Clever Ideas for Basement Partition Walls


Basements are no longer considered just storage spaces. Many families are using them as valuable home entertainment space for family and guests alike. The challenge is to separate areas so each room is clearly defined without depending on boring sheetrock or cinder block solutions.

Building Blocks

  • Separate a children's play area with an amusing wall partition that adds bright color to the basement. This idea requires several hours or even a few days of time, plus a lot of patience. After scouring your old toy box--and those of your friends--for old building blocks, you're ready to build your wall. Enlist the assistance of your friends to help you connect the hundreds of small pieces needed to construct the room divider. A half wall is your easiest option, but for the more ambitious, you can take it all the way to the ceiling.


  • Create an attractive area for your basement den with a permanent partition. Fieldstone works well with mid-century modern or contemporary decor, while brick complements more traditional styles. A full wall will provide sound insulation for your up-and-coming rock star, while a three-quarter partition will suffice if you're only separating a den from an office area.

Book Shelves

  • Use double-sided book shelves as your room dividers. These shelves define the separate spaces while allowing you to keep an open floor plan in your basement. Decorative bookshelves provide both a room partition and practical storage for books, knickknacks and games.

Antique Doors

  • Peruse any home and business renovations in your area. Offer to remove any old or discarded doors. If you can't find what you're looking for, consider purchasing old doors at your local flea market or antique stores. Hinge three or four doors together and place them between the rooms you want to divide. For bigger spaces you can screw two large doors to opposite walls and attach them to two interior doors that leave a single opening in the middle, allowing access between rooms. A transom window hanging above the opening completes this partition.


  • Hang different sized windows between two areas in your basement. It may be safer to remove the glass panes from the windows if children are a constant presence. Otherwise, you can paint the windows or attach black and white family photos to the panes, creating a collage of pictures in this imaginative wall partition. Brightly colored window frames complement play areas and game rooms. Weathered frames will accent shabby chic areas.


  • Purchase several yards of beads from your local fabric store. Attach the beads to eye hooks screwed into the ceiling and floor. Pull them taught and affix the strands of beads so they're touching. This method provides a modicum of privacy to each space in a stylish manner sure to impress your friends.

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