10 Finished Basement Ideas: How to Design and Furnish Your Space Like a Pro
Looking to revamp your downstairs space? Here are 10 ways to make your finished basement a well-designed and functional oasis.
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From choosing the right basement paint color and flooring for a basement remodel to shelving ideas for basement storage and organization, there are several things you’ll want to consider as you revamp your downstairs space.
Below are 10 no-brainer pieces for any finished basement project you’re working on.
Stylish Area Rug
Whether you choose to turn your basement into a general lounge area, game room or playroom, you’re going to need comfortable seating. We love the way a wide, plush sectional looks in any room, but especially in a finished basement. This bestselling sectional from Pottery Barn is casual, timeless and customizable, not to mention the durable construction and sink-in softness.
Coffee Table with Storage
Workspace with Shelving
This desk with open storage looks like a clean-lined shelving unit from the outside, but it has room for an office chair on the inside. It makes an ideal workspace for writing or crafting while also functioning as a simple shelving block.
Want the look of a fireplace without the hassle or cost of installing one? This remote-controlled, plug-in fireplace resembles a built-in wood stove. The electric firebox plugs into any standard outlet and features a programmable thermostat, timer function, brightness settings and vivid flame technology.
Multifunctional Table for Games
A sleek, square table is great for converting a basement corner into a gaming nook. Use it to play cards, solve puzzles or for extra dining space when you have guests over for holidays and parties.
Comfortable Sleeper Sofa
If you have a finished basement with multiple rooms, you might consider converting one of the rooms into a guest bedroom. Sleeper sofas are great for small rooms, especially considering their multi-functional nature. Pottery Barn has a great selection of comfortable sleeper sofas and sectionals. We love the Sanford Square Arm Sleeper Sofa—it’s compact, comfy and even has a reversible storage chaise.
Dimmable Flush Lighting
Florescent lighting in a basement can feel cold and clinical. Warm up your basement space with aesthetically-pleasing dimmable lighting. And if you’re working with low basement ceilings, choose recessed lighting or light fixtures that hang close to the ceiling, like this flush mount light that delivers a soft, ambient glow.
Is a bulky entertainment center cramping your basement’s design style? Make your entire space cohesive with The Fame Smart TV from Samsung. This television doubles as a picture frame, and you can even enjoy your own art exhibit when you’re not binge watching your favorite Netflix show.
What to Consider When Designing a Finished Basement
When choosing the right flooring for your basement, consider the moisture levels in your area. Condensation and water vapor are moisture-related hazards unique to basements, and they can warp the flooring you put downstairs.
White is a common basement paint color because it brightens a space without a lot of natural light. But dark colors can look stunning in a basement, too—and where you’d least expect them. Basements tend to have lower ceilings than the rest of the house. To make the walls seem taller, paint the ceiling a darker color.
Not sure if you should go dark or light in the basement? Try painting one element dark, like a single wall, to evaluate how it looks in the space without making your entire basement monochromatic.
Basement lighting is important to make a dark and windowless space more inviting. Wall sconces and recessed lights are space-efficient options for adding brightness to a downstairs area.
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