Our Favorite Basement Features

Unique Basement Style Elements for Your Remodel

A neutral finished basement with a spacious island bar for the entire family to enjoy

Basements have so much more potential than just basic “finished” spaces that add a bit more square footage to your home. More than anything, your basement should be an extension of the upstairs – a place that’s both fun and usable. All you have to do is get a bit creative.

So today, we’re taking you on a tour of our favorite basement features to give you inspiration for your own project. Let’s get started!

Kid Forts

Most people, by default, use that forgotten space underneath the steps for storage only. It’s handy, yes, but why not transform it into a space that gets plenty of use instead? Kid forts are perfect for this, whether you opt to add a miniature playhouse, or keep the tiny “room” as an open and airy reading nook. They’ll LOVE having a play space all to themselves, and with a designated space for them to stretch their imaginations, you’re less likely to have a full basement takeover (gotta have some space for the adults, too!).

Unused space underneath the basement stairs is transformed into a fort space for kids, complete with books, a reading light, and comfy bean bag seating
Unused space underneath the basement stairs is transformed into a fort space for kids, complete with books, a reading light, and comfy bean bag seating / Source

Drink Ledges

Built-in drink ledges are essential for basements. Not only do they provide a convenient spot for snacks and beverages, but they also help to define the space and add an extra layer or level of seating.

This design (by R|House Design Build) added a built-in elevated drink ledge that increased seating options and helped to define the TV feature wall area / Source
This design (by R|House Design Build) added a built-in elevated drink ledge that increased seating options and helped to define the TV feature wall area / Source

Ceiling Details

Basements can be tricky to design, especially since there’s usually exposed duct work that drops down below upper floor joists. But rather than resorting to covering every surface with suspended ceiling tiles (which can make the room feel cramped), use ducts to your advantage by intentionally designing dropped soffits that define spaces and create architectural interest.

Dropped soffits above the basement bar and throughout the room provide architectural contrast and interest while simultaneously hiding dropped ductwork
Dropped soffits above the basement bar and throughout the room provide architectural contrast and interest while simultaneously hiding dropped ductwork / Design by Carla Bast Design Source

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Pops of Personality

Details are everything in your basement! Show your personality with an interactive chalkboard wall, add beams for extra ceiling dimension, or opt for shiplap to add texture to the space. Whatever you’re drawn to in design, the basement is the perfect place to let that style come through. Remember – if you’re intentional with the overall space, it’ll feel more like a used and loved part of your home instead of a totally separate realm.

A chalkboard transforms a blank wall into an interactive space – perfect for tallying game scores, listing drink menus, and drawing welcome signs
A chalkboard transforms a blank wall into an interactive space – perfect for tallying game scores, listing drink menus, and drawing welcome signs / Design by Carla Bast Design

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TV/Fireplace Feature Walls

Having a feature wall in your basement is not only visually stunning, but it’s also a great way to make the room functional. You can go for a fireplace, mount a TV, add shelves, or do a combo of all three. Whichever option you choose, a feature wall is important to help anchor the space, allowing you to position your furniture easily around it.

A fireplace surrounded by floating shelves is the feature wall in this basement and the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine
A fireplace surrounded by floating shelves is the feature wall in this basement and the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine / Design by Carla Bast Design

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Sport Courts

Why wait for summer to enjoy an outdoor at-home basketball game? With a sport court, you’ve got a gym year round. Transform your basement into the ultimate workout zone, and we promise it’ll be a hit for both adults and kids.

A brightly-lit sport court is the ultimate workout space in this home
A brightly-lit sport court is the ultimate workout space in this home / Source

 

Theater Seating

Whether on a platform or level with the rest of the basement, theater seating is one of our favorite features. It makes movie viewing an unforgettable experience and turns your basement into a prime entertainment zone. Just grab some popcorn, pour an ice cold soda, and you’ve got a setup that rivals the best movie theaters in town.

Reclining theater seats in this basement offer a front row view of the feature TV wall for a full entertainment experience
Reclining theater seats in this basement offer a front row view of the feature TV wall for a full entertainment experience / Design By Carla Bast Design

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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

6 Responses

  1. I really liked the way you displayed features like fireplaces and TVs and how you can use them for a basement project. We have a lot of spare space in our basement that’s not currently used, so we figured we could work around this and turn it into a full-fledged room for us to relax in. With that in mind, if I can find a basement remodeling project, I’ll make sure that we follow your tips and use these kinds of fixtures in that room.

  2. My sister would like to have her basement area fixed since it looks a bit outdated. Thank you for sharing here as well the importance of using eh right ducts. I also agree with you that it would be smarter to invest in new lights.

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