When someone brings up basements, you might instinctively think about storage space or a part of your home that is mostly neglected. This space can have thousands of features! The basement renovation ideas are practically infinite.
Your basement has so much potential. And what’s great about it is that it tends to take on any personality you give it. The hard part is whether you want your basement to be a relaxation haven or more of a fun, exciting gaming area.
Here, we present you our top 10 basement renovation ideas with their respective selling points because, who knows, you may need some ammo to convince your significant other. If you’re looking for more basement renovation ideas, we suggest you visit our basement ideas page on Reno-Inspiration to see real-life basement renovation design examples – as well as their price tags!
Once you’ve figured out your basement’s purpose, start planning what you’d like to get done. Good planning is always critical for a successful basement renovation.
Basement renovation ideas to Consider:
1. Home Theater
A classic for basements, home theatres can satisfy the entire family – which is partly why they are so popular. Seeing as a home theatre is relatively dark, consider getting some architectural lighting installed on the ceiling to really emphasize the movie-going experience. Be sure to also add carpeting so that sound doesn’t travel too far. A new home theatre will allow the gentlemen to watch hockey games, while the children and the ladies can enjoy movies in a theatre-like atmosphere! Escape your day-to-day life by fully immersing yourself into what you’re watching.
2. Wine Cellar and Home Bar
Love wine? How would you feel about forgetting the day you just had in a wonderful wine cellar to savour your favourite bottle with a significant other? A wine cellar would surely be the chosen gathering space for wine-aficionados. You could also choose to install a wine rack if the space is too small. Note that there are many elements to consider when building a wine cellar, including insulation, ventilation, lighting, etc. Take a look at our wine cellar page to see what steps you should take.
A bar at home? What a great addition to the wine cellar or wine rack! Putting a bar in the basement provides a great space to host guests – and maybe try your hand at mixology. Enjoy some unforgettable times with friends and family in this space. Get inspired by the differently styled bars above. Whether it has a more futuristic look, be traditional-looking, or have a sports-bar theme, you can make your bar look any way you like! Dinner parties and gatherings just got a little more interesting.
3. Children’s Game Room
The basement can be the perfect space for your little ones to have fun, and keep all their scattered toys in one place. They can have hours of fun, rain or shine! Install custom storage with shelves for books and board games, and closed cabinets for lesser-used toys. Whether your basement turns into an arts and crafts room, a basketball court, a gaming room, or anything else, is all up to you! Rainy days will no longer be the same.
More often than not, the main floor living room is used mostly as a relaxing reading corner. If well soundproofed, the basement is the ideal place for a living room – allowing you to be comfy and watch your favourite movies, or even to spend some quality family time. Adding a fireplace will only add to the comfort of this space! Who wouldn’t want to warm themselves up while enjoying a nice glass of wine during winter months? As for the basement’s decor, mix and match different styles – matching furniture is no longer in style.
5. Adult Game Room
Adults have the right to have fun too! A basement with a pool table, ping pong table or a dartboard can give off an entertaining atmosphere to your space. As the kids get older, they’ll also be able to enjoy the space. You’ll be able to create unforgettable moments with your friends and family.
6. Home Gym
Opt for an effective and accessible workout by dedicating a corner of your basement to a home gym and say farewell to expensive gym memberships. With a small investment, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish. Begin by buying a few free weights, an exercise ball, a yoga mat, an elastic band, and the room will have already begun taking shape. Purchasing more fitness equipment afterwards is also a possibility, such as a stationary bike, and exercise bench, or even a treadmill.
Complement your home gym by installing a large mirror, shelving to place some rolled towels, books on weight lifting, and why not get a small refrigerator to keep bottled water. Installing a wall-mounted TV nearby is also a good idea for viewing fitness videos or simply as additional entertainment. Consider using an Apple TV system that lets you enjoy content from your favourite apps e.g. iTunes, Netflix, Sportsnet, etc.
And to stay motivated, you might consider putting a mural of motivational quotes on your wall. They’ll encourage you on days where you just don’t feel like working out.
All you’ll need to do now is throw on some sportswear and a pair of sneakers.
7. Bathroom and Laundry Room
A basement bathroom is always practical. No need to keep going back and forth from the basement to the main floor! Adjacent to a guest-suite – or standalone – a basement bathroom can be luxurious. Another great idea for your basement would be to add a laundry room. Make it extra functional by adding a little pet-washing corner for your furry family members. No more splashing around and risking damaging your main bathroom. Plus, providing them with a grooming corner will allow you to easily store your pet’s grooming accessories, shampoos, etc. and access them with ease.
It’s true that a laundry room in the basement will force you to take you a few extra steps when it’s actually time to do laundry. Though, it will also avoid annoying the household with the sounds coming from your washer and dryer. We suggest viewing this as an opportunity to make your day-to-day a little more pleasant. And, to ease the process, you can also put in a laundry chute so that you won’t need to carry clothes all the way downstairs. The entire family will be able to simply throw their clothes down the chute when it’s time to get some laundry done.
The basement is the perfect place for a bedroom. You can put a children’s room or even a full guest suite. With all the space in the basement, you’ll be able to let loose and create a room that is fairly large. In a children’s room, you can even include a play area in the bedroom! Or, for your guestroom, add an adjacent bathroom. As for decor, you’re free to let your creative spirits take over. Take a look at the examples above. You can put in bunk beds, or even use steel sheets as wall decor.
9. Home Office
Looking to add some quiet for your 9 to 5? A basement is the ideal space to convert into your dream home office! You can find built-in furniture combining a functional desk, storage space, lighting and a retractable worktop. Of course, in addition to being well organized, you should also care about having a good posture, so a comfortable chair and an adjustable desk must be at the top of your list. Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean, they will last for years which is perfect if you get the opportunity to work remotely full time.
10. Basement Bachelor
Do you ever use your basement? If not, why not convert it into a basement bachelor? If well done, your return on investment will be great: you can earn rent from tenants, and your home’s resale value will increase. Though, before moving forward with this idea, be sure to check with your city whether or not converting the space into a rental property is a possibility.
Keep in mind that this new apartment in your basement will need an independent entrance, a kitchen, and a bathroom. We suggest getting the work done by qualified basement contractors to ensure everything runs smoothly. As for decor, go for something fairly neutral since your tenants may want to decorate according to their taste.
11. Relaxation room
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen our habits change. An ongoing trend is to have your massage therapist or other professional come to your home. To do this, you can create a dedicated relaxation room, and what better place than the basement to create a cozy environment? Use warm, dark colors, such as blue, which encourages calm and serenity, brown, which is reminiscent of nature, or green, which inspires harmony. Integrate vegetation to the design of the room as it has been proven that plants are beneficial to your mental health and general wellbeing. You can create a ceiling of fake plants, a plant wall or simply add one (or more!) potted plant. The sound of trickling water can be relaxing as well as camouflaging the overall noise of the house, so why not install a water fountain? As for lighting, opt for a dimmer switch to vary the intensity. You can also incorporate small lights on the ceiling to remind you of constellations, in short, the only limit is your imagination!
BONUS : Dream Basement
Get inspired by celebrity basements. Their setups are definitely worth dreaming of. An arch-shaped wine cellar, a pool, a mini-golf course, a glass-walled garage, literally nothing is ‘too much’ when money isn’t an object. Realistically, most of us won’t be able to recreate these basements, but they surely inspire us to get started and borrow some great concepts!
Real Basement Ideas
Need more basement inspiration? Browse through Our Basement Projects. You’ll find a ton of real-life basement renovations done by our contractors, complete with pictures and prices!
Updated August 4th, 2021