Updated September 24, 2020
How do you hide that support pole in your basement?
Do you have ugly metal poles in your basement wondering what to do with them? Maybe you want to knock down a wall on the main floor but not sure what to do with a support beam. Those unsightly support beams or metal poles don’t have to remain unsightly. Here are your options:
1. Pole Covers, Pole Wraps or Column Covers
The least expensive option to cover those poles are by using pole wraps, pole covers or column covers. Whatever you want to call them, it will do the trick.
The big box stores carry a variety of inexpensive pole covers from faux wood to paint ready smooth covers. Smaller speciality stores also carry more upscale type of covers.
Photo: Basementideas.comSupport covers can be painted to cover and hide the ugly support beams.
You can also have custom made covers to compliment built-in custom cabinetry or do-it-yourself if you’re handy.
Click here to read from DIY Network: How to build a box around a support beam.
This homeowner had stone columns built around the support beams. The stone columns add architectural interest to the room while hiding the necessary posts.
This creative homeowner used old porch posts for their support beams!
Using reclaimed wood to cover ugly poles is currently very trendy.
2. Use the Pole
Another popular way to “cover” support beams is too actually include the pole in the design. Most common uses are as part of a breakfast bar, or family room bar, as a bookshelf, a room divider or a combination bookshelf/room divider.
Covering a post and putting a bar there is a clever way of using the beams.
The support beam becomes part of a trendy contemporary bookshelf. It’s hard to tell if just one or are two beams are actually needed.
This clever design uses the support beams as a book shelf and room divider.
3. The Pole Becomes Part of the Design
When the posts become part of the design, you don’t notice that there are support beams in the room.
The posts flow naturally throughout the space and it’s difficult to tell which post is decoration and which post is actually holding up the floor.
With a support beam on either side of the kitchen island, and the beams incorporated into the ceiling, the support beam has become part of the design.
Ashton Kutcher surprised his mom for Mother’s Day with this basement of her dreams. (below) Designer Catherine Renae Thomas incorporates the support beams into the design so noone can really tell which beam is really necessary and which one isn’t. The beams look like they were meant to be there and divides the various functions of the basement naturally. A very clever design!
It has become a very popular option on home renovation shows to show renovators removing support beams or load bearing walls on either the main floor and basement. This is another option as well, but definitely the most expensive one. If you chose this option, you need to hire a structural engineer and general contractor who has loads of experience moving support beams to determine the best way from a both a structural point of view as well as an effective design. Moving or removing posts improperly could result in the floor or ceiling sagging and affect the integrity of the structure of your home. Sometimes, the cost does not warrant moving the post. But don’t fret, we have just seen lots of great options to try in your home.
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Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. House Flipper & Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging and designing spaces to make them look like they belong on a magazine page. As a Real Estate Investor, I buy “fixer uppers” either fix them up and sell for a healthy profit or turn them into profitable rental properties.