Some methods of hiding basement poles and support columns are covering the pole with a column wrap or decorative material; using it as part of a bookshelf or media center; incorporating it into an archway, room divider or other architectural feature; or turning it into a wine rack. Incorporate a column into a room's design by making it the center of a seating unit or the anchor of an island, or hang art or plants from the pole.
Hardware and home stores sell column wraps, which typically consist of two plastic halves that join to conceal the pole. Kits often include bases and caps to create a decorative or architectural look.
Other ways to hide a pole include wrapping it with rope, building four wood panels around it, covering it with stonework or building a box over it with reclaimed wood planks. These methods not only hide the pole, but add texture and interest to the room.
Incorporate a support column as part of shelving by using it as one end of a shelving unit, hanging cantilevered planks off it, supporting shelves between two posts or making the pole the center of a set of shelves. The column can also be incorporated in a room divider with storage or made part of a media center for holding a television and related components. This approach has the added benefit of creating places to store objects or display keepsakes.