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Easy Steps to a Better Basement

Easy Steps to a Better Basement By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Do you have a dark, dingy basement mainly used for storing junk you can't fit anywhere else? You're not alone. With some simple remodeling, you can turn your basement into a warm, inviting, multifunctional room that still has storage space.

Storage Solutions

When undergoing basement remodeling, think shelves -- lots of shelves. These can be hidden behind sliding doors or out in the open. Hiding shelves puts everything out of the public's view and makes the room look tidier.

Shelve Design Tip

Make sure to put shelves at varying heights to give yourself more storage options. Also, take advantage of the space underneath the stairs leading down to the basement. It's an easy remodeling fix to open up that space and transform it into a custom cabinet.

Basement Design

One of the biggest design challenges for your basement may be the lack of light --basements tend to have either one small window or none at all. Consider spotlights if it's a cramped space. Since these hang from the ceiling, they can light dark corners without taking up additional room. Mirrors can be used to give the illusion of extra space and to increase lighting as well.

Finally, you'll need to give the room warmth. An area rug may work wonderfully to literally warm up the floor as well as adding a splash of color. Keep the wall colors light and friendly to make the space more welcoming.

Last, but not least, make sure to measure furniture before you buy any new pieces ensure they not only fit in the basement, but also go down the stairs, too!


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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