One novel idea people have successfully used for a ceiling is to buy a lightweight rug with colors in it that will go well with the basement décor. With this idea you will securely attach the center of the rug to the center of the ceiling and then cut out for any ceiling lights. This beautiful area rug ceiling will be a conversation piece with all of your guests, and it will hide all the floor joists or flaws of the existing ceiling underneath. To keep it looking clean and fresh, you can sweep it once a month.
Office or Study Area: Turning your basement into a home office is a great way to provide a quiet, tucked away workspace in your home. A basement turned home office provides a perfect "work away from work" space when you need to be at home or just need a change of scenery.
A dropped or suspended ceiling is another option for your basement. These ceilings have a grid work of metal bars in the shape of an upside-down T, these are suspended on wires from the overhead joists. A dropped ceiling is great because there is no need for you to move wires, pipes or ducts and the joists don't have to be straight for the finished ceiling to look flat. This type of basement ceiling finishing will give you easy access to heating, cooling and electrical systems. Adding some lighting fixtures can be done with ease as well. In addition to that, a dropped ceiling shields unwanted noise from above. However, one of the biggest disadvantages of a dropped or suspended ceiling is that it eats up too much head space so if you already have a very low basement ceiling then you might want to look into this first.
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