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19 Clever Storage Ideas for Your Basement

By: Jacquelyn McGilvray and Jeannie Matteucci
October 22, 2020

Whether you use your basement as a playroom, home office, media room or crafting space, we've got smart ways for keeping it all neat and organized.

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Photo: Paul Goyette

Toy Storage Cubbies + Baskets

In this creative and playful basement, designer Amanda Miller used multilevel, cubby-style storage units with baskets and clear bins to keep the space neat and tidy. Labels — with words and pictures — on every basket help the kids keep their toys organized.

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Photo: David A. Land. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Extra Storage for Kitchenware

This basement lounge features a wall of cabinets to store essentials for the wet bar. The upper and lower cabinets also provide a place to stash seasonal items like holiday dishware and decorations, summer entertaining items and extra paper goods.

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From: The High Low Project

Open Storage for Easy Reach

The designers on Love It or List It created a bright and colorful finished basement that incorporates plenty of storage and comfortable furniture. A pair of desks makes it a perfect space for children who need to focus when participating in virtual learning and doing homework, or when they need space to spread out for arts and crafts.

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Home Office Essentials

Working from home? Look to the space underneath the stairs. Here, a low-profile credenza allows for stylish storage to keep essentials out of sight but easily accessible.

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