Hiding Posts in a Basement


A basement is an appropriate space to create a large entertainment area or extra living quarters. However, unsightly support poles in a basement can make the space look unfinished if not enclosed. Unless you want the poles visible for a contemporary look, hide them in a way that complements the overall style of your home. Use enclosures made specifically to cover support poles or hire a professional to build custom covers, creating a formal or informal look.

Things You'll Need

  • Support pole covers
  • Paint
  • Column covers
  • Building adhesive
  • Caulk
  • Seat cushions
  • Cover the support poles with pole-wrap covers. The covers easily fit around the poles, and you should be able to install them without the help of a professional. Use wooden pole covers or paint them to match the walls.

  • Enclose the poles with post column covers. Place the two halves on either side of the pole and snap them together. Smooth a thin line of building adhesive down the line. Caulk any openings and paint the covers to match your walls.

  • Build a custom square or rectangular column around the post. Add decorative molding for a formal look.

  • Box the poles in your choice of enclosure and build custom seating around the enclosure. Cover the seats with cushions.

  • Enclose the poles and build a custom shelving unit or bookcase that runs between two poles or from one pole to the wall.

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