How to Turn a Basement into a Bedroom Cheap – Xpress Construction
So you’ve decided to take your dark basement and transform it into a lovely and inviting bedroom. Whether you’ve decided to create a better room for an older child, invite your mother to live with you for a spell, or just create a guest room for the occasional out of town visitor, transforming your basement area into a great bedroom on a budget is not only a great idea, it’s a very doable one. Xpress Construction offers home renovation services in quality workmanship and great prices. Here are some great ideas on how to turn your basement into a bedroom cheap.
Start with the Floors
One of the easiest ways to turn a basement into a great place to sleep is to start from the ground up. The floor is where your feet first greet the day after a good night’s rest, and it can welcome you home in comfort after a long day. And luckily, transforming a cold stone or concrete floor into a warm and inviting one is not hard at all.
One option is to lay down some insulation and then a simple bit of wall to wall carpeting. While it might not be as easy to keep clean depending on the amount of traffic into the bedroom, nothing can beat this carpet and insulation combination for warmth, comfort and ease of installation. Just remember the old adage of measure twice and cut once. That will save you quite a bit of headaches in the long run.
Other option that quite a few people on a budget make use of when it comes to flooring is to use laminate tiles or PVC panels on the floor. The great thing about this option is that they come in a wide range of styles, they’re easy to put together, and clean up can be as simple as breaking out the mop and broom for a quick wipe down. While they don’t offer the warmth and comfort of carpeting, a few simple area rugs and some heating elements placed below the flooring will provide all the comfort and heat that you need.
Of course, if you don’t mind wearing some socks while in the bedroom, or you have some thick area rugs that will shield you from the cold, painting the concrete floor of your basement bedroom with a great color and sealing it from water infiltration can be a fantastic way to add a bit of color to a dreary place without breaking the bank.
Make the Walls Your Own
After the flooring, the next item that most people focus on when turning a basement into a bedroom is the walls. After all, who wants to stare at dreary gray or stone when they’re relaxing? Thankfully , transforming your walls into something that is both inviting, and comfortable on a budget is extremely easy. All you have to do is try and think a little bit beyond the traditional methods.
So let’s start with one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make sure that your basement bedroom is a great place to stay. Paint and wallpaper if done correctly can truly make a drab and dreary space into a colorful and inviting place that is great for relaxing or sleeping. So don’t be afraid to get a couple cans of paint or panels of wallpaper and try them out. There is absolutely nothing in the rule book that says you have to keep every wall the same. Consider creating an accent wall, or using a pattern piece of wallpaper as a trim. Use your imagination. These two choices are a great way to keep both your budget and decor in mind.
Another great option when it comes to finishing the walls of your basement bedroom is to use paneling. These panels can either be made of wood, laminate or PVC, and are fairly simple to install. They can also easily transform the room into something that anyone would feel at home in. Often all you need is some adhesive, a few nails, and the patience to put together a few tongues and grooves and you’ll be all set.
All these options for walls are very affordable, and won’t cost too much when it comes to sweat equity. Another option, which is a bit more pricey, but can be a bit longer lasting is to frame out the interior walls and actually use drywall to act as a canvas for your wall decorating options. Be warned though, drywall isn’t exactly the lightest material on the market, and handling it is certainly a two person job. But once it is properly installed, there are very few limitations on what can be done with it.
Don’t Forget About the Furnishings
In truth, it’s the little things that can make a simple room into a great bedroom. While most people will spend most of their time sleeping while in the bedroom, there is no reason why a few creature comforts can’t be used.
Take the time to think about what you or your guests will enjoy. Do you imagine yourself lounging in the bed, reading a great novel? Why not install some built in bookshelves, or use a few painted boards and dime store shelving brackets along one wall for a whimsical and functional book case? Does your guest or child use music to drift off to sleep? Put together a remote controlled music system that can provide soothing music at the touch of a button.
And while there might not be too many windows in your basement bedroom, taking the time to create some great curtains or blinds for the windows can be a great way to not only soften the look of the room, but to also provide an added level of security.
And of course, we can’t for get about the bed and the other pieces of furniture that you’ll be using to make this room truly hospitable. This is one area where splurging a bit, even on a budget is a great idea. After all, getting a bed frame, box springs and mattress that are comfortable isn’t that hard, if you’re willing to take a second look at gently used materials or thrift shops. You’ll be surprised at what type of bargains you can find at those places.
Top it Off with a Great Ceiling
You may not think about it much, but the ceiling of a room is really one of the more important items that make up a great bedroom. Think about it; what will you be looking at for the majority of the time when you’re laying down in bed? While a phone might cause a bit of a distraction, it’s the ceiling that will often win out when it comes to longevity. So why not make the ceiling of your basement bedroom worth looking at?
Just like the walls and floors, there are a number of budget friendly options available for the bedroom ceiling. All it takes is a bit of imagination, and honestly a bit of strength or teamwork to get the job done. Both wall paper and a splash or two of paint can be a great way to bring a bit of color and vibrancy into the room. Plus, each of these choices are relatively cheap to do. Just make sure that you cover the floors and walls and remove any furniture before you begin. Unless of course you like a paint splattered bed.
Fortunately paint and wall paper aren’t the only options available. Just like the bedroom walls, the ceiling can be easily transformed using paneling, either attached directly to the actual ceiling or suspended through a drop tile ceiling system. The nice thing about panels is that they are fairly easy to install, won’t break the bank, and are fairly easy to clean. A simple swipe of a damp mop is usually more than enough.
Perhaps more than any other place in your basement bedroom, the ceiling can provide it’s own level of character and charm. Depending on what type of duct work or conduits you have present in your basement area, a great ceiling may be just around the corner. Instead of hiding everything behind walls of panels, or wall paper, why not highlight them for a great industrial or modern feel? A few simple coats of paint should be more than enough to get the job done.
The trick is, of course to choose a style for your ceiling that can be used to tie everything together or bring things up another notch. it’s one of the reasons why painting a night time sky full of stars on a child’s ceiling is so popular. After all, who wouldn’t want to look at a beautiful night sky?
Turning a basement into a great bedroom doesn’t have to be hard, and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. These are just a few of the many different ideas that we’ve found to help make a basement bedroom an enjoyable and relaxing place to stay.