Small Finished Basement Ideas


A small basement doesn’t mean you have to be limited in how you use it. Most homeowners tend to use a small basement for storage, but this often neglected space in your home no longer has to be a place where old skis and exercise equipment go to be forgotten.

There are plenty of basement renovation ideas that can help improve the functionality of even the smallest basements. With just a few simple finished basement ideas, you can transform your small basement into a family or entertainment space. 

Not only will it improve the look of your home, but a basement renovation can also add significant value to your home. So if you have always dreamed of adding a gym, guest room, or even a home office to your basement, keep reading for some helpful hints and inspiration.

Add the Right Lighting

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Before you begin changing the use of your basement, it is important to do a little planning first. Basements often have low ceilings and poor lighting which make it difficult to use it as a living space. So when creating your basement layout ideas, make sure to include how you are going to enhance and improve the lighting

Recessed lighting is highly recommended because it is easy to install and allows you to target where you want additional lighting. If you have a dark corner or area you plan on spending more time in, recessed lighting will allow you to customize your lighting options to make sure these spaces have the right amount of light.

Create a Cozy Den

One of the most popular small finished basement ideas is building a cozy den. This works particularly well in spaces that don’t have windows. Low ceilings and soft lighting create an intimate setting where you can curl up with a book or enjoy working on your favourite hobby. 

Cozy den areas look best with smaller furniture and minimal clutter. This will help create the illusion that the space is larger. Add a floor lamp and mirror for additional light. Textiles like a jute carpet or a chunky blanket help add texture and layers to the space adding even more grandeur.

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Add A Second Living Room

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Whether you are looking for a place to escape or a space to send the kids to watch their favourite programs, a second living room is a fantastic small basement design option. This is also one of the easiest basement ideas on a budget because you only require simple, yet sturdy furniture and finishings.

Start by choosing neutral wall finishes that can act as a canvas when you begin adding decor accents. Contrast this with warm colours like leather and wood accents to create a feeling of warmth. A small electric or gas fireplace can create a focal point while adding extra heat to this space. Complete the look with some personalized decor such as family photos or collectibles that mean something to you.

Divide Space with Sliding Doors

Your basement can do double duty with the addition of sliding doors. This is particularly effective in small basements that service laundry or electrical rooms for the home. Sliding doors can add a look of affordable luxury which has a significant design impact.

Sliding doors require minimal hardware and allow you unobstructed living space. They also add character to a room due to the wide variety of sliding door options. Go with a modern sliding door on metal tracks or step up your design game with a rustic barn door look on vintage-style brass hardware.

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Add A Guest Bedroom

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For many homeowners, the idea of going through a renovation to add an extra room may be overwhelming. That’s why one of the most popular small finished basement ideas is using this space as a guest bedroom. With the addition of a bed, nightstand, and curated wall decor, you can quickly transform your basement from chaos to a comfortable night’s sleep.

As Airbnb has become popular throughout the past few years, a popular trend is to create a space that makes you money such as a guest bedroom. Add a small service kitchen and bathroom to create the perfect getaway for guests, that helps you earn extra income.

Add A Small Office

Working from home has never been more popular, but setting up at the kitchen table isn’t always ideal in a busy home. Converting your small basement into an office is the perfect way to stay on top of your tasks and even enjoy some tax benefits, by writing off a portion of your office as a deductible.

Home office setup
modern minimalistic basement office interior with grey walls

Start with neutral wall colours and then add office accessories that will help you get the job done. Use a blank wall to hang a whiteboard or large calendar so you can track projects. A sturdy wooden desk paired with a lightweight bookcase can get you on the path to remote working. Built-in bookcases are another great way to maximize wall space and create a place to show off your memories and achievements.

Are you a content creator or influencer? Create the perfect studio to shoot videos, record podcasts, or work on your blog. Simple modifications to electrical outlets will let you enjoy building in USB capabilities and other technology adaptations to help you grow your brand.

Get Started Today

A basement is a perfect canvas for creating a living space that is truly your own. With just a few simple finished basement ideas you can take your dark and cold basement and transform it into a warm and inviting place to enjoy time with friends and family. 

The professional renovation experts at Moose Basements can help you build the basement you have always wanted. We help you craft small basement layout ideas that improve functionality while allowing you to create a stunning space that improves the value of your home. Contact us today for a free estimate.