Although dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potential. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space.

Here are 5 easy ways to upgrade your unfinished basement:

1. Add a pop of color

Give your basement a whole different look without a big renovation by adding some color to space. Consider painting and sealing the floors, opening up the room by painting the rafters white or a light color, or creating a bold accent wall.

We recommend using a crisp, clean white to brighten up the basement and then use color in the decorations and fabrics. This will make your basement seem much larger while still keeping it playful and fun.

2. Divide the space

Want to make your basement a multi-use room? Partition out the area by installing an inexpensive curtain system. This can be done either with a curtain track or a simple wire, some hooks, and curtains will suffice.

Whether you want to set up an additional bedroom space or your own craft room, dividing up your basement will help you maximize your home’s potential. Not only will you be able to create more ‘rooms’ but you’ll be able to customize each separate space.

3. Add foam mats

Whether you’d like to use the basement as a home gym to get a quick workout in or a place for the kids to play and rough house, adding some foam mats into the mix is a great and easy solution.

Most unfinished basements have a poured concrete floor, so foam mats will soften it up a bit without having to pay an arm and a leg. They come in various colors and sizes and can quickly be picked up and tucked away if need be.

4. Use a large rug

As an alternative to adding mats or even an addition, find a large, eye-catching rug to be used as a focal point, and furnish the area around it. If you’re looking for extra comfort and warmth, look for rugs that are softer and have more cushion.

5. Add lighting

Basements usually offer very little built-in lighting and few outlets around the room. Consider stringing café lighting across space from the rafters to give a nice ambiance and glow without any difficult electrical work.

Another option is to use daylight LED strip lights and put them around the edges of the basement. They’ll add a lot of light in a more discreet way.
By incorporating the above upgrades to your unfinished basement, you’ll be surprised how warm and inviting you can make it! It may even become your favorite room in the house.

Even if you plan to move one day – go ahead and get the most out of your home by adding a few budget friendly changes to the unfinished area. This will help buyers see the potential in an unfinished basement and help them envision how they can utilize the space and make it their own.
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