The main level and upstairs levels of your home are fully furnished, decorated and well lived in. However, your basement cannot claim the same status. Whether you bought your home with an unfinished basement or you built your own home and are still in the process of finishing everything up, there are many options for what you can do with your unfinished basement. So before you start laying down carpet or putting up plaster, consider these suggestions and have a little fun with the space instead.
The hard floor and open space sets you up perfectly to create a home gym in your basement. Get a cardio machine and/or some weight machines and some free weights. Because basements stay cooler naturally, you won’t be fighting the heat as much when you are working out.
Every active, sports loving kid had been told time and time again they can’t play ball in the house. Well, with an unfinished basement, they might be able to! Convert space in your basement for indoor basketball, tennis, hockey, or even roller skating. This should be reserved for children old enough to participate in these activities and helmets and pads should still be worn inside.
Using the basement as a craft room makes it possible to get creative and even messy without being as worried about the consequences. You may still want to put down a tarp to protect as much of the basement as possible, but a basement craft space can help relieve a lot of stress that often interferes with creative genius.
While not as “fun” as the other suggestions, a basement is the perfect place to store items that either need to be kept in a cooler environment or one where the temperature is less likely to fluctuate. So whether it is food storage, emergency items, or instruments that can’t handle changes in heat, this is your chance to create the storage space that will perfectly fit your needs.
Ball Pit Room
This is your chance to get creative and a ball pit room is a great way to do so! You can use either a large cardboard box or a small swimming pool and fill it with the colorful play balls. It is so simple and can provide hours of fun for kids and adults alike.
If you live in a part of the country that experiences extremes in temperature, your kids may get restless being pent up in the house. Consider turning your unfinished basement into an indoor playground. You can install swings into the ceiling, purchase some small, child slides, and even set up a sandbox. It may be a good idea to put down some padding underneath the toys to protect your children from the concrete if they do fall.
Wish you could go camping all year round? Well, now you can! Create your own campsite, complete with a tent, sleeping bags, and flashlights and enjoy some time unplugging from technology and just enjoying time in your own home. You could even buy glow in the dark stars and create the constellations on the ceiling!
We all need a space to relax, unwind, and get away from the world. Make a zen room in your basement that fits your personality. Maybe you need a space to light some incense and do yoga or lie in a hammock. Perhaps your idea of relaxation is watching your favorite sports team in a man cave decked out in your team’s colors. Whatever it is, this space could be reserved for you to regain your sanity after a long, hard day.
As you decide what to do with your unfinished basement, you may want to take some measures to protect the floor. Adding epoxy coating such as this can give your basement floor protection and a sleek look without the expense of finished flooring. Your room will look great and you will have a fun new space the whole family can enjoy.
Give special consideration to any unfinished elements in your basement such as pipes, wires, exposed insulation, etc. Even unfinished wood frames and beams can increase the risk of injury to family members. Whatever you decide to use the space for, keep safety at the top of your priority list.