Considerations for Specialty Windows and Doors
No matter what kind of specialty window or group of windows you have, the same measuring instructions still apply.
As long as you’re following the measuring instructions and your window meets the requirements of each step, you can still install a faux shade valance on bay windows, bow windows, and even corner windows.
- For inside mounts, you still need to make sure your windows have at least 1-1/2-inches of unobstructed depth (excluding blinds) and you have the mullioned sections to support the tension rods in between each window section. Each mullioned section also needs at least 1-1/2-inches of unobstructed depth to make room for each tension rod.
- For outside mounts, you still need to make sure your windows have at least 3 inches of unobstructed space each beyond the window frame. This translates to at least 6 inches of wall space in between bay window sections (this does NOT include the window frame), for example. Be mindful that you may need to use minimally sized end caps and/or corner connectors.
- Frame mounts are not recommended for specialty windows like corner windows, bay windows, or bow windows unless there is abundant wall space in between each window section.
Sliding Glass Doors
You’ll have to do an outside mount, choosing from the wide valances we offer up to 120″ wide.
Measure using the same outside mount instructions from above. Also, make sure the bottom of the valance covers the top frame of your sliding door while not obstructing household traffic.
This typically means that your curtain rod will be installed immediately under the ceiling line if your room only has 8′ tall ceilings.
Palladian and Arched Windows
Install the valance at the base of the arch. You can do outside, inside, or frame mounts, as long as your window meets the same requirements as outlined in this measuring guide.
For inside mounts, measure the glass panes, then add 1-1/2″ to 3″. For example, if the patio door glass measures 23″ wide, order a valance that is 24.5″ to 26″ wide. If your patio door is made of steel, you’ll need to purchase a good quality magnetic curtain rod.
For outside mounts, the same rules apply as with sliding glass doors. Your curtain rod needs to be installed high up near the ceiling line if you only have 8′ ceilings, and the bottom of the valance needs to fall at the door frame so that the door can freely swing open.