If you’re using your basement solely as a storage space, you’re missing out on its full potential. Your basement is a blank canvas full of endless possibilities. It can be transformed into something extraordinary like a home theater or a man cave. 

With a bare concrete floor and visible pipework, an unfinished basement may look dreary and cold. Instead of letting your basement turn into a mess, why not invest in finishing the space? The fact is you don’t really need to spend huge bucks to make use of the below-ground space in your home. Let’s discuss the benefits of finishing your basement:

Pros of Having a Fully Finished Basement

  • Boost your home’s market value
  • Create a relaxing escape in your home
  •  Enhance your home’s energy efficiency
  • Increase your square footage
  • Provide additional privacy

Creative Basement Finishing Ideas

With a little creativity and planning, your basement can be what you imagine. Here’s what to try when you finish your below-ground space:

Install Interlocking Foam Mats

If your basement is unfinished, you will likely get a damp, cold feeling when walking on a bare concrete floor. Laying some interlocking foam mats will solve your dilemma. This will soften the floor up and make your basement come alive. Available in different colors and patterns, these foam mats allow you to mix and match to fit your overall basement theme. Interlocking foam mats fit together like a puzzle, which makes them easier to pull out and move around.

Most foam mats are soft and easy to clean. These are suitable if you’re planning to remodel your basement as a playroom or home gym. They are a great investment for safety, comfort, and noise reduction.

Install Extra Storage Space

A cluttered basement is a place you don’t want to spend time in. If you’re planning to refinish your below-grade space, why not add some extra storage? Make the most of your basement space by installing shelving units. This is a great way to increase the functionality of your basement.

Keep everything organized with shelving units, cabinets, and pegboards on the walls. You’ll be surprised how much cleaner and tidier your basement will be just by employing effective storage techniques. Here are some ways you can add extra storage:

  • Under-stair Drawers
  • Over-the-Door Rack
  • Overhead Storage
  • Rolling Carts
  • Portable Trolley
  • Coat Racks and Stands
  • Built-in Shelves
  • Baskets on Stairsteps
  • Wall Organizers

Throw Down Area Rugs

Basements are wide open spaces, which can be difficult to define and decorate. One way to do this is to add some area rugs. Depending on the size of your basement, area rugs are a cost-effective technique to cozy up the space. Since concrete flooring is typically cold and hard, carpet remnants and rugs will provide some warmth to the room. Aside from enhanced comfort, you can make your basement more visually appealing by adding unique area rugs.

Just keep in mind that you must have a waterproofed basement before installing any form of carpeting. An unfinished basement is prone to mold and mildew growth. Carpet fibers and area rugs can trap moisture, leading to musty odor and mold issues. Consult a basement remodeler on different waterproofing techniques.

Hang String Lights

Lighting is important in any space, especially dark basements. When you have good, adequate lighting, the overall atmosphere will be inviting and comfortable. If you can’t add natural light to your basement, you can hang string lights instead. 

String lights are available in warm white bulbs, making your basement more enjoyable to spend time in. With several strings of lights, you can create a playful ambiance and set the stage for a cozy night. You can hang string lights in a variety of places like around the basement ceiling, along the walls, and above a couch.

Looking To Expand Your Basement Space?

So many things need to be considered when adding finishing touches to your basement. If you need help with design ideas and remodeling techniques, Pittsburgh Basement Remodeling is here to serve you. We specialize in comprehensive basement finishing and renovation. We stand behind our work and make sure you are satisfied with the results. When you hire us, we will guarantee that you are a part of the project—from planning to completion.

To learn more about our services, give us a call today for a free quote!