Sloped ceilings add so much charm and character to a home. But they can make a room awkward and challenging to use.
Before – The Slope Ceiling Makes The Room Awkward To Use
We recently got our attic room sloped ceilings 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 made hidden doors in the knee wall.
The entire knee wall is actually hidden doors – so the back area is fully accessible.
You can take this project a step further and add closet rods and shelves to create a built-in closet. We use knee wall storage for totes and seasonal items.
Update: A few years ago…
It’s been a few years since we tackled this project. This is what it looks like now:
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The system of all doors gives us options for placing the furniture – you can put the furniture anywhere and always have a door that can be used anywhere.
It still looks great and none of the doors or hinges have collapsed.
We use the space for storing Christmas decorations, heirloom gifts that we can’t part with but don’t need to use every day, and of course, the kids use the space for hide and seek. You wouldn’t know it was a wall of doors.
How We Built This Sloped Ceiling Storage Wall
This was an easy project – but time consuming because the walls are every sixteen feet tall – that I tackled with my husband for a few days, working a few hours per day on it. We are confident that the average home owner can do this project. Here’s how we built our knee walls with hidden storage –
First, lots of planning and measuring.
We decided to make the wall 48″ high, because here the ceiling height can be used for furniture, and it also helps to maximize the use of materials.
We also decided to make the doors 32″ wide, so you can get exactly three 48″ tall x 32″ wide doors from one sheet of plywood.
An easier way to do this is to simply build a pony wall 48″ tall x the length of your room, and install it plumb and level.
Then cut the top and bottom to make room for the entire overlay doors.
We close this gap at the top with a piece of trim.
For the doors, we bought euro style overlay hinges for FRAMELESS cabinets – a total of 5/8″ overlay on each side.
OUTSIDE DOOR: Inside opening + 1-1/4″
DOOR HEIGHT: Overall opening – 1/2″
We cut our doors on a table saw and put the hinges on and hung the doors on the frame.
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To mask the door gap and provide a handle, we nailed 1×3 boads to the opening edge of the plywood door.
This is what it looked like before painting –
And after the paint – We use about a gallon on 32 foot walls, four feet high.
We love how this project turned out and know it will greatly improve the function and look of the room.
Video Tutorial on Building this Knee Wall with Doors
We also share in video format this entire build