Almost everyone has a side-passion or a hobby they’d love to spend more time on—hobbies are exciting, enriching, and, most importantly, therapeutic. But, without having a designated location to adequately pursue your chosen passion, it’s easy to simply drop the idea and never look back. So, whether you're into crafting, art, writing, whittling, pottery, or practically anything else, consider setting up a basement hobby room!
The main reason (aside from money) people don’t dedicate a room for their side interests is that they don't have enough main-floor space. However, if you have a basement with extra rooms, you already have space you can use! Most homes are planned around the main floor, leaving the basement either unfinished or relatively vacant, so a hobby room is a great basement space idea.
Here are a few basic things you’ll need to consider before getting started on a hobby space in your basement.
One of the most crucial parts of the planning process is making sure you have the right amount and type of space. While extra basement rooms are practically perfect for a hobby room, exactly how much space you’ll need depends on what you’re going to be using it for! For instance, if you want a quiet place to set up a small library and writing desk where you can write or read peacefully, you won't have to get too extravagant with the planning. On the other hand, if you’re interested in building a music room, you’ll need more space, planning, and, of course, money.
A music hobby room will require more planning and basement space, but it's entirely worth it!
The next step is deciding what type of flooring you’ll need. For the most part, carpet or a hard floor alternative are acceptable. However, if you’re planning something a bit more hands-on, such as a workshop or woodshop, you’ll want to use a hardy flooring (stone, laminate, or vinyl with flexible mesh mats are good combos).
Laminate flooring is an excellent and hardy flooring choice for a hobby room—it excels at deterring scuffs and scratches.
This is the part everyone hates to think about—most hobby rooms will require some extra utilities or power sources. However, this is highly situational as well based on what you’re planning to do with the space. If you’re going to put in an art studio, you’ll need to make sure the room is well-lit and well-ventilated. If you’re thinking about installing a workshop, you’ll need to make sure your electrical panel can handle the additional strain.
While we don’t really consider these things necessary, other things you can think about adding to your basement hobby room are additional Wi-Fi access, an extra bathroom, and maybe even a place for a television!
Office or crafting hobby spaces typically require additional lighting and some extra power considerations.
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