Our 11 year old has been asking to move his bedroom downstairs to our basement for months. We finally tackled the project and the result is not only a happy 11 year old, but a happy 6 year old, and a happy 9 year old who now get their very own bedrooms! A few years back we decided to finish two framed in walls, painted the entire basement, and re-organized. By doing this we created additional living space including a TV/game area for the kids, an office area, better storage, and now, another bedroom.....
If your kids are sharing a bedroom and chomping at the bit to have their own rooms, or your pre-teen/teen wants their own space in your home, then read on! Our basement isn't finished, and yours doesn't have to be either! Get ready to amp up your basement by creating a bedroom using these six steps as your guide!
Here are the six basic steps we used for re-creating a space in our unfinished basement to a bedroom
Step 1- Painting:
If you decide to paint your ceiling, know that it will be one of the most tedious tasks you tackle in your lifetime. We used a paint sprayer and manually painted it. However, it is a lower cost alternative to dry-walling the ceiling, or placing ceiling panels. And, it does a good job of disguising the ugly basement ceiling, giving it a much more finished look. As for the walls, definitely consider painting them as it will brighten up the space. I'd recommend a light color, as basements tend to be dark as it is.
Step 2- Carpet:
We had a portion of the basement by the TV and couches re-carpeted, but the new bedroom isn't. Instead, I brought down a large 9x12 foot area rug I had been using upstairs. It actually looks much better in Samuel's "new" room! I also threw a small rug at the bedside, so his feet wouldn't land on that cold concrete floor first thing in the morning.
Step 3- Furniture:
We used all the same pieces Samuel had in his old room upstairs, which made it easy. Though there is no closet in the "new" room, most of Samuel's clothes don't really need to be hung, so his dressers are now fully utilized. What furniture can you use in your son or daughter's "new" found space that you already own? Look in other areas of your home beside the "old" room, and consider what pieces in your home can by used to suit the needs of the "new" room.
4. Step 4- Create a simple room divider:
We used curtain panels and two king size flat sheets to create separation between Samuel's room and the rest of the basement. This makes it feel more like a bedroom, and provides a little privacy. How did we do this? PVC piping from Menards and mug hooks. We hung mug hooks from the ceiling then placed the piping right in, like you see below.....
Then we looped the panels and sheets through the piping. I found the flat sheets at Walmart for $11 a piece. We already had the window panels, and hung those the same way we hung the sheets......
Below is the other end of the room, opposite the bed. There you see the curtain panels, which separate the room from our storage area.
5. Step 5- Wall Decor:
I kept the wall decor at a minimum, and hung two large flags (that we already had!) for some added color. Samuel had a fathead of Andrew Luck in his old room, so, I peeled it off and placed it on a large 24x36 plastic picture frame with a plain white backing. I didn't want to use glass in case it fell (which would be awful on the concrete floor)....
The walls are concrete, so how did we hang this stuff? I screwed in a hook into the wood beam on the ceiling, right above where the concrete wall ends, looped wire through the hook, and attached it to the frame hook, like this:
I hung the flags using two small nails pounded into the wood beam just above where the wall ends. Then I used twine to attach each flag corner to the nail:
6. Step 6-Lighting:
We had track lighting installed when we painted our basement a few years ago, which has made a huge improvement in brightening up the whole basement. I highly recommend track lighting if it is in your budget! The location of your new bedroom can also impact how bright it will be. We created this room by the egress window; mainly for safety, and for the natural lighting. I added a "lantern" light, that you can see in the picture below. The light hangs low, eliminating the need for a bedside reading lamp.
And that, my friends, are the 6 steps we found effective for a successful bedroom transition to the basement. If you've ever considered moving a bedroom to your basement, but hesitated due to the fact that your basement is unfinished, hopefully this post will change your mind! Samuel loves his "new" space (which is much bigger than his old room!), and it even feels like our house is a bit bigger. It's a win-win all around!
This entire project took a morning to complete....about 4 hours. Cost was $47. Approximately $10 for the PVC piping, $5 for the hooks, $10 for the bubble light, and $22 for the flat sheets. Simple. Low-cost. Fun.
Have you ever re-created a space in your home for a new purpose? What did you do??? Leave a comment and share your project! I'd love to hear from you!
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