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13 Ways to a Better Basement

Consider your needs and the design challenges before embarking on a basement renovation

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Because of their expansive layouts, basements are often catch-all rooms. When browsing basement remodeling ideas, always think in terms of your family's needs and whether the space could best serve as your playroom, media room, home bar or storage space — or all of the above. Although finishing a basement is a large investment, it can add much-needed square footage to your home, which can also up the overall resale value.

As you get ready to take the remodeling plunge, take time to map out your basement layout and determine all its separate functions. Think about what your family needs the space for, and pick a layout that best suits those needs. Once you finalize your plan, determine whether built-ins are worth pursuing. In a vast, undefined space, they're an easy way to differentiate one space from another — the extra storage space doesn't hurt either. Finally, decide how you're going to fill the room with furniture. Since there's so much space to cover, picking the right pieces is a little more challenging than usual, so look at other basement design ideas to get a feel for what to look for when shopping.

What are basements used for?


Every family is different, so when looking for finished basement ideas make sure you pinpoint how you spend your time and then cater to those hobbies and interests. If you host parties often or are beer and wine aficionados, focus your basement remodel on creating a home bar or wine cellar. If you're looking for a kid-friendly hangout, become the neighborhood hot spot with a massive family and media room combo. Give the guy in your family the ultimate escape with a man cave, game room and home gym, or be practical above all else by adding extra bedrooms and another bathroom.

Should I use built-ins in my basement design?


With such large spaces, basements can hard to define; clever built-ins can help clarify room divisions while simultaneously aiding organization. For the ultimate video game/movie hub, install a custom entertainment center, complete with bookshelves and cabinets for storing small electronic accessories, movies and books. For those family movie nights, add a wet bar that includes a microwave and mini fridge for popcorn and beverages. A craft room with a built-in counter and shelves, or a long booth or bench for extra seating are also popular basement ideas. The options are endless, so consult a designer or builder to see what works for your basement remodel.

How should I decorate my basement?


If you take a look at most basement decorating ideas, you’ll see that typically bigger is better. Unlike other rooms where space might be tight, basement designs usually have room to spare, so your furniture can be oversized and chunky to help fill them up. Sectionals are a great way to avoid an empty-looking room, and they provide plenty of seating for when guests come to visit. Be sure to add other common living room pieces — like armchairs, side tables and coffee tables — to fully complete the look. If your family loves games, add a pool table, foosball or poker table, or include an oversized table for regular board games. Other excellent basement ideas include giving your kids their own corner with an indoor playhouse or swing, or creating your ultimate getaway with a daybed and bookshelves for reading, napping and relaxing.
Example of a transitional basement design in New York

Example of a transitional basement design in New York
Would these attached wall sconces with swing arms look good in my bedroom - velvet42

Basement - contemporary concrete floor and gray floor basement idea in Portland with white walls

Referred to inside H&H as “the basement of dreams,” this project transformed a raw, dark, unfinished basement into a bright living space flooded with daylight. Working with architect Sean Barnett of Polymath Studio, Hammer & Hand added several 4’ windows to the perimeter of the basement, a new entrance, and wired the unit for future ADU conversion. This basement is filled with custom touches reflecting the young family’s project goals. H&H milled custom trim to match the existing home’s trim, making the basement feel original to the historic house. The H&H shop crafted a barn door with an inlaid chalkboard for their toddler to draw on, while the rest of the H&H team designed a custom closet with movable hanging racks to store and dry their camping gear. Photography by Jeff Amram.
divider wall between storage and living space - ivan_ereiz

Example of a mid-sized transitional look-out vinyl floor and brown floor basement design in Boston with gray walls

This basement needed a serious transition, with light pouring in from all angles, it didn't make any sense to do anything but finish it off. Plus, we had a family of teenage girls that needed a place to hangout, and that is exactly what they got. We had a blast transforming this basement into a sleepover destination, sewing work space, and lounge area for our teen clients. Photo Credit: Tamara Flanagan Photography
We love the look of this industrial style floor lamp! - pinelightingvic

Basement - transitional light wood floor and beige floor basement idea in Los Angeles with beige walls

Jason Cook
Basement - transitional light wood floor and beige floor basement idea in Los Angeles with beige walls
Can see this in your wine area..faux stone and then keeping kithen light using shiplap on front. - jlrmulqueen

Example of a coastal carpeted and beige floor basement design in Minneapolis with white walls, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace

Example of a coastal carpeted and beige floor basement design in Minneapolis with white walls, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace
Cozy Lighting Storage was also key in this Minnesota basement TV lounge and bar built by Gordon James Construction. Houzzers were drawn to the textures, including the dark cabinetry and stacked-stone fireplace surround. And don’t miss the poker table on the right — this room is a complete entertainment lounge. Style note: Installing lighting in the glass cabinets and in the shelving gives the room a cozy glow. - michelehca

Trendy underground beige floor basement photo in Nashville

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Trendy underground beige floor basement photo in Nashville
Hip Lighting Lighting also played a major role in this basement hangout by Superior Custom Homes & Remodeling. In addition to the industrial pendants over the bar, LED rope lights that change color illuminate the bar bottle wall and the area underneath the bar counter. Style note: The dartboard placement is just as it would be in a sports bar — out of the way to avoid accidents. * NOT THE BLUE BUT I LIKE IDEA OF BACKLIT rather than under the bottles maybe... - michelehca

Trendy basement photo in Denver

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Trendy basement photo in Denver
Sectional/tv zone next to glass gym; built in’s - webuser_325771619

Basement - mid-sized traditional walk-out ceramic floor and brown floor basement idea in Atlanta with gray walls, a standard fireplace and a brick fireplace

Full basement finish, custom theater, cabinets, wine cellar
Basement - mid-sized traditional walk-out ceramic floor and brown floor basement idea in Atlanta with gray walls, a standard fireplace and a brick fireplace
FP white, TV, flooring - sstitzlein

Transitional walk-out carpeted basement photo in DC Metro with gray walls

Transitional walk-out carpeted basement photo in DC Metro with gray walls
Like this shiplap/drywall column too for basement...only if shiplap makes sense with the overall look :) - blockbonnie

Example of a large classic light wood floor and brown floor basement design in Salt Lake City

Example of a large classic light wood floor and brown floor basement design in Salt Lake City
Like the brick for the games room - jlorz

Mid-sized mountain style underground medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement photo in Other with white walls

Mid-sized mountain style underground medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement photo in Other with white walls
?? accent wall on the staircase NOT a must, but would be nice - eyee41

Trendy underground concrete floor basement photo in Omaha with beige walls

Tom Kessler
Trendy underground concrete floor basement photo in Omaha with beige walls
I like the three sided fireplace - kmcqueen

Coastal walk-out dark wood floor basement photo in Atlanta with white walls

Coastal walk-out dark wood floor basement photo in Atlanta with white walls
Rustic Comfort Дизайнерите в интериора на Джесика Брадли смесиха стенни облицовки и греди. Гредите изглеждат, необработени дървени врати и конструиран дървен под, за да създадат комфортно селски атмосфера в тази мансарда в Атланта. Хъзърите също бяха привлечени от сини и оранжеви попадения в иначе неутрална цветна палитра. - nikolay_k73

Trendy underground light wood floor and beige floor basement photo in DC Metro with gray walls

Trendy underground light wood floor and beige floor basement photo in DC Metro with gray walls
table glowing from underneath. Cool idea. - annie_doezie

Basement - basement idea in Minneapolis

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Basement - basement idea in Minneapolis
Love the high top table behind the couch - ojwhiteman

Example of a mid-sized mountain style concrete floor and brown floor basement design in Kansas City

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Example of a mid-sized mountain style concrete floor and brown floor basement design in Kansas City
Basement Embraced For this renovation, the pros at Hurst Construction embraced the basement-like qualities other renovations try to hide. Foundation walls, exposed metal wiring conduits and outlets and a concrete floor all lend industrial style, balanced out by upscale furniture, lighting and a luxe walnut TV cabinet. Style note: The lower parts of the ceiling don’t make the room feel compressed for two reasons. The first is the clever way the ceiling floats, with reveals around the edges of - michelehca

2016 LCA Grand Award and 2016 NALP Grand Award winning property in Leesburg, Virginia. This project encompassed creating a master plan for the entire property, in which the landscape seamlessly complements the newly constructed home. Features include a paved entrance motor court, travertine entry walkway with a custom French-inspired fountain, pea gravel walkway under an allele of crape myrtles, circular French fountain, expansive pool deck, and custom pool house. Morgan Howarth Photography, Surrounds Inc.

Large trendy dark wood floor and brown floor basement photo in Chicago with white walls, a ribbon fireplace and a metal fireplace

Large open floor plan in basement with full built-in bar, fireplace, game room and seating for all sorts of activities. Cabinetry at the bar provided by Brookhaven Cabinetry manufactured by Wood-Mode Cabinetry. Cabinetry is constructed from maple wood and finished in an opaque finish. Glass front cabinetry includes reeded glass for privacy. Bar is over 14 feet long and wrapped in wainscot panels. Although not shown, the interior of the bar includes several undercounter appliances: refrigerator, dishwasher drawer, microwave drawer and refrigerator drawers; all, except the microwave, have decorative wood panels.
Just looking at back wall here..with (2) 2 tops and series of sconces lighting up back wall. - jlrmulqueen

Urban look-out medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement photo in Atlanta with brown walls

Urban look-out medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement photo in Atlanta with brown walls
Lighting, flooring, ceiling color - chammell95