About This Window Treatment
Arched shapes are simple, yet do wonders to frame and shape a window. This valance features two fabrics that work together to do just that. Each is lined, essentially giving you a valance with four layers. Easy rod pocket installation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make this valance in another width?
Because this valance has to retain its arched shape, it can only be made between 35 and 48 inches wide. However, our trumpet valance has an arched shape as well and may be a close alternative if you have wide windows. For narrow windows, try our Carolina valance.
What kind of curtain rod or hardware do I need for this valance?
You’ll need a standard drapery pole with some decorative finials on each side. The rod simply slides through the 3-inch rod pocket of the valance. We recommend a drapery pole with a 1 5/8-inch diameter. There are drapery poles with a 1-inch diameter, which should work just fine. However, we don’t recommend curtain rods with “thin” diameters. You’ll have a lot of space left in your rod pocket, and quite frankly, a custom valance needs hardware that matches its quality.
Which length should I choose?
This depends on many factors. Typically, you’ll want your valance length to be proportional to its width. For example, a 36-inch wide valance works great at a 19-inch length, while perhaps a 48-inch wide valance may look better if the 21- or 23-inch length is chosen. The proportion of the valance in your room also plays a role. Large rooms with tall ceilings may do better with longer valance lengths. Lastly, if you choose a fabric with large, prominent patterns that need to be centered, we recommend the 21-inch length at least.
NOTE: This valance may be installed onto an adjacent block of windows on the same wall. If this is the case, we recommend that you choose the same length to stay consistent, no matter what the individual widths of the windows are.
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.)
What happens after I place my order?
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.
Where’s my custom order produced?
Each of our orders is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
What if I don’t want to add any 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.
I may want trim. Should I add it?
The valance has many unique features that will make it stand out. For one, you may select a unique fabric design that we can center on the valance pattern for you. Secondly, the bottom hem of the valance is a custom design that’s unusual as well. To sum it up, the valance is unique enough without trim, so the trim will simply just enhance the shape of the bottom hem.
Can I gather this valance?
This valance has a flat and clean pattern. It is not intended to be gathered.
Should I choose interlining?
For this style, most of our customers don’t choose interlining. It’s made of four layers of fabric overall – a main fabric, an accent fabric, and two layers of lining. We only recommend interlining if the accent fabric is a busy pattern that may overwhelm the main fabric.
Can I install this valance on a continental rod?
No – this valance does not have a return on either side. It’s intended for a rich drapery pole with finials.
Can I layer this valance over a Roman shade?
Absolutely. You may certainly layer this valance over a Roman shade (or balloon or London shade).
We recommend installing the valance as high as possible to add height and expose more of your Roman shade. Do not make the valance too wide when measuring – this is a common mistake we see when valances are paired with inside-mounted treatments like shades and blinds. You want to cover your window just enough. See below for instructions.
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 interlining 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 your window width at the widest part. If your window is framed in wooden or any other molding, make sure to include it in your measurement as well. Add 2 to 3 1/2 total inches to this measurement.
DESIGNER TIP: If you will install draperies underneath this valance, we recommend that you add 10 to 30 inches to your window measurement, if space permits, to make your window appear larger.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
This valance is meant to be installed as an outside mount on bay, bow, or corner windows. Make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 5 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 7 inches of space between corner windows (if no draperies are installed underneath valance). You may need to join adjacent decorative poles with a hinged elbow or any other drapery corner connector to save space.
In case you’re wondering, here’s how that would look:
Drapery Rod Corner Connector, available at Ballard Designs.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
Follow standard measuring instructions above. Valance is installed at the base of the arch.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
The arched valance is not intended for patio doors or French doors.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
Because of its limitations in width, this style of window treatment is not intended for wide sliding glass doors.