Many homes have a basement, but these areas are often used for storage. However, you can transform the basement into functional, entertaining rooms that boost property value. Here are five ideas to upgrade your basement that may inspire you to use the space better.

Upgrade Your Basement with a Home Theater

A basement home theater will be a popular feature of your household. Create a place to relax, unwind and enjoy a movie with your family. Here are a few tips to make sure this basement remodel is successful.

  • Include space for a projector and screen. You’ll need enough room to mount the projector on one wall at least 10 feet away from the projector.
  • Install dimmers on the lights. You’ll want a darker space to watch movies but may want to turn the lights up to use the area to read or relax.
  • Provide seating options. You might prefer couches or chairs, while children will enjoy beanbags and other types of floor seating.
  • A home theater needs a sound system. Choose good speakers and an amplifier with enough power not to distort sound quality while playing music tracks.

Basement Playroom

A basement playroom is a space where you can relax, unwind, and play. It might be a place to hang out with your kids or pets or an area to spend time with friends. The playroom can include a space dedicated to gaming, or it could simply be a large open room you use for activities such as exercise and crafting.

When building your basement playroom, consider how you want it to look. Do you want to install walls to separate rooms for different purposes? Should the room be divided into zones? You might designate a space for younger children to play with their toys and create a separate area with a foosball or ping pong table. Design your space based on what you and your family will enjoy.

Create a Basement Lounge Area

The basement lounge area is the perfect place for entertaining guests or relaxing. Build a bar along one wall and provide comfortable recliners and other seating for relaxing and enjoying a drink or a good book. Use your lounge as a place to watch TV or play video games.

Upgrade Your Basement Laundry Room

Designate a space for your washer and dryer to be tucked away but still accessible. Allow for adequate ventilation with an exhaust fan in the ceiling or wall next to where you’ll be doing the laundry. Good ventilation will help reduce odors and mold growth.

A laundry room isn’t limited to washing clothes. Create an area to store shoes and sports equipment. Keep out-of-season clothing there if the room is large enough. Install shelving along one side of the space, so plenty of storage is available.

Basement Bathroom

Because your family will be spending more time downstairs in the renovated basement, add a bathroom. A small bathroom with minimal storage is usually enough for most basements.

If you’re looking to remodel your basement, many options are available. Whether it’s a playroom for your kids or an entertainment room for yourself, these ideas will help you create the perfect space for entertaining guests and relaxing after a long day.

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