There are countless reasons why you should turn your basement into a fun living space. The basement is nearly as large as the rest of your house, so it is more or less a renovation project, which is just waiting to be started.
And there is so much you can do with all this space, get some guest rooms, make an entertainment center, a gaming room — the possibilities are endless! But just like with any other project you may consider taking up, you need some tips and some factors to consider before you get started. So, here are our best recommendations on how to make your basement a fun little space to live in:
Plan it Out
Planning is crucial in this scenario of renovating your basement, because you do not want to end up with anything confusing and inconvenient.
First of all, make sure you know everything about your basement: what kind of stuff you have stored in there, what pipes or electrical wires are there, and what modifications will need to be made if there are any repercussions to renovating such a huge space, etc?
Next, make sure you know exactly what you want out of renovating your basement. Do you want a couple of rooms to settle in guests whenever they show up? Or do you want to add a TV, a couple of pinball machines, and other objects of entertainment and use it for yourself? Only when you know exactly what you want out of the room can you start planning it out without a hassle.
Next, make a list of everything you will need and figure out how you will get it. You might even want to consider taking help from people online by reading upflush toilets for the basement reviews or looking up safe ways to electrically wire the entire basement.
After you have the whole thing planned out, you can consult the workers who will be working on the renovation for how you should start and what you want out of the whole deal so they can begin with ease.
Choose an Appropriate Color Scheme
Basements have low ceilings and little to no natural light coming through in them. This is why they often look small and cramped and the thought of being in a basement can trigger claustrophobia in the deepest parts of our minds.
This is why it is important to color your basement in light, airy colors like pastel shades, white, baby blues, and pinks. Bright and bold colors do make a statement about the room, but they can enhance the feeling of being cramped, especially in a place as small as the basement.
You can even choose a couple of contrasting colors for the basement instead of a single shade. You can paint the walls in one light color and put in furniture of contrasting shades as well.
Put up Bright Lights
As we have already mentioned, basements have little to no natural light coming through. It is difficult to make a small, cramped place look spacious without bright lights, so that is exactly what you should do.
Make sure you place the lights in the room strategically. Brighten up the most cramped up areas by putting up lights there as well. Strategic lighting can make the smallest of rooms looks spacious and airy and reduce the feeling of being in a cramped up space as well.
Don’t Compromise on Storage Space
If a basement is not fully renovated then it is essentially just a very large place of storing random things in your house. If you add a couple of rooms in this space then where would all of the stuff you have stored go? You cannot leave it out in the rooms you put up since it will completely ruin the look of the entire space.
Make sure you add a lot of drawers, cabinets, and shelves in the basement rooms, so that there is enough space for all of your stuff to be in an organized manner. Also make sure that all the storage spaces are large enough to hold all your stuff.
Another thing you can do is put in a trunk or two in your basement as well. Trunks are excellent for holding all of your stuff and they do not take too much space by themselves either.
If you can, you should make a storage room along with all of the other rooms. This room can have cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and trunks that can hold all of your miscellaneous stuff with ease.
Turn it into an Entertainment Den
You want a fun little space in your basement, so you need things to add the fun in? Again, the possibilities are endless. You can easily put in a small bedroom or two and then turn the rest of the basement into an entertainment den.
You can put up a sound system and a large TV. These can make your basement an excellent place to have a cool dance party in, a cozy place to watch movies in, or just to relax and watch TV in. You can also put up a couple of gaming consoles and make it your personal gaming corner.
Other things you can add include pinball machines or a dancing console. You can even throw in a couple of board games and just make the whole area a fun little place to be in with your friends and family.
Make a Fun Space for the Kids
Kids need toys and games to play with, but there is no doubt about the fact that their stuff can make the entire house seem messy. So, why not add a cute little children’s area in your basement where you can work while keeping an eye on your children as they play?
Put all their toys in the room, put up a tent or a princess’s castle, make a little art corner, and decorate the walls with fun little paintings. Your children will have a blast and the main area of the house will no longer look messy.
About the Author:
This post is written by Andrea Smith. She loves traveling, home decorating, and hanging out with her friends. She is currently a student of Interior Designing at the California Arts School. She writes regularly blogs at https://homeaddons.com/.