Curtain Ideas for a Small Basement Window


Basements are notoriously darker than the rest of the house and basement windows are generally small. However, you shouldn't think of this as a curse upon your basement but rather a design challenge to work around. With careful strategies, you can make your basement window appear bigger than it actually is and let in a maximum of light.


  • Swag is a form of window treatment that is completely decorative and doesn't block or filter light in any way, an effect which is perfect for a basement as you want to let in a maximum amount of light. A swag window treatment is a piece of fabric usually twice as long as the length of the window that drapes around the curtain rod, hanging in graceful dips around the window. Generally with basements, you don't want to select curtains with dark colors as that can make the space feel boxed in. However, ignore this rule with swag window treatments since the swag drapes around the window. Hang the swag inches above and window to give it an elongated effect. The dark color of the swag will contrast the incoming light from the window, making it seem more abundant.

Long and Diaphonous

  • A very logical way to use curtains for a basement window is to select a single transparent curtain, such as one made of linen, lace, chiffon or comparable materials. These fabrics will gently filter the light, maintaining slight privacy without dimming the basement more than necessary. When hanging such a curtain, hang the curtain rod a few inches higher than normal above the window, and let the fabric hang all the way down to the floor to create a lengthening illusion, making the window appear bigger than it actually is.

Beaded Curtains

  • Beaded curtains are a festive, adventurous choice for anyone who wants to truly revitalize their basement windows. Beaded curtains take your basement window and spotlights it, transforming it from a tiny porthole to an area of interest in the room. Nowadays a range of manufacturers abound that make beaded curtains, and you truly have your choice of colors. For your basement, select beaded curtains that have clear glass beads that filter the light while adding some dazzle and sparkle to the room.

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