About This Window Treatment
Introducing a very unique custom window treatment – the custom goblet pleated Smith valance incorporates both a simple and elegant design. It features flat swags that end in a pointed tip, as well as a casual ring top installation. The goblet pleats enhance every one of its bells and jabots and give it a traditional, as well as a casual look. If you choose a fabric with large prints, they will be centered onto each flat swag.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a finished width?
Rather than give you the actual width of the valance literally, we thought it would be more useful to give you the width of the valance after it’s installed. The valance is slightly gathered after it’s hung on the drapery pole – this is what we mean by finished width.
Can I order a valance width that is not one of your selections?
Because of the specificity of the custom pattern that we have created, we only offer the valance in the widths that you see in the selections above. If your desired width falls in between sizes and your wall has enough room, may we suggest adding draperies to allow for a wider valance?
Are the drapery rings included?
No, you’ll need to purchase them alongside a drapery pole. Having said that, the valance is delivered with pins already sewn in place. In other words, it’s ready for your drapery rings.
How long is this valance?
Excluding trim, the length is about 19 inches at the tips of the flat swags and about 22 inches at the jabots.
What kind of curtain rod or hardware do I need for this valance?
You will need matching drapery rings and a drapery pole. We recommend 2-inch drapery rings and a drapery pole with a diameter of about 1 3/8 to 1 5/8 inches.
How many drapery rings will I need?
Look up the number of swags your desired width will have, then add one. For example, a valance with five swags needs six drapery rings.
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.
Where’s my custom order produced?
Each of our orders is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
Do I have to add trim?
You don’t. Trim is optional. If you’d like a valance without any trim, simply skip this section. And if you’ve added it by accident, you can simply delete it in your shopping cart.
Where’s the accent fabric on this window treatment?
The accent fabric is featured on the back of each trumpet and jabot.
What kind of accent fabric should I choose?
First, you should choose a fabric that differs from the face fabric. Solids or small-scale patterns in a contrasting color should work. Take a look at some of our small checks or stripes as possible choices. However, from our experience, we’ve found that solid colors tend to have the biggest impact when it comes to accent fabric.
Do I need interlining?
It’s recommended to add if you can as it gives the valance more volume and filters out some light. The valances in our examples shown here didn’t have any interlining.
Can I use this valance with a Roman shade or draperies?
Yes, this style will work with both Roman shades and draperies. For Roman shades, select a width for the valance that covers your window just enough. On the other hand, if you have plenty of room on your walls and want to use draperies with this style of valance, you can allow for a much wider width to create the illusion of a wide window.
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 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 5 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 inches will make the 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. This valance does not bend across angled walls, so each section will require its own individual valance. Make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 9 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 12 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.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
Follow standard measuring instructions above. Valance is installed at the base of the arch. You may also wish to consider first that drapery poles typically require a center bracket for extra wide windows, which obviously is impossible for arched and palladium windows.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
This style is not intended for patio doors.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
This valance may be used on sliding glass doors. Just make sure that the window treatment fully covers the top of your door and its trim. Be mindful that the valance must be installed high enough to allow for normal everyday household traffic.