As porch and deck season comes to an end, there’s no better place for family gatherings or hangouts with friends than a finished basement. These days, finished basements go far beyond the standard carpet, over-stuffed couch, and big screen tv. We mined Pinterest for its best ideas to make your finished basement a standout place you can’t help but want to be.
Add a nook — it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book
Make it a second living room. If you have a large family, or you’re looking to eliminate fights over what channel to watch, turn your basement into a space as cozy and functional as your living room.
Add molding to spruce up the ceiling — away with popcorn ceilings!
Create a storage heaven. Nearly everyone uses their basement for storage, so when you’re finishing off your basement, why not create the most organized space possible?
Add bright LED lighting — and make your basement anything but dull and dingy.
Add a playspace that will spark creativity.
Make your finished basement work double time by adding a murphy bed, that easily extends space for guests to stay while storing out of the way when not in use.
Tight on space? You can still get the basement bar of your dreams by building it into the stairs.
Hide your laundry area with a Fixer Upper favorite: sliding barn doors.
Add a wine cellar!
Use your imagination, and create a fun play space for kids.
Hide ugly basement support posts and create a fun bar table at the same time.
Another great play idea — add a fun climbing wall for the kids!