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How to Spruce up an Ugly Basement - on a Budget!

Wednesday, May 17th

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Are you looking to upgrade your basement without breaking the bank? We get it – you need to keep your house running, pay your bills, and save up some money for retirement and emergency spending. Maybe it's not the right time to tackle that basement finishing dream project, but you wish you could use your basement for more than housing the furnace or just doing laundry. Or maybe you just can't stand to look at those damp, dingy basement walls anymore.

Remodeling your basement doesn't have to be expensive! Here are some affordable, easy steps that you can take to spruce up your ugly basement and make better use of the space without complete basement finishing.


Your basement can be the perfect storage space, but it's easy to let that storage grow unorganized. Getting rid of some clutter and reorganizing the space can make a huge amount of difference in how your basement looks and feels, without even spending a dime.

Get creative with your storage to get the most out of every area. Do you have space under your basement stairs? Use it! And remember, shelves can be a huge help if you're looking to consolidate your possessions and get more organized.

Upgrade your basement walls

Before you get started on installing some shelves or expanding your storage, you need to take a close look at your basement walls. If they are damp or moldy, that mold and moisture will quickly spread and will damage your belongings. Maybe you've tried to apply several coatings of waterproofing paints or some other coating concoction you were sold at the hardware store, only to see them bubble and peel off.

Here at Basement Systems, Inc., we recommend several basement wall solutions that will solve your ugly basement wall problem without straining your budget. Whether your basement was designed with concrete blocks, poured concrete, or stone, we have solutions to make your walls look better, keep your basement dry, and even lower your energy bills!

Beautify your basement ceiling

Nothing is more oppressive than a dark, ugly, unfinished basement ceiling. Something as simple as hanging some garden lights can make a significant difference in brightening the space and distracting from that ugly ceiling.

Or, if you're looking for a more permanent solution, our basement ceiling tiles are a smart investment that will make your basement more beautiful while providing lasting insulation. Our dropped ceiling system will hide your unsightly, unfinished ceiling and help create a comfortable space where you'll love to spend time.

Pick a theme

A great way to spruce up your basement is to pick a theme for the room, creating a sense of cohesion. Maybe you need the space for a home office, home gym, or a playroom for your children. Or maybe you're looking to have some fun with a basement theater, man cave, or basement bar. The trick is to accessorize accordingly.

If you don't want to confine yourself to a single theme or you need your basement as a multi-purpose room, it's cheap and easy to set up some curtains or partitions to divide up the space. Tip: light colors make the space feel bigger and brighter.

You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a drier, better looking, more comfortable, and even more energy-efficient basement. With these simple steps, you can make the space suitable for storage and usable as a laundry room, a workshop, or anything else you have in mind. Our dealers have basement solutions for just about any need or budget. Find your local dealer today for a free quote and design consultation!

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