15 Finished Basement Design Ideas

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Tamara Flanagan
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    The Best Basement Designs

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    A finished basement has endless potential. From a bedroom to a studio apartment to the coveted "mancave," finishing your basement not only adds value to your home, but also a lot of functional square footage for the whole family. Once you've considered the basics of finishing a basement, it's time to decide how you want to use the space. 

    At first glance, you'd probably never guess that this gorgeous studio apartment from April Force Pardoe is actually a basement. It has the character, charm (and natural light!) that most of us only dream of, and makes a perfect in-law suite or rental space. Whether you're hoping to make a little extra income out of your unused basement or you want a place to make family memories, we've rounded up a few more of our favorite finished basement designs.

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    The Perfect Mancave

    If you're dreaming of the perfect recreational basement, designer Kerricolfer created the mancave to end them all. Complete with a full bar, a TV room and a pool table, this space is perfect for Sunday football games or catching up with family and friends over a few drinks. 

    When considering a renovation of your basement, a multipurpose room can be a great way to entertain guests and create an escape from the rest of the house. 

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    Create an Enviable Teen Bedroom

    Want to give your teenager a little more privacy? This gorgeous teenage oasis created by Larson Design Interiors is an attractive way to move your teen to a basement bedroom and create a space that can host both homework study groups and Saturday night movie marathons. The throwback macrame hammock chair adds a little bit of whimsy to the rest of the room's mature and chic vibe. 

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    The Dreamiest Playroom

    What's better than a child's playroom? A child's playroom with a built-in climbing wall. This innovative basement design by Studio Nuovo is everything kids' dreams are made of. Not only will you add a fun space for your kids to play in (and for those piles of toys to live), you'll have a great way to get out pent-up energy on those long, rainy Saturdays.

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    A Second Cozy Living Space

    You've probably already considered a basement design that offers a second living room, but this finished basement from E. Lynn Design is so nice we can't imagine ever leaving it. The rustic modern farmhouse look is miles away from a dingy, dank basement. Instead, the monochromatic palate is refreshing and airy. Even more refreshing? That cafe-style beverage fridge, so you don't even need to trek to the kitchen for a drink. 

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    Design a Modern Basement Bar

    Want to embrace your inner bartender? This modern basement bar from Tara Kantor Interiors gives us major speakeasy feels in the best way possible. We expect art deco to be huge in 2019, so why not get a headstart on the Gatsby-inspired look with an in-home bar that looks like it's straight out of a fancy New York City hotel.  

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    Go Hygge-Wild

    Here's another cozy finished basement design that adds a lot of living space to your home. This living room from ​Beige and Bleu Studio Design (photographed by Tamara Flanagan) utilizes natural light to create a Scandinavian-inspired retreat that provides a great area to lounge or host guests. Keep the furniture and color palette neutral and relaxed to maintain a low-key, modern vibe.

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    Your Own Private Gym

    Need an excuse to hit the gym this year? A finished basement offers the perfect canvas for your very own private gym. This at-home gym by White Oak Renovations features a sliding barn door that separates the gym from the rest of the basement, so you can work out in peace. Plus, by segmenting your basement into rooms, you can get even more out of it—no need to settle for either a gym or a home bar! 

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    Add Attractive Built-In Storage

    Sure, an unfinished basement can store boxes, but who likes to dig around in a dank, dark basement to find what you need? Instead, consider adding charming built-ins to your basement living space—like these ones from alisonstrickland. Not only will you have more space to store photo albums and knick-knacks, but this storage unit also anchors the basement living space and provides an attractive focal point

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    Increase Productivity in a New Home Office

    As remote work becomes more and more popular, so does the need for a productive workspace at home. Consider transforming your finished basement into a wonderful home office, like this one from mandymoralesdesign. The stately design and dark colors offer a calming, mature feel that's perfect for focus. We love the use of multiple textures and surfaces to give the space a high-end look. 

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    A Delightful Basement Kitchen

    Whether you want to add a second kitchen to your home for entertaining or you're creating a lower-level apartment, this aqua blue kitchen from ew_kitchens and  Ryln Construction is nicer than most above-ground kitchens. We love how the design plays into the darker space rather than fight against it. The open shelving and floor-to-ceiling tilework make the kitchen feel airy and open while offering ample workspace for all your family meals. 

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    Up Your Wine Game

    If you need a space to store your wine collection, this slick basement wine cellar from lindsayreid.photo will easily become a favorite talking point of your home. We get major James Bond vibes from this modern basement bar complete with a walk-in wine fridge. Entertain guests (and make your neighbors jealous) with a basement upgrade straight out of a Hollywood movie.  

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    A Great Guest Bedroom

    A finished basement can be a great place to host overnight guests when you're lacking in spare bedrooms. And with a bedroom like this one from dimplesonmywhat, your guests will be thrilled to spend the night in the basement. We love this cozy den with enough natural light to get ready in the morning and enough charm to make any guest want to become a permanent resident.

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    A Game Room for the Whole Family

    A finished basement can provide the perfect canvas for a family game room. This space from Our Humble Hive allows the whole family to play pool, watch a football game or finish a game of Monopoly. The beauty of a basement game room is that you don't have to fuss over keeping everything perfectly in its place (as you may upstairs) so you can focus on the fun instead. 

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    Embrace Your Inner Musician

    We love this bedroom-music studio from fwmadebycarli, which is perfect for anyone who wants to make a little noise without disturbing the rest of the family. A finished basement is the perfect place to deposit the musician in your family, so he can record and mix to his heart's content. Add a few sound-proof panels to keep the rest of the family happy.