A basement is an asset, but many homeowners fail to take advantage of it. Unfinished basements are dark and unappealing, which leaves many people to use them as storage or laundry space. However, you’ll gain more usable square footage and increase your home’s value by finishing it out and making one of these basement upgrades.

6 Ideas for Basement Upgrades

While finishing your basement is an investment of time, money, and effort, it is a renovation that will pay off in the long run. Here are six basement upgrade ideas to inspire you.

1. Basement Upgrades: Home Movie Theater

Basements are great for home movie theaters since they’re often dark, quiet, and separate from the rest of the house. However, it doesn’t have to be dreary. Add some color to the walls, some sconces with dimmable bulbs, and comfort and texture with pillows, throws, and rugs.

2. Play Room

Whether you are looking to add more space for the kids to play or you want a game room for all ages, the basement is a great option. Add a pool table, dart boards, TV screens, comfortable seating, a bar, and more to create the perfect den for games and movies. For the kids, add some storage bins, rugs and playmats, a table and chairs, and bright décor.

3. Additional Bedroom

Are you growing your family? Do you want your guests to have some privacy when they visit? Whatever the case may be, a basement upgrade that will pay off is a spare bedroom. This project not only adds to your liveable square footage but it gives guests a separate space in the home to relax during their stay.

4. Basement Upgrades: Wine Cellar

If you are a wine enthusiast, consider turning your basement into a wine cellar. Wine cellars should be underground in a cooler environment, which is why an unused basement is a perfect location. Add a bar-height table and stools for wine tastings and shelves for wine glasses.

5. Additional Living Room

Sometimes only one living room doesn’t suit your family’s needs. A basement upgrade that turns the space into an additional living area offers more square footage, a playroom for the kids, and another room to entertain guests. 

6. Home Gym

Turn your basement into a gym so you can work out from home and save money on gym membership fees. Install mirrors on the wall, interlocking foam mats on the floor, a smart TV for streaming online classes, and add some weights, bands, and other equipment. It doesn’t take much to get this space equipped and functional.

There are so many different ways you can go about basement upgrades. Make the best use of this extra space by choosing something your family will use and enjoy. 

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