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HELP: A multi-functional basement rec room

dorin_j's picture

We have a basement rec room that measures 15' x 25' with full height ceilings.It's fully finished in terms of drywall, electrical and carpeting. Our fireplace is not working, but I'd like to get a gas insert and vent it so it's not so cold down there in the winter. What's really missing is the organization/division of space.This room needs to function in several important ways:1) Home office: my husband put a full wall of Ikea shelves and cupboards in, but they are virtually full already and we still require some storage for filing, etc. We have two desks; one for him and one for me, but I'm not really sure where they should go (against the wall?) and what kind of lighting they should have.2) Home theatre: my husband installed an overhead projector in the middle of the room, pointed towards the fireplace with a pull-down screen. We have some old over-sized furniture down there, but I feel it doesn't provide optimal seating, nor does it "mesh" well with the home office area--I don't know how to separate these spaces and still make them cohesive.3) Kids' playroom: at the opposite end of the room from the home office is a wall that has chalkboard paint on it (rarely used), some low tables and lots of toys in baskets or otherwise that don't have a proper place in the room. I want my kids to go down there--which they don't unless accompanied--and feel as though they too have a space of their own. I don't know how to make this work with the home theatre and home office.4) Doing it all on a budget: I think most of the elements are there, but I have no idea what to budget to make this space "work." Any suggestions on how to accomplish what I want to would be greatly appreciated!Basement facing west: Basement home officeBasement facing west: Basement home officeBasement facing east: Kids' area in basementBasement facing east: Kids' area in basement 

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Cisak's picture

I would put shelving perpendicular to the wall on the office end - such as Ikea Expedit - something that looks good on both sides and doesn't have a back so you can see through it, and place the desks behind it. That would visually separate the office area from the home theatre area. And also provide extra storage.I feel the children's area needs to be reorganized so they get a nooky area to play in. I would remove the bikes and nice-looking wood table to somewhere else, if possible (maybe hang the bikes up on the wall out of the way?) and move everything else away from the blackboard wall to form a kind of "wall" of toy tables etc. Then they have a space to play between the wall and the toy storage. You have some largish toys there (slide, basketball net) - the space might just be too small for those large toys in order for them to feel like they can actually play there. Maybe those can be outdoor toys only?

spersaud's picture

I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks, but I also think this is a great question to submit to Cameron as floor plans can be quite the challenge sometimes! You can send your question and photos via email to askadesigner @ hhmedia . com (more info:

dytecture's picture

I agree you've got a pretty good space to begin with.  I think if you purchase the two desks that are the same, face them towards the room, and putting a rug in the play area to define that space then it would finish the room for you.ImageImage  

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