About This Window Treatment
The Houston valance is a simple, multi-layered window treatment. The valance is first constructed with a single base treatment using the accent fabric of your choice. This section is self-lined. Next, we add two flat swags in the main fabric, while still exposing some of the accent fabric. Finally, the entire treatment wraps around each side of the board with a simple mini jabot.
Frequently Asked Questions
What widths are available for this window treatment?
It can be made 38 to 58 inches wide. Due to the scale of the valance and the shipping restrictions of a board valance, we are unable to accommodate sizes outside of this range at this moment.
Do I need to attach this valance on a board?
No, the valance arrives ready to hang at your home. We meticulously select the perfect wood board for your size, wrap it in our premium lining and staple the valance onto it in our workroom. The valance arrives ready to hang from a box, with the appropriate angle brackets also provided for you. Each one of our board-mounted valances typically weighs about 10 to 18 pounds, so be mindful that two people are needed to install it.
Do I need any hardware?
We already provide angle brackets, 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.
What’s a jabot?
The slightly longer sections that fall on each side of this valance are called the jabots. For this window treatment, the jabots are shorter than you’d see in most other window treatments. Each jabot has a single pleat on each corner of the board, which creates a simple, but unique fold on each side.
How do I buy this valance?
Simply make your selections above and click to add to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
(In case you’re wondering, the price changes in real time each time you make a change to your custom design. The price is displayed on this page right above the purple “Add to Cart” button.)
How long does it take to ship this valance? Will I be updated?
Depending on the size of your order and whether the fabric is in stock, you could receive your valance in as early as 2 to 3 weeks. However, for most of our customers, the normal turnaround time is about 3 to 5 weeks. We rarely see a 6-week turnaround, but it does happen with some of our larger orders.
We get busier right before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays due to higher demand. Please plan accordingly.
And yes, we understand this is an important purchase for most of our customers. We take ample measures to update our customers via email at least three to four times during the process.
What is accent fabric and which should I choose?
This is the fabric that will be used to line the inside of the long jabots on each side. We suggest solids or small-scale fabrics. Do not select the same fabric as the main fabric.
If I choose a fabric with a large toile print, will you center it on the swag?
Yes, we will, whenever possible.
Can you tell me more about the lining of this valance?
The top layer, which uses the main fabric, is lined with our premium white lining. The bottom layer, which uses the accent fabric, is self-lined. The back of the valance is fully self-lined – you won’t see any unflattering seams when the sunlight shines through this window treatment.
And because this valance has four layers, we did not think that interlining was necessary as an additional option.
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.
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. The same fabrics that you choose on the jabots wrap around the board, making this window treatment look nice when viewed from the side as well.
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.
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.
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 1/2 to 4 total inches to the measured width will be sufficient. 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.
Another trick of the trade is to install the valance higher, regardless of whether it hangs alone or over draperies. Hanging the valance higher will add height to your room. Not every valance is capable of doing this, but the large scale of this valance allows it to frame your window generously. However, make sure to not install it too high and expose the top of the window.
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 12 to 18 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.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
Valance is not meant to be used on wide sliding glass doors.