Basement design

The Dos and Don’ts of Creating the Perfect Basement Space

With this level of creative freedom, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. Read on for our useful tips and what to avoid when building a space which suits your needs.

Do Consider Utility 

Although you will be taking your basement space to the next level, remember that you may need to continue using it as a more utilitarian area. Whether you use it as a space for a home office, laundry facilities or storage space, you will want to use basement design which will enhance functionality rather than take it away.

When considering a new layout for your basement, there are three guidelines to keep in mind:

– Wall off any spaces which require extra privacy
– In case of any leaks, consider leaving the area around the water heater unfinished
– To cut down on costs, consider keeping existing plumbing in place


Before beginning your project, consider all the ways you hope to use your basement, whether this is by adding a bathroom, living space, or guest bedroom to bring new purpose to a wasted space.

Do Not Underestimate Construction

Completing a basement design project is different to other rooms in the home. You start from scratch, with the freedom to customise the space as you desire. However, there is also more construction at the start to ensure the space remains dry and warm.

Ensure you hire a professional to check for framing around ductwork and foundation cracks as well as bring your unique vision for your basement to life. 

Do Create an Open-Concept Space

Most modern basements use an open-space arrangement, but there are some tips in order to get this right. 

Begin by creating distinct spaces based on how you wish to use the space. Perhaps you have a TV viewing space in mind, a dining area or play space for children. Regardless of how you want to create groups within the space, bring it together with light fixtures to create a grounding. Also consider adding a rug to create a homely feel.

Once you have done this, ensure you leave plenty of space between any areas or segments you have created. This will ensure that there is enough flowing space to walk through and visually separate areas so they do not become overwhelming to the eye.

Do Not Discount Aesthetics

If you are planning to spend the money, energy and time on a basement design project, you must treat it as aesthetically as you would any other room in the home. Colour plays an important role in unifying the space, whether you plan to use a cohesive colour scheme or similar shades in furniture and accessories.

Layering some carefully selected accessories can finish a space to a high standard. Consider including decor elements, blankets, throw pillows and wall art to create a cosy and welcoming basement.