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Three Basic Rules To Making Window Valances

When you want to decorate a room or give your home a complete remodel but are on the short end of a budget, try adding window valances. They are simple window treatments that can give an otherwise dull room some elegance and offer depth to a room that just seems to be too one dimensional no matter what you place about it. Of course you could gout and buy all the valances you need, struggling to match colors to rooms; or you can make them yourself. Making window valances can be a fun and inexpensive project for any do-it-yourselfer and will give you total freedom to style each room however you want. Taking the DIY approach, here are some basic steps you can take to make your own window valance sets and get the right look for your home.

How Many Valances Per Window

When you think of valances, you should think in terms of sets, just as you would if you were hanging drapes. Drapes are often packaged one set to a window. The same applies to hanging window valances. While there may be separate pieces to your window treatment, each window takes one set of valances. Even if you are making something like a scarf valance, which often consists of one piece of material, it is still considered one valance per window.

How Wide Should Valances Be?

The general rule of thumb is to double the width of your curtain rod. This allows material to fold and billow. If you measured and cut your valance material to the exact width of your rod, then the material would hang flat and taut against the window, eliminating all depth and texture that the curtains add to a room. After all, getting a layered look is the purpose of decorating with curtain valances.

How Deep Should Valances Be?

The trickiest part to hanging window treatments like valances is getting the length right. If you make them too short, you make the window look large and awkward. If they fall too far to the floor, the window could seem dwarfed and the curtain top-heavy. So, how long should a window valance be? To get the right length all you have to do is Decide where you want the top of the valance to sit and then measure from the top of that spot to the floor for full length windows and to the sill for regular windows. Take the number you get and divide by five. This will give yu the proper proportions for your window valances.

That’s all there is to it. Use whatever material you want and follow this simple guide on how to make a window valance for every room in your home.

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