Converting Your Basement Into a Guest Room

A great option to optimize extra space in your home is converting your basement to a  guest room. With some new accessories and wall paint, you can transform your basement in a weekend.  Here are some ideas for basement development.  


Probably the biggest benefit is the value you will add to your home. Converting your basement is also a cheaper and more time effective alternative to adding on an extra home to your home. Because there is no need to create a new foundation, most of the heavy work is already done. 


As with any home construction project, you will want to make sure you have an appropriate building permit for the conversion of your basement. You will want to think through your building plan prior to seeking your permit.  

Step 1 – Clean Your Basement

First thing is to clear out your entire basement. By moving all your boxes, toys, and furniture out of the area, you'll have a clear area on which to start your project.  

Now you need to actually clean the floor using a heavy duty floor cleaner. This important step prepares the floor for whatever flooring you will want to provide from carpet to tile and even wood.   

Step 2 – Frame the Space

Once you know the layout of your space, you can begin to frame the space with 2x4's and then attaching the drywall. Be sure to cut openings for any electrical or phone wiring you want, as well as meeting code requirements. 

Step 3 – Add Insulation

Depending on your basement, you may need to add insulation at this point. If the room you have created is not the entire basement, insulation will be good for soundproofing, as well as energy efficiency. 

Step 4 – Frame the Closet

You may want to frame in a closet, as this will allow the room to be counted in the overall bedroom count for the house for resale value. However, there is nothing wrong with using a wardrobe instead of an actual closet. 

Step 5 – Install Lighting

There are many possibilities for lighting in the basement. It is important to provide good lighting since basements are notorious for poor lighting. Because many basements have open beams for a ceiling, it is easy to install recessed lighting, track lighting or the traditional ceiling light.

Step 7 – Paint the Walls

Once the drywall is up, it is time to paint. After applying a primer, you will want two coats of your favorite wall paint. If you have not chosen a color scheme for your new guest room, you may want to coordinate the paint with the sheets and bedspread for your guest bed.  

Step 8 – Install Flooring

With most basement floors being concrete, laying down some kind of flooring will be good. Many possibilities exist that you can do. There are wood floor systems that can be done very easily. Tile is a great way to go, as is carpet.  

With a finished room, you are ready to move your new guest room furniture into place. Don't forget to let your friends know of the new hospitality you are providing.