The relaxed Roman balloon valance is a simple valance style that’s intended for narrow to medium width windows only. Ours is intended as an outside mount only. It isn’t designed as an inside mount or frame mount.

The relaxed Roman balloon valance comes with a 2-1/2″ rod pocket, allowing you to hang it on a decorative rod with a diameter up to 1-1/4″.
 

MEASURING FOR RELAXED ROMAN VALANCES

  1. This valance is meant as an outside mount only. Ensure there is enough wall space above and around the window for the curtain rod brackets and decorative finials first. This is usually 3-1/2" to 5" on each side of the window.
  2. Measure the window width, including the window frame and trim.
  3. How much extra width you'll need to add depends on whether your window has a wooden trim around it or not.
    • If window has trim around it, add 2" to 3" to measured width.¬†Example: Order the 39" width if your measurement is 36.5".
    • If window does NOT have trim around it, add 3-1/2" to 4-1/2" to measured width. Example: Order the 40" or 41" width if your measurement is 36.5".

 

Measuring Around Cabinets and Tight Spaces

OUTSIDE MOUNT WITH DECORATIVE ROD

  • Determine how high the valance will hang, then ensure that there is at least 3-1/2" of wall space on each side of the window (marked as "A"). This is necessary to accommodate the curtain rod bracket and decorative finial or endcap.
  • Continue down, checking that there won't be any other obstructions along the entire length of the valance. We recommend:
    • At least 2" of space between the window and the cabinets and cabinetry trimwork on each side (marked as "B") if your window has trim around it.
    • At least 3" of space between the window and the cabinets and cabinetry trimwork on each side (marked as "B") if your window DOES NOT have any trim around it.
  • Once you've determined¬†that there is enough wall space around your window, follow the standard measuring instructions above.

OUTSIDE MOUNT WITH DECORATIVE SPRING TENSION ROD

  • If your window has trim around it: You'll need approximately 2" to 3" of space between the window and the cabinets and cabinetry trimwork on each side (marked as "B").
  • If your window DOES NOT have trim around it: You'll need approximately 3" to 3-1/2" of space between the window and the cabinets and cabinetry trimwork on each side (marked as "B").
  • Once you've determined that there is enough wall space around your window, order a valance width that will fully cover the round tension rod, but leaves the decorative endcaps slightly exposed.

 

Deciding What the Best Length Is

Length Options

This style is capped off at 22" long. We measure our lengths at the deepest point (in the center) when the valance is allowed to hang in its balloon valance form.

Choose from the following lengths:

  • Short - valance is approx. 15 - 16" long
  • Medium - valance is approx. 17 - 19" long
  • Long - valance is approx. 20 - 22" long

How High to Hang a Relaxed Roman Balloon Valance

As with most of our custom faux shades, the relaxed Roman style works best when it hangs as high as possible.

If you only have 8-foot ceilings, hang the rod slightly below the ceiling crown molding, allowing the bottom balloon swag to just slightly cover the glass panes.

Use the illustration to guide you.

Another thing to consider is how much volume you'd like at the bottom of the Roman swag.

Longer valances tend to have richer folds, and therefore fall more deeply in the center. For example, a long valance (approx. 20 - 22") will have a deep swag that will make the valance more traditional, while the short valance (approx. 15 - 16") will have a smaller, more shallow balloon swag and appear more flat and modern.

This difference is most apparent on valances that are up to 32" wide.