DIY Basement Shelving

If you are renovating your home then the likelihood is that you have left the basement until very last, unless you intend for it to be a living area of course. In most cases, it will be a storage space that you intend to use for items that have no place in your home.

If this is the case then you will need practical storage space in order to keep these items without leaving them lying around and basement shelving is the perfect option. Not only does it keep items off the floor but provides unobtrusive space that is limited only by the amount of shelving that you wish to put up!

Checking Basement Suitability

DIY basement shelving is easy enough to put up when you know how but you do have to check the suitability of the basement in advance and prepare it for shelving if necessary.

The basement walls are literally exterior walls below ground level and so are prone to damp. If the walls are damp then they may swell, recede and crack. They are generally unstable. As such, they cannot sustain shelving in the short or long term and you will end up with one almighty mess on your hands so you must make sure that your basement is fully protected from damp before even entertaining the idea of putting up shelving.

You should first and foremost assess the basement in terms of the extent of damp damage already This may mean replacing some of the drywall if there is a lot of damage there already. If the damp is not excessive then you should make sure that it has a damp course before using waterproofing paint on all four walls, the floor and the ceiling to ensure that there will be no further issues with water getting in. After that, you should be good to go with the shelving!

Putting Shelving Up

When you actually come to put the shelving up, you should plan exactly how much space you need and how many selves you will put up in order to cater for that need. As all walls should be strong enough to sustain shelving, it is solely down to your planning as to where the shelves will be located.

All shelving should be well spaced and not crammed in together so that there is plenty of room for adequate ventilation. A lack of ventilation can prove problematic in a basement so this is an absolute must.

When the plan is in place then you should begin to examine the material options you have. Pre-made shelving is often advisable in the basement area because they are tested for quality in advance. This will prevent any problems cropping up as the shelving is erected but you can of course make your own shelves, in which case you will need a durable wood that is not too heavy because it can weigh on the walls and may cause structural damage. As such, the choice of wood is important.

It is also advisable that you use metal brackets in order to keep the shelving in place. They are often stronger than wood and can easily be moved with no permanent damage being cased to the bracket or wall. It is choice like this that makes all of the difference between successful shelving and that causing long-term damage!