Basement Storage Ideas – It’s Not Fancy, But We all need it!
Basement Storage any one? As you all know, we moved into a villa this past year, and after being here for a while now we are finally starting to add usable storage to our basement area to house all those things we don’t use today, but just may tomorrow. While on winter break, hubby and I got to work on building some much needed basement storage.
We set out to find plans that would be functional and hold all the Rubbermaid bins we have acquired over a 28 year marriage – yep you read that right 28 years – and he’s still the love of my life – after all, how can you not love a guy who will help you build storage for your décor ;-). We built, because some store bought shelving looked flimsy or too hard to assemble, not to mention the expense! We built our storage for around $70. This price was because our builder, Fischer & Fritchel homes left us all the unused 2×4’s from our basement build at our request, after all you paid for them already – you may as well use them! Thanks F&F Homes – we could not have asked for a better builder!
We decided to build 4 separate areas to store. The first one you see here is where I store all my extra décor items like lamps, pictures furniture piece that we are not using right now, but just may in the future (we built this when we first moved in). This area was constructed using simple 2 x 4 framing, and plywood shelves. we bought our lumber from The Home Depot. The bottom floor area we laid carpet, and created the standing area you see for all my large frames and photos.
The next three areas consist of Utility shelves also constructed from 2×4’s, for the legs and under shelf support, and builder grade plywood for the shelves. We did a simple glue and nail of the leg supports, using 2 inch screws, supporting the structure to the walls. We clamped the shelves into place, evenly spacing, making sure they were all level, and secured with the 2” screws. We measured the height and width of our Rubbermaid containers and constructed the shelves to hold 4 to 5 each shelf, toping it off with 3 shelves. The under storage on the bottom left open is great because I can get Christmas trees in the rolling bags set under with easy access to pull them out. We used our Rybobi 10″ Mitter saw, and our Ryobi battery operated drivers.
Our storage came out to be 8’ long x 78” tall x 24” deep. We left two openings 28” long, and the remaining opening at 19” long, allowing 5 Rubbermaid bins to slide into an 8 foot long shelf. Once completed, we slid in our bins (which were 24” x 16” x 16”) for safe keeping. We used Rubbermaid bins because it’s a basement. We felt this would keep our items protected.
You can see I also have a food storage area unit. I have some additional storage ideas in the works to help this area function better, giving us double the storage for those great sales at our local Dierberg and Schnuck markets – so stay tune to see the next add on that will help us with organizing our food storage area better!
This storage was easy to complete, but you should have a partner to help you because of the size of the structures and holding the piece level why securing the shelving. The beauty of this storage, if you do not have a basement like we do here in Missouri, you can easily install this same model into your garage or out door work sheds. It truly allows you to be creative! Make sure you use safety gear to protect your eyes, you just never know when something my go flying! Look for plans in The Family Handyman – we did, and look what we built!
Until our next post! Happy basement storage ideas everyone!
– Linda 🙂