Is your basement dark and dingy? Do you feel a little claustrophobic when you spend time downstairs in a room without windows? The solution may the installation of a fake basement window. There are several different approaches you can take for this. You can mount an old window frame with a backlit image or simply install an instant decal like those found at Fathead.com
Build Your Own Fake Basement Window Lightbox
If you have an old window frame kicking around, you can build your own fake basement window lightbox. You may find an old window frame at a flea market or antique shop. Alternatively, you can splurge on an entry level window from your local home improvement store.
Next you will need an image of some outdoor scenery. These can be found in the poster department of your local department store. Conversely, if you have a personal photo that you like; you can take that to the local print shop and have it blown up to the dimensions of your fake basement window.
Trim the image to the exact dimensions of the backside of the window. Apply a thin coat of adhesive to the front of the image with a spray adhesive. Carefully align the image with the window and smooth it out with a soft cloth or the palm of your hand.
To illuminate the backside of the image you can use a standard low wattage nightlight. To make room for the light screw 4 strips of wood to the backside of the window frame. Drill a small hole in one of the strips so you can feed in an extension cord, into which you will plug the nightlight. Using a level, mount the assembly to the basement wall. Voila, your fake basement window adds an entirely new feel to an otherwise dark room.
Poster Ideas for your Fake Basement Window
The sky is the limit when it comes to selecting an image for your fake window. If you live on a golf course (or want to) or have a sports themed room, a golf course shot may be the perfect image. Perhaps you have a nautical themed den, then you could choose a view of the ocean.
Here are some ideas:
If a fake basement window is not your style, and you prefer to install new windows to let more light into your home, give as a call. Contact One Source Renovation, LLC at WindowRepairGuy.com or give us a call at (815)-634-8922.