Window Scarves: Ideas To Make Them Easy To Hang

What most people love about window scarf valances is how eye-catching they are immediately upon entering a room. They can be subtle yet they can evoke a sense of deep texture on any existing window treatment or as standalone treatments. Better yet, they are an affordable luxury that anyone can find or make themselves and they can be easily changed to create new looks without costing a fortune. Hanging window scarves can be frustrating, especially when trying to control the draping fabric to create your scarf look. The secret is in having a fabric that is easy enough to work with along with having the right length of fabric. To make it even easier for you, we’ve developed some tips to help with your window scarves ideas, including how to hang them and how to use them with other treatments.

How To Hang A Window Scarf Valance

You want to start with a fabric that will hang easily without bunching up and without being so heavy that you can’t make it hang properly. Silk or satin and especially a sheer fabric will work best. Chenille is a popular favorite for sheer window scarves. The key to scarves is that the fabric has to be the same on both sides so that when they are twisted and hung you won’t see a non-pattern side showing. That’s one reason why sheer works great. It’s also a good idea to use solid colors or patterns that are non-directional as most patterns flow vertically or horizontally (as with stripes) and will become distorted and give an awkward appearance when hung.

When sizing your material, you want the right length so that you can manage it easily. Obviously too little material will hang short and look ridiculous, but too much material can create a sloppy appearance when the fabric lies on the floor. For measuring purposes you want to consider how many hanging points there will be and if you will have swags on both or just one side. Your calculation should include the width of the window frame by twice the length (to account for both sides of the window), plus ten to fifteen inches for each hanging point (width + length + length + 15″ per point). You can make the cascades larger for more of a flowing look if desired. Too small a cascade will create a more horizontal valance which may not give the appearance you set out for.

Before you hang the fabric, find the center of your material and mark it with a piece of tape or something that won’t be visible on the finished product. You can use a foam rod to set the scarf how you want it before making any permanent adjustments. Pin the scarf to the rod where the folds (cascades) will form. Then hang your scarf valance with as many folds as you want. Drape the swags down the left and right sides and measure off any material that hangs too far down. If you don’t want to have to do any sewing, then you’ll need to make your folds larger so that the sides are pulled up from the floor. Tape the spots where the folds will form and remove the foam rod.

Different Window Scarf Ideas For Hanging

With drapes. Hanging your window scarf with drapes is a classic way to add texture to your windows. The scarf in this sense becomes a valance. A simple scarf that hangs down the center of your window can add an extra dimension. Simply fold the material and center it in the middle of the curtain rod. Let it hang down the center of the window in a large cascade and a few smaller cascades at each side.

With medallions. The use of eyehook medallions creates a floating look for your scarf valance. The fabric runs through the eyehooks and cascades down between them. Set as many hooks as you want cascades. Another alternative is to set very small eyehooks into the window frame and use a thin wire to hang the scarf material from. This creates a true floating form.

With rods. This is the classic window scarf valance. You simply wrap your material around the curtain rod and make the cascades as large as you want. Play around with different sized loops, let a swag hang from one side only, intertwine several different colored fabrics to create a thicker, more textured scarf. You can create several illusions with this style. One is to make a room look larger by attaching the curtain rod above the window frame and letting it extend out several inches from the sides of the frame. For a smaller look in a tighter space, place the rod on the frame.

Whatever styles you choose as your window scarves ideas like the ones we showed you should make it a lot easier to implement. If you have more ideas, leave us a comment in the form below. We’d also love to see some pictures of your work.

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  1. Trudi Perlman #

    I saw a window scarf that was braided around the rod. How would you do that so it looks professional?

  2. admin #

    Hi, Trudi. Great question. Without seeing the window scarf you are talking about, I would guess it was two pieces of material braided around the rod.

  3. Becky Dunlap #

    What are “eyehook medallions” that you mentioned above?

    Also, I am using window scarves around my bay window. Is it best to make it continuous, just letting it hang down on the outsides, or to do each window separately, thus having it hang down in between each window?


  4. admin #

    Hi, Becky. Eyehooks or eyelets are rings that your scarf material can be passed through as described. As for your bay, I personally would use one piece to keep continuity with the window. It really boils down to preference, but I think dressing each panel makes it appear cluttered. I’ve seen it done both ways though.

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