Choosing the Right Flooring to Finish a Basement

Finished basement with musty odourFinishing the basement of your home provides an opportunity to improve your property and increase the value of your home for future buyers. An unfinished basement is a blank canvas and there are many factors, ideas, and options that must be considered in the process in order to create a space that accomplishes everything you’re looking for.

The flooring you select for your basement is one of these important factors to be considered, as flooring can define the purpose of a space, add value, and give a room a certain feel. Before you consider spending the time and money renovating your basement, be sure that it’s free of moisture and mold.  Here are a few key points to think about as you select the flooring for your basement:

1.       Purpose of the Space

The reason for finishing your basement should help you decide what flooring will work best in the space. Are you looking to create a game room for your children, a family room, a workout area, or a guest bedroom? Think about who will be using the space and what will be taking place. If the room will be multi-purpose, then consider dividing the flooring accordingly. For example, a room that will be used both as a play room and a space for entertaining may need carpet for a soft, kid-friendly surface, and hardwood or a hardwood lookalike to work well with a kitchen.

 2.       Design for Style and Functionality

Even if you plan to create a space for everyday use, chances are you will also want a portion of the space to allow for storage. For the section of your space that will be visible and frequented by guests, consider flooring types that will add style and that will not quickly become out-of-date. For the storage section, style is less important than functionality. Choose flooring that is less expensive – as it will be less visible – in order to save money and serve the purpose of storing your things.

 3.       Think About Traffic

Different flooring materials are more durable than others and hold up better in heavily-trafficked areas. If you expect high traffic, a surface such as vinyl may be a better option than traditional hardwood. Not only does vinyl have the look of hardwood without the added cost, but it is durable and easier to clean. If you’re looking for durable carpet, a loop carpet may be your best option. It is built-to-last and perfect for high-trafficked areas such as a play room or family room.

 4.       Add Value

Not only should you evaluate the current needs of your family when it comes to your basement, but what future buyers may look for. For example, a basement finished with premium, high-quality flooring will be a big selling point for those looking to buy a new home. The flooring or carpet you choose should be functional and neutral enough that various buyers can imagine how they would be able to use the space. Moreover, consider converting the space into an apartment that can be rented out. This will add significant value to your home by increasing the future selling price.


Larry F. writes about home renovation and home décor on behalf of Empire Today, which specializes in carpeting, laminate and hardwood flooring, window treatments and more. Visit Empire Flooring for more home decorating ideas.


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