If we ventured down the stairs into your basement recreational area this afternoon, what would we find? Would it be wasted space? Your friends and family can share fun times when you outfit a large, open basement with entertaining items everyone can enjoy. From gambling rooms to themed play spaces, a basement rec room can be the most used room in your house if you do it right. Let me show you how.
• Pool and Ping Pong Tables
One of the great things about most basements is that they give you a wide open space that can house recreational items you wouldn’t be able to fit in a room on the main level of the average home. That makes them a great place to sport a pool table or ping pong table – so, let the tournaments begin!
• Gambler’s Game Room
If you have got the urge to gamble, but don’t want to frequent high pressure casinos with haughty high rollers, you can create your own game room in your basement. Make a station for playing cards, roulette or dice and you will probably have a very popular spot for family and friends to visit and play.
• Indoor Tree House and Climbing Station
Kids love to climb – but, not all of us have a backyard with the perfect tree to build a tree house. So, why not turn your basement into a climbing station for your young ones? Build a tree house with a ladder or climbing wall that lets them perch above the ground. The added benefit is you can put a padded and soft carpet below to cushion the occasional fall. Paint the ceiling and walls with tree branches for added outdoor style.
• Carpet Hockey
Turn a long, narrow rec room into a hockey lover’s delight. A custom carpet treatment can create just the right lines for hockey play. Then set nets at either end and let the games begin – less the skates, of course.
• Themed Play Rooms
Creating a themed fantasy world for child’s play is the best design for a basement rec room. From tee pees to garden-inspired walls, decorate the room in your kid’s favorite play theme to provide a space they will just love to occupy.
Check out the pictures and inspiration for this article in the Rec Rooms ideabook on Houzz. You are sure to find a rec room idea you’ll want to enjoy in your basement.
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