Unexpected Ways to Convert Your Basement

Anyone who isn’t using their basement to its full potential has probably thought about converting it. It can be an expensive project, but it’s better to use the space than to leave it empty or full of boxes. Most people choose to turn their basement into an extra bedroom or perhaps a small studio flat. But why do that when you can do something much more exciting with it? Instead of designing another bedroom, there are lots of other ideas for what you can do with that basement space. You could create a home cinema, your very own spa or even install a swimming pool.

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Cinema/Media Room

If you’re a film buff, a home cinema or media room is probably one of your dreams. If you have the privilege of a basement in your house but you’re not using it for anything, setting up the perfect place for movie watching would be ideal. You can have one white wall to project your movies onto, or perhaps set up a large screen. With comfortable seating, dimmable lights, and an awesome sound system, you can create a more intimate experience than any chain cinema. Don’t forget space to store DVDs or Blu-Rays, or the right technology to store and play digital or online content.


If your preferred method of relaxing is a soak in the tub or some time in the sauna, you might prefer to set up a spa. You could include a Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub, a steam room and even a personal massage table. It’s your chance to create a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, so you could add a sound system for calming music, space for candles and incense and soft lighting. You could also use some of your basement for gym equipment, and a swimming pool is also an excellent idea.

Dining Space and Kitchen

If you love holding dinner parties, a dedicated room for your guests will surprise and delight them. Instead of hosting them in your everyday dining room, why not have something a bit more special downstairs? You could add a kitchen too, so you don’t need to bring food down from upstairs. You can set up everything for special occasions, from the lights to the tablecloths. And you could also add a seating area to one side, so you can all move to a less formal arrangement when you’re finished eating.


If you’re more about the drink than the food, a home bar is a brilliant place to relax at the end of the day or party on the weekends. You can have a counter with space for mixing drinks and make room for your collection, from wine to spirits. Create a speakeasy feel with bar stools, low lighting, and intimately arranged furniture. Or maybe you’ll make it look like the bar from Cheers.

If you’re considering a basement conversion, don’t go with the predictable. Think outside of the box and turn it into a room for fun and relaxation.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.