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20 Inspiring Basements that Don’t Scream Man Cave

For a long time, a finished basement meant Man Cave. We’re talking giant TV, sunken, comfy furniture, and a tiki bar. My uncle even had carpet on the walls and a pair of swords crossed over a rust-colored sectional. Groovy. Today’s basement holds promise for every member of the family. From playrooms to craftrooms (swoon,) to guest bedrooms and of course the occasional media room/bar classic here are 20 gorgeous inspirational basements to drive your makeover project down under..


  • Books in the Rafters 1 of 20
    Books in the Rafters
    A clever spot to store books up off of the damp floor.
    Spotted at Apartment Therapy.
  • Living Large… and Deep 2 of 20
    Living Large... and Deep
    If you're a wine aficionado, you need a wine cellar of course.
    See an entire slideshow of over the top Trophy Basements at The WSJ.
  • Room for 16 3 of 20
    Room for 16
    Tuck away a set of bunk beds for family visits
    Spotted at Flickr.
  • Brighten things up 4 of 20
    Brighten things up
    A coat of white paint can brighten up a dark underground space.
    See an entire slideshow of over the top Trophy Basements at The WSJ.
  • Not-so-scrappy scrapbooking area 5 of 20
    Not-so-scrappy scrapbooking area
    Of course we have to include some craft space for mama.
    Spotted at BHG.
  • OK one more because it’s my dream basement 6 of 20
    OK one more because it's my dream basement
    I had to track this one down having remembered how beautiful it was for years.
    Spotted at Ikea Family Live via Yvonne Eijkenduijn .
  • Wonderful walk out 7 of 20
    Wonderful walk out
    Take advantage of a walk-out basement by installing sliders to let in that gorgeous light. Landscape a step-up garden to make it a show-piece,
    Found at Houzz.
  • Staircase Headboard 8 of 20
    Staircase Headboard
    Create a beautiful wood headboard with a creative use of limited space.
    Spotted at Pinterest.
  • Storage Galor 9 of 20
    Storage Galor
    Don't lose your storage space when you finish your basement with beautiful built in shelves.
    Found at Houzz.
  • Low budget home theater 10 of 20
    Low budget home theater
    Build a pallet theater for movie nights underground.
    Spotted at Desire to Inspire.
  • The bar, A basement classic 11 of 20
    The bar, A basement classic
    No tiki in this lovely modern basement bar.
    Spotted at Houzz.
  • Give me tea, a good book and a basement nook 12 of 20
    Give me tea, a good book and a basement nook
    The basement is the perfect cozy spot for a nook.
    Spotted at IMGUR.
  • Keep it Casual 13 of 20
    Keep it Casual
    Inspiration for the modest basement budget with sleep space and tons of storage.
    Spotted at Bestor Architecture.
  • Indoor play 14 of 20
    Indoor play
    Basement hockey rink with a coat of paint.
    Found at Houzz.
  • Grow a tree 15 of 20
    Grow a tree
    Turn that support beam into a whimsical tree.
    Spotted at Cozy Fish.
  • Artificial Light 16 of 20
    Artificial Light
    Mount florescent tubes behind a wall of shutters to fake a window.
    Spotted at BHG.
  • Noise reduction 17 of 20
    Noise reduction
    For a basement bedroom, insulate the ceiling and finish with pretty painted white paneling.
    Spotted at BHG.
  • Exposed Brick Office 18 of 20
    Exposed Brick Office
    I would never leave this lovely sparse space.
    Spotted at Nordic Style.
  • Champagne wishes 19 of 20
    Champagne wishes
    I have to include one of these over-the-top basement to pool windows. I think it would just tempt me to buy a family of penguins.
    Spotted at Dezeen.
  • Under Stairs Playhouse 20 of 20
    Under Stairs Playhouse
    And I think we can end with the cutest thing ever. A under-the-stairs playhouse. I. Die. Of. Adorable. Overload.
    Spotted at Home Design Property.

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