10 Basement Remodeling Ideas
Tired of having a boring, unused basement? With a little creativity, you can transform your basement into one of your favorite rooms in the house! Here are ten basement remodeling ideas to get you started:
1. Simple storage room
Let’s face it; we could all use a little extra storage space. And if your garage is getting too full to park a car, a basement storage room could be the perfect solution. All you need is a few storage shelving units, and you’re good to go! Use see-through bins and utilize labels to make sure you can find everything you need.
2. Extra Bedroom
Maybe you’ve got a teenager itching to have his or her own space, or maybe there’s simply more people than bedrooms in your home. A basement bedroom could be the perfect solution! Consider adding a door or a screen for extra privacy, and if space warrants, a small bathroom so they won’t have to keep running upstairs.
3. Family Room
While there’s probably already a living room in your home, wouldn’t it be great to have two? Some comfortable seating and a TV could transform your basement into a second entertaining area. Opt for carpeted flooring to make it feel extra cozy.
4. Play Room
If you’ve got young kids, chances are you also have a ton of toys. Get the clutter (and the kids) downstairs with a basement playroom! Provide ample storage room to make clean-up as easy as possible, and install extra lighting. Don’t be afraid to add in lots of bright colors with paint, wallpaper, rugs, and accessories.
5. Game Room
Past the toy stage? Try an awesome game room. Pool tables, ping pong tables, and a big coffee table for board games will provide hours of entertainment. Put in a poker table and become the go-to host for poker night. Add video games, classic arcade consoles, or even a bowling alley. As long as you’ve got your favorite games downstairs, you’ll never be bored again.
6. Home Theater
Upgrade your movie-viewing experience with a home theater. Go as big or as small as you’d like; just ensure there’s enough comfy seating for you and all of your guests. Install a projector pointed at a large white wall for an instant big screen, or splurge on a big flat-screen TV. Couches, recliners, and even bean bag chairs are all fair game. For maximum comfort, add in a fridge and microwave to keep cold drinks and fresh batches of popcorn nearby.
7. Craft Room
Maybe your ideal evening is spent doing art, scrapbooking, or sewing. Instead of spreading out your crafts on the kitchen table, create a dedicated space for working on your hobbies. Make sure you have a nice, big desk or tabletop to work on with plenty of lighting, as well as extra storage space for all of your supplies. Consider adding wall-mounted racks for a roll of gift wrap and create a gift-wrapping station, or a huge bulletin board to pin up notes and inspiration photos.
8. Home gym
Make going to the gym easier than ever by bringing it to your basement! Start with a treadmill and some weights, and add in as much (or as little) equipment as you’d like. Install wall-to-wall mirrors and rubber flooring for the full gym effect, along with a great sound system and a TV to make work-out time your favorite part of the day.
9. Wet bar
For the ultimate entertaining experience, treat your guests to a full wet bar in your basement. Add plenty of wall shelving and bottle racks to show off your collection, as well as wine coolers and an ice machine to make sure your drinks are always at the perfect temperature. Install a long counter with bar stools and play barkeeper, or keep the space small and intimate.
10. Studio apartment
Out of all the basement remodeling ideas, this one is potentially the most work, but could also end up being the most lucrative. Turn your basement into a studio apartment complete with it’s own bathroom and kitchenette, then rent it out to tenants. If you live in an expensive area, this could be extremely profitable!