The basement is such an amazing space. This is one of the areas of the home that offers the homeowner additional storage and living space. With planning and creativity, the basement can be transformed into a useful space serving multiple purposes. Interesting storage while creating additional living space can give you the perfect basement.
Some storage ideas to consider for your basement that will not affect it being used as a living space are hidden storage. Some of these are:
False walls are a great hidden storage option to help keep the base organized. You can either build out a wall using drywall or use faux paint to give the impression of brick, leather or other design to add variety without giving away that there is a usable space on the other side. This frees up the actual floor space for other uses without removing storage space from the home. You could just use faux walls as a simple design element.
You can use curtains to separate the basement space. So you could have your tools stored on a pegboard on one wall, but a simple drape will hide that wall. This provides living and storage space without the hassle of getting permits to add walls.
If you are unable to move your laundry room from the basement, but you want to make the area into an entertainment area, all is not lost. Place your dryer ad washer into an attractive cabinet that is closed away when not in used. The top of the cabinets can serve different purposes when no laundry is being done.
Dual purpose storage/furniture
Some sofas have an alcove in the back that can be used for storage. Likewise, some futons have bases that serve as storage drawers, making them dual use and quite handy for small spaces. Some desks and tables or even wet bars can be created with te empty spaces beneath being converted into storage drawers. A banquette against on wall is not only cool and cozy, but drawers can be placed underneath to create storage that is unobtrusive and elegant.
Pipe wall shelving units are attractive and creative and can work well in a basement regardless of the use of the basement. These shelves can be used for books, toys, knickknacks and plants.
If possible, put in a window or two, but create a reading nook. Build a platform for this where the base is storage and the stop provides seating or a comfy sofa for reclining.
Under the Stairs
Close off the space under the stairs leading to the basement and use it for storage. If you are looking for a small work area, this space depending on the size of the space could work. You will need to put in good overhead and desk light. Using this area as a work office leaves the rest of the basement for other things.
Your basement can be your go to storage and still help to increase your living space without being tacky. We can assist you with creating the perfect basement space that will fit your needs now and in the future. Take a look at our other basement remodeling ideas and our gallery of past projects to get a good idea of our workmanship before picking up the phone. Call us at 860-667-8105 if you’re in Newington or the surrounding areas and would like to start making plans for remodeling your basement.