Add an attractive, comfortable bedroom to the basement to welcome guests or accommodate teens, adult children, or aging parents.
Painting is an easy way to infuse a basement bedroom with cozy character. Chocolate-brown walls wrap this walkout basement with inviting warmth. A sisal rug and light brown ceiling mirror each other in tone and hue, and the white crown molding and baseboard add crisp accents.
This rich, dark scheme is successful because French doors admit plenty of natural light. In a basement with only an egress window, you might want to include sconces or additional table lamps to keep the room from feeling too dark.
This guest bedroom, located in the walkout basement of a new house, has a spacious look thanks to 10-foot-high poured-concrete basement walls.
The cost of digging a foundation to accommodate a 9- or 10-foot ceiling is nominal. Even if you don't finish the basement, future owners will appreciate the extra headroom. While you're at it, install French doors or egress windows instead of the standard basement windows.
Ceilings and floors need special attention in basement bedrooms. To minimize the sound of footsteps overhead, install fiberglass insulation between the ceiling joists, then finish the ceiling. Here, white-painted paneling makes an attractive country-style finish.
A fully insulated floor may not be necessary, but cover the concrete with carpeting to increase the room's comfort quotient. Use a rubber pad; foam pads may deteriorate with prolonged exposure to humidity.
Located in a walk-out basement, this lower-level bedroom lines up three twin beds to accommodate overnight guests at a lakeside cottage. The patio satisfies egress requirements and makes the bedroom bright with natural light.
Three mismatched iron beds painted white set the stage for cottage style. Soft yellow walls and a pale blue ceiling echoed the antique quilts that dress the beds. A ceiling fan promotes air circulation for comfort.
Basements are naturally cool, so to take the chill off a bedroom space, paint the walls corn silk yellow. Bedding and an armoire in yellow-green reinforce the warming effect. The armoire provides valuable storage space for blankets and bedding. Keep some shelves clear for guests to stash their belongings.
Shag carpet with a thick padding warms laminate floors in this walkout basement bedroom. A platform bed with a firm mattress is an economical yet comfortable alternative to standard beds with box springs.
To make sure a basement bedroom doesn't feel like an afterthought (or the holding area for castoffs from the rest of the house) choose the furnishings as carefully as you would for upstairs rooms. Welcoming decor--including beautiful bedding, artwork, and ample lighting--creates an inviting environment in this lower-level bedroom.
A finished basement can be the perfect spot to provide privacy for teens who want independence and a space to call their own. The bedroom area of this basement teen suite boasts color and contemporary style, but it's classic enough to easily transition to a guest suite. A sliding-glass partition separates the bedroom from an adjoining sitting area.
Safety is paramount in the basement if people are living there long-term. Code requirements include at least one window or door that can serve as an emergency exit. Also include a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the bedroom.
French doors allowing ample sunlight and access to outdoor spaces prevent a basement bedroom from feeling dark and damp. In fact, building codes require that basement bedrooms have direct access to the outdoors in case of fire or other emergency. If your basement is not a walkout, you'll need to add a window or door that opens from the inside and has an unobstructed opening of at least 5 square feet.
A bedroom in a walk-out basement has more light than in a standard below-grade basement, but direct light may still be limited by overhanging decks or upper floors of the house.
At this lakeside house, the lower-level bedroom connects to an enclosed sunroom. To make the most of the natural light that filters through, a large mirror is propped on the wall opposite the bed (the bed's reflection is pictured).
An operable window that looks out into a window well satisfies the need for an emergency exit in this basement bedroom. Twin beds offer flexibility for the guest suite. You only need an area about 10x15 feet to create a guest bedroom large enough for twin beds.
Engineered wood, made with a hardwood veneer glued to one or two layers of softwood, is a good option for basements because it shrinks and expands less than solid wood flooring. Engineered wood can be installed over many kinds of substrates and resists moisture and spills.
Laminates are another option for achieving a wood look in a basement bedroom. They're durable, moisture- and stain-resistant, and can be installed over a variety of substrates.
Modeled on the old sleeping cupboards found in Scandinavian farmhouses, this tucked-away twin bed creates a cozy sleeping spot in the basement. The boxed-in twin mattress is mounted to the wall on top of side-by-side chests. The interior is fitted with a wall-mounted reading lamp and a skinny wall shelf to hold books and a clock radio. Curtains hung from a closet rod can be drawn for privacy.
Fluorescent tubes mounted behind a wall of shutters bathe this basement bedroom in soft, natural-looking light. The shutters introduce textural interest and provide a backdrop for artwork.
A walk-out basement can be ideal for the master bedroom because it's cool in the summer. A private patio outside the sliding glass doors turns the suite into a retreat.
Slate tile is a good moisture-resistant choice for basement floors, but it must be properly sealed and can be chilly in winter. To compensate for its natural coolness, install a radiant heat system under the floor and layer area rugs over the main traffic paths.
The first step in any basement project is to determine how you want to use the space. If a lower-level family room is a priority and a guest suite is secondary, include a comfortable hide-a-bed in the family room furnishings.
Pull the bed out when company comes, and your lower-level family room doubles as a guest room. Matching floor lamps cast overlapping circles of light on the bed, providing plenty of light for reading.