Is your basement a crowded dumping ground for old chairs, knickknacks and family clutter? Then it’s wasted space. But with a little creativity, and not a lot of money, you can turn it into a luxurious family hangout.
Here is a look at 5 ways to transform your junky basement into the family hub.
Reclaim Your Living Space
There’s no way around it, you will need to sort through those boxes of old toys, clothes and furnishings. Organize and declutter so you have the room to transform the area into family space.
Give what you can away to family and friends, Goodwill or St. Vincent’s. If no one wants it and you won’t use it in a year, throw it away. Be ruthless. Until you get rid of the clutter, you won’t have the space for your home theater, entertainment center or area for your next DIY project.
Plan for Entertainment and Hobbies
You can convert your basement into practical space so family members have room for fun. Just a few ideas:
- Home gym
- Home theater
- Craft area
- Sewing room
- Music room
- Band room
- Playroom for the kids
- Wine cellar
And what’s left over can still be used for storage!
Transform the Walls
Many basements have concrete block walls or something similar. You don’t have to install costly paneling to make the area look inviting and even elegant. Here are three ideas to transform a dull, institutional feel into something attractive, even luxurious.
Velvet curtains. Buy these curtains in a range of sizes from an online store like Lushes Curtains. Velvet gives a room a sumptuous feel. A company that specializes in velvet curtains can provide what you need for a surprisingly affordable price, and in a range of rich colors to fit your décor.
Buy the drapery large enough to cover up ugly walls. This is one of least expensive and quickest ways to upgrade old basement walls.
Paint concrete block walls. Choose different shades of the same color, like turquoise, ultramarine, iris and deep blue. Then go to town, painting different bricks in each of the colors. You need a good eye to get the pattern and shadings right.
Corrugated metal paneling. This is still affordable, but on the higher end of budget pricing. These panels give the basement a trendy industrial look, while adding brightness.
You’ll need help with this one. The sheets of metal are first screwed onto wood, then installed on the walls. You’ll need the wood, metal and a skill saw, as well as basic building components.
Upgrade the Floors
Most basements have concrete floors. The easiest and cheapest way to change them up is with concrete stain. It can turn a plain concrete floor into one that looks like tile.
Or invest in inexpensive linoleum or vinyl tiles. It takes time to get the concrete ready for the tiles, then lay them down and bond them to the cement. But the tiles come in a wide range of styles and colors.
Lighting makes a space more inviting. Recessed lighting in a suspended ceiling provides the best coverage. Or use track lighting, which is easier to install and doesn’t take up space on the floor or walls.
Or you save money by on a budget with several floor and table lamps. Buy work lights from the hardware store for an industrial look.[adzbuzzer]