Basements intimidate most homeowners who are looking to turn them into functional and useful spaces. It’s probably because most grew up with the notion that basements are storage areas for junk items. The fact that they are dark does not help the situation either. But times have changed, and many people have seen the light. Some men want to turn it into their man cave, a place they can get away from the stresses of life and family while some women see this space being perfect for an art and craft studio, an exercise room, a kid’s room or a guest room. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your imagination.
But while many have had their eyes opened to these possibilities, getting the work done proves to be a challenge. To shine light on your path as you embark on this project, below are some tips you could follow.
If you are going to change things up in the basement, go for comfort. The basement is not the place to have fancy chairs and couches. Have every piece you bring in, provide you with great comfort. Think of lots and lots of cushions and soft recliners.
Throw in orphaned furniture
Chances are you will not have many people down to your basement. This provides you with the luxury of trying out new things. You could incorporate that old dressing table/dresser. Turn it into a TV stand or something. It will provide you with additional space for your essentials. Your old dining set, on the other hand, could make a perfect gaming table for those fun poker nights.
The pieces you introduce do not need to be a perfect match. They, however, have to flow correctly. Bold patterns on your rugs or throw pillows can add great flow and continuity to your basement. Also, remember you still have the option of painting old furniture to tie the pieces together.
Light it up
Basements are dark places. As such, your design would be incomplete without lighting. Floor and table lamps could be a great source of light adding perfect ambiance for those movie and game nights. Large mirrors strategically placed also help to light up the room.
Who says that your basement can only serve as a man cave or an exercise room only? Basements can be converted into functional dual purpose rooms. For instance, you could have yours serve as a guest room come kid’s playroom. To pull this off, the furniture you use should serve both purposes.
For instance, your old dresser could serve as your TV stand and storage for your kid’s toys. A sofa bed will provide both seating and sleeping space while storage trunks can also serve as seating.
If your basement has lots of moisture, you should use furniture with moisture-resistant fabrics or those made from outdoor-friendly materials. If the floor is cold, have area rugs all over the floor to warm up the room.
Basements do tell a lot about your personality and interests. Rather than have it dark and disorganized, spend some of your free time creating space you can have fun in.