How To Hide Posts In A Basement

When my husband and I purchased our first home, the process was stressful, but we settled on one we liked enough to live in temporarily until we expanded our family. When moving time arrived, we both dreaded the expected stress. We ended up using a different real estate agent than we did the first time, and we made a great decision, because she had a lot of home remodeling knowledge! We were adamant on finally finding our "perfect" home this time. When she showed us homes that lacked features we desired that we would have "nixed" before, she let us know if the feature could be added, and usually it could! We are now in our new home that we had a few small renovations performed on after we bought it, and we love it! I want to help others by sharing some remodeling tips I learned on a blog!

How To Hide Posts In A Basement

12 February 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you're renovating your basement to make it into an additional living space in your home (such as a family room or game room), you'll want it to look as attractive and homelike as possible. Unfortunately, any support posts that help to hold up the ceiling can detract from the look you're trying to create. They also interrupt the flow throughout the basement. To help address this problem, you can build a box cover out of wood to surround the post. You can then decorate or paint this cover so it better matches the new decor of the space.

What You Will Need

  • Tape Measure

  • Wooden Planks (1 Inch Thick)

  • Electric Saw

  • Wood Adhesive

  • Claw Hammer

  • Finishing Nails

  • Sandpaper (220 Grit)

  • Small Wood Shim

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint Tray

  • Interior Paint

  • Primer

Step 1. Use a tape measure to measure the height of your basement. Then subtract 1/2 inch from this height. Next, use the tape measure to get the thickness of the post you want to cover. Add an extra 2 inches to this. Write down both of these numbers for later reference.

Step 2. Based on the measurements you took, use an electric saw to cut four planks. These planks will create the box you're building around the post.

Step 3. Apply a line of wood adhesive along one edge of a plank and join the other edge of another plank to this. With a hammer, drive a line of finishing nails into the first plank to permanently connect it to the second plank. These nails should be spaced roughly 8 inches apart.

Step 4. Apply a line of wood adhesive along the edge of the second plank, again adding nails to connect a third plank to the second plank. When you're done, you will have a long, open-sided tube.

Step 5. Slide this open-sided wooden tube over the basement post and let it rest on the floor. Have an assistant hold the tube in place while you apply a line of wood adhesive over the remaining edges of your first and third planks. Position the fourth plank against these glued edges to make a box. Once again, drive in lines of finishing nails to assemble the components.

Step 6. Coat a small wood shim with some of the wood adhesive and push it inside the gap between the top of the box cover you constructed and the ceiling of your basement. This will help to hold the cover in place. Let all of the wood adhesive dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 7. Use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the sides of the post cover. Then use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of primer. Let this dry. Finally, paint the cover a color that works with the other colors in your basement.

Remodelers like Art Hoffstrom Builders can also help.