Basement Spaces Inc. manages an online database of over 400 basement layouts while Home and Garden Television provides several photo galleries of layouts on its website. Rona Inc. also offers a list of design options for finished basements, as of 2015.
BasementIdeas.com includes several methods of filtering its plans, including minimum and maximum square footage, and how to handle bathrooms and stairs. Offices, bedrooms, gyms, kitchens and home theaters are some types of functional areas incorporated in the search. The layouts are available at no cost in PDF format.
HGTV.com displays a gallery of comfortable design ideas. Examples include man-caves, media areas, bars and game rooms. The website also provides ideas from Candice Olson of the network's "Divine Design" series. The designer creates zones using room dividers and furniture to break up space without walling off rooms. Plenty of storage is incorporated to ensure the open areas avoid a cluttered look.
Rona.ca discusses hiving, the trend towards multifunctional communal spaces. The concept is particularly appropriate for taking advantage of the open structure of unfinished basements. The website also offers considerations for several types of basement areas. Home theaters require adequate room between seats and a method to manage cables. Gyms need headroom and proper ventilation to ensure safe use.