How to Make Rolling Basement Storage Containers

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Rolling containers for basement storage are a great way to store items in an easily accessible manner. How you go about making your rolling storage container depends on the size, design, and make of your basement.

Choose Your Container

Go to your basement and consider where the best place for storage would be. Keep in mind that you are making a rolling container, so sliding in and out of tight spaces will be ideal. Also, consider what type of container you need.

Plastic containers come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They are durable, cost-effective, and are probably your best option. If you need to store items that are heavy or made of materials that could damage plastic, then consider a container that is tougher.

For example, you would not store heavy metal poles and pikes for a large tent in a flat plastic container. It may be fine at first, but if you are storing it for the long run, the plastic container will eventually crack and crumble. A case a steel container may be more expensive, but it will hold the poles and pikes for as long as you would like it to.

Step 2 - Getting Materials

Once you have decided on the size, shape, and make, and where to place the container, as well, you can buy the materials. Purchase wheels that are already connected to rails. If you buy each wheel individually, it will be more expensive and more difficult to attach to your container.

Look for a set of four wheels that are either attached to a rail in sets of two or in a set of four and attached to a square rail frame. Ensure that the length of the rail or square frame matches the base of the container you have chosen. You don't want it to be too small, but you also don't want it to be too big. A length of 2.5-inches from the rim of the base is ideal. Ensure that the rails have a slot for a bolt to attached.

Attaching the Wheels

Measure and mark the area for the wheels. Using the power drill and use a drill bit that matches the size of your bolt, drill a hole where you marked it. If you chose a steel container, then you need to use a special drill bit. Poke the bolt through the bottom of the container and the wheel rail, then place a nut on the end of the bolt and tighten it with a wrench. Do this until the wheel rails are firmly attached to the bottom of the container.