The Basement: What Are its Uses?
Most people would agree that the basement is far from heart of the home and is usually used as a storage space, the dumping ground or even somewhere to do the washing and other mundane tasks. Now we know that there’s got to be somewhere to put your festival tent, your Christmas tree or even expensive sports gear that doesn’t come out much, but that’s what attic or garage is for, right? With this in mind, there’s no reason why you can’t make your basement into an enjoyable space, all while holding that much needed storage space. The idea of dark, dingy spooky basements is a thing of the past, with basements which have been renovated to meet the stylish, groovy demands of the modern era having become increasingly common.
Your basement might have much more potential than you might have first thought, so don’t let such a large space go to waste. Also, what better way to have some fun with interior design? Before you get too excited with planning and buying new accessories, it’s important to carefully consider what you’re going to use the space for. Will it exclusively be a playroom for the kids, chill out zone with a pool table and dartboard, home cinema, minibar or will it still have an element of practicality, such as somewhere to do your washing.
Once you’ve decided on the use, we’d recommend looking at lighting first. Basements tend to be windowless or very limited natural light, so good lighting is key. Typically, basements have low ceilings, so we’d perhaps recommend having built in spotlights, wall lighting and perhaps stylish lamps. Of course, the lack of light is great if you’re creating a cinema room, which is a perfect idea if you have a box shaped room in your basement, as it creates the perfect dimensions for a large cinema style tv and big comfy sofa with no annoying unused corners! If you’re lucky enough, maybe even a popcorn machine to really get into the mood…
The basement is the perfect space to accommodate your hobbies. You might feel like you can’t justify using a room upstairs in your home dedicated completely to your hobby, however somehow using the basement for it makes you feel slightly less guilty. If you’re crafty and artistic, then a room to do all your painting, sewing and creating is a really popular use for basements, it will really get your creative juices flowing! If you’re a budding musician, perhaps it could be somewhere to practise your music and bring your band without disturbing your household or neighbours?
Keeping the palette white and bright is a good way to give the illusion of more space too, as well as keeping away from the dark colours than can make it look dingy.
Do not fear, there are ways to combat those awkward corners and transform them into useful space! Install shelves into small grooves to make the most of that storage space. Corner cupboards are a great way to make the most of awkward corners, and you can keep the things you only get out once a year or so.
An entertaining party room is always a good idea with basements. The darkness makes way for a fantastic dance floor with a disco ball or even strobe lights if you are a total party animal! If you’re lucky enough to be able to install a bar, then go for it…
If your basement does have a decent amount of natural light coming through, then there’s no reason you can’t make it into a guest or normal bedroom. Be careful with this one though, nobody wants to be shoved in a cold, dark basement!
And here it is, one a lot of you have been waiting to be mentioned…create your very own gym! It you’re lucky enough to be able to afford gym equipment and keen on keeping fit, then making your basement into a gym is the perfect idea. It keeps the unsightly equipment out of the way of the rest of the house, and you’ll have your very own exercise space…you’ll never have to drag yourself to the gym again! Don’t forget to invest in some rubber mats to protect your flooring from the heavy equipment though!
Flooring should be at the top of your basement revamping ideas! Create an affluent space with real wood accompanied by a comforting rug. Once more, you can get this look with vinyl and laminate at a cheaper price…
Don’t feel guilty however if you do need to use your basement for the washing and drying, it’s got to be done somewhere! It keeps it out of the way of the rest of the house and somewhere (hopefully) the wet washing won’t get knocked down by playing children! Make your washing area a pleasant place to be, with coloured cabinets and a shiny new washing machine, increasing your storage space too!