6 Ways to Warm Your Basement and Create a Usable Space

basement stairs
When you hear the word basement, do you picture an underground room, unfinished, maybe a space that's used for storage or washing clothes? Most people do. Basements are the most underutilized room in the house, but they don't have to be. There's a lot of square footage down there, so why not use it.

Basements can be used in a variety of ways; for example, you can create a home bar or a movie theater. Maybe you want to turn it into a music studio or a home gym. There are a lot ways to use a basement, but what'sthe best way to heat it?

Most basements aren't insulated. As a result, they can get extremely cold. So how do you keep the space warm during the cold winter months? How do you warm this space enough to make it useful and comfortable?

There are several ways to warm your basement; one of the best ways to do it is with an electric fireplace or stove, but if you plan touse your basement for a workshop or home gym, you might want something a little more rugged like an electric garage heater.

These heaters not only look great but they warm large areas easily. Most models include a 400 sq. ft. coverage area, making them perfect for basement rooms. You can create an ideal extracurricular living space. Below we'll review a variety of scenarios and suggest the best ways to combat winter cold.

Home Bar

home bar

Spend quality time with friends in the comfort of your home. Design a home bar and create cozy atmosphere with an electric wall mountable fireplace heater. Hang dartboards, insert a pool table, and tap into your inner bartender. This is especially beneficial if it's too cold to venture downtown to the local bar.

Features:

  • Flame effect
  • Wall mountable
  • On/off heating

Benefits:

  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft.
  • Cost effective heating
  • Eco-friendly designs

 

Home Gym

home gym

Building a home gym is a great way to not only save money on a monthly membership, but have the convenience of going downstairs to workout on your own time. You can stay in shape and work out any time of the day. A great way to warm this space is with a garage heater. A garage heater is as durable as your gym equipment.Mount it to the ceiling and enjoy a warmer environment in minutes.

Features:

  • Fan-forced heating
  • Adjustable heat settings
  • Enclosed motor

Benefits:

  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft. or more
  • Automatic shut off
  • Durable construction

 

Workshop

basement workshop

If you have a hobby but no place to relax and enjoy it, turn your basement into a workshop. Whatever hobby you like to do: putting together model cars, building birdhouses, refinishing furniture, or painting abasement is a great place to do it. All you need is a workbench and few suppliesand you're ready to go. Throw a utility heater into the mix and you stay warm during the cold winter months.

Features:

  • Temperature control
  • Wall mountable
  • Fan-forced heating

Benefits:

  • Automatic shut off
  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft.
  • Multi-directional airflow

Library or Office

library-reading

Want to relax and unwind with a good book? Design yourself a library. If you want a quiet place to work, maybe you want to start your own business then create an office space that's comfortable. A great way to heat your office space would be with a traditional electric fireplace. This type offireplace will set the mood and make you feel warm and comfortable.

Features:

  • Cool touch housing
  • On/off heating
  • Flickering flame effect

Benefits:

  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft.
  • Low watt energy draw
  • Zero emissions

  Recreation Room

pool-table

If you want to design a family room, a recreational space for your teenager to hang out but your need a way to keep the space warm, consider an electric fireplace with a media console. Not only will this heater warm up to 400 sq. ft. of space, but it holds a television, a DVD player, movies, and other media easily.

Features:

  • Media storage
  • Realistic flame effect
  • Sturdy mantel

Benefits:

  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft
  • Holds a flat screen T.V.
  • Additional shelving

 

Spare Bedroom

basement bedroom

Another great basement idea is to create a spare bedroom.If you have guests, let's say your in-laws are coming for a visit, then a basement bedroom affords lots of privacy. You can plumb the room and add a bath if you're so inclined. If not, then just offering them a private place to rest is a great idea. Heat the space with an electric fireplace stove and they will love their overnight experience.

Features:

  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Flame intensity control
  • On/off heating

Benefits:

  • Warms up to 400 sq. ft.
  • Built-in thermostat
  • No venting required

 

A Few Final Thoughts...

stonegate electric stoveDon't let your basement go to waste. It's an easy space to transform and keep warm. There are a variety of options available that will help make the space cozy and comfortable.  Don't let the downstairs area intimidate you and make the most of the square footage you have. Turn your basement into a fun DIY project and enjoy!

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