These days, many of us are working from home and need a space to do so. Read here to learn how to turn your basement into a home office.
Finished Basement: Home Office Ideas
Over the past year and a half, more and more people have transitioned to working from home. While many employees are happy to be able to work from the comfort of their home, some have no place to set up a proper office. A basement home office can be the perfect solution. There is a lot to consider when it comes to creating the perfect space.
- Logistics of a basement home office
- Picking floors and walls
- Home office layout
- Adding finishing touches
Logistics of a Basement Home Office
When it comes to making a basement home office, there are a lot of options when creating the office space. The finished basement is a large space, and you can choose to convert the whole room into an office, or section the basement into multiple rooms. By using the entire basement, you can insure privacy in your work environment. You will have space for a large desk, multiple screens, and even room for a colleague if needed. If you only require a small space, you can section off different areas. Working from home while with your kids? Create a playroom next to your office. Want to take a break after a heavy day? Include a living room area with a sofa and television. See different ideas here (https://www.finishedbasementsplus.com/about-us/blogs/5-uses-for-your-finished-basement)
Picking Floors and Walls for Your Basement Office
Different flooring and wall options can transform your finished basement. When choosing flooring for your basement, it is important to make sure that it be, not only aesthetically pleasing, but also be able to withstand conditions like humidity that may occur in a finished basement. One of the most common flooring options is vinyl. When going with a vinyl floor, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. This gives you flexibility when thinking of the overall look you want to achieve in your basement home office. If you are looking for a cozier feel, you may lean towards a carpet option. Carpet is very budget friendly. It can give your home office a warmer feel. Some homeowners may lean toward hardwood floors if they want to match the rest of the home. Although very beautiful, wood is not recommended in basements due to warping that may happen because of moisture. One flooring option that is gaining popularity is epoxy flooring. This can give your home office a sleek and sophisticated feel. Find different flooring options along with pros and cons here (Best Basement Flooring Options (Get the Pros and Cons) (finishedbasementsplus.com) When choosing your design, your team will help you decide where your walls will go depending on whether you wanted to use the entire basement as a home office or section it off into different rooms.
Basement Home Office Layout Ideas
When designing the layout of your basement home office, it is important to create a space you feel comfortable in. If choosing to section off the finished basement, be sure to layout a large enough space to fit all your necessities. You may need a large desk, a filing cabinet, or even seating if you anticipate having clients come to your office. Different ideas such as floating shelves can look beautiful and be a space saver. If you are using your entire space for an office, you can include a conference table for monthly meetings or group gatherings. The great thing about having a finished basement is that it starts as a blank canvas. This allows you to be creative and utilize the space in the way that makes sense to you and your specific working needs.
Finishing Touches: Home Office Design
What makes your basement home office unique to you? The finishing touches! Decor and design can turn your office into a one-of-a-kind place to work. Choosing a theme can help decide what décor to choose. Some ideas are:
A modern home office is clean and minimal. Furniture, accents, and paint options tend to be more neutral. Get some décor ideas for your office and the rest of your finished basement here (Modern Basement Ideas (from Floor to Ceiling) | Finished Basements Plus )
If you have a traditional décor style in your home, you may lean towards the same style in your home office. Lighter colors and pastels are common when decorating in a traditional fashion. Including an upholstered couch or chair can give your office a finishing touch.
If you like wood accents, dark neutral tones, and a simple earthy feel, then the rustic theme is for you. Including a vintage lamp on your desk and warmer lights throughout can give your basement home office a rustic feel. Leaving some exposed brick is a great way to match the aesthetic of your theme without having to put in so much work. Some ideas for the rest of the basement can be found here Rustic Basement Ideas (from Floor to Ceiling)! | Finished Basements Plus
Some people love the look of their basement. If that is you, the industrial theme is perfect! Just like the rustic feel, when going industrial, you can leave exposed brick. You can go a step further and leave certain beams and exposed throughout as long as it is done in a safe way. The industrial look also gives you creativity when it comes to color. You can go for rich, deep colors or vibrant accent colors. Using furniture as accent pieces can help spruce up your industrial look. You can find some design ideas here Industrial Basement Ideas – Finished Basements Plus
There is no better time to start creating the basement home office of your dreams. You will spend many hours in this room, so it is important you create a space you are excited to walk into every morning. Whether you are creating a huge workspace, sectioning off an area to call your own, filling it with bright colors, or keeping it simple and classic, our contractors and designers can help you get started.