An unfinished basement is a common choice for homeowners – especially if you’re working on a new build.
Building a home is expensive, and an easy way to save some money is to leave your basement unfinished for a little while.
Many people don’t need that basement space right away, so unfinished basements become useful storage for the time being.
Other people may leave their basements unfinished because they simply don’t have a vision for what they will need them to be – more bedrooms? An epic theater room? A game room? Home gym? Workshop or craft space? Man cave?
Self-contained apartment for renting? When there are so many options many people choose to wait until they know what they want or need. That’s great!
However, the space can still be utilized in a way that will make it helpful to you, rather than a cold and scary dungeon that houses your Christmas decorations.
Today we’re sharing 5 ways you can cozy up your unfinished basement for a more useful space.
1. Tackle Discomfort
What’s the problem with your unfinished basement?
Maybe it’s too moist or too cold. Invest in some easy waterproofing or a dehumidifier to make the space less wet.
Check the seals on doors and windows down there, too. Buy some space heaters or open up closed vents if the space feels chilly.
2. Add a Rug or Two
You can splurge on a few awesome rugs that you know you’ll love and use in the future, or see if you can find some secondhand.
Adding some warm rugs to the floor instantly makes the space cozier.
3. Add Pillows, Couches, Blankets, and Seating
An eclectic look is very cool, so don’t be afraid to mix and match the furniture you already own, free furniture you can get from friends and family, or cheap options you find from Goodwill or other second-hand options.
A thorough cleaning and it’s ready for a cozy corner in your basement.
4. Fake Walls
Did you know you can find cool shower curtains in a variety of prints, designs, and colors?
Then you can nail or just pin them up over exposed walls! Sheets work the same way.
You can also find cubicle dividers, bead curtains, bookshelves, and other structures that can divide up space and hide unfinished walls.
5. Fun Lighting
It’s ok if you have some exposed lightbulbs. Just add some cool additional lighting and no one will mind!
String lights in the rafters and add a floor lamp here and there.
It’s a cheap way to bring some cozy lighting into an unfinished basement space.
Even if you’re not ready to finish that basement, you can still make it a fun and cozy space on any budget!