A basement has the potential to be used in many different ways. Perhaps you’re planning a redesign to get more out of this interesting space. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a design for your basement.

Define a Purpose

Obviously, before you design the space, you should decide how it will be used. Do you plan to use it for storage, to entertain friends, to relax alone, as a place for guests to stay? Each of those will require a different approach to really get the most out of the space. Making big decisions early can help you as you look into further steps like furniture layouts.


When planning out how you’ll use your basement, take into account the utilities – such as electricity, water, and heat – that you will need to use. As you plan and budget, make sure that the basement has all that you need readily available – complicated processes like rewiring or plumbing should be undertaken sooner rather than later.


One issue with basements is, due to their location at the bottom of a house, they generally are not very well-lit. Large windows that allow natural light may not be possible, and depending on how the room was initially set up there may not be much artificial light either.
When planning out lighting, consider using multiple sources – ceiling lights, table lamps, floor lamps – to vary the look of the place. Another interesting choice is to place low lights around the perimeter of the room for more subtle lighting.


Another thing to consider is the floor in the basement. Depending on factors like the climate, foot traffic, and purpose, it may be wise to invest in new floors. If you live in a wetter clime, water-resistant flooring like tile or vinyl would be a great choice. If you are concerned with heat and comfort, a carpet would be a better solution. At Floor Coverings International of Alpharetta, we are happy to help you with finding the perfect flooring solution for your space – give us a call for a free estimate, our experts are ready to help you!