At some point, we all wish that our homes had a little bit more space. Whether that’s because you want to redesign your home or reduce the amount of clutter if you have a basement, it is the perfect space for converting.
With space becoming a luxury, it makes sense to make use of every last inch of space. That’s why transforming your basement into a cosy bedroom space is an excellent idea, especially as it won’t cost too much to do.
Basement bedrooms are not only an amazing way to add extra space to your home, they are also the perfect way to create your very own retreat.
To transform your basement into the perfect bedroom space, all you need is a little planning and creative thinking. Many people just don’t realise how much potential their basement actually has, and write it off simply as an extra storage space.
To help you smarten up your basement and create the ultimate bedroom space, we have put together this guide to help. To find out more, have a read below:
Keeping your basement dry and chill free
An essential requirement, for turning your basement into an extra bedroom, is ensuring that the space will not flood or suffer from damp. As well as ensuring that it is warm. In many ways, this step will define how cosy and comfortable your bedroom basement will be, so it is essential that you get it right.
If your basement has a tendency to flood, consult a contractor for a consultation about how you can make the room flood proof. Most contractors will suggest installing a sump basin and electronic switch for a sump pump or another preventative form of flood protection.
To make sure your basement bedroom is comfortable to spend time in, make sure that it is well insulated. Otherwise, you will be unable to use your basement bedroom in the cold winter weather, which makes it a wasted space.
Choose your bedroom style
Before getting started on the decorating, sit down and plan out the style that you want to decorate your new bedroom in. Industrial style rooms tend to work well in basement spaces. However, you can create any style of bedroom you want.
When considering the style of the room, think about what furniture you are planning to put in there – are you buying it new or reusing old furniture? If you are reusing old furniture, this may affect the style of room you can create.
Making the most out of your space
While some basements are large enough for a good sized bedroom and an en-suite bathroom, some basements have much less space. In small basement spaces, it is important to make the most out of the available space by using visual aids to make it look larger.
With a clever design, even the darkest and smallest of spaces can look bright and full of space. Simple wall designs and mirrors are an excellent way to spread light and make the space look more open.
Warm and cosy colours
To make your basement space as appealing as possible, it is a good idea to opt for a colour scheme that is warm and cosy. Ideally, you want to create a space that you feel as relaxed and comfortable in, as you do in the rest of the house.
For a cosy look, paint the walls in a simple colour like cream or beige and add in an accent wall for added colour and style. Don’t be tempted to use more than two bold shades. Otherwise, you may make the space look smaller and darker than it is.
In most basements, real wood flooring is not a good idea as the changes in temperature can cause it to arch or break. However, carpet, laminate or stone are all good choices.
For a warm and cosy feel, a thick, fluffy carpet is probably the best choice for a basement floor. Or, if you opt for laminate or stone, a sheepskin rug can add warmth and style to the room.
While lighting is important in every room, in the basement it is even more important as basements tend to be darker than other rooms.
With very little natural light, many basements rely entirely on artificial lighting; that’s why it is so important to get the type of lighting right. As well as investing in bedside lamps and overhead lighting, place a large mirror on the opposite wall to the window to bring more natural light into the room.
Add some luxury to the space
To turn your basement bedroom into the ultimate retreat, it is worth investing in luxury furniture, decor and bedding. Not only will this create the perfect retreat, it will also add a touch of opulence to your new bedroom.
Opt for luxury bedding, a super comfortable mattress and duck down duvet and pillows. To add more luxury to the space, invest in white bed linen, instead of choosing coloured designs. To bring colour to the space, invest in some bright, mix and match throw pillows.
Instead of just choosing a regular bed frame, opt for something that is opulent, such as a four poster bed or a bed with an oversized padded headboard. Adding a luxurious bed to your basement bedroom will give the space a glamorous look, making it somewhere you want to be.
Invest in accessories
While you don’t want to over clutter the space, it is important to invest in a few statement accessories. Such as, pieces of art, rugs, pillows, and bedside lamps. Accessories can be used to add a little bit of extra sparkle to your new bedroom space. The right accessories can help to create the perfect bedroom.
Just make sure that when you are choosing your accessories, that you opt for pieces that match the colour and style of your new bedroom space. If you need a little help picking out the perfect accessories, take a friend or family member along with you.