While full-on basement renovations can be quite costly, there are ways to update the space downstairs on a budget, whether it is completely finished or not. From room dividers to indoor plants that thrive in low light, here are 10 easy ways to makeover your basement for under $100.
Published March 14, 2019, Updated May 29, 2021
One way to makeover your basement is to get rid of the clutter! Even if your basement isn’t finished (or only partially), that doesn’t mean it should be a breeding ground for junk. Some storage bins will be helpful here, as well as these Marie Kondo-inspired organization essentials.
Good lighting can transform most rooms in your home. However, in the dark corners of your basement, this is especially true. While many light fixtures can cost hundreds (or thousands) or dollars, you can often find nice ones second hand. Alternatively, pot lights cost $100 per pot.
One guaranteed way to makeover a space is paint. If your basement is large, it’ll cost you more than $100 to paint the space; but start with one project (a door, railings, laundry room) and your wallet with thank you. Remember to pick paint colours that will brighten and open up the space.
Linens and Pillows
One way to bring some warmth and colour to the often cold and dark basement: pillows, blankets and/or rugs. Even if your basement is unfinished, a rug in front of the washer/dryer may make your trip to the laundry room more enjoyable. Pick something that reflects the size of the space.
You can paint and declutter your basement all you want, but if you don’t enjoy spending time in the space because it’s too damp and cold, it won’t matter. One way to makeover the feel of the space is to invest in a dehumidifier. You can often find ones on sale or used for less than $100.
Shelving is an inexpensive way to transform your basement. Whether or not your basement is finished, simple wood shelving offers great storage. If your basement is finished, you can add some creative flair to the space with some floating shelves that showcase souvenirs and artwork.
This is a great option if you have one large room and want more defined areas: living room, bedroom, office and so on. This is also a smart choice if your basement is partially finished and you want to block off the unfinished areas from your cozy basement bedroom or living space.
, particularly basements, which are often dark and lack colour. Yes, artwork usually costs much more than $100, but by using what you already have, such as family photographs or art you created yourself, a budget-friendly art display is entirely possible.
Plants can literally bring life to any room in your home. However, if you’re thinking that basements are too dark for greenery to prosper, take a look at these indoor plants that thrive on low light. You’ll be surprised at how much a few plants will be able to transform your basement.
Window treatment prices vary wildly, but you can often find deals on blinds or drapes online. Or, if you’re crafty, why not make this your next project? If you have several basement windows and can’t afford to transform them all, pick the ones that are the focal point of the main space.