9 Basement Shelving Ideas to Increase Storage Space
The basement can be a notoriously messy space. Clean up, get organized and reclaim your lower level with these creative basement shelving ideas.
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Whether your downstairs functions as a home bar or playroom with your kids’ playhouses and toys, you’re going to need ideas for organizing your basement. In addition to basement storage bins and containers, the right shelving is essential to maintaining a clutter-free space.
Shelving units also provide opportunity for experimentation with design and basement remodel ideas, such as adding open shelving and cabinetry to a basement laundry room or putting in an under-stairs storage unit.
However your basement works for you, check out our basement shelving ideas to increase storage space for ways to keep your downstairs space tidy.
Best for Multifunctional Spaces
This wall of built-in shelves from Instagram user @atouchoftippy includes open and closed storage, as well as a desk. It’s a smart example of how to fit a ton of storage and a workspace in a room that also serves as a TV-viewing and lounge area. Plus, the moody black finish proves that you shouldn’t be afraid to use dark paint colors, even in a basement.
Pottery Barn’s Logan Desk with Bookcase Suite delivers a similar look without demanding the time commitment of a DIY shelving project.
Best for Holiday Decor
These are effective for a storage room, because the height and shelves adjust to fit low ceilings, and the steel construction holds up well to basement moisture. Another handy tip: For bin labels, use outdoor letter stickers rather than craft store stickers for longer durability.
Best for Style
The basement is an adequate out-of-the-way space to experiment with DIY furniture projects. This cute arched shelf, built by Instagram user @functional_decor, is an Ikea hack made to look like this more expensive version. We love how the bright toys pop against the black backdrop of the shelves. A tall piece like this is also a clever way to draw the eye up and make low basement ceilings appear taller.
Best for Under Stairs
In this example from Instagram user @hope.homes.happiness, the awkward triangular-shaped space becomes a storage area with the right accessories. Shelves alone don’t always work, but matching baskets elevate the style and organization of a shelving unit.
Best for Game Rooms
Call it whatever you want—play room, media room, game room—but a basement space that incorporates games, toys and an entertainment section needs shelving.
In this basement by Instagram user @threegalsandtwoguys, bookshelves are cleverly arranged around the TV to create the look of a custom built-in piece (without the price tag). For a similar look, you’ll need two short bookcases and two tall bookcases. Check out the Wahl Bookcase for an affordable option.
Best for Tight Spaces
Who says basement storage can’t be equal parts useful and attractive? This awkward nook next to the basement stairs could have been dusty, wasted space. But thanks to a smart solution by Instagram user @primspace, it’s a functional and decorative area. Simple white shelves and matching baskets (along with some handy labels) hide and organize tools, safety items and other miscellaneous supplies.
Best for Kids
If you use your basement as a playroom, it’s a good idea to incorporate low shelving that kids can reach, as done here by Instagram user @ellabelledesigns. We like the look and versatility of a horizontal bench unit. It works as accessible toy storage and can be repurposed later as storage for shoes or books when the kids are grown.
Best for Hiding Items
A wall of built-in cabinets provides plenty of storage, but can be boring to look at. Open shelves allow you to display decor and access things you use frequently, as shown here by Instagram user @jwhhomes. If custom storage is not in the budget, check out this sleek armoire that comes in four colors and has a closed-door design.
Best for Craft Rooms
There are few messes that can’t be drastically improved with clear bins and shelves. Prime example: this basement craft room by Instagram user @rialeeczi.