When you first bought your house, you probably poured your heart and soul into decorating its main floors — especially if you spend the majority of your time in the living room, kitchen, or master bedroom. But if your basement is merely a receptacle for clutter — or worse, a dark, dank space where no one ventures to tread — well, that’s a squandered opportunity. Just because your basement is down a flight of stairs and out of view from most guests doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be something great. With a few tiny updates, it could become your new favorite room in the house.
To help you view your basement differently, we’ve rounded up the most inspiring basement photos. These concepts can transform your space to have a range of uses far beyond simple storage (although we’ve got plenty of ideas for that too). Consider these basement ideas for creating a laundry room, game room, bar, home theater, or activity center. With a bit of remodeling and a modest investment, your previously underused room will become your sanctuary.
Colorful Laundry Room
This basement laundry room feels like a downright pleasant place to handle the chore with colorful wallpaper, matching storage baskets, and hanging rods.
For a result that looks as satisfyingly organized as a hardware store display, try adding some peg board to your basement. Use the boards to display everything from craft supplies to power tools.
When space is limited, a basement can serve multiple purposes — even in a single corner. Here, a bar houses hidden shoe storage within, and has room for carry-on luggage up top.
Turn an area of your basement into a mudroom to house coats and shoes. This one is fully functional with a simple storage bench, covered baskets, and hooks. It makes for the perfect reading nook, as well as a place to store out-of-season accessories.
Work with your home’s existing textures to play up its character. Here, exposed brick serves as a charming backdrop for an open-backed bar.
Crisp, white built-in shelves give this kidbasement the fully finished feel of a cozy family room. A bright sofa and rug finish the look.
Set up a second kitchen in the basement for entertaining purposes or for guests to make themselves at home when they visit. This simple kitchenette also has extra storage for pots and pans.
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