Even if you have a tiny basement, it can still function as more than just haphazard storage space. Use these tips to get the most use out of your basement!
#1: CLEAR OUT UNUSED STUFF.
If your basement functions as more of a storage unit than a livable space, go through the stuff you have piled up in there and donate everything you can. If you haven’t used an item in a full calendar year and it doesn’t have sentimental value, toss it.
#2: MAXIMIZE STORAGE
That being said, your basement can still store a lot of items — but there are ways to decoratively hide it. Try buying an ottoman or bench with built-in storage. Shelving is also a great way to store books and other items — try wall-mounted shelves or even a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit. If you own a lot of DVDs and video games, purchase a media console with drawers to store them in.
#3: MAKE THE SPACE LOOK BIGGER THAN IT IS.
There are ways to create the illusion of a larger space — even with the world’s smallest basement! Ditch the typical, bland color scheme and inject some color. White walls, hardwood floors, high-quality carpet and ample lighting work wonders in artificially enlarging your space.
#4: KEEP THE AREA OPEN.
Embrace an open-floor concept in your basement. Erecting walls and dividing the space just makes each of those rooms seem tinier and tinier. Instead of adding walls, make your basement much more fluid so each space flows naturally into the next.
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