Read ahead to find our tips and suggestions for making better use of your basement…
Light it up; air it out
One of the scariest parts about most basements is that it’s never properly lit. There is perhaps one lonely and naked light bulb; but that is generally about it. Added to it, most basements are rarely used, so they tend to smell musty and feel a little damp in general. If you want to get any use of your basement, it’s best to change these horror movie qualities of this space. Install bright lights and get a few stand lamps down there if there is no space for more than one light bulb. Air out the space regularly and fix the damp walls by using rubber paint to prevent moisture. You’ll find that once you have taken these measures, spending time down there is a much more appealing idea.
Shelve it up; create space
Most people use their basements as a storage area for all those things that they don’t use too often; or the things they simply don’t know what to do about. If you do the same, then it’s time to figure out if all that you have down there is actually things that you want to hang on to. Sort through the things and divide your belongings into piles of keep, sell, give away and toss out. Once you have done this, carefully pack and seal them; then label themmarking them clearly if they are fragile. Use longspan shelving and used pallet racking to organize your storage boxes and containers. This will clear up more space for you to bring in additional things to store.
Use the space available
Once you have used the cantilever racking and other organizing shelves to rack your belongings, you will find that you have more space to work with. If you don’t really have anything more to store down there, consider making use of that freed space. Convert the space into your private gym, or bring an old sofa down there to create a reading nook. If you are a freelancer or someone who works from home, you can even convert it into a home office for a private and disturbance free work space.
Make money out of the space
If you are someone who has never really had a lot of things around you, and haven’t recently caught up the collecting bug, then chances are that you don’t really need to use the basement for your storageleaving the whole space empty. If you don’t want to convert it into something that is useful to you, consider simply renting the space out; especially if it has its separate entrance. You can convert it into an apartment, or simply rent it as it is for as a storage unit. Just be careful about who you rent a part of your home to…