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6 Basement Design Ideas for the Young and Young at Heart

Our most playful basement design idea is to suspend a tire swing to create a playroom your child will love.

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Get the rec room your family always dreamed of.

Did you know? Finishing a basement is an excellent way to add value to your home. In addition to boosting home value, a new basement also increases your capacity for entertaining and maximizes family fun. Jump-start your remodeling project with six basement design ideas that are fun for all ages.

Idea #1: Civilian Cinema

While the idea of turning a basement into your own personal IMAX isn't new, there’s still room for at-home theater innovation. Take it to the next level by adding tiered seating, soundproof walls, and a performance stage for karaoke night or Shakespeare Saturdays. You’ll also need a breathtakingly large screen, killer surround sound, dimmer switches, and an old-fashioned popcorn trolley.

Idea #2: Playroom Paradise

Is your home lacking a play space? Transform your basement into a super playroom. Add a climbing wall and suspend a brightly colored tire swing from the middle of the room (pictured), then anchor the space with a coordinating rug. Dedicate one special area to the kids’ growing art collection, and incorporate sturdy, stain-resistant furniture for lounging and craft projects.

Idea #3: Gamer’s Haven

Whether you’re a PC or console gamer, the basement is the ideal space for you. Mount your monitors and consoles along your longest wall and invest in the best wireless router you can find. Mount a TV and vintage consoles at stations for parties and pick up a few comfy adjustable gaming chairs. Add built-in shelving to store games, controllers, and accessories to your liking.

Idea #4: Gentleman’s Club

Go for a high-brow feel in your basement by recreating a debonair billiard room. For maximum drama, choose an antique pool table and add coordinating dark paneled walls and a coffered ceiling. Hang a statement light fixture just above the table, and install complementary statement sconces to complete the space.

Idea #5: Sports Sanctuary

Help the avid fans in your life worship their favorite team by transforming your basement into the ultimate sports space. Try a color palette of neutral colors and add accents from your team of choice. Designate a game-playing area with an air hockey table or basketball hoop. For game-watching fans, no sports cave would be complete without a large screen TV and oversized recliners.

Idea #6: Crafting Cave

A remodeled basement is the perfect creative space for the thrifty crafter in your family. Bright colors bring light to dark spaces, while compartmentalized storage shelving and a sturdy table are great for scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, and more. Hang task lighting above work areas and incorporate a feature wall to show off your masterpieces.

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