Is your basement damp, dark, and way too cold to do anything with? You can change that! Your basement is valuable square footage in your home, and with the right remodeling team and a few ideas, you can create something unique and enjoyable for the entire family.

Create a Home Theater

Because basements usually only have small windows that are easy to cover up, they are the perfect place to design and install your very own movie theater. All you need is a good projector, the right type of screen, and some great seating.

If you have some money to spend, you can purchase high-quality home theater seats at most stores, or if you prefer a more affordable alternative, use pallets to create your own stadium seating area. Cover them in comfortable cushions, blankets, and pillows. A popcorn maker and snack and drink counter in the corner will complete the look.

Design the Perfect Game Room

Maybe your family prefers to game. Your basement probably offers enough space for video gaming, board games, and even billiards or air hockey. Add a television and comfortable seating on either end of the room if you have multiple gaming consoles and fill in the center with a table for board or card games and anything else you can think of. This type of redesign is another great place to include an area for snacks and drinks.

Turn It Into a Man or Woman Cave

Or, if you and your spouse can’t agree on who gets the space, add a room divider so you each have your own area. Whether you like movies, gaming, collecting action figures, scrapbooking, makeup, or any other range of hobbies, the basement is the perfect space for you to set up areas dedicated specifically to your hobbies.

Add Some Extra Bedrooms

In some cases, the basement’s structure allows for separate rooms to be created. Maybe you have three kids, but you also only have three bedrooms upstairs. If your children are getting old enough that they’d prefer to have their own space, turn the basement into an extra bedroom or two. If the layout allows for it, you could even install another bathroom for added convenience.

Earn Rental Income

Maybe you’ve been looking for a way to earn some extra income. If your basement has a private entrance, it could be the perfect apartment. For a small basement, a small living and sleeping area, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom would be perfect.

If your basement is very large, adding a separate bedroom, or two, increases the value even more. Of course, if you do decide to use the space as a rental unit, be sure you are in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, and always do extensive background checks on anyone who will be living on your property.

Your basement doesn’t have to be the scary place at the bottom of the stairs, and you don’t have to rush through doing laundry in a cold, uninviting space. Hire DuPaul Construction to help you design something amazing!