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20 Basement Pole Cover Ideas & Design Tips

Pole in house_shutterstock_sirirak kaewgornIf you are decorating your basement, there may be some basement poles throughout the room. Though these polls serve an important foundational function, they are normally very unattractive, meaning that most people want to find a way to dress them up without sacrificing integrity.

Like anyone else renovating their basement, you likely want to cover your basement poles. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. We have gathered 20 of the best basements pole cover ideas so you can find the best design for your style.

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1. Pre-Made Covers

Basement covers have been an eyesore for many years. As a result, many companies have taken advantage of this fact and designed premade covers to put around the poles. These covers may be slightly more expensive than other options, but they will be incredibly easy to install and safe to use. Not to mention, they are stunning.

You should be able to find premade covers that match any style. Simply by looking online, the options for premade covers are endless. You can opt for something more traditional, such as in our example above, or something more modern. It really is up to you to find the best premade cover for your basement.


2. Palm Trees

If you have children and the basement is their play area, then this is the option for you. Turn your basement poles into cute palm trees. This option is super affordable, yet it will transform your basement into a fun beachy play area for your kids.

All you need is heavy string and items to replicate the palm leaves. These palm leaves can either be made from a kite material or paper. Simply wrap the string around the pole to look like bark. Then, place the leaves into the string at the top.

One of the best parts about this option is that it doesn’t damage the pole at all. Whenever you want a change, all you do is undo the string and you are good to go. Not to mention, this option is highly affordable, and you can use it to turn your pole into any sort of tree or plant.


3. Storage

Basements often become the catchall for the house. Create more room in your basement by adding storage around the poles. As you can see in the example above, your poles make a great option for chunky shelves.

If you are on a tight budget, you can make the storage yourself, using wood, paint, and a hammer and nails. For those not as crafty, there are also tons of premade storage pole options. The premade options will be much more expensive, but they will also be easier to install.


4. Tule, Fairy Lights, and Ivy

If you are looking for a temporary cover for your basement so you can host some sort of party or gathering, then opt for tule, fairy lights, and ivy. This look is whimsical and simple, yet it is also attractive and costs very little to do.

All you need to do is wrap the fairy lights around the pole. Then, wrap tule around the lights, using string to secure it in place. The tule should be sheer enough that the light shines through without looking cheap or misplaced. Finish off by adding fake ivy on the outside.


5. Mirrors

If your basement poles are wide enough, place a mirror on one side. Mirrors can look neat in a basement and open up the space. Not to mention, they can be helpful for a girly sleepover or any other time you would need to look in the mirror.

Based on the design of the room, you can get a modern, classic, or wacky mirror. Such as in our example, add a wacky mirror on the basement pole to add a fun shape to a kiddy basement. Match the mirror to whatever style you prefer.


6. Christmas Tree

For the Christmas season, decorate your basement poles to look like a Christmas tree. All you need is fake leaves, ribbon, and candy canes. Simply wrap the fake leaves around the pole, securing with zip ties. Decorate just as you normally would, such as with candy canes or ornaments.

The great part about this is that you can reuse the decorations every year. Instead of buying a whole new tree to put in multiple rooms, just add these decorations to your basement to get in the Christmas spirit.


7. Hemp Rope

For a more minimalistic design, simply wrap your basement pole with hemp rope. This option is highly affordable and doesn’t go out of style. This should be your go-to if you want and simple yet affordable basement design.

Hemp rope will add warmth to your basement, especially if it is painted a white or simple color. Just make sure that the rope is wrapped tightly enough around the pole so that no surface area is exposed underneath.


8. Craft Station

Basements are often used as a workstation or craft area. If you like to fill your basement with all of your crafts and hobbies, consider turning your basement pole into a makeshift craft station. This will help organize all of your tools while maximizing space.

All you need is a shoe organizer. Simply connect the shoe organizer to the pole and fasten it securely. You may need to cut some of the excess side off so that it fits properly. This option is best for square or rectangle shaped polls.


9. Pole Wrap

Skinny, round basement poles can sometimes be difficult to decorate in a way that is classy and refined. Purchase pole wraps to easily do the job for you. These wraps are easy to install and affordable, yet they look incredibly elegant and refined in any basement.

You should be able to find pole wraps at most home improvement stores, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. They come in many colors and styles, making it easy to match them to your design preference.


10. Small Table

If your basement pole is next to the couch or chair, consider adding a small table around it. This will help maximize space while giving you area to put your cups or remote control. Not to mention, they look very refined and elegant.

Many pole wraps, as described above, come with small table options. You can either purchase pole wraps that come with a small table, or you can build your own. They are relatively simple to make, as long as you get the correct measurements and cuts.


11. Book Shelf

I’m a firm believer that one can never have too many books. After many years, though, books take up a whole lot of space. Turn your square basement poles into a bookshelf. This saves space, aids in organization, and makes your basement look more refined.

It’s probably easiest to purchase a premade bookshelf style basement pole cover, but you could build your own bookshelf, too.


12. Tree Bark

This design may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is super cute and cool, especially if you want a woodsy feel in your basement. This basement pole creates an indoor forest that is both attractive and sanitary (i.e., no bugs!).

Unfortunately, this pole tree bark design is a bit more expensive than other options. You will likely need to look online for custom made pole cover wraps. Still, this could really tie together a rustic and fun basement if you can afford it.


13. Create an Island.

If your basement poles are close to one another, create an island between the two. Such as in the example above, create an island using a stone top and base that matches the poles. This creates a uniform yet functional look.

This is especially a great idea for those who like to entertain in their basement. It creates a perfect seating area for snacks and drinks. Talk about the perfect location for a Super Bowl party!


14. Sitting Area

Use your basement pole as the base for a table. Simply construct a large enough table around the pole. Then, add some chairs. Of course, the pole can get in the way of conversation if the chairs aren’t strategically placed. So, make sure the chairs are not separated by the pole.

Take the example above: the blue chairs both match the decor in the basement and are close enough together to where the sitters can talk to one another face to face. This is a great option for basements that are not large enough for a full couch.


15. Horizontal Shelves

Earlier, we mentioned using basement poles for shelving. Here is another, more modern way to create shelves using your basement poles. If the poles are close enough together, create horizontal shelves that are open and unique.

What you need to do is create open framed shelves, where the pole goes through one end. You can either have one long shelf that goes through both poles, or you can have two separate shelves that are connected in the middle.


16. Paint

Fixing up your basement poles does not have to cost a lot. Simply invest in a unique or fresh coat of paint to upgrade the look entirely. Like in the example above, you can opt for a bright color to make the pole look like intentional decoration that pops.

You can also opt for a more subdued color. White, gray, or black can make your basement pole look chic and clean. Be careful if painting it white, though, because that will easily get dirty, showing fingerprints and smudges.


17. Stone

Stone is one of the most classic materials to use to upgrade and decorate a home. Decorate your attic poles using stone. This will give a regal and antique look that never goes out of style.

If you have a large budget, you can actually stack stones one on top of the other to create a classic pillar look. If you are on more of a budget, you can also opt for realistic stickers that look like stone. These options are attractive and affordable. Best yet, you can easily change out styles with stickers.


18. Open Center

Purchase a basement pole cover with an open center, such as in the example above. Even if you only have one pole, the cover can give the illusion of two because of the open center. You can place anything you would like in the open center, such as flowers, sculpture, or pictures of your loved ones.

You can also add shelving beneath the open aspect. The shelving will be both attractive and functional, helping you kill two birds with one stone.


19. Seating Area

Get inspiration from fancy hotels and businesses by turning your basement pole into a sort of sitting area. As you can see in this example, you can surround the base of the pole with a cushioned couch, providing extravagant seating for anyone in the area.

The great part about this option is that it maximizes space, adds comfortability, and makes the room look much more upscale.


20. Lighting

Finally, you can use your basement pole as an opportunity to add more lighting. Such as in the above example, you can get a premade cover with an indention for lighting. This makes the lighting also look like a sculpture in your basement.

You don’t have to get a fancy premade cover to decorate with lights, though. You could also use fairy lights or some other lightweight lighting to wrap around the pole, making your room look brighter and more festive all for a fraction of the cost.


Featured Image Credit: sirirak kaewgorn, Shutterstock

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