So you’ve finally made the decision to remodel that dreary basement and turn it into a room that your whole family can enjoy. You’ve chosen the perfect flooring, a comfortable couch, the perfect recliner for you, and even a great flat screen TV for watching the Yankees game. Everything is just about perfect, right? Well, not quite. What are you going to do about the ceiling?
If your money is tight, chances are the ceiling is the last thing that you’ve thought about when refinishing your basement retreat. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most homeowners don’t consider the ceiling as an area to worry about when getting their basement into living condition. While it’s understandable, there are a few reasons why making sure the ceiling is in good shape come game day is a great idea.
First, a finished ceiling can help tie everything together from a decoration standpoint. It can bring elements from the flooring, walls, even your furniture and allow you to turn the room into one cohesive unit, not just a collection of parts. Second, a ceiling that is complete will often help hide the things you’d rather not show off, such as duct work, piping and even electrical lines. And finally, a ceiling that is finished will often help with acoustical problems and insulation to help keep your basement recreation room from spreading noise to the rest of the house.
And don’t worry, there are some fantastic cheap basement ceiling solutions that both look great, and are easy on your wallet. Here are a few creative options.
Bring it Together with Paint
Believe it or not, one of the easiest, and probably the cheapest ways to finish a basement ceiling is to paint it. This is a great choice if your ceiling has exposed rafters, and if the normal duct work or utility conduits are in good overall condition. Depending on the color you choose, the overall look of the room can be utterly transformed with a few simple strokes of the paint roller. A subtle charcoal gray for example will play nicely against a more subdued gray or off-white room giving you a great modern look. Want something a bit more fun? Why not paint the ceiling a deep red or perhaps a hunter green? The splash of color will bring a bit of vibrancy to the room.
Another reason why painting the ceiling is a great choice is that it can often camouflage those things that you don’t want people to notice. Things such as duct work, piping, even wiring will often blend into the background of your colorful ceiling. And you don’t have to use a lot of interior paint, or even the most expensive. Simply take your time applying it, and make sure all the furniture is moved out of the room or covered well.
Add a Bit of Nature with Wood
You know those easy to install wood planks that you can use for the walls of your basement room? Often they just lock together, or can easily be bolted into place with a few screws and some wood glue. Well, if your ceiling has wide expansions of flat areas with little in the way of protruding duct work, these wood planks or panels can be a great, and relatively inexpensive way to finish your basement ceiling.
Not only are they relatively easy to install, but they will add a great deal of warmth to the room overall. And if you decide to use some polished wood planks, and some strategic lighting, you’ll be surprised at how inviting your new room becomes. Depending on whether you’re going with a modern man-cave look or a playroom for your kids, a ceiling of wood planks is a great way to give the room a polished, traditional feel that can often help refine your New Jersey raised ranch house in ways that can truly make it a home.
Add a Bit of Softness with Fabric
Ever think about putting some curtains on your ceiling? Probably not, but using fabric to finish your ceiling can be a great and affordable alternative to the traditional drop tile ceiling. Not only does it add a fun textural element to a basement bedroom, but it can also help keep the sound of your TV or music system from disturbing the other members of your home. And it’s so easy to do! Simply measure out the square footage of your ceiling, decide how much play you want in your ceiling covering, get the necessary amount of fabric, remove any fixtures such as a ceiling fan or lighting, and you’re ready to start. Just take one end of the fabric, fold over the raw edge, and pin it to the edge of your ceiling. Then allow for the fabric to drape down as much as you like, pin it to the other edges of the ceiling and add your fixtures back in. It’s as simple as that!
Bring a bit of Flair with Decorative Tile
We’ve all seen the drop tile ceilings in various finished rooms, and they can be a great and cheap way to give your basement a finished look. By why go with just plain old ceiling tile? After all, this is going to be a family room to rival any in the New Jersey area, right? One option that many people overlook in their quest to find a great ceiling choice is the use of decorative tile. These tiles can also be use for walls when planning to add a basement shower. There are so many options out there, including molded plaster tiles, thin metal sheet tiles, and even Styrofoam tiles that can add a great level of flair and decorative detail that can really bring the room together as a whole. While some of the metal sheet tile may be a bit on the expensive side compared to the others, chances are this choice will fit easily into any budget you might have.
As you can see, there are quite a few ways to finish your basement ceiling even if your budget is a bit tight. Why not give one of these suggestions a try?