When designing your basement layout, storage tends to be the last thing that gets thrown into the mix. You can devise a solution to have a dedicated wall of storage closets to hold out of season clothing and sports equipment. You can also stuff the closets with shelving to hold dinner wear, food supplies, computer equipment, books, collectables etc. There are thousands of different items we keep in our basements.
You can buy a shelving system for your closet or have one custom designed by a closet company. If you make them adjustable they can adapt to your changing needs allowing you to reconfigure them. Recessed shelves built into the walls add a custom look and does not take up living space.
You can also create a dedicated storage room in your basement saving valuable wall space. Put in a bank of shelving units and create a library of items you can easily get to. Make it a pantry, a wardrobe, a communications hub, a utility zone or all of the above. Keep your living spaces separate from the storage spaces. The back of the door can be a useful spot for storing items like a shoe organizer for example.
Under the basement stairs is usually the best spot for a closet, shelving system or both. Shelving is tucked under the stairs for that built in look, or the shelving can be inside the closet hidden from view which allows wall space for furniture or a TV. Draws and cabinets can also be built into the area under the stairs.
A good use of space is to install a wall of shelving behind a set of double doors. This is a great way to conserve space, hide clutter and keep the basement looking like a finished basement.
Storage bins are a great way to keep items and clutter under control. stack them up to the ceiling and line them up along the wall. They are inexpensive and seal your items from dust and moisture and when it comes time to move them you have handles to place them anywhere. Put labels on the bins so you can search quickly visually instead of physically taking everything apart to find what you need or you can get the clear plastic bins to see whats inside.
A great idea is to create a wardrobe. Line the walls with cedar, install lighting and custom shelves and drawers. Add a mirror and some seating and maybe pipe in some music and a TV. Add a shoe rack, hanging rods at different heights for robes and pants, cabinets, hamper and maybe a spot to do your make-up.
Ask any Long Island Basement Contractor to build your basement with the required storage you need. They should be able to accommodate you with out any hassle.