Basement Solutions for Real Life

Photos and ideas for real-life basement remodeling solutions.

Streamline Media Storage

Create a smooth look out of multiple components with a customized media storage system. With cords and cases hidden, black boxes minimized, and room for display, this wall becomes a stylish focal point in a finished basement.

Use Storage in the Stairway

Maximize basement storage by utilizing a sliver of space by the stairs. This wall of open shelves offers just enough depth to store books and small mementos.

Separate Spaces for Privacy

Privacy curtains on a ceiling-mounted track can give a single room dual function. This curtain separates office space from TV viewing.

Build Understair Storage

Make storage shelves fit the space you have. The spot under the stairs is perfect for shelving to hold totes filled with out-of-season gear.

Brighten Up the Space

Sconces and recessed lighting boost the brightness of this active basement, which benefits from high ceilings and a pair of daylight windows.

Double the Function

No room to work out? No sweat! Curtain off a laundry zone along one wall, then make way for the treadmill, weights, and other equipment. A ceiling fan and TV make it feel like a posh home gym.

Create a Smart Laundry Area

Banish a creepy basement laundry room with a suspended ceiling and bright lighting—from the window and overhead fixtures. Ample cabinets, a double sink, and built-in shelves sized to hold laundry baskets make wash day a dream.

Add Home Office Space

When you have work to do, a well-outfitted basement home office could be your refuge. Expansive storage, abundant lighting, and a double desk make this space feel like the corner office.

Add a Kitchen Area

Why haul dishes and snacks up and down the stairs? Instead, create a mini kitchen in your basement. This one aligns a microwave, sink, and dishwasher on one wall, making entertaining a breeze.

Create a Corner Workshop

A workbench with wall-mounted storage, a comfy foot pad, and a sawdust removal system makes a corner workshop a reality.

Create a Kids' Room

Separate a homework zone from the play zone with a dividing wall that holds the TV. Chalkboard-paint walls keep the creativity high; ample lighting keeps the basement space bright.

Add a Crafts Room

With white walls and green cabinets, a basement crafts room can have a sunny outlook. Smart storage includes shallow drawers for wrappings, dowels for ribbon spools, and cubbies for tools and supplies.

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