Ideas to Make Your Basement Usable Without Finishing

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If you have a large basement that never seems to get any use, make your unfinished basement space more usable by changing how it's used. Basement spaces are typically one of the largest unused portions of any house, but they don't have to be with a little planning and creative thinking.

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Add Shelves

Get your basement organised and create more usable space by adding shelves. You can use basement shelves to store stuff long term, or if you can stay organised, store everyday items you don't use very often, like books, DVDs or some art supplies. Place household items, like extra towels, blankets and pillows in plastic storage bins and store them on shelves for easy access. You can purchase tall shelf towers to store items on, or you can attach them to the wall, depending on the type of basement wall you have.

Store Food

If your kitchen cabinets or pantry never seem large enough to store all your food, use your basement for food storage. Create a basement pantry to store overflow food supplies which last a long time, like cereal and canned goods. For refrigerated or frozen items, add an extra freezer. To create a space for fresh veggies all year round, make a root cellar in a cool, damp corner of your basement. Vegetables, like potatoes and onions, can last for months in a root cellar if stored properly.

Create a Laundry Space

To make cleaning your clothes more efficient, create a laundry space in your basement. Add a countertop for folding clothes over the washer and dryer, and attach a cabinet or two to the wall overhead to store washing powder, dryer sheets and other laundry items. Place a wide cabinet or shelf beside the washer and dryer to store extra baskets and miscellaneous items, like hangers. Install a solid hanging bar to hang clothes straight from the washer or dryer. If your basement isn't prone to flooding, place a rug in front of the laundry space to signify the work space. If flooding is a problem, try using a rubber mat instead.

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