An unfinished basement is typically a massive space; in most cases, it is at least as big as the first story of your home. By building walls in a basement you can divide the space and gain more function; for example, you can carve out a media room, storage space and a work shop or craft room all in the wasted space just below your feet. Here are three ways to build basement walls.
Building Permanent Walls
Building permanent walls with lumber and drywall will make your basement look as finished and beautiful as other rooms in your home. This can be expensive option if you hire a contractor; but if can do the work yourself, it is a very affordable option. Plan carefully however; because once the walls are in place, it is difficult and expensive to move them.
Basic construction skills will be needed to construct the walls. Your local library, home improvement store and the Internet are great sources for information on constructing basement walls. If you are not skilled in electrical work, hire an electrician to install outlets and wiring for overhead lighting in a drywall or suspended ceiling.
Modular Walls If you’d rather not build walls, you can use prefabricated modular walls. A modular wall system lets you transform your basement space in any way that suits your needs. These systems are easy to install and easy to reconfigure, and they have a contemporary, industrial look. In a basement space, simply spray paint the ceiling to disguise ductwork and pipes and set up the walls for a cool industrial look. Modular wall systems are not inexpensive but they offer lots of flexibility as well as modern good looks.
Get Creative with Freestanding Partitions and Furniture
An inexpensive and easy way to carve out rooms in your basement is with furniture and freestanding partitions. Japanese shoji screens, wrought iron, wicker or wood screens can be set up and moved as desired with a minimum of effort. However, these screens are not a good option if children and pets will be using the space, since it is easy to knock them over.
Bookcases can also be used as walls, but make sure they are not top heavy to avoid potential injury. Two couches or loveseats, a sectional sofa, tables, media units, desks and armoires can also define separate spaces. Storage cubes are another great tool for dividing a basement space. Simply stack them on top of each other as desired; you can stack two rows back to back so that both ends are open room. This will give you storage on both sides so that you can store, for example, craft supplies on one side and kids’ toys on the other; now you’ve instantly created a craft room and a play room! Inexpensive plastic storage cubes can be found at discount stores or online, or you can build your own boxes from wood and stain or paint them as desired.
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