About This Window Treatment
The arched kick pleat valance is installed on a board and features either a 3 1/2 – or 5 1/2 -inch projection as needed. Each cornice board is lined with your chosen face fabric. The face of the window treatment is made into a soft arch shape. Each of these arched patterns is meticulously designed for each customer since each of the valances is made to order, each and every time.
Deep kick pleats anchor the sides of the valance. As is expected from our custom made window treatments, this one is fully lined with our premium white drapery lining, free of charge. Interlining is an additional option.
Frequently Asked Questions
How wide can this top treatment be?
The available options are anywhere between 35 and 48 inches. Even though there is the limitation of shipping an extra wide window treatment that requires a lot of custom effort, the primary reason why we have to stay within this specific range of widths is the arched shape. As you can imagine, our patterns need to be very specific in order to replicate this style. If the valance were to be more narrow or wider, then the arch shape that is the key feature of this valance would not be feasible anymore.
We do, however, encourage you to contact us for double wide or triple wide windows. We are more than happy to repeat several arch panels on this valance and to finish them off with the same kick pleats shown here. To accomodate shipping, the valance would be a valance with hand-sewn rod pockets, not a board-mounted valance. Please contact us for more information or to request a custom order.
Will I have to staple and attach this valance on the board myself?
No, our workroom does this for you before we ship out the window treatment. The arched kick pleat valance conveniently arrives ready to hang out of the box. You’ll also receive the angle brackets that we recommend. All you have to do is simply install this valance on your wall. Keep in mind that window treatments that are mounted on a board are quite heavy. Two people are needed to install it, but it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to do in most cases.
I like the idea of a board valance with kick pleats but want a simple shape. Do you have any other models?
Yes, our straight kick pleat valance is very similar, but it has a flat panel shape in the front.
What should I select for the accent fabric?
Accent fabric is what you choose for the kick pleats. It can be a contrast fabric – for example, you may choose a white main fabric and then a vibrant red solid fabric for contrast. Or, it can be a coordinating fabric – as an example, many of our toiles or florals have small-scale gingham or stripes that are printed in the same colors. And finally, you may simply select the same fabric choice for both the main fabric and accent fabric if you prefer.
If I choose a fabric with a large toile print, will you center it on the window treatment?
Yes, we will, whenever possible.
Do I have to have kick pleats, or can the valance just wrap around the board?
This valance includes kick pleats and this is a standard feature that cannot be excluded.
I’ve never bought custom window treatments before. How do I do this?
We’ve tried to make this as simple as possible by limiting your selections to those that matter the most. Your custom design starts with step 1 above, which typically is the choice of fabrics. Simply keep making your selections for each step until you have a combination that you like. The price is displayed at the bottom of your selections and is given in real time each time you make a change. Once finished, click to add to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
What’s the turnaround time on your custom products?
For most average sized orders, this is 2 to 3 weeks. On rare occasions or for larger orders, you may experience a 4 to 6 week turnaround. We also get very busy in early spring and about a month or two before the fall and winter holidays, so make sure to factor in some extra time in case you’re on a deadline.
What kind of hardware will I need?
We already provide angle brackets for you in the shipment, but you may use your own if you prefer. The beauty of board-mounted valances is that there is no need to buy any expensive drapery poles or hardware. All you need are screws and anchors.
Where is the lining on this style of valance?
The entire back of the valance is lined in our premium white lining. This includes the front, kick pleats and the sides of the valance. This is a standard choice for most of our clients and is already included in the price. You may, however, add on interlining if desired. Interlining is a felt-like material that floats in between the front and back fabrics of the valance. You do not see it, but you can feel it. Interlining gives window treatments a better shape, more volume, and has thermal blocking benefits as well.
What if I don’t want to add trim?
It’s optional, so you can simply skip it. And if you’ve added it by mistake or changed your mind, you can always delete it in the shopping cart.
If I choose trim, will it be inside the kick pleats and on the sides of the valance, too?
Yes, the trim is sewn continuously across the bottom hem of the entire valance. You pay for it – it’s our job to sew the trim properly and not skimp on it.
What’s a projection on a valance?
Since the valance is installed on a board, the board will have some depth. The projection is how far out the front of the valance is from the part that touches the wall. You may select a 3 1/2-inch or 5 1/2-inch projection. Most average rooms will work fine with a 3 1/2-inch projection, but if you’d like to install a pair of draperies under the valance, you must select the 5 1/2-inch projection to be able to clear them. You can see the side of the valance in one of the close-up images above – that particular valance that we created had a 3 1/2-inch projection.
Where is this valance made?
All our work is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
How is your length measured?
We measure our length from the top of the board to the lowermost point, which in this case is at the sides of the valance. The trim is not included in our measurements, so make sure to take it into consideration before you decide on what length you would need.
Can I layer this valance over a Roman shade?
Of course. An inside-mounted shade would look great with this valance over it. However, be mindful to not make the valance too wide when pairing it with an inside mounted window treatment. Otherwise, it may look out of place with the window treatment underneath that has the smaller size and scale. Make sure the valance covers just enough of the window to be able to install it properly. The 3 1/2-inch projection should work unless you feel that the treatment underneath needs more space.
Can I send you my own fabric if I don’t see one that I like, or need to match the valance to the rest of my room?
Yes, you can. You don’t need to wait around for us to give you a custom quote. If you wish to send in your own materials and pay for lining and labor only, simply select “Customer’s Own Fabric” under fabrics and continue making your other custom selections. Once you complete the last step of the custom design above, you will immediately see the price displayed at the bottom. However, we ask that you please contact us first before actually sending in the fabric. We must pre-approve your selections first, so we may require a fabric swatch or online link to the fabric that you plan to use. Click here to read more about this process or to get started.
Suggested Measuring Instructions
Measure the outside of your window, including any wooden frame. If the valance is meant to be installed alone, without any draperies, then adding 2 to 4 total inches to the measured width will be sufficient. Because the kick pleats cause the valance to flare out a bit, your valance will be slightly wider at the bottom.
If you plan on installing draperies underneath and space permits, keep in mind that adding 10 to 30 total inches will make the window appear larger.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
This valance has a lot of weight and thus requires a lot of space. Do not select unless there are at least 10 to 15 inches between the individual window sections, depending on projection chosen. Otherwise, follow standard instructions above.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
Valance is installed at the base of the arch. However, since it is board-mounted, it will only work if the window does NOT have a wooden frame. Please do not purchase this valance if you have an arched or palladium window with a wooden frame and want to install it at the base of the arch.
Otherwise, follow standard measuring instructions above.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
Valance is not meant to be used on patio doors.