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How To Make Your Basement Useful

Most of the time, our basements are really drab. As a consequence, the basement has become a neglected part of the home, a place where no one dares go. It might be used as a temporary storage space or an appliance storage area, or it could be used for nothing at all and pretty much forgotten about. This seems a shame since it’s actually part of your house. With that in mind, why not utilize the space? Keep reading for some ideas about how to do it.

How To Make Your Basement Useful

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Make Your Basement A Dedicated Storage Area

The first important use of your basement is to convert it into a functional storage space. For example, you might put in proper walls and use RevoTile on the floors to make it more inviting to enter, then add more shelves, cabinets, and even a refrigerator or two. This is entirely dependent on what you want room for, and it may even free up storage space for a new hobby. Basements, for example, make ideal wine cellars if you’ve developed a taste for wine. It takes some labor and some investment in equipment and materials, but the ultimate result is well worth the effort.

Turn the Basement Into Another Bedroom

Spare bedrooms are always useful, as we all know. Whether it’s for friends and family coming or to increase the property’s worth, don’t underestimate what an additional bedroom or two can do for you. If you have a big enough basement, you could install two or more bedrooms and perhaps an en-suite bathroom to take things to the next level. If you’re planning to expand your home down into the basement, make sure you stick to the same design approach so your basement doesn’t seem out of place. To make it look like the rest of your house, use comparable décor, colors, and flooring.

A Home Gym

You could even make your basement into a contemporary gym, replete with wall mirrors, a variety of fitness equipment, and even a steam room. Don’t simply put a treadmill in your basement and call it a day; instead, renovate it and make it into a full-fledged gym. There are a few challenges, such as air circulation and the amount of room required, but these are easily addressed with enough forethought.

Home Office

With so many people now working from home, trying to find a space for a home office can be difficult. If you don’t have a spare bedroom, you might be relegated to a kitchen table or the corner of the living room. These might be fine when you’re the only one at home, but if you have a lot of other people around you, how will you get any work done?

Ideally, you need a space just for you, with a door you can close when you need to. Your basement could be perfect for exactly this reason. The only issue would be the lack of natural light, but if it gives you a quiet space to work in, that’s something you might be able to compromise on.

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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

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