How to Beautify an Egress Window

Egress windows can be eye sores and ruin a finished basement. With some inexpensive supplies, you can brighten up your living space.

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My sad, dingy, boring egress. By law, it has an emergency ladder drilled into place.

My sad, dingy, boring egress. By law, it has an emergency ladder drilled into place.

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It won't get much sun simply because it is in the shaded part of our home, so most of the greenery I "plant" will be fake.

It won't get much sun simply because it is in the shaded part of our home, so most of the greenery I "plant" will be fake.

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You'll need metal towel bars and self-tapping metal screws. I bought Ikea's Bygel bars. They are typically in the kitchen section.  Tap the photo to see the whole bar.

You'll need metal towel bars and self-tapping metal screws. I bought Ikea's Bygel bars. They are typically in the kitchen section. Tap the photo to see the whole bar.

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Measure out where you want the bars leaving room for the hanging planters underneath.

Measure out where you want the bars leaving room for the hanging planters underneath.

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Because we have an "accordion" style egress, we could only drill in one part of the bar on each side. The weight of the plants won't require much support, so this should be fine.

Because we have an "accordion" style egress, we could only drill in one part of the bar on each side. The weight of the plants won't require much support, so this should be fine.

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We also needed a drill bit extension attachment to get around the odd angle.

We also needed a drill bit extension attachment to get around the odd angle.

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I picked up a variety of planters in the kitchen section of Ikea. These cute buckets had drainage holes. These were around $4.99.

I picked up a variety of planters in the kitchen section of Ikea. These cute buckets had drainage holes. These were around $4.99.

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The most inexpensive of Ikea's planters--99¢ plastic basket with drainage holes and 3 packs of Bygel hooks.

The most inexpensive of Ikea's planters--99¢ plastic basket with drainage holes and 3 packs of Bygel hooks.

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This planter is a little pricey @ $14.99, but I thought super cute. This does not have holes, so you'll have to drill some.

This planter is a little pricey @ $14.99, but I thought super cute. This does not have holes, so you'll have to drill some.

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I put 3 on one side. The planter will slope a little when hanging.

I put 3 on one side. The planter will slope a little when hanging.

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You'll also need to drill holes in Ikea's fake plants. They will collect rain water and get heavy if you don't.

You'll also need to drill holes in Ikea's fake plants. They will collect rain water and get heavy if you don't.

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Arrange  your planters to your liking.

Arrange your planters to your liking.

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I added in two solar lights for the evening positioned on either side. Target $3.99 each.

I added in two solar lights for the evening positioned on either side. Target $3.99 each.

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Even though it's not sunshiny bright  the plants help make it not so basementy. 🌱

Even though it's not sunshiny bright the plants help make it not so basementy. 🌱

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View from inside, taken around noon on a sunny day, so you can see how it just doesn't get much sun.

View from inside, taken around noon on a sunny day, so you can see how it just doesn't get much sun.

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Our other egress in the guest bedroom gets more light, so I'll put my herbs in this one.

Our other egress in the guest bedroom gets more light, so I'll put my herbs in this one.

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Final arrangement. Yay greenery!🌿

Final arrangement. Yay greenery!🌿

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