Not all basements are big enough to store everything you need. In fact, some basements are already so cluttered that overflow has reached the garage or tool shed. In reality, this “lack of space” is usually due less to the amount of stuff involved and more to unorganized, and therefore underutilized, storage space.
Having an organized storage solution for your basement will not only make things neater and cleaner to accommodate more, but depending on the size, it may even open up room for a playroom, study room, or even an extended living room. All it takes is a little imagination and renovation.
Here are some ideas to help you get started…
- Make use of your stairs. Use the hollow part underneath your stairs as extra storage. You can create a closed cabinet to store extra linens or pillows, drawers for out of season clothes and craft supplies, or even racks to accommodate miscellaneous items. You can opt to keep it hidden behind solid doors or add a decorative touch with glass doors.
- Built-in top cabinets. Usually, the upper part of the wall is left unnoticed during organization because we focus on the bottom part of the room, where most of our furniture is located. To maximize storage capacity in your basement, install built-in cabinetry or shelving along the top section of your walls. For maximized storage, you can wrap the units all the way around the room, or, if you want to keep some areas clear for wall art or a television, you can simply opt for utilizing one or two walls of the basement.
- Wall hangers and hooks. They are great for storing coats and umbrellas, as well as random items that can be hung neatly versus tossed onto tables or furniture.
- Tall cabinets. If you want to create more floor space in your basement, install a floor-to-ceiling, built-in cabinet to store all your bags, shoes, clothes, and accessories. Install two small compartments in the upper area of the cabinet to store lesser-used items and leave room for a coat hanger in the middle. Make use of the lower part of your cabinet by filling it with frequently used items. Making them easily accessible makes it equally convenient to put them away, thus reducing clutter in the room.
- If you would like to have a small office or study station in your basement, install or section off an alcove that can accommodate a small desk. You can install overhead book shelves above the desk to provide storage without using additional floor space.