Putting up shelves is a relatively simple task that the homeowner can complete without any special tools. A basement is an excellent place to put shelves to store any number of household goods and in particular seasonal items such as Christmas decorations and the like.
BEST TYPES OF SHELVING
When considering shelves or shelving units for a basement, the number one thing to consider is shelves that are adjustable. Adjustable shelving works best simply because your personal belongings are not all the same size. Adjustable shelves do not have to line up horizontally, although alignment vertically is a wise decision. Any home improvement warehouse store will have various shelving material available, and the staff are normally well-versed in each product. When in doubt, ask for help, and if possible, any literature available to help with installation.
WHERE IN THE BASEMENT
Choose a wall away from major traffic, but still with adequate easement and space to maneuver heavy and cumbersome items. The idea behind shelving should be adequate and convenient storage, so plan your shelving accordingly. Plan your shelves off the ground a minimum of one foot. This way your shelves will never require too much stooping or uncomfortable lifting.
Metal shelving is popular and for basements, the best material available. Since metal is versatile and lightweight while simultaneously capable of excellent support, it is the choice of home owners seeking to install shelves. Wooden shelves, while attractive, may warp and bend over time due to the moisture levels in the average basement.