How to Design a Finished Basement

Tulika Nair Jan 1, 2019
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You need extra space in your house and you have decided that the basement is going to be that space. But you are not sure how to design the finished basement. Continue reading to learn about how to design it so that it is used to the optimum level.
In a world, where houses are getting smaller, it can often be a good idea to utilize every area that you have so that space is not as big a constraint as it often can be. An area in every house that used to be ignored till lately was the basement which was often converted into a storage space.
A properly finished basement can be a wonderful addition to your house. Here are some design ideas for your finished basement. But, before you look up designing ideas, see to it that all the necessary things are completely done.

Designing a Finished Basement

The benefit of having a basement is that you can convert it into any room that you want. From an extra bedroom to a playroom, a bar, or even a recreation center, there is no limitation to what design idea you can adapt for your basement. Before you transform the space though, there are a couple of important things that you need to take into consideration.
Follow the tips given ahead to ensure that you design the basement well.
  • The first thing to do is to decide what the basement will be used for. Depending on what use the basement will be put to you will need to take several things into consideration, like what are the things that you will be placing in the room.
  • Now take measurements of the space that is available to you and draw a floor plan of the same on a graph paper after using a proper scale. If there are any beams or columns in the room, then add these in.
  • If you are planning to add in any walls or undertake any construction in the room, then draw these out on the graph paper. Work out the placement of these constructions and the size of the different objects that you are placing in the room.
  • Before you construct anything in the basement, it is important that you check with the proper officials for any permissions that you need. You will have to obtain a permit for all the work that you are going to do in the basement.
These are just some of the important tips to keep in mind before you start working on the actual designing of the basement. While the basic design of the room should be in tandem with the rest of your house, you can play around with the colors or even the themes if you like.
Depending on the use that you are going to put the room to, there are many basement decorating ideas that you can use for your basement. Here are some of these design ideas for you.
  • When choosing paint colors for the walls in your basement, try and choose lighter shades. In a basement, there will be a need for the room to look bigger than it actually is and lighter colored walls help in promoting this illusion.
  • If you have windows in your basement, hanging full length drapes is a good idea to give an illusion of height to the ceiling. You can also use elements like tall potted plants, tall, vertical screens and longer accessories to increase the illusion of height.
  • Lighting can be one of the most important design elements in a basement. A trick that you can use to enhance the appeal of the room is to use mini spotlights all over the room. It is important that a basement is always well lit.
  • A very good design idea for a basement is to use a glass door. Using such a door will allow more light to enter the room, which will thus allow for an illusion of an inviting room.
  • If you are one of those people who are lucky enough to live in a one story house, then a design and architectural idea that you can use is to use a skylight tube that will direct sunlight from the roof to the stairwell, and thus to the basement.
  • Ensure that the room is not over-cluttered and has minimalistic furniture. Overcrowding the room will only make it seem like it has less space than in real.
For a good basement design, these are just some of the ideas that you can try out. These are just some tips that you can use. Hopefully, it will help you create the room of your dreams.