If you have an unfinished or unfurnished basement, it’s time to make the most of that valuable real estate. Creating a family room will give you a space to make memories. You can watch movies or play games down there, and you don’t have to worry about folding blankets or making sure every element is tidy because most won’t see the space. A finished basement also gives the kids a place to play or hang out with their friends. Below are a few essentials you will need:
- Comfortable Seating – Ordinary sofas just won’t do. You want seating you can melt into for hours to watch a movie marathon on a rainy weekend. The furniture should be durable and long-lasting. Bean bag chairs and sofas are exactly what you need. Make sure the ones you get have a machine-washable cover. This way you won’t have to worry about stains setting in. With bean bags, you also don’t have to be concerned that one area will break down and become uncomfortable after a while.
- Dehumidifier – It is not very often that you hear anyone complain about their basement being dry. These underground spaces are generally very damp. Unfortunately, moisture can lead to mold and mildew, which can make your family sick. You definitely want to have a dehumidifier down there.
- Game Table – You don’t absolutely need a game table, but if your family enjoys board and card games then having a game table will come in handy. You can even opt for a folding table and chairs that you can keep out-of-the-way until they are needed. You may also want to consider a few TV tables that you can put beverages and snacks on, so they don’t get spilled on the game
- Recessed Wall Fireplace – If your basement is like most, it is much cooler than the rest of the house. Although you can certainly put a space heater down there, a recessed wall fireplace is a better option. It will give the space a nice cozy feeling. Since they are mounted on the wall, you don’t have to worry about little ones getting too close.
Storage Bins – You will need some type of storage system, unless you want the room to become a chaotic mess of clutter. This could mean shelves for games and movies or large Rubbermaid containers for toys. You will want something to store extra blankets in, too because when the kids have a slumber party, this is likely where they will end up sleeping.