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Old 06-11-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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What's a good storage container for the basement?

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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Depends on how big your basement is and what you need to store. I like semi-transparent containers so I can see what's inside. I also want lids that are either hinged or that latch. In the case of smaller containers, I look for containers that stack.

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I have used the Rubber Maid Action Packers for several year. I have several of them in different sizes, some that fit under a part of our basement and some that do not. While that are not clear and therfore not see through, I have them in different area that I know what is in them. I even put some 'foam' stripping on a couple of them to help keep the dust out.
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I use the Rubber Maid containers, what I did was take some measurements in my basement and took a trip to Walmart and looked at several different containers and mixed and matched to get the most in my basement area.
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Originally Posted by paz View Post
...I like semi-transparent containers so I can see what's inside...
Same here, got 'em at Wally World.
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We use clear plastic type containers of various sizes, all have latching lids.
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The only thing I would add is they should be water proof.

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We like using the semi-transparent ones in various sizes that fit into the different areas that we store them. Must have at least a latching cover. They work out great for us.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:01 PM   #10
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Try The Container Store, they are not cheap unless you can find a sale but they have all kinds of very nice storage containers. I got 4 that had rollers on one end and slide right into my bays, perfect fit. The lids are to high so left them off but may see if I can cut them some way to add them. But the stuff that is in them won't hurt if it does get dusty.

They also have some that zip and make an expandable type box that is waterproof, used them for some quilts I put in the bay.

But you may also find some decent ones at places like Big Lots, they have lots of storage items. Many are suitable for your kitchen and priced right.
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My hubby likes to keep his tools in a heavier 'ammo can' a metal contraption that I think he picked up at an army surplus store. It has a locking waterproof lid and holds heavy tools better than a flimsy-er container. Its taller too, so saves space on the floor in the basement compartment.
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Hint: use painters tape for label - easy off, even years later, when contents change.
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We use plastic bins with lids, also. We do not use specific brands and just pick them up wherever and replace once in a while if needed. We learned the hard way that, if possible, multiple smaller containers work better than one large one. Smaller ones are easier to move around and pull out when you need to get inside.
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A little thinking BEFORE ya purchase a set of containers is VERY worth while. We are real "full timers" and this was worthwhile for us.

Measure the basement (bay) compartments and sketch a little diagram. Don't overlook VERTICLE clearance measurements since this can tell you how tall a container will fit in a given spot and or whether that area might accomodate some configuration of two containers (ie., for example one not so tall with a flatter container on top).

Anyway, for the most part our basement bays are almost entirely compartmentalized with such containers although we've allowed for channels along side and/or between these conatiners for longer items such as canoe paddles, flag poles, ring washing extension handles, etc. and space for lawn chairs. We also try to place things that we need frequent and easy access to in convenient spots so we can easily just open a bay door and such items are right there, etc.

Couple of other things. We sure do recommend see through containers since ya most often can glance at the side of a container and know what ya have in it. Another suggestion which is kind of important is when selecting your containers, pay attention to the overhang of the lid around the perimeter of the container. Try to find a container brand that has the least overhang of the snap on lids. Sounds trivial, BUT, lids with overhang don't store side by side very well leaving two or three inches of space between all the containers and such overhanging lids pushing against each other which ya don't want.


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