Get Organized in 2012: 14 Ways to Organize Your Basement!

Basements can easily turn into the mismatched-sock drawers of the entire house. But with some forethought, organization and some inspiration, you can turn it from an eyesore into the coolest place to hang out in the house. And even if you don’t have a basement, these ideas are great for small spaces or ones that are short on light. Check them out … after the break!

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  • Combine Functional Rooms 1 of 14
    Combine Functional Rooms
    Get your exercising and laundry done in one shot, with a curtain to divide the room.
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  • Create a Playhouse Under the Stairs 2 of 14
    Create a Playhouse Under the Stairs
    This is a great idea! My in-laws have something similar and the little ones can't get enough of playing there.
    Learn more at Apartment Therapy
  • Turn Extra Room into Bunk Room 3 of 14
    Turn Extra Room into Bunk Room
    Got a lot of guests? A lot of offspring? Somewhere to put everyone at the cabin? Try this great idea.
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  • Create a ‘Faux Window’ 4 of 14
    Create a 'Faux Window'
    Even if your basement doesn't have a window, create a "faux" window with the use of drapery panels across an entire wall.
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  • Use Open Shelves and a Skirted Sink 5 of 14
    Use Open Shelves and a Skirted Sink
    You can hide extra storage under your sink- if you have any!
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  • Add a Small Bathroom Under the Stairs 6 of 14
    Add a Small Bathroom Under the Stairs
    I love this space-saving idea — and the design is so cool and modern. Just remember to stand up slowly!
    Learn more at Home Designing
  • Make DIY Hanging Shelves to Hold Books 7 of 14
    Make DIY Hanging Shelves to Hold Books
    Kids can never have enough books. Keep them close at hand but in control with this great idea.
    Learn more at Domestic Imperfection
  • Add a Built-In Bench or Dresser 8 of 14
    Add a Built-In Bench or Dresser
    Got a small basement bedroom? Try a built-in bench and dresser. Save space and add some fun elements to the room's decor.
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  • Lighten Things Up Clever Placement of Recess Lights 9 of 14
    Lighten Things Up Clever Placement of Recess Lights
    Even if your basement room doesn't have any windows, you can add cheery light through strategically placed lights like in this basement bathroom.
    Learn more at Interior Ideaz
  • Disguise Unfortunate Basement Walls with Fabrics 10 of 14
    Disguise Unfortunate Basement Walls with Fabrics
    Use attractive fabric panels to disguise ugly basement walls and hang easy open shelves.
    Learn more at Country Living
  • Turn a Closet into Streamlined Laundry Room 11 of 14
    Turn a Closet into Streamlined Laundry Room
    A laundry room doesn't have to be the size of a garage. You can put in a space-efficient laundry room into a closet.
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  • Utilize Under-Stair Area with Pull-Out Drawers 12 of 14
    Utilize Under-Stair Area with Pull-Out Drawers
    Another idea for using that "dead" under-stair space ... put in these cool pull-out drawers. Keep that space from getting filled with stacks of stuff!
    Learn more at Deriba Furniture
  • Turn Space Under Stairs into Office 13 of 14
    Turn Space Under Stairs into Office
    Utilize that dead space under your stairs by creating a home office nook!
    Learn more at Home Designing
  • Save Space with a Built-In Banquette 14 of 14
    Save Space with a Built-In Banquette
    You could even put drawers in the banquette for extra storage!
    Learn more at Dixie Delights

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