3 Ways to Design a Fun and Functional Basement Family Room

For most of us, the first ideas for basements that come to mind often involve turning it into a laundry room, a media and game room, or some sort of multipurpose space that has a little bit of everything—a big sofa, a TV, substantial storage pieces, maybe even a pool table. And more often than not, it results in a room that’s all function and not exactly warm and inviting.

We get it. Many basements tend to have awkward room shapes, small windows, and low ceilings to contend with. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be transformed into a fun and functional gathering spot where the whole family can hang out and relax in comfort. In fact, with a few clever interior design ideas, basements can actually make for the perfect family room in a home.

Here, we’re providing you with 3 stylish and functional basement family room ideas along with useful tips for translating each look for your home. Find out more below!

Basement Idea #1: The Kid-Friendly Den

In this kid-friendly design layout, the basement design focus is a spacious family room that also accommodates young kids. We established two zones that include a tepee for a children’s play area as well as a large sectional that defines a gathering spot for the entire family. Here, it’s all about a communal space for relaxing that works for adults and kids alike.

An open floor plan maximizes space for spreading out:

For a family room that works for both adults and young children, an open layout that leaves tons of walking room for everyone all around is key. By clearly defining the main lounging area from the kids zone, this layout lets parents keep an eye on the little ones while they kick back or watch TV in the seating area.

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Family-friendly furniture adds to the functions of the room:

A large soft sectional paired with a round coffee table are key to keeping this room kid-proofed and safe for energetic children. The sectional also provides the ideal spot for snuggling up for family movie nights. Pull in an overarching floor lamp for a stylish and sturdy lighting source that’s perfect for storytime.

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Kids are given their own distinctive space:

You know we’re big fans of family rooms that pull double-duty as playspaces for kids. One of our favorite ways to kid-zone a living space is to set up a play tent off to the side of a room to clearly define an area that’s all theirs. The bonus is that you can also easily use it to store stuffed toys, games, and books when it’s not in use for a quick solve that keeps everyday clutter contained.

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Basement Idea #2: The Media Hub

With this layout, there’s a more elevated look and feel that’s tailored to movie-watching and entertainment. In terms of tried-and-true basement ideas that maximize space, this one does so with style to spare. Like many TV viewing layout ideas, this design emphasizes comfy seating and big storage for electronics, games, books, and everything family-room oriented.

basement family room ideasThe layout maximizes every corner for use:

The beauty of this basement design is that no square-footage is left unused. From the major shelving unit to the cleverly positioned floor lamp to the seating area that’s topped with a series of mirrors that open up the room even more. It’s about making the most of the length of the room to free up more walking space all around.

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There’s plenty of storage for beyond the room:

With a built-in shelving unit that spans an entire wall, there’s more than enough storage to accommodate all the needs of the family room and beyond. It’s a storage and entertainment center that’s an investment piece, but it gives you everything you need—a display case for books and favorite objects that’s also a cabinet that lets you conceal bigger items and clutter.

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A seating arrangement that’s made for entertainment:

The more formal leather sofa paired and the swivel side chair anchor the seating area while still leaving lots of breathing room around it. While the furnishings are less kid-friendly, they add up to a comfy gathering spot. An ottoman footstool also easily doubles as another seat as needed.

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A corner workstation makes this a triple-function space:

This quiet workspace anchored by a desk and Mid-Century-style chair adds another layer of function to the already practical room. This is an easy way to create an occasional office for wrapping up some quick emails, catching up on mail or even playing computer games.

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Basement Idea #3: The Rec Zone

If you already have a family room in the home, this game room basement design is the perfect complement to it. Think of this as the ultimate entertainment space that combines everything from the previous two layouts and then some. There’s a TV-watching lounge area that’s perfect for adults and kids alike as well as a bar area where people can gather and unwind with a drink.

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The sectional placement creates two functional areas:

With any other layout, choosing a sectional or sofa is totally up to you. But for this game room, a sectional is key since it also serves as a room divider that sets apart your conversational lounge area from your entertaining bar space. The result is two functional zones that feel distinct from each other but still appear visually cohesive in the room.

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Even the small accessories are about function:

Every accent counts when you’re working with a space that has multiple functions. Here, the versatile round coffee table allows for more walking room and baskets are totable storage pieces that can corral extra blankets and even toys if you have kids. Also look for accent furniture like a side table with a built-in lamp that adds both function and unique style.

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You get more out of not having a full built-in bar:

To keep the room’s layout free-flow and feeling airy and open, a bar cart is a moveable option that’s both space-saving and storage-friendly. You can easily tuck it into a corner for drinks or, when hosting game day parties, pull it into the lounge area as needed.

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Consoles give you an actual bar feel:

One way to up the look and feel of your bar entertainment area is to pull up matching consoles behind your sectional back. This creates an instant counter that you can stash bar stools under for a real bar vibe. This also sets up your bar space with a ledge that allows guests to comfortably watch a game or a movie while enjoying a drink.

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Attic Ideas: 6 Creative Ways To Put This Room to Work

When it comes to attics, you probably think of dusty storage spaces where heirlooms and family treasures are hidden or of the crowded teenage bedroom in the attic. You don’t usually think of it as a well-designed and comfortable room that you would use every day. But we’re here to show that you can actually get pretty creative with this A-framed space and transform it into a stylish and practical room that tops off your home.

The attic room is probably one of the most awkward spaces our customers need help designing. It makes sense since it can be a challenge to decorate given the sloped ceilings and compact square footage. But the beauty of an attic is that you can turn it into any room you want. Whether it’s an elegant attic bedroom or a home office for two, the possibilities are endless.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite creative attic ideas with tips to inspire and guide you in your own design—be it the attic bedroom of your dreams or a fun kids zone for little ones to spread out their games and toys. Find out more about how you can put your attic to work below!

attic ideasA Cozy Family Room

Turn any attic room into a sophisticated and comfortable family living room where everyone can unwind and kick back with a good TV show. Here, it’s all about big furniture and major coziness.

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Why It Works

It’s spacious but warm. Large-scale furnishings make way for deep comfort in small spaces. With an attic, a deep sofa, oversize rug, and a big ottoman will add coziness without making the room feel cramped.

It’s super functional. Think of an attic family room as the extra room where anything goes. You can turn up the volume for a movie or just take a break here from your day. Consider a sleeper sofa that doubles as a bed that turns the space into an attic bedroom as needed for guests.

It’s effortlessly chic. With an attic family room, the sloped ceilings give it a chic look by default. Layer in some poufs, a pair of matching bookcases, and a modern bench for a window seat for a space that’s elevated and rooted in practicality.

Perfect For… those who love to entertain in a more relaxed way that’s not about formal living.

attic ideasA Kid Hangout Zone

Attic bedrooms for kids are great, but a space where they can chill out is even better. Think of it as a laid-back playroom and gathering spot that can work for them (and you) for years to come.

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Why It Works

It’s all about play. Have electronics and games for entertainment. This truly makes it a space kids can call their own. And unlike an attic bedroom, they can kick back with friends and have free reign away from the rest of the home and not worry about messing up their actual bedroom.

It’s designed to last. Kids will outgrow an attic bedroom, but a hangout spot is practical for years to come with the right adult furnishings. Think large sectional for relaxing (also good for sleepovers), poufs for floor lounging, and versatile storage, like a low TV console.

It’s a study space. With the right comfy furnishings in place, this can also easily serve as a study room for kids where they can work on their laptop and get reading done. It’s essentially a makeshift communal work space for them.

Perfect For… families with young kids and teenagers who need their own space.

attic ideasA Quiet Master Bedroom

Nothing beats an attic bedroom that feels like a mini cozy escape from the rest of the home. Turning your attic into a bedroom is also a great way to free up another room for use.

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Why It Works

It’s the ultimate escape. You’re essentially treating yourself to a private hideaway that’s made for total rest and relaxation. The best part is that an attic bedroom doesn’t have to be fancy; it’s elevated and instantly cozy given the sloped interior architecture.

It’s perfect for low furniture. Most bedroom furniture come in low-profile proportions that make them perfectly sized for an attic bedroom. That means you don’t have to compromise style for function. Try a platform or low-slung wooden bed and two-drawer nightstands for starters.

It gets the best light. If there is a window, your attic bedroom will have the best natural light streaming in. This lends an added sense of airiness that’s sure to set a welcoming mood.

Perfect For… homes with an attic large enough to be turned into an attic bedroom for a couple.

attic ideasA Bright Reading Room

Take the reading nook to the next level with an attic room that’s designed for relaxing and reading. This is one of our favorite ideas after an attic bedroom since it’s chic and unexpected.

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Why It Works

It’s guaranteed to feel personal. Whether it’s a reading space that’s designed for two or all for yourself, you can make an attic reading room yours however you want. Pull in your favorite armchair, hang your favorite art, add a rug that doesn’t go with anything else. It’s all up to you!

It’s a (stylish) storage room. Make sure to add in low bookcases for books or other pieces that provide ample room for you to tuck things away. Think of your reading room as an organized attic storage room that’s there if there is overflow in the rest of your home.

It can be simple but so comfy. All you really need to carve out a welcoming reading space are cozy lounge chairs and good lighting. Round it out with a soft rug, shelving, and an ottoman, and you have a space that’s sure to feel effortlessly elegant.

Perfect For… those craving a quiet space in the home where they can get away and unwind.

attic ideasA Comfy Guest Bedroom

With an attic that’s not large enough for a master bedroom, consider making it an attic bedroom for guests. It’s the perfect solution for a space that’s awkwardly sized and not used often.

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Why It Works

It can feel like a hotel. An attic bedroom made for guests can easily be decorated to feel like a quaint bed-and-breakfast, which is sure to charm visiting family and friends staying over.

It can be full service. Design your attic bedroom for guests with all the essential amenities, such as a laundry basket, floor-to-ceiling mirror, a chest of drawers, and an elegant farmhouse-style bed. They’ll create a room that feels like a total cocoon for guests.

It’s all in the arrangement. With a smaller attic, the sloped ceilings might make the space feel even smaller. Try to open up the space by painting the room a bright white, opting for an open-frame bed, and using sheers for curtains that let light in. This will make it feel extra airy.

Perfect For… any small attic space that you don’t want to just use to store things.

attic ideasA Productive Home Office

With more and more of us working from home, if you have an attic room that’s unused, consider making it a creative shared home office space to separate your work and home lives.

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Why It Works

It’s about work-life balance. In many ways, attic rooms are perfect spaces for home offices. They’re separate from the rest of the house and now more than ever when many of us are working from home, creating an isolated home office is key to separate business from home life.

It’s more than work. Like an attic bedroom or family room, pull in pieces that let you to station yourself comfortably in the space for hours. That means a sturdy desk, floating shelves for storage, good desk lighting, and an armchair for when you need to take a break or hop on a call.

It should inspire you. Whether it’s a colorful patterned rug, artwork you love, or some lively greenery and plants, your attic work space should feel as inspiring as it is comfortable. Layer in objects that are pretty to look at or even install a sound system to play music while working.

Perfect For… those who need a designated work from home space but don’t have an ‘office’.

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My Modsy Story: Taking the E-Design Leap of Faith For My Basement Turned Family Room

basement family roomZack S. was at a loss when it came to transforming his large empty basement into a functional family room. See how we helped him complete the space once and for all.


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Homeowner: Zack S, Computer Whiz

Location: North Salt Lake, Utah

Room: Blank Slate Basement Family Room

His Style: Discerning Collector

The Backstory

Finding the perfect family home with a blank slate basement, ready to be decorated

When we first toured our house, it was completely empty. It has a huge basement and we knew from the moment we saw it that it would be our family room. We also knew that we wanted to make it a beautiful space where our kids could play and we could relax — all with budget in mind, of course.

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Zack’s Basement Family Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Struggling to visualize how an unusually large space could be family and pet-friendly

Our basement was truly a blank slate and it proved to be a real design challenge. We simply had no sense of what furniture to purchase or how we would arrange it in such an enormous space.

Also, we have two young daughters and two insanely hyper dogs, so we wanted everything to be as functional and destruction-proof as possible.

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 1

The Modsy Moment

Trusting a friend’s word to take the e-design leap of faith

I told a friend we were renovating our basement family room and that I had no idea where to begin with decorating it. He recommended Modsy, so I looked into it. The more I learned about how it worked, the more intrigued I became!

So finally, I decide to give it a go.

A word of advice on getting started with Modsy: It’s super important that your Modsy designer has your exact room dimensions, so get ready to measure. If you can provide them with a floor plan (even a hand-drawn one), even better!

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 2

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Zack

Seeing the multipurpose potential of his large basement family room– with furniture he loved!

We were totally blown away when we got our designs back. The attention to detail was crazy. I had no idea the 3D renderings would be so accurate — they captured everything right down to the tiny motion detectors we have in our basement!

I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

I’ll admit that at first I wasn’t sure if Modsy would be able to design a space that truly catered to my design preferences since it felt like there were so many unknowns that our Modsy designer was working with. But I’m so happy I trusted our designer’s intuitions because the designs and the furniture they chose for our space were perfect.

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 1

In particular, Modsy’s designs really helped us envision how a large room like ours could have multiple entertainment spaces. Our designer did a great job separating the TV area from the kids activities area while still keeping the room flowing in a way that made sense.

Our second Modsy design was awesome, and ultimately it was the design we went with. Modsy really hit the nail on the head with it.

We loved how there was a sit-down space for our kids to create beautiful art and finish homework. We also really enjoyed the seating area setup with a comfy sectional that will allow us to watch TV and play games as a family.

basement family room

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The Real Results

Shopping has never been this easy

Since we got our Modsy designs back, we’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested in our second design. Seeing exactly how things would look in the space was a game-changer for us. It made all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

We’ve literally purchased every single piece of furniture suggested … Seeing exactly how things would look in the space [made] all of our purchasing decisions so incredibly easy.

basement family roomZack’s Modsy Design 2

Designing our basement family room from scratch felt like such an immense undertaking. We were at such a loss in the beginning. I feel like Modsy truly helped us make the best use of the space we had. And I love how our designer introduced us to some new ways to use the space that we hadn’t considered before.

Going forward, I couldn’t imagine decorating another room without Modsy’s 3D renderings.

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