How to get more light from those tiny basement windows.

I’ve been blogging about basements, basement ideas and basement finishing for more than a year now and I thought I’d seen everything.

My basement ideas Pinterest page has 30+ boards and over 240 pins, but I’ve never seen this done.

Big props to Tony for sharing this idea and the photos – this is his handy work. Nicely done sir!

Angled Basement Window Design Idea

So in a nut shell what Tony did was drywall the bottom of his basement windows at an angle. This let’s more light down into the room and gives the visual illusion of having a bigger window.

Here’s what it looks like just after drywall:

angled drywalled basement window idea

Here’s how he framed it:

angled basement window idea - framing

Peacock Those  Tiny Basement Windows

Have you ever heard of this term? Peacocking? It’s when you put a bunch of flare on something to make it stand out. You add something to make something else look bigger and better than it actually is. Like a peacock using his fancy pants feathers to get attention.

To peacock your basement windows, try trimming them out. That is, installing trim around them. Do the angled idea like the photos above and then add some trim. Like this:

basement idea - framed window

 

Is that a great basement idea or what? Trim out this window idea just like a regular boxed window. Once it’s all painted it should look awesome.

If you have a cool basement idea – please email a photo at ‘jason@ifinishedmybasement.com’.

Cheers  – Jason

 

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  1. if you use a high gloss on the tilted frame, it will further reflect the light that comes in the window and give the illusion of more light in the room.

  2. So….to do the angles window drywall, do you have a put a nailer right below the window to attach the top of the drywall to? Like a 1×2 or something? I understand everything else about the angled drywall idea. I already framed it normally, and have the vapor barrier in, but think I might take it out partially to try this before I drywall, cause there is only one tiny window in a large family room.

    Also, suggestions- my basement ceiling is going to be really close to my window, so if I trim the window out with large trim, I won’t be able to do that at the top. IN fact I dontl know if I will have room for any trim at the top. Suggestions so that is doesn’t look too weird?

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