Ideas for Basement Rooms

When you're working with a wide open space like a basement, the options are endless for creating the living area you've always envisioned.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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Whether you're planning on using your basement for storage or gutting it to make it into a chic office space, there are a number of ways you can design your basement rooms.

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If storage is the name of your game, then build shelving that extends from the top to bottom of basement walls. Use containers to store out-of-season clothing and holiday decorations, and hang racks from the ceiling to store sports equipment, like bikes or hockey sticks.

A completely refinished basement can serve as an entertainment room, complete with a lounge area, big-screen television and bar. If out-of-town guests frequent your home, then you may want to consider turning your basement into a space for company, adding a bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette. A basement can also be an ideal space for a kids' playroom, office, fitness area, workstation or game room.

Many of these rooms also work together for a basement that can be divided into two sections. If an entertainment area is your top choice for a finished basement, then you might leave room for an enclosed office space. On the other hand, a laundry room takes up little room, leaving space for a workstation, crafting area or recreation room.

Furniture, paint colors, flooring and lighting fixtures will add the finishing touches, making your basement rooms unique to your style and budget.

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