Attic in the wall?

Ok so this seems silly but we just recently moved into an older house and upstairs there is a small door and inside is like a small attic but it’s in the wall. It’s not very tall (can’t stand in it) but it’s long and looks like it goes the length of most of the house. I find it interesting. I tried googling it but can’t seem to find what this area is. There’s insulation and it’s literally an attic just not in the top of the house where they usually are. I would love to get it cleaned out and would love to crawl through lol. Does anyone have any of these in they’re house? Just curious, not too sure what it is or what it’s used for. 

12 Answers

  • zipper
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    That sounds like an unfinished space to reach fixtures. Be care full of the insulation if it is fiberglass that stuff is bad on skin and if you breath in in not to good for the lungs either.

  • 1 month ago

    The area you described is built in order to create wall space in a room where the roof line goes very low on one side or the other. As not to waste the space it is created for storage with access through a small door. The term that is typically used for this type of wall is a knee wall because it is not the full typical Wall height to reach the ceiling.

    Some people use the space for storage,whole others create built in book cases or install knee wall chests of drawers (custom made or prefabricated). Built-ins  make good use of the space while freeing up thefloorspace within the room.

    If you go to, and use the key words "kneewall storage ideas",  you can make good use of some of the space while still keeping a portion the way it currently exists.

  • In
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The "Smurf Door" is required to access concealed attic space for fire fighting and maintenance.  An acceptable alternate access would have been a scuttle hole or pull down stairs in the portion of the house the attic covers, although this might not have been desirable to have that in the middle of the ceiling of a living room or den.

    Source(s): ICC MCP
  • 1 month ago

    I have several of those! One connects from the back of a built-in cupboard in a walk-in closet to another closet behind a fireplace in another room. It used to also have an opening in the maid's stairwell, which has been boarded up and refinished. Three others connect under the eaves (behind the knee walls) between multiple top-floor rooms, accessed via removable veneer panels. There are some electrical cables and heating pipes accessible through there.  Another one just gives access to the separate, unheated "attic" inside the conical turret.

    Source(s): 1890s Colonial that was "Victorianized" in about 1910.
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  • 1 month ago

    sounds kyool post some pics

  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Sounds like it's a space under the roof, behind what could be called a knee wall.  That's a wall that is usually pretty short, three feet or less, to close off the relatively useless space between the lower parts of the roof and floor in an upstairs level.

    You can use that space for storage but be aware that there may not be a proper floor there, so be careful to either first lay some kind of flooring down, or else don't put anything down on the ceiling of the room below - only span across the joists.

  • 1 month ago

    Part of the attic that resides behind a knee wall. Obviously some of the "attic" space is finished off.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It can be called your attic if you like. The roofing style of the house is what determines where there is storage space.  At the peak there is very little that is usable so there is no access to the peak.  To me attic is above the head. Cavities in the wall are closets...or storage areas as the angle of the roof was part of the wall, so as most furniture is made to go against a vertical wall not a sloping one a false wall is built that is vertical. And you have empty unused space...between the vertical wall and the actual roof. That area could be just blocked off and not made use of, or in your older home, it was made use of as a storage area.  You can hide illegal immigrants in there...or other stuff like anything.

  • Chalet style houses usually have a "ghost walk" for the triangular area where the roof comes down to floor level. They're useful for getting electric cables through. You may find that you can get in from either end.

    • brooke1 month agoReport

      Yeah that’s what it is, it’s triangular shaped and i find it cool. Thanks for your answer 

  • Greg
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I used to live in an old house that had that.

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