Basement Ideas and Inspiration

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Bored with your lower level? Well, today's your lucky day because we have some basement ideas that will help you remodel your subterranean space. From creating a guest room or game room to choosing a whole new style or experimenting with an unexpected look, the best thing about having the additional square footage is that it can be used for just about anything both fun and functional.

Here are some things to think about when it comes to beautifying your basement.

A Place to Hang Out or Hide Out

Sometimes the best basement ideas are simple. If you just need some extra space where friends and family can hang out and catch up, your sub-level space is waiting. Consider installing a concrete floor for easy upkeep. Add a comfy couch, and even work in a wet bar. You'll have an instantly cool and cozy room to relax and unwind.

The Best Basement Bar

If you've always wanted a wine room or cellar, there's no better place for it than the basement. Go dramatic with dark walls and bright pendant lights. And it'll be the perfect spot to hold a tasting or mix up some custom concoctions.

Your Dream Streaming Room

Turn your basement into the place where everyone watches their favorite shows and movies. As an added bonus, if your space doesn't have windows, you won't have to worry about TV glares. Simply keep the color palette monochromatic like this screening room does. You can even pump up the volume all you want if you spring for a little soundproofing.

A Playroom That's Perfect

Create a multipurpose space downstairs for kid and adult playtime. This fun-filled, bright basement from Magleby will put a serious smile on anyone's face.

A Specialized Kitchen

Whether you cook a lot or a little, you can get all of your food prep done in a basement kitchen. The zone can serve as your main meal area or a secondary spot that corals food overflow when you throw large gatherings or host holiday meals.

A Unique Apartment

If you could use a separate spot for renters or for visitors, turn your basement into a cute and cozy apartment. Keep the look minimal and modern with light wood paneling and midcentury furnishings.

The Game Zone

It won't matter if you prefer pool or ping pong, your basement can be reimagined as a room where some major fun occurs. Go with rustic-inspired decor that's not too precious or fragile, and it's game on.

A Genius Gym

Many of us like to work out at home, but finding the space for fitness can be a challenge. The good news is your basement can provide the perfect spot for all those exercise sessions. And you can keep the look somewhat unfinished and industrial.

Where to Shop for Basement Furniture and Lighting:

Rove Concepts

Knoll

CB2

France and Son

AllModern

Lamps Plus

Where to Shop for Basement Fun and Games

Walmart

Pottery Barn

So Cal Pool Tables

Wine Cooler Direct

Best Buy

Olivela

Darting

NordicTrack

Peloton

Target


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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