If you are looking for a bit of extra bedroom space, there are plenty of options. Some people like to remodel their non-bedroom spaces and make them usable as a bedroom. Garages are a good place to remodel if you don't have space in your main home.
But if you want a bedroom space that is more connected to your home there is another great option. Many people have converted their basements into impressive bedrooms. There are special considerations when converting your basement into a bedroom although it can be well worth the effort.
I have done my fair share of renovations and construction, and I think I can point out a few things that you should look out for when deciding to take on a project such as this.
What Do I Need To Know To Convert My Basement Into A Bedroom?
The basement is a great place to start when looking for that extra bit of space in your home. Remodeling this space into functional rooms and space is one of the first places you should look for that extra bit of room in your home. It can be considerably cheaper than building additions, and many basements have utilities already installed which can cut down on cost and labor.
The basement is also often an unused space that is underutilized. Space is always at a premium, and it is smart to find places like this to maximize every inch of space available to you. Basements make for ideal spots for renovation and bedrooms because the conversion can be pretty inexpensive.
Finished basement spaces can also feel quite cozy and comfortable, making them the perfect getaway and retreat from the world. They can also make a feeling of separation from the rest of the home while still being connected. This feeling is perfect for a teenager, or someone that is looking for a bit more independence but not yet ready to leave home for their place.
The first big step in making the basement a perfect bedroom is to protect against the cold. Basements are notoriously chilly and are not as well exposed to the sun. This means that insulation is very important. The space can be uncomfortably cold in all seasons if it is not properly insulated for the weather.
Not every basement is the same, but many have bare concrete that comprises most of the walls. To combat the chilliness of the concrete, you should probably choose high-end insulation. The thick and effective insulation may cost a bit more, but it will be well worth it and with the cold nature of basements this is not a place you want to cut corners. Wooden panels is a popular idea as wood can bring warmth and is itself a good insulator. Wood can also be stylish and bring some charm to the space.
Proper isolation is not just for warmth and coziness through. Because of the lack of openness of a basement and the thick walls basements tend to be quite echoey. Good insulation panels can dampen this sound and make things far more quiet and pleasant to be in.
Next, you should plan out what the style your bedroom will be. You may think that this is something that can be decided later, but knowing what you are going for in the beginning will let you plan for elements and challenges that will direct the remodeling in your favor in the end.
If you want a more industrial look, you can leave portions of the room exposed and use the basements natural features. You can also plan the kind of paneling and the style of paneling to choose based on the style you are planning for.
For more rustic feels you can add in more wooded and rich elements and incorporate them directly into the construction. This can give your basement a nice warm wood cabin feel. Adding design elements from the beginning works for almost any style including modern styles and minimalist design. This can benefit you in the future as well as home buyers like to see a complete and thoughtful design that makes the bedroom look more complete.
When designing your room you should also be aware of visual space. This means that you should keep in mind how your room will appear. Some basements have limited space, and without many windows and natural lights the space can feel even more limited. It is important to incorporate visual space to make sure that the room can feel open even with limited area.
Learn little tricks you can use to make space appear larger, and use as many as you can to make the space appear large and open. Without it, you can end up with a claustrophobic space. Patterns can help accomplish this. Vertical stripes and chevron patterns do wonders for opening a space. Mirrors are also a big help. The spread your light around more and also make the space appear more open and wide.
Choose warm colors for your basement bedroom. They create a more welcoming and secure space that you will feel better sleeping in. A simple color palette is best, but make it one that is welcoming and warm.
Another important thing to consider is floors and ceilings. Basement floors can be quite cold, even with a carpet. They are also hard, so ample padding can go a long way in making the space more comfortable. There are lots of things you can do with ceilings. Exposed beams can be cozy and rustic, but a finished ceiling can brighten the space. This is a matter of personal preference.
Make It Open And Welcoming
Bedrooms are best if they are cozy and comfortable. Basements, while versatile need a bit more work to get there than other spaces. You can use tricks to get the basement to a place where most bedrooms are. Insulate the space well to keep it warm and reduce echo.
Colors and design are important. Incorporate them early and know what you want the space to be early. Se patterns and elements that make the space feel open and wide. Pay close attention to the floor and ceiling.Did you enjoy this? Remember to leave questions and comments below.