It was empty except for a few pipes. We measured the area we wanted the platform to cover, and sketched out the framing of the box. The area was 16′ x 11′, it needed to be big enough to hold all of our free chairs, and some other recliners we bought second-hand. We decided to build two boxes. One base box, and one to go on top of that.
Your project needs might differ based on the size of your project, but this will give you an idea of where to start.
- 4- 2″ x 10″ x 16′ boards
- 9- 2″ x 10″ x 12′ boards
- 9- 2″ x 10″ x 8′ boards
- 6- 4′ x 8′ sheets
- 2 1/2 inch finish nails
- carpet (ours was old carpet that our brother and sister-in-law gave us when they got wood floors)
- theater seats (FREE)
First, we had to build around the pipes in the basement. We framed the bottom box, by placing the supporting boards 2 feet apart, with supporting beams in the middle that we could use to hammer the sheets onto.
After the bottom was framed, we built the top box directly on top of the bottom. The sheets were simply nailed right into the beams below.
Then he installed the seats, They were just bolted right through the carpet and into the plywood sheets.
Overall, it was a pretty easy project. The screen is still just a white-painted square on the cement, and the projector is in a little box that my hubby built into the rafters. Like I said, we’re not professional, and this is just meant to get your creative juices flowing, so you can create an oasis in your unfinished basement too!
This project is just a temporary solution and one day we’ll have enough money to actually put in dry wall and cabinets, but it’s still really fun, and I think it just goes to show that you can do things little by little. You don’t have to have a TON of money to transform your home into the retreat you want it to be. I love that everything is old, so when my kids spill their drinks I don’t have to worry about it. It’s perfectly imperfect, and we have already had a few parties down there, we just bring our blankets and space heater, since it’s pretty cold! 🙂