Beautiful Basements: 13 Surprisingly Cool Underground Amenities in Real American Homes

Give your unfinished basement a new lease on life. With the help of designers, these homeowners turned their drab basements into stylish entertainment and relaxation destinations. Forget TV rooms, dens, and guest suites. These inspired hideaways are the new look for finished basements.

  1. Upstairs Living Downstairs

    Upstairs Living Downstairs

    Liston Design Build added flair to this basement with a warm gray and white palette. Contemporary light fixtures, a stone fireplace, and a weathered-look pool table create a polished yet comfortable look for this family-friendly space.

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    Liston Design Build

  2. Vintage Arcade

    Vintage Arcade

    For lovers of traditional arcade games, The Suite Shoppe paired a Skee-Ball machine with a sleek picnic table and leather benches. Exposed brick, wood floors, and crisp wainscoting complete this urban-chic basement.

    The Suite Shoppe

  3. Sports Den

    Sports Den

    This tasteful sports den has everything a fan could want, including multiple TV screens and display cases for collectibles. Metro Building and Remodeling opened up the space by replacing an existing steel column with a steel support beam. The slate gray ceiling gives the space an industrial edge. 

    Bob Narod Photography; Design: Metro Building and Remodeling

  4. Drive-In Theater

    Drive-In Theater

    Relive the past with modern class in WDG Architecture’s quirky take on a drive-in theater. A turquoise Chevrolet provides 1950s charm while chocolate leather armchairs offer comfort in this plush at-home theater.

    WDG Architecture

  5. Indoor Skate Park

    Indoor Skate Park

    Channel your inner Tony Hawk in Just Basement’s indoor skate park. A blend of swagger and sophistication, this basement has a state-of-the-art ramp for practicing flips and tricks. Below the cool concrete beams, graffiti murals give the walls a pop of color.

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    Just Basements

  6. Sports Pitch

    Sports Pitch

    Keep in shape the fun way—with an indoor sports pitch. This BOWA-designed room, complete with cushioned walls, rubberized floors, and a basketball hoop, could help transform determined amateurs into champions.

    Related: 12 Finishing Touches for Your Unfinished Basement

    Bob Narod Photography; BOWA

  7. Sports Arena

    Sports Arena

    Is it a theater or an arena? In this sports-themed basement from BOWA, stadium-style signage, carpeting that mimics perfectly mowed grass, and a wraparound mural make viewers feel that they're not just watching the game—they're at the game.

    Bob Narod Photography; BOWA

  8. Extreme Game Room

    Extreme Game Room

    For a more opulent approach to game night, go for carved wood furniture and a pool table with rich red felt. Luxe chandeliers add warmth, while a built-in aquarium brings a touch of vibrant, refreshing blue in this "players" retreat designed by BOWA.

    Bob Narod Photography; BOWA

  9. Inside-Out Playroom

    Inside-Out Playroom

    Rainy days won’t stop the fun in this basement playroom by Gander Builders. Kids can run wild in their own private kingdom with a make-believe police station, general store, house, and stage, then when they're done they can rest in the "shade" of a pretend tree.

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    Gander Builders

  10. Electric Bar

    Electric Bar

    Electric blue lights play over slick countertops, composite floors, and exposed wood ceilings in Superior Custom Homes’ basement bar. The cool palette is brightened by glittering arcade games and Edison-style pendants.

    My Superior Home

  11. Glassed-In Gym

    Glassed-In Gym

    Never feel claustrophobic in your basement again! A glassed-in gym by Finished Basement Company provides an airy yet private workout space for weekend warriors. When you’re done with reps, enjoy a cool drink in the dove-gray viewing room.

    Finished Basement Company

  12. Farmhouse Kitchen and Wine Cellar

    Farmhouse Kitchen and Wine Cellar

    For the perfect farmhouse look, go with cream, white, gray, and warm wood tones to bring light to even the darkest basement. Noelle Interiors amped up the rustic charm with a stone-walled wine cellar, complete with custom shelving and display cases.

    Noelle Interiors

  13. Entertainment Pad

    Entertainment Pad

    Knight Remodeling created a comfy relaxation zone with an expansive sofa and a cozy bar swathed in neutral tones. A weathered wood accent wall serves as backdrop for the flat-screen TV.

    Knight Remodeling

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