A balloon valance is one of the most innovative decorative items that can help you beautify your home. It is for this reason that balloon valances are sought after by most Americans homemakers such that through the years, it has become a staple decorative option for American moms who want to take their home’s aesthetics up a notch. The best part about balloon valance window treatments is that they are often not that complicated to deal with, and yet, they are one of the most innovative options for beautifying one’s living room area. Here are a few things that you ought to know about these popular window treatments:
Making a Balloon Valance the Easy Way
How to make a balloon valance can actually be achieved with just a few easy steps. From the name itself, it can be deduced that the shape of the balloon is based from how the fabric is first folded, then pinched and then finally bundled in order to make each section puffy. Typically, you need to ruffle out the valance’s top part. In addition, you can use certain materials such as newspapers or unused pieces of part in stuffing certain sections of the valance where you do not want to see puffs or balloons, so to speak. Normally also, this window treatment option is divided into predetermined sections and then hung on a rod. It is also highly advisable to use a lightweight cotton material when you use balloon valance curtains, since this can evoke a certain distinct look to it, especially if you use materials that have geometric patterns on them.
Hanging a Valance and Making Sure it Looks Puffy
Of course, it is essential that you hang your valance well so you can achieve that puffy look. These are a few easy and breezy steps that can help your valance look all puffy and cute. The balloon shades may be placed either outside or inside of the window frame. Naturally, your choice would depend on the size of your window, as well as your room. Once you have a fair assessment of whether it is the inside or the outside area of the window frame, you can then proceed to hanging the curtain rod on the window frames outside area if you want to make your window appear larger. Conversely, you can choose to hang it on your frames inside area if you want to your window’s size to appear as it is.
In making sure that your valance has the right puff to it, you just need to place the balloon shade on the curtain rod. Once you do this, you then need to turn it over until you find the four groups of rings (it is usually plastic). Each of these grouping has one large ring on the bottom part and five smaller rings just above the large ring. This set of rings is specifically for adjusting the height of the scalloped edge or even the balloon. You can just easily adjust this set of rings, so you can have the perfect puff for you.
Adjusting Your Valance After It has Been Washed
Keeping your balloon valance functional, even when it has been used so many times, is also part of the entire process. In order to ensure that you do this, you should wash it with care if it is laundered and depending on the valance material’s sensitivity; do not use strong laundry detergents as much as possible when washing. In order to get it back into shape after washing, you can reattach it back using the steps that were mentioned above, or you can try another method to hang it again. This time, you can mount the balloon shade on the wall, and you can easily do this using a standard curtain rod. As you proceed to pulling the strings in order to open the shade, you also need to connect the loose ends together. This way, you come up with a single cord. Once you already have height of your preference, you then need to loop and then tie the curtain cord back onto the hook. Again, you can adjust the puff of your window valances so you can have that perfect fluffy look for your home.