How to Finish a Basement Wall

Expert advice for a warm, dry and inviting basement

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Corded drill
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Extension cord
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Knee pads
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife

Depending on the method you choose, you'll need a hammer or a hammer drill to frame the walls and connect them to the concrete foundation.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2x4 lumber
  • 2x4 green treated lumber
  • Rigid insulation

You'll also need fasteners, wall sealer, foam adhesive, house wrap tape

Shopping List