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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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Best Shelving for a Multifunctional Basement

This wall of built-in shelves from Instagram user @atouchoftippy includes open and closed storage, as well as a desk. It’s a great 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!

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Best Basement Shelving for Holiday Decor

Is your holiday décor a chaotic mess of stacked bins and baskets? Get them organized with some heavy-duty shelves, like the ones used here by Instagram user

These are great for a basement 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.

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DIY Arched Basement Shelf

The basement is the perfect 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 great way to draw the eye up and make low basement ceilings appear taller.

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Best Basement Shelving for Under the Stairs

Every little inch of storage space helps when organizing your home. So don’t overlook basement nooks and crannies like the empty area under your stairs.

In this example from Instagram user, the awkward triangular shaped space becomes a storage area with shelves and baskets. Shelves alone don’t always work, but matching baskets elevate the style and organization of any shelving unit.

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Best Basement Shelving for a Game Room

Call it whatever you want — play room, media room, game room — but any basement space that incorporates games, toys and a TV 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 BILLY bookcase series from Ikea for an affordable option in various heights and widths.

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Best Basement Shelving for Awkward Stairway Nook

Who says basement storage can’t be beautiful? This awkward nook next to the basement shelves 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 (plus those swoon-worthy gold labels) hide and organize tools, masks and other miscellaneous supplies.

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Best Kid-Friendly Basement Shelving

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. Cubby shelves are versatile and can be used vertically or horizontally. A couple of horizontal units side by side work great as accessible toy storage. As the kids get older and needs change, you can arrange them vertically to save space.

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Combination Basement Shelving

A wall of built-in storage cabinets provides plenty of storage, but can be boring to look at. Open shelves allow you to display décor and access things you use frequently, as shown here by Instagram user @jwhhomes. If custom built-in storage is not in the budget, check out this cabinet and shelving combination unit with a similar white and natural wood finish.

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Best Craft Room Basement Shelving

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.

The simple wood shelving unit along the wall can be a DIY project, or you can buy this metal and wood version with a similar look. Either way, measure the depth of the shelves so you buy clear bins that fit, allowing you to quickly identify what’s inside.