About This Window Treatment
This beautiful window valance works in virtually any room. It comes in many different widths to accommodate even the most difficult windows. Because it is installed using drapery medallions and not curtain rods, it can even accommodate a slightly curved wall. If you choose a fabric with large prints, they will be centered onto each flat swag. Each valance is fully lined with quality drapery lining. Interlining is optional. The valance features 2-inch tabs and should be installed using drapery medallions (or tiebacks).
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 wall and all the holdbacks have been spaced out properly – this is what we mean by finished width.
Can I order a valance width that is not one of your selections?
The flat swags are a custom pattern to must be maintained in order to preserve the overall look of the window treatment. For that reason, we are not able to accommodate any widths that aren’t listed as a selection. Having said that, you may consider going up to a higher width for the valance and using a pair of draperies under them as a solution.
Are the drapery medallions included?
No, you’ll need to purchase them. They are shown here only for illustration purposes. For reference, the tabs on the valance are about 2 inches long.
What do I need to know about drapery medallions?
Drapery medallions are sometimes referred to as drapery holdbacks, drapery tiebacks, or drapery knobs. You will need them to install this valance. Usually, you will need to purchase the decorative knob, as ell as a post adapter or extender that is attached to the knob. Both parts are readily available at local decorator fabric stores and sometimes in home improvement stores too.
How long is this valance?
The length, excluding trims, is 22 inches. The length is measured from the top of each tab to the deepest point on the flat swag when hung. If banding is selected, the valance will still be 22 inches long. However, if trim is selected instead, it will add extra length to the 22 inches.
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.
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.
Where’s the accent fabric on this window treatment?
The accent fabric is featured on the back of each trumpet. It’s also the fabric used for the banding if you select to add it.
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.
Should I choose interlining?
Most of the valances seen on the photos of our products did not require interlining. However, it’s a wise idea to add it in case you’d like a heavier valance with more structure.
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 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 inches will make the window appear larger.
Special Instructions for Bay and Bow Windows
Option 1 – Separate Valances for Each Window Section:
If your bay window is separated by walls, then you should order separate valances for each window section. Simply measure your individual window widths, including any wooden molding around the window, and add 2 to 4 inches. This option will work if there is at least a 6-inch wall space between each individual window.
Option 2 – One Valance for Entire Window:
If there is not enough wall space between each window, but rather, you have one wide unit of windows, then you will need to order one extra wide valance to span across the entire bay window.
Use the following instructions to determine if this valance will work for you:
STEP 1: Measure the width of the center wall (not window!) and write down this measurement. We will refer to it as measurement A.
STEP 2: Measure from the edge of the center wall to the outer edge of the left window (measurement B). Add 1 to 2 inches (measurement C). Add B and C together (B+C). Repeat for the right window (D+C).
STEP 3: Now you have three window sections: A, B+C, and D+C. Add all those numbers (A+B+C+D+C) and determine how many flat swags the final width will have.
- 53 to 54 inches (three swags; each swag is 17.7 to 18.0 inches wide)
- 55 to 56 inches (three swags; each swag is 18.3 to 18.7 inches wide)
- 57 to 58 inches (three swags; each swag is 19.0 to 19.3 inches wide)
- 59 to 60 inches (three swags; each swag is 19.7 to 20.0 inches wide)
- 61 to 62 inches (three swags; each swag is 20.3 to 20.7 inches wide)
- 69 to 70 inches (four swags; each swag is 17.3 to 17.5 inches wide)
- 71 to 73 inches (four swags; each swag is 17.8 to 18.3 inches wide)
- 74 to 76 inches (four swags; each swag is 18.5 to 19.0 inches wide)
- 77 to 79 inches (four swags; each swag is 19.3 to 19.8 inches wide)
- 80 to 82 inches (four swags; each swag is 20.0 to 20.5 inches wide)
- 83 to 85 inches (four swags; each swag is 20.8 to 21.3 inches wide)
- 89 to 91 inches (five swags; each swag is 17.8 to 18.2 inches wide)
- 92 to 95 inches (five swags; each swag is 18.4 to 19.0 inches wide)
- 96 to 99 inches (five swags; each swag is 19.2 to 19.8 inches wide)
- 105 to 109 inches (five swags; each swag is 21.0 to 21.8 inches wide)
- 110 to 114 inches (six swags; each swag is 18.3 to 19.0 inches wide)
- 115 to 119 inches (six swags; each swag is 19.2 to 19.8 inches wide)
- 120 to 124 inches (six swags; each swag is 20.0 to 20.7 inches wide)
- 126 to 131 inches (seven swags; each swag is 18.0 to 18.7 inches wide)
- 132 to 137 inches (seven swags; each swag is 18.9 to 19.6 inches wide)
- 138 to 142 inches (seven swags; each swag is 19.7 to 20.3 inches wide)
STEP 4: Now take a look at the three numbers again: A, B+C, and D+C. Are they each divisible by the determined width of each swag? If so, then this valance will work on your bay window. If any one of the sections doesn’t fall within the width range of each single swag, then this style of window treatment will not work on your window. Go back to option 1 above and try it instead.
Client decides that she wants to purchase the medallion swag valance for her bay window. She prefers to have one valance span across the entire window. She takes measurements and determines that her enter wall is 56 inches wide (measurement A). From the edge of the center wall to the outer edge of her side windows are 34 inches (measurements B and D). She adds an allowance of 1 inch (measurement C). She adds those measurements (A+B+D+C+D = 56 + 34 + 1+ 34 + 1= 126) and determines that she will need a valance that is 126 inches wide.
From the sizing guidelines above, she finds that her valance will have seven swags and that each swag will be about 18 inches wide (126 / 7 = 18). She goes back to her three window sections, which were 56, 35 and 35 inches wide. She divides each number by 18: 56/18 = 3.1 (swags), 35/18 = 1.94 (swags). Great! The center of her bay window will have 3 swags and her two side windows will each have two swags. (It’s acceptable if you do not get perfectly round numbers – in this case, 3.1 and 1.94 correspond to 3 and 2 swags. Remember that the valance can be adjusted a bit.)
Special Instructions for Corner Windows
For corner windows, you will need to have a separate valance on each window. If you have chosen an outside mount, make sure that there is at least 7 inches of space between each window. For a frame mount, make sure that there is at least 4 inches of space between each window.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
This style of window treatment is not intended for arched or palladium windows.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
Measure the width of the glass panes inside the door, including the small wood trim that tends to be around it. Add 1 1/2 to 2 total inches to this measurement. This is the width needed for an inside mount. Note that this valance will only work on wooden French doors. Do not install onto steel 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. We recommend leaving out trim, but you’re more than welcome to add banding if desired.