Framing a Basement

Just like your favorite picture, a finished basement requires a solid frame in order to keep the walls preserved. Here are a few tips for framing basement walls.

Wall project

Wall project

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Related To:

When finishing a basement, framing the walls is one of the first steps you'll take to define the space. We recommend hiring a professional for this task because of its complexity.

10 Remodeling Projects That Add Home Value

See All Photos

Shop Related Products

Before you begin construction, your contractor will have to determine whether the walls included in the framing are load-bearing or non-load-bearing. Additionally, they'll have to decide whether existing beams or joints need to be altered in order to install wall frames. Moving or cutting them may cause structural damage.

Once the basement walls are framed and insulated, finish them with drywall, paint or wallpaper, and enjoy your comfortable new rooms.

Repairing Basement Walls, Floors and Ceilings

See All Videos
Keep Reading

Next Up

Basement Remodeling Costs

Renovating a basement often comes with a hefty price tag. Learn more about the average basement remodeling costs, and how to determine the features that matter most to your home.

Finishing Basement Walls

Add the finishing touches to your basement with these basement wall ideas.

Basement Finishing Costs

How much does it cost to finish a basement? Use this guide to find out, then decide which route is best for your home and budget.

Before You Hire a Basement Pro

Choosing a contractor is one of the most difficult decisions. Here's what you should ask.

Basement Bar Ideas and Designs

Add a bar to your finished basement with these design ideas.

Wet Basement Solutions

Learn how to prepare a space that blocks water and moisture with these best practices.

Basement Waterproofing Options

Keep your home dry and fix any leaks you already might have with these tips for waterproofing a basement.

Basement Waterproofing Costs

Here are the basics on finding your basements waterproofing problems and what it will cost to treat them.

Solving Basement Design Problems

Mechanical systems and other obstacles can present design opportunities. Get tips for tackling the most common problems.

Assess Your Basement Needs

Your unfinished basement could be the most popular area of your home. Use these tips to begin your transformation.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.