DIY Basement Furniture Ideas

Need ideas for how to furnish your basement to match your needs? Looking for a comfy couch? Or is a daybed more your style? Check out our top, best, and newest projects or have a look at our slideshows and videos on basement furniture. Join the discussion on our popular discussions page or ask a question. We're sure to have an answer.

Tips for Furnishing a Basement
Use mirrors
Mirrors can create the illusion of more space, especially when hung on walls. Don’t overdo it, as too many can become overwhelming.
Create storage space
Select storage units that run from floor to ceiling. Choose items that have extra storage space, such as hidden compartments and drawers.
Choose light colors
A way to brighten up your basement is by using lightly colored furniture. Go for neutral, white, or pale tones.
Avoid clutter
You want to be practical with the space you have in your basement. Don’t be tempted to buy unnecessary furniture.
Create a guest room
Use furniture such as beds and closets to turn your basement into a guest room or additional bedroom.
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Top Projects for Basement Furniture

We've collected the top DIY basement furniture projects for your enjoyment!

Basement Furniture Videos

Check out our DIY video tutorials to get ideas for your basement furniture.

How to Paint Upholstery, and Keep the Fabric Soft, Even Velvet!

I didn't think it was possible to paint upholstery, especially velvet with out changing the fabric texture. Find out how I transformed a $20 thrift store sofa into an Anthropologie like knock-off with one quart of paint and water! For best results use a soft chalk based paint. Paints that don't contain latex or acrylic work best... but this will work with almost any brand of paint.

Kitchen Island Made From Old Dresser

I’m sure by now everyone has seen a dresser turned into a kitchen island—I’ve been seeing them online for a while and have been wanting to do one myself, but just haven’t found the perfect old dresser. Until now. I went into my local thrift store recently and found the perfect little diamond in the rough—I’m so happy with how it came out! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. BEFORE: Here is a shot of the dresser when I first brought it home. I love the etched detail in the drawers, which is a big reason I decided to keep at least one of them for my finished island.

How to Easily Turn a Bookshelf Into a Bar Cart

My husband has wanted a bar cart for quite some time, so I decided to repurpose some on-hand furniture for the job. A bookshelf is a pretty common household item and has perfect shelf space for holding bar cart items! With an old bookshelf, some copper pipes, a set of wheels, and some lumber you will be set with a bar cart for any swanky house party. This piece can also be customized in size and color to fit the space you have!

How to Build a Bench Out of an Old Door

I use one old door and a 2x4 to create an adorable bench! It's simple and quick and I absolutely love it!! Perfect for your front porch or entryway. This bench takes no time at all!

New Basement Furniture Projects

In search of new DIY basement furniture projects to inspire you? We have them here.

Browse Basement Furniture Projects
Apothecary Chest From Plain Dresser
7 Ways to DIY a Pool Noodle
Upcycled/Repurposed Crib into Toy Box Bench
Repurposed Curtains Into Chair Cushions
Cat Litter Bucket Re Use
Old Metal File Cabinet Makeover
You want a fancy French daybed? Well, lets make one!
From This to That - An Old Desk Gets a New Life as a Kitchen Island
I Made a Sofa Out of a Fold-up Cot.
From the Office Space to the Kitchen Space
DIY Cable Spool Ottoman Stool
Faux Mantel From an Old China Hutch
An Almost Free Cinder Block Porch Bench
Miniature Dollhouse Leather Couch Tutorial
Repurposed Entertainment Center (for Slimy Critter Fanatics)
MAKING THE CUTEST DIY PALLET COUCH
Distressed Paris Grey Bar Stools
Cable Spool Project
Turn an Inexpensive Wire Basket Into a Gorgeous DIY Table
Mission Impossible: Dilapidated Vanity Into Nursery Changing Table!
Repurposed TV Hutch Top Now a Gorgeous Farmhouse Style Cabinet
Abandoned Hutch Top Turned Curio
How to Build a Bench Out of an Old Door
Upcycling a Vintage Hutch Into 2 New Pieces
Clawfoot tub to Chaise Lounge
How to Make an Old Couch New Again for $10
Upcycled End Table From a Wooden Tray and Wire Basket
DIY Litter Box Hider
Repurposed Dresser Into Patio Entertaining Island
The Motorcycle Dining Room Table
1 Pallet + 1 4x4 Post = Coffee Table
DIY Couch/Wall Spacers
Repurposing Old Drawers
Giving an Old Bunk Bed Ladder New Life
Garage Bar Build - Abbreviated Post
Entertainment Center Becomes a Great Upcycled Entryway Bench!
Bird Aviary from what?
MenDen Basement Finish. All Re-purposed Materials.
Up-cycling an Obsolete Entertainment Center
Easy Quick Fix for a Battered Couch
Material Of The Week: Milk Crates
Elegant Bedroom Bunny Hutch From Dresser
Kitchen Island From Wall Cabinet
Fainting Couch Revival
Round Coffee Table Turns Into Tufted Ottoman
DIY Outdoor Pallet Table - (First Woodworking Attempt)
Leather Couch Makeover!
The Hardest Button to Button: A DIY Tufted Storage Ottoman.
Sewing Machine Base Becomes a Beauty
A Coffee Bar From an Old Dresser
Backyard Tiki Bar
Kitchen Cabinet Turned Roll-away Cart/Moveable Island
How to Make an Old Dresser Into Media Cabinet or Buffet
Vintage Buffet To Kitchen Island/Wine Bar
Repurposed Piano with many options for functionality
Stain Shading Tutorial
Repurposing Vintage Milk Can to a Side Table
Five Gallon Bucket Patio Table
Two Pieces of Furniture From One, Do You Like It?
Wall of built Ins out of IKEA Hemnes cabinets