The basement is often a neglected part of a house, despite it being one that is extremely versatile and useful. Rather than leaving your basement as a poorly lit, plain room that you only visit to do laundry or use as a storage space, transform is into a more pleasant usable space that adds value to your home.
One creative and attractive way of transforming basement space is creating coffered ceilings. Coffered ceilings are traditionally dropped ceilings made up of box beams laid out in a grid pattern. Typically each coffer (or box) also has decorative crown molding inside for a more luxurious, finished effect. The drop down effect has a few benefits that make it a great choice for basements. Check out the infographic below by Jason Tilton of Fanatic Finish which shows what every homeowner should know about coffered ceilings.
Coffered ceilings instantly add a more finished look than a flat drywall ceiling. They also help to make a room feel warmer and more comfortable, like a living space rather than a basement. Coffered ceilings that use drop down construction are also useful for covering up an attractive basement ceiling without a significant remodel. This is especially true for basements that have no ceiling and are exposed. By adding a drop down coffered ceiling you will cover any unsightly wires and pipes from view, yet you can still access them easily if needed.
Coffered ceilings are also excellent for helping to soften or block sound. A finished basement is a great place for an at-home gym, office, playroom or a home theater. Whether you want to keep sound from the rest of the house because of a loud TV or want to keep sound from the house from drifting into the basement if you have your office there, a coffered ceiling will really help either way.
Coffered ceilings are affordable, easy to install and overall installation time can be as quick as a weekend, depending on style and whether you go with a professional or the DIY route. They instantly make your basement look like an actual room and will really attract potential buyers in the event you decide to sell.