Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by Amy Iverson
Hiding poles and ductwork can be a real design challenge in finishing off your basement. Ideally you want to try and design the rooms to hide the posts in the walls, but that doesn't always workout. Here are a couple ideas to make the poles feel like they have a purpose in the design.
1) Hide your basement pole in an arch.
One way we have found, that works well, is to connect one or more poles with arches. The arch also adds and element of design and WOW factor to a typically boring space. There are two different ways to finish the arches.
In this design, the basement poles have been caputured into the walls of these drywalled arches.
Here the arches are designed to meet at the poles and then finished off with pole wraps.
Another benefit to arches is they can be used to create rooms in a big open space and at the same time hide the poles. You can see how the arches have defined a media room in this basement.
2) Create a custom column wrap to hide your basement pole.
There are multiple ways to create a great looking column cover for your basement columns. One easy, do-it-yourself solution, is a pre-fabricated column wrap. You can find a column wrap at many lumber yards. This idea is used by many basement contractors. Another great way to hide your basement post is to use wood and moldings to create a custom elegant look.
In this photo you can see how the custom pole wraps have become apart of the living space and specified a space for the tv area.
Photos By: Finished Basements Plus