About This Window Treatment
Also known as a roll-up valance, the stagecoach valance displays two fabrics as its signature feature. Browse and select your favorite fabrics to fit the decor of your room for a truly custom look. The valance can be rolled up as needed, or it can be released fully to block out the sun or for privacy purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which width should I choose?
Most people use this valance as an outside mount, although an inside mount is possible as well. Typically, for the outside mount, you’ll want the valance to just cover your window width slightly. Please see the suggested measuring instructions below.
What’s the fraction width and what do I select for this option?
For outside mounts, you’d simply skip this step. If your measurement was for an inside mount, this is where you would select the fraction width. For example, if you measured that you need an inside-mount valance that is 34 1/4 inches wide, you would select 34 inches in the step for “Width” and 1/4 inches in the step for “Fraction Width.” Do not skip this step for inside mounts, even if the fraction width is a 0.
Is the length I select after or before I roll up the valance? How do I know what length I need to buy?
The length is the flat, rolled out size of the valance. In other words, before the bottom of the valance is rolled up. Generally speaking, the valance can roll up to 40 to 50 percent of its rolled-out length, depending on the chosen fabric. For example, a 70-inch long valance would roll up to a length of about 28 to 35 inches before the roll gets too bulky.
Many will have the mindset that this valance needs to cover your window fully when rolled out. This might be a good idea when it comes to storebought curtains, but remember that you’re buying a custom window treatment in this case. You can still achieve privacy and block out the sun even when your window is partially covered after you roll out the valance fully. It’s better to have a valance that covers three quarters of your window but looks great when rolled up than to have a valance that’s 8 feet long but is a struggle to roll up. Keep in mind also that you’re buying a valance that’s made in two layers of home decor fabrics. Home decor fabrics are of medium weight. They’re not lightweight. So, in order to make the best possible valance for this particular window treatment for each of our clients, we have restricted the length to 70 inches.
What kind of hardware do I need?
Simply select a drapery pole with decorative finials on each side. Make sure your drapery pole is sturdy, along with your installation. You’ll probably be adjusting this valance quite frequently. More than likely you’ll order it as a triple layer of fabric as well, making it somewhat heavy. We recommend a drapery pole with a 1 3/8 or 1 5/8 inch diameter.
For inside mounts, a flat tension rod that’s 2 1/2 inches wide should work. If mounting the valance inside a patio door, keep in mind that you may need a magnetic curtain rod instead if the door is made of steel or any other metal. Again, for both the inside mount and patio door mount, we emphasize the sturdiness necessary for the hardware. We recommend reading various reviews of magnetic curtain rods to make sure you get the quality that this valance requires.
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.
I saw in a magazine that the back fabric can slightly show through when the light shines through the windows and I want my valance to have the same effect. How do I achieve this beautiful look?
Select our medium-weight fabrics, such as cottons, faux silks, or polyesters. Some of our heavier fabrics will block out the sun more than other fabrics so you will not achieve the subtle “see-through” effect with those fabrics. Aim for a higher contrast for the back fabric and choose fabrics that are lighter in color for the front (main fabric). Instead of selecting solid colors, select a bold pattern for the accent fabric, even if it’s a small-scale stripe. Finally, choose only our premium lining and do not add interlining.
I’m worried that the back fabric will show when the sun shines through. How do I make sure this doesn’t happen?
Nothing to worry about. The solution is simple. Select interlining under the lining options and choose a solid color as an accent fabric.
Can this valance be gathered?
No. This valance is installed on the rod without any gathering whatsoever. Even with the extra bit of width added on for inside mounts, the gathering is negligible.
Can I add trim to this valance?
Unfortunately, trim doesn’t work on this valance.
Where is this valance made?
All our work is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
How do I use this valance with draperies?
You would layer a single or a pair of draperies over or under the valance. Adding the valance over a drapery is a bit more traditional, whereas installing the valance under a drapery is more popular and modern now. Whichever layering option you choose, just make sure that the curtain rod that’s on the outer layer projects at least 5 inches away from the wall.
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
First, you must select whether the valance will be installed as an outside mount or inside mount on your window.
For outside mounts, measure your window. If your window is framed in wooden molding, make sure to include it in your measurement as well. Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 total inches to this measurement.
For inside mounts, measure the inside width of your window between the studs. Subtract 1/4 to 1/2 inches. This is the width that you will need to order. Valance will be installed onto a flat tension rod and will gather minimally.
You can also install this window treatment as a frame mount (valance is installed on the actual wooden frame of the window).
Special Instructions for Double Wide and Triple Wide Windows
In this case, your valances must be inside mounted. You must make sure that there is mullion spacing between the window sections. This is needed in order to install the tension rods. Otherwise, follow the standard measuring instructions for inside mounts above.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
If you select an outside mount installation, you will need to make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 8 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 9 inches of space between corner windows. If the valances will be inside mounts, they will work on bay, bow and corner windows. However, you must make sure that there is mullion spacing between the window sections of bay and bow windows. This is needed in order to install the tension rods.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
For arch windows, you may install as either outside or inside mounts. If the window requires two or more valances that will be installed side by side, the valances will need need to be installed as inside mounts and you’ll need to make sure that there’s some mullion spacing between each valance. If there are no mullions in between the valances, then the installation will not work (we’re aware that you can install this valance on a single, extra wide tension rod in multiples of two, three, or more, but we don’t recommend it).
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
Only measure the glass panes of your door and add 2 to 3 1/2 total inches. If door is made of steel, we suggest purchasing a magnetic curtain rod to avoid drilling holes into the door.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
This type of window treatment is not intended for sliding glass doors.