Basements can feel like an extension of your home or a whole different world. They offer an opportunity to add rooms, get creative, and entertain guests — but some of us aren’t blessed with the biggest of basements. Stark square footage doesn’t mean that petite spaces can’t do it all, though. From game rooms to offices to lounge areas, small basements have plenty of layouts and designs to work with.
In need of some inspiration yourself? Check out these 20 small basement ideas, ahead.
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This basement makes the most of its tiny footprint, tucking a cozy sectional into a corner for maximum seating. The gray hue is complemented by textured monochromatic walls, a marble coffee table, and a patterned rug. To bring some brightness back against the dark palette, a dramatic pendant scatters light alongside two symmetrical sconces.
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Work From Home Basement
Basements don't just have to be for game nights and lounging. Point in case? This space. Taking your Work From Home setup out of your top floors and into your basement instantly allows for more work-life separation. This one utilizes an L-shaped desk to easily tuck in a corner. Industrial accents like an exposed-pipe ceiling and wirey taxidermy-esque decor play off the dark hue.
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A basement is the perfect place to carve out a media room or extra movie night spot. This one is set in a classic farmhouse style, complete with a wood-paneled gallery wall with lots of family photos. The woodsy touch extends to the console, which also has handy storage units tucked in to minimize clutter.
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You might not be able to fit a full dining and living room in your basement—which is where a little creativity goes a long way. Swapping a full-size table for a slim and tall counter-like surface, this basement is still able to separate the lounging and eating areas. Barstools tuck squarely underneath, so there's plenty of room to walk around once you're done eating.
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Slim square footage doesn't mean you have to sacrifice seating. This basement setup is the ideal example, tucking a deep sectional into a corner—with a ladder to store away blankets and a short, stout coffee table sitting neatly in the center. Floating shelves keep knickknacks above ground, so it never feels cramped or crowded. Plush blankets and lots of pillows—all set in white for a unified look—add to the coziness.
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With another clever layout, this space hides its television in the kitchen—but everyone still gets a great view. The long curving countertop acts as a dining space and game day getaway all in one. Everything is set in a black and white palette to keep things cohesive, with textured backsplash adding character and plenty of cabinets for storage.
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If you don't have room up top for a play area, the basement is your next best bet. Here, the designers kept things light and bright with white walls and (almost) wall-to-wall windows. A playful starry accent wall adds a dose of color. Plus, a house-shaped chalkboard, whiteboard, and corkboard trio decorate the walls to inspire creativity. A kid-sized table and lots of basket storage are the cherry on top.
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Everything is prettier in pink. This petite basement imbues the hue without feeling oversaturated, sticking it on the couch, pillows, and rugs. The rest of the space is kept simple with classic white walls and cabinets embellished with gold accents. The metallic hue always looks chic paired with pink.
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Modern and traditional all at once, this carefully-designed basement boasts a chestnut and charcoal palette, complete with natural materials like wicker baskets and exposed beam ceilings for textural wonder. Again, instead of a full-size dining table, the designer opted for a barstool setup to keep things consolidated. The gold-wired leather stools certainly deserve to be shown off, after all.
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In this basement, textured leather armchairs are complemented with matching terracotta-hued bar stools. A glowy marble countertop and an oversized light-up clock add in touches of sophistication that set the tone for endless entertaining. Don't miss the dartboard setup, too; there's no need to go to the local bar when you can have it all at home.
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Basements get a bad rep for being dark and stuffy. But this basement is proof that they can be light, bright, and beautiful, too. Lively pieces like a fuzzy checkered rug, buttery couch, and oversized rice paper pendant spark joy. Meanwhile, sheer pink drapes and off-white walls keep things feeling breezy.
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Clean, cohesive details set the tone for this moody basement. The kitchen balances out its charcoal built-in cabinets with pale wood floating shelves to create a sense of openness—and also allow standout pieces to be put on display. Peek-through glass doors on the top cabinets prevent oversaturation of the dark tones, too.
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Crisp and cool, this basement keeps things classic with a white-out treatment. Opting for a lighter color and the walls and floors always helps open up a petite space, making it feel more airy and vast. Nailing the hue down to the furniture—like the chairs and rug—further elevates the sensation. Though, you can still add pops of contrast with smaller decor like the notes of grey and orange peeking throughout.
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A classic bar-slash-kitchen setup, this basement leans into its purpose with gameday-inspired decor. Staple subway tiles act as the backsplash, with floating shelves extending across it from wall to wall. This provides plenty of room for signs, bottles, and plants to be put on display. Cool orby sconces up top make sure they always get the spotlight.
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Classic combos are classic for a reason. Navy and gold are one of those pairings that rarely fail, as exemplified in this pretty set up. Geometric gold-lined tiles with a marbling effect create a stunning accent wall. The light tones are juxtaposed with midnight-blue lower cabinets—complete, of course, with gold hardware to match.
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Woodsy accents abound in this space, with natural grainy panels adorning the floors, barstool seats, and island. There's a wood beam spanning the ceiling for extra character, with three slim white pendants trickling below it for balance. Brown-grey swirls in the backsplash and island add to the cohesion.
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Fun and inviting, this basement is coated in coastal hues. Blue washes over the seats, rug, and cabinets with geometric patterns peeking through for visual interest. Gold touches in the frames and trays mimic the glow of sunlight. Meanwhile, pops of red help spruce it all up and bring the space to life.
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This basement makes quite the entrance with its clean and luxurious look. Mini lights pave the geometric staircase, which is color-blocked against the white walls with oaky wood. Meanwhile, gold and green accents are dotted throughout—from the velvet bench to the curved mirror and jewel-toned rug. You can't miss the custom staircase kitty hole, too!
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To create a cozy vignette, the designer opted for a custom gallery wall over sage green walls. This includes the family's personal photos and artwork to make it feel extra homey. It sits atop a curvy grey bench and luxurious cherry-hued carpet to keep things feeling elevated at the same time.
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To make a statement, just look up. The ceiling of this basement is swathed in a dynamic mural, emulating broad strokes of grey paint on a white canvas. This allows the rest of the space to stay neutral without being boring. A crisp white table—set in a circular shape to save space—matches the milky walls. Still, subtle pops of color come through in the artwork and couch.