Sometimes it can be nearly impossible to find a space to work on your DIY craft projects.
If you try to set something up on your dining room table, you’re constantly having to clean it up so that you can use the table for other purposes.
If you try to set up an area in your living room, you’re constantly getting interrupted by family members or pets (and nobody wants to clean paint paw prints off the carpet!).
And if you set it up on your bedroom, you risk the chance of disturbing your partner while they’re trying to sleep.
Not having a dedicated space to do your crafts is certainly annoying. And if you don’t have a spare bedroom, you might think you’re out of options.
However, if you have an unfinished space such as a basement, you can turn that into your own crafting retreat!
Why use an unfinished basement?
Your unfinished basement probably isn’t that pleasant to look at. Cold concrete walls and floors, an unfinished ceiling that shows off your pipes, a washer and dryer, maybe some storage.
Well, an unappealing as it might be to look at, it is actually really practical for crafting.
You can put a crafting table or workbench down there and leave your projects out without worrying about someone disturbing them.
You can set your tools up around the room or install shelving where you can keep your craft supplies.
And, an unfinished basement is really easy to clean! If you spill paint, it is easier to clean off a concrete floor than a carpeted floor.
And without any furniture in the room, you don’t have to worry about your living space getting dusty when you woodwork.
My basement is cold and floods—is it okay to use?
It’s common for unfinished basements to flood and/or be extremely damp.
If you start using the space for crafting, however, you don’t want it to flood or be unusually chilly.
Not only can it be unpleasant to work in a cold space, but a damp work environment can also make you sick. Basement floods lead to mold, which leads to respiratory problems.
If you’re going to start regularly using the space, you’re going to want to invest in a good sump pump, such as the ones mentioned in this article. This can help prevent your basement from flooding.
You’re also going to want to invest in a good space heater (to help on those chilly days) and in a dehumidifier (to remove any moisture from the air).
What are some quick ideas to make it look better?
Finishing a basement takes time and money—but if you want to use your unfinished basement more, you still might need to find a way to cozy it up.
If your walls and floors are currently a dull grey, consider painting them a different color to add a pop of color.
If you paint, make sure to use a waterproof sealant paint. This will help cut down on the amount of moisture in your basement.
You can also add some rugs to help make the floors cozier. Rugs are better than carpets in unfinished areas because they can easily be rolled up and taken outside if they get wet.
Finally, if you don’t have shelving down there already, consider putting some units up as a way to block off your craft area. This gives you storage and a defined work area.
Are there other ways to use my unfinished basement?
Once you start regularly using your basement for crafting, you might wonder if there are other ways to use your unfinished basement.
While you don’t want to put your good upholstered furniture down there, there are plenty of ways to utilize an unfinished space.
You can turn it into your own personal home gym. Or, if you have children, you can turn into a large motor play area.
And while you don’t want good furniture down there, putting an old couch down there with a pool table turns it into a fun hangout room. Or, you could turn it into a pantry for your canned goods.
Who knows—if you use your unfinished basement enough, you might be inspired to finish it one day!
As long as your basement isn’t leaky or damp, it’s the perfect place to create your craft retreat!
With a table and some shelves, you’ll have a space where you can spread your projects out.
That gloomy grey concrete room will soon be a place full of color and creativity.