How to Finish a Basement Wall

We compare the pros and cons of two good options.

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
  • Impact driver
  • Extension cord
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Knee pads
  • Safety glasses
  • Sledgehammer
  • 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 or 2x2 lumber
  • 2x4 green treated lumber
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Rigid insulation

You'll also need conduit or cable for electrical boxes