Types of Basement Finishing Systems

Basement finishing systems allow you to finish a basement in about two weeks. Learn whether they might work for your home.



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Basement finishing systems take the guesswork out of designing a finished basement.

Clever Storage for your Basement

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A Place For Everything

For this creative, playful and relaxing basement by designer Amanda Miller, a combination of wall-hung shelving with baskets, cubby-style storage units and freestanding pieces, including a media center, keep the active space well-organized. Photography by Paul Goyette

Organized and Accessible

Keeping everything within easy reach and organized, cubby systems like this one from ClosetMaid with labeled pull-out drawers are a wonderful way to store items in a finished basement. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Study Storage

Designer Amanda Miller added a built-in homework station and craft area to this renovated basement she designed for homeowners with six children. Maple cabinets and a custom fabric-covered bulletin board encourage neatness and keep everyone updated on activities. Photography by Paul Goyette

Smart Storage

Combing different storage solutions is often the way to go. In this basement, two tall towers that offer both closed and open storage flank a TV with a shelf and storage ottomans below. Photo courtesy of Lowe's

Attractive and Useful

The cool climate of traditional basements make them popular for wine storage. A handsome hutch is an attractive and useful way to store the items you need for an in-cellar tasting party. Photo courtesy of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry

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Basement Entertaining

If you have the space, turn your basement into an inviting bar with a designated storage and seating area. Display your favorite collectible wine bottles in built-in open racks. Photo courtesy of Closet Factory

Play Time

Well-placed storage keeps a basement playroom clean and organized. Combining both cabinets and drawers like these from ClosetMaid gives you the flexible storage you need for a variety of items. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Under the Stairs

Remember to efficiently use the space under your basement stairs. A credenza or other linear storage unit allows you to keep essentials out of sight but easily accessible. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

The systems are modular, and they address many of the typical basement design issues by offering wall panels, ceilings, windows and floors that are moisture-resistant and which have built-in insulation.

The Total Basement Finishing system, for example, allows you choose from a variety of design styles and can provide a finished basement in as few as 10 days.

The Owens Corning Basement Finishing System is another popular option. It comes with durable, insulated fiberboards that you install over existing walls, locking out moisture and lending a warmth to a basement space.

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