A lot of people complain about never having enough room in their home, while there are areas they barely ever use. Like the basement, for example.
Many homeowners use the basement to store junk and stuff they no longer use. To me, this is a complete waste of one of the most useful rooms in a house.
The best thing about a basement is that it is an isolated, fairly large space, which is just perfect for many different types of room.
In this article, we’ll be looking at four popular ways you can convert your basement into a room you and your family will either love spending time in or, in the case of the first option, at least appreciate!
Make a Laundry Room
One of the most popular choices is to turn the basement into a laundry room. Still, there is more to it than just adding a washing machine and ironing board.
In order for your basement-laundry room to become truly functional, you may want to consider doing a few things differently. We have already mentioned that a lot of basements have a lot of free space, but this is not always the case. This means that you may have a tough time making both a folding station and washing machine fit.
What you can do to make this work is place your washing machine directly under the station, and then additionally conceal it with a curtain.
The next thing you want is to add some hooks for hanging, install some shelving and find a perfect spot for your ironing board.
Once you are done with all of this, you may want to consider some visual upgrades, like painting your walls or going for wallpapers. Be it as it may, this step is completely optional and extremely subjective.
Build an Entertainment Room
Another thing you can do is build your own home theater/gaming den (video).
Seeing how we have already mentioned the basement is well isolated from the rest of the house, it may seem an ideal spot. All you have to do in order to make it work is buy yourself a decent screen, it doesn’t need to be an ultra HD 4K, and a gaming platform.
Next, you should install a quality sound system and a 5.1 is by far the most cost effective (although for larger spaces, you may be forced to go with a 7.1).
Finally, you need to figure out what to do with your seating. This mostly depends on your personal preferences, as well as the number of people you expect to frequent your new den.
As for the decorations, you would do well to find a nice non-reflective color and in this way maximize the effectiveness of your screen. The most popular choices are dark grey and burgundy.
Furthermore, you can additionally enhance the room by framing and hanging some old movie posters. All in all, the price of this project mostly depends on how many things you are capable and willing to do on your own as an alternative to calling in a commercial handyman.
Create a Man Cave
Another thing you can do with your basement is turn it into a man cave.
This usually means installing a bar, adding a pool table to the mix or at very least hanging a dart board. A lot of people are afraid that having your own bar costs an arm and a leg, but this only depends on whether you buy one or build it on your own. Get some materials (common wooden pallets are a popular choice, watch a short tutorial) and invite some friends over to keep you company and help you out.
The most expensive investment will be stocking the bar, but luckily, this is something you can do gradually. In time, you may develop quite the collection.
Relax in a Reading Nook
Finally, there is nothing wrong with transforming your basement into your own personal oasis of rest and relaxation.
In order to turn it into a perfect reading nook, all you need is a comfortable armchair, a quality reading light and a few details to enhance the ambience. When it comes to light, you may want to go with floor rather than wall lights, since they tend to be much subtler and create a much warmer overall atmosphere.
As for the details, one of the most popular choices is making your own indoor jungle. Luckily, you can always look for interesting pots online and in this way further enrich your room.
Of course, there are a lot of honorable mentions, like making a playroom for the kids, an additional guest room or a closet room.
The bottom line is that you are exercising extreme resourcefulness by using a room that is out of order and turning it into something you desperately need. As an alternative, you would have to get dragged into an expensive construction projects and put up with all sorts of inconveniences.
The best thing is that your basement is just the beginning. If this project goes as intended, you will start devising similar plans for your attic and your garage in no time.