Basement Storage Shelves

Basement Storage Shelves

9 Basement Storage and Organization Tips One of the spaces most often neglected in a decluttering project is the basement. Use these tips to help you maximize the storage space in your basement. Save Item Send to a FriendPrint Tips Clear the clutter before you organize. Sort your basement’s contents into three piles: throw away, donate and sell. Clean appliances, like refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, and make sure they’re dry. Leave washer and dryer doors slightly ajar to allow air circulation and prevent mildew. If you have children, remove all appliance handles to make sure they can’t shut themselves inside accidentally.Shop Cleaning Supplies Air items in your basement every few months to avoid any musty smell. Use a dehumidifier whenever possible to help control odors and prevent moisture from damaging your valuables.Shop Dehumidifiers Install shelving units that are either plastic or wire with rubber bottoms. Avoid wood shelving — moisture in the floor will wick upward, potentially damaging your shelving and its contents.Shop Shelving Units Use clear plastic totes to store items so that you can easily identify the contents. Group like items (holiday storage, toys, sports equipment) and label the outside of each tote. To avoid injury, place the heaviest items on the bottom. Shop Plastic Storage Totes Protect any furniture you decide to store in the basement. Drape unbleached drop cloths or blankets over the pieces and keep them at least three inches from the wall to prevent moisture damage. To prevent floor dampness from ruining your furniture, store on a platform using aluminum pallets, elevated bricks or blocks.Shop Drop Cloths Stow tools and other iron or steel items in the basement only if a light coat of machine oil protects them. Hang them from hooks or place on shelves to prevent rusting.Shop PegboardShop Wall Hooks Use a label maker to mark shutoff valves, as well as the switches on your fuse or breaker box. Hang a flashlight next to your fuse or breaker box so that you’re not searching in the dark for the correct switch.Shop Flashlights Utilize space that’s often forgotten. Add plastic totes underneath the basement stairs. And also think about the ceiling. If you have enough space, use overhead racks to get bulky items like artificial Christmas trees or bikes out of the way. Depending on the unit, they can accommodate up to 250 pounds. Shop Bike StorageShop Ceiling Storage CautionDon’t set anything that could be harmed by water on the floor. Avoid putting books, magazines, photographs, clothing, rugs, draperies or plush toys in the basement. If you do, make sure that they’re in plastic totes placed on shelving. Related Videos 9 Tips for a Dry Basement Backup Sump Pump Buying Guide Garage Storage and Organization Ideas Shop Lowes Cleaning Supplies Moving Supplies Totes, Baskets & Storage Containers Related Videos & Guides Insulation Buying Guide Garage Storage Buying Guide Ideas & Inspiration Nature-Inspired Basement Makeover Garage Makeover Projects Family Storage Center Lowe’s Services Blown-in Insulation Water Heater Install
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Basement Storage Shelves

Tips Clear the clutter before you organize. Sort your basement’s contents into three piles: throw away, donate and sell. Clean appliances, like refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, and make sure they’re dry. Leave washer and dryer doors slightly ajar to allow air circulation and prevent mildew. If you have children, remove all appliance handles to make sure they can’t shut themselves inside accidentally.Shop Cleaning Supplies Air items in your basement every few months to avoid any musty smell. Use a dehumidifier whenever possible to help control odors and prevent moisture from damaging your valuables.Shop Dehumidifiers Install shelving units that are either plastic or wire with rubber bottoms. Avoid wood shelving — moisture in the floor will wick upward, potentially damaging your shelving and its contents.Shop Shelving Units Use clear plastic totes to store items so that you can easily identify the contents. Group like items (holiday storage, toys, sports equipment) and label the outside of each tote. To avoid injury, place the heaviest items on the bottom. Shop Plastic Storage Totes Protect any furniture you decide to store in the basement. Drape unbleached drop cloths or blankets over the pieces and keep them at least three inches from the wall to prevent moisture damage. To prevent floor dampness from ruining your furniture, store on a platform using aluminum pallets, elevated bricks or blocks.Shop Drop Cloths Stow tools and other iron or steel items in the basement only if a light coat of machine oil protects them. Hang them from hooks or place on shelves to prevent rusting.Shop PegboardShop Wall Hooks Use a label maker to mark shutoff valves, as well as the switches on your fuse or breaker box. Hang a flashlight next to your fuse or breaker box so that you’re not searching in the dark for the correct switch.Shop Flashlights Utilize space that’s often forgotten. Add plastic totes underneath the basement stairs. And also think about the ceiling. If you have enough space, use overhead racks to get bulky items like artificial Christmas trees or bikes out of the way. Depending on the unit, they can accommodate up to 250 pounds. Shop Bike StorageShop Ceiling Storage CautionDon’t set anything that could be harmed by water on the floor. Avoid putting books, magazines, photographs, clothing, rugs, draperies or plush toys in the basement. If you do, make sure that they’re in plastic totes placed on shelving.
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Basement Storage Shelves

Clear the clutter before you organize. Sort your basement’s contents into three piles: throw away, donate and sell. Clean appliances, like refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, and make sure they’re dry. Leave washer and dryer doors slightly ajar to allow air circulation and prevent mildew. If you have children, remove all appliance handles to make sure they can’t shut themselves inside accidentally.Shop Cleaning Supplies Air items in your basement every few months to avoid any musty smell. Use a dehumidifier whenever possible to help control odors and prevent moisture from damaging your valuables.Shop Dehumidifiers Install shelving units that are either plastic or wire with rubber bottoms. Avoid wood shelving — moisture in the floor will wick upward, potentially damaging your shelving and its contents.Shop Shelving Units Use clear plastic totes to store items so that you can easily identify the contents. Group like items (holiday storage, toys, sports equipment) and label the outside of each tote. To avoid injury, place the heaviest items on the bottom. Shop Plastic Storage Totes Protect any furniture you decide to store in the basement. Drape unbleached drop cloths or blankets over the pieces and keep them at least three inches from the wall to prevent moisture damage. To prevent floor dampness from ruining your furniture, store on a platform using aluminum pallets, elevated bricks or blocks.Shop Drop Cloths Stow tools and other iron or steel items in the basement only if a light coat of machine oil protects them. Hang them from hooks or place on shelves to prevent rusting.Shop PegboardShop Wall Hooks Use a label maker to mark shutoff valves, as well as the switches on your fuse or breaker box. Hang a flashlight next to your fuse or breaker box so that you’re not searching in the dark for the correct switch.Shop Flashlights Utilize space that’s often forgotten. Add plastic totes underneath the basement stairs. And also think about the ceiling. If you have enough space, use overhead racks to get bulky items like artificial Christmas trees or bikes out of the way. Depending on the unit, they can accommodate up to 250 pounds. Shop Bike StorageShop Ceiling Storage
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Basement Storage Shelves

Agree, great plans. Built one this weekend with a few variations – pressure treated 2×4 footers (damp basement floor), shelves 3 feet deep, and 2×3 shelf beams. The deeper shelves meant extra plywood and possible sagging so I put cross braces and extra 2×4 vertical posts in the middle – front and back matching the corner posts. Looking back the extra vertical posts might have been overkill but since I had it (and the cross braces) I was able to use 2×3’s for the front shelf supports and 1/2 inch plywood shelves. So to summarize … your plans are excellent, my variations were acceptable but time consuming, and the end result is working shelves!
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Basement Storage Shelves

Dave August 24, 2015 Agree, great plans. Built one this weekend with a few variations – pressure treated 2×4 footers (damp basement floor), shelves 3 feet deep, and 2×3 shelf beams. The deeper shelves meant extra plywood and possible sagging so I put cross braces and extra 2×4 vertical posts in the middle – front and back matching the corner posts. Looking back the extra vertical posts might have been overkill but since I had it (and the cross braces) I was able to use 2×3’s for the front shelf supports and 1/2 inch plywood shelves. So to summarize … your plans are excellent, my variations were acceptable but time consuming, and the end result is working shelves!
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Basement Storage Shelves

1. Assess Your Space and stuff to be stored. When organizing a room, I assess what is kept in the space. This means measuring everything. 2. Build storage shelves to fit your stuff This storage room had two storage shelves in it before, but the shelves weren’t spaced correctly and stuff got piled up.

Basement Storage Shelves

Basement Storage Shelves

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