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.

Book Shelf Turned Bar Cart

This project was inspired by Emma Jeffery at Fiskars. Read more here. My husband has wanted a bar cart for quite some time, so I decided to repurpose some on hand furniture for the job. A book shelf 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! 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.

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
Turn an Inexpensive Wire Basket Into a Gorgeous DIY Table
The Hardest Button to Button: A DIY Tufted Storage Ottoman.
Queen Size Headboard Made Using a Tailgate From a 1930s Ford Truck
Repurposing Vintage Milk Can to a Side Table
DIY Crate Stools for Toy Storage
Livestock Water Trough Turned Coffee Table
Repurposed Dresser to Bench
DIY Couch/Wall Spacers
Backyard Tiki Bar
Pallet Gun Cabinet
Abandoned Hutch Top Turned Curio
How I Made a Cute Dog Bed From an Old Dresser Drawer
Two Pieces of Furniture From One, Do You Like It?
I Made a Sofa Out of a Fold-up Cot.
Distressed Paris Grey Bar Stools
Mission Impossible: Dilapidated Vanity Into Nursery Changing Table!
Five Gallon Bucket Patio Table
Turn a Vintage Milk Can Into a Stylish Stool
DIY Epoxy Bar Top Using Reclaimed Wood That GLOWS
Amazing Dresser to Shelf Conversion DIY Upcycle Project
Book Shelf Turned Bar Cart
Entertainment Center Becomes a Great Upcycled Entryway Bench!
Bird Aviary from what?
A "Tie-Dye for" Set of Barstools!
Upcycling a Vintage Hutch Into 2 New Pieces
DIY Litter Box Hider
Repurposing Old Drawers
Round Coffee Table Turns Into Tufted Ottoman
How to Make an Old Couch New Again for $10
DIY Bunny / Small Animal Home
Cable Spool Project
Repurposed Dresser Into Patio Entertaining Island
Upcycled End Table From a Wooden Tray and Wire Basket
DIY Shutter Headboard
Sewing Machine Base Becomes a Beauty
Easy Quick Fix for a Battered Couch
The Motorcycle Dining Room Table
Another Bench Project From an Old Bed
Free Pallets in Augusta Georgia!
How to Make a Tree Stump Side Table With DIY Legs
Upcycled Door & Beams Turned Irish Pub Style Bar!
What Can You Make Out of Wire Spools...This and That!
Repurposed Piano with many options for functionality
7 Ways to DIY a Pool Noodle
Two Upcycled Projects From One Old Ladder
My "Shipwreck" Water Lily Pond
Old Door Transformed to Hall Tree,Coat Rack,
Personalize Any Project Using Freezer Paper!!
An Almost Free Cinder Block Porch Bench
China Hutch Repurposed Into a Flat Screen TV Stand
Steamer Trunk Handle Repair
Old Desk... Home Bar!
Elegant Bedroom Bunny Hutch From Dresser
Old Metal File Cabinet Makeover
Repurposed Door Hall Tree
50s Bike Turned Into a Priceless Credenza!
Repurposed TV Hutch Top Now a Gorgeous Farmhouse Style Cabinet
Old Door Headboard
Sofa "Baseboard" Hides Ugly Cords & Mechanics