Our M-shaped valances are quite a popular choice with our customers.

Some use these valances as a quick way to add some shape and height to a window, others combine it with our faux Roman shades or functional Roman shades as an additional layer to create some depth in the room.

An M-shaped valance with creamy white fringe trim at the bottom hem.

Detail #1:

They’re Flat and Custom-Sized

Our M-shaped valances are flat and taut on the rod, not shirred. This gives them a modern and clean look, but you have to have a custom size to achieve it.

By following our measuring instructions, not only will you be able to order a size that’s specifically custom-made to fit your window, but the valance will also fit the desired projection you select for your rod.

As a quick reference, here are the instructional measuring video or table to use with this product. Use either one when measuring your window.

Detail #2:

They Look Nice When Viewed From the Side

Speaking of the curtain rod, a shaped valance specifically is made to fit a continental rod, which is accommodated thanks to its large 3-1/2-inch rod pocket.

A shaped valance easily slides through a 2-1/2-inch flat continental rod. Return of the valance is shown in image.

This works by creating a return on the valance that matches the projection of the continental rod. For example, a shaped valance with 4-inch returns built into its width matches the 4-inch projections on the continental rod.

What this simply means is that the valance looks nice and clean when viewed from the side. No messy brackets or odd gaps of light coming off on the side.

Here’s two videos to show you what an M-shaped valance looks like when viewed from either side. 5-inch return is shown in both.

YouTube video

YouTube video

This wouldn’t even be remotely possible if the valance wasn’t custom-sized. With an M-shaped valance, everything has to be taken into account – the window width, the trim around the window, and the projection on the rod. That’s why it’s so important to always follow all our measuring instructions on all our products.

Detail #3:

The Bottom Hem is Clean, with No Stitching Visible

With all our products, our aim is always to have minimal visible stitching whenever possible.

This valance is no different. Its shaped hem is clean. When a valance has no trim, all the visible stitching is just a color-matched top pocket. That’s it.

No stitching visible on the bottom shaped hem.

Detail #4:

Looks Like a Cornice

Cornices cost close to or above $1,000 each, as they require quite a lot of work.

This valance is a great way to mimic the look of a custom cornice at just a small fraction of the cost. As already discussed, it’s primarily because of the continental rod and the built-in returns.

But there’s another trick –

By creating a crease on each corner after hanging your shaped valance, you’ll have created this cornice-like look. So don’t forget to do that as the final finishing touch after you hang your custom shaped valance.

And as a final tip, if you want even more weight and sturdiness similar to a cornice, don’t forget to add the flannel interlining option to your shaped valance whenever possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I order a width that’s the same size as my window?
No. This valance wraps around the sides of a curtain rod, so it will have to be wider than your window. If you’re ordering a valance that’s the same size as your window, you’re measuring incorrectly.

This valance only comes up to 52″ wide. Can you make it wider?
Some fabrics are only made to allow sizes up to 52″ size, so the size of the valance will be limited too. We recommend trying our other valances that come in wider sizes.

What curtain rod do I need?
You’ll need a continental rod (also known as a Dauphine rod). These rods are white in color, made of metal, and flat. They are 2-1/2″ wide.

How do I coordinate trims with my valance?
Please purchase samples of both fabrics and fringe trims.

How long should my fringe trim be?
Your valance length and fringe trim should be proportional. For example, a long 3-1/2″ trim won’t look good on a short 16″ valance, but it will look much better proportioned on a valance that’s 20″ long. As a general aesthetic rule, fringe trims shouldn’t be more than 20% of the length of the valance before adding it.

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