been a few years since we tackled this project. Here's what it looks like today:
The all-doors system gives us options for furniture placement - you can place furniture anywhere and there's always a door still available somewhere.
It still looks awesome and none of the doors or hinges have sagged at all.
We use the space for storing Christmas decorations, heirloom gifts that we can't part with but don't necessarily use daily, and of course, the kids use the space for hide and seek. You'd never know this is actually a wall of doors.
How We Built this Sloped Ceiling Storage Wall
This was a fairly easy project - but time consuming since the walls are each sixteen feet long - that my husband and I tackled over the course of a few days, working a few hours each day on it. We are confident that the average homeowner could tackle this project. Here's how we built our knee walls with hidden storage -
First, alot of planning and measuring.
We decided on making the wall 48" tall, because this is where the ceiling height becomes useuable for furniture, and it also helps maximize materials use.
We also decided on making the doors 32" wide, so you can get exactly three 48" tall x 32" wide doors out of a sheet of plywood.
The easier way to do this is to just build a pony wall 48" tall x the length of your room, and install it plumb and level.
Then trim out the top and bottom to give space for the full overlay doors.
We finished this gap at the top off with a piece of trim.
For the doors, we purchased euro style overlay hinges for FRAMELESS cabinets - for a total of 5/8" overlay on each side.
DOOR WIDTH: Inside opening + 1-1/4"
DOOR HEIGHT: Overall opening - 1/2"
We cut our doors on a table saw and installed the hinges and hung the doors in the framing.
Sun, 05/10/2020 - 08:04
Question regarding ceiling
Can you screw the 2 x 4's straight into drywall in the ceiling? I am a bit confused about this part.
In reply to Question regarding ceiling by JessD
Thu, 09/22/2022 - 12:03
We could because of our SIPS…
We could because of our SIPS construction. It will depend on your ceiling construction.
If you can't another option is to just frame up a pony wall to the short point height, and then trim out the front to cover the long point angle.
Thu, 08/20/2020 - 05:14
Love this. Can’t wait to try…
Love this. Can’t wait to try it. Btw where is your flooring from?
Mon, 01/24/2022 - 12:22
Could you please tell what…
Could you please tell what flooring you used in this room? TIA
Love the hidden storage wall♥