About This Window Treatment
Simple, yet very versatile – our pinch pleat custom valance can be made for small windows or it can be made for that extra wide 4-section window or sliding door. This style can also fit bay windows and bow windows. Each valance features deep pinch pleats that are each professionally formed by hand. Accent band at the bottom is optional.
Frequently Asked Questions
I measured my window but the width I need is not available. What should I do?
If you’re in between available widths, we recommend selecting the wider valance and pairing it with draperies on both sides if space permits. This will create the illusion of a wider window as well.
Are the drapery rings included?
No, you’ll need to purchase them alongside a drapery pole. Having said that, the valance is delivered with pins already sewn in place. In other words, it’s ready for your drapery rings.
How is the length measured?
You can select a length between 12 and 20 inches. The length is of the valance alone. Depending on your hardware, your drapery rings will more than likely add an additional 2 to 3 inches to your overall length.
What kind of curtain rod or hardware do I need for this valance?
You will need matching drapery rings and a drapery pole. We recommend 2-inch drapery rings and a drapery pole with a diameter of about 1 3/8 to 1 5/8 inches.
How many drapery rings will I need?
Each order is custom-made for each customer, so it may vary. The best solution is to wait to receive the valance before purchasing the hardware.
How do I buy this valance?
Simply make your selections above and click to add to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
(In case you’re wondering, the price changes in real time each time you make a change to your custom design. The price is displayed on this page right above the purple “Add to Cart” button.)
How long does it take to ship this valance? Will I be updated?
Depending on the size of your order and whether the fabric is in stock, you could receive your valance in as early as 2 to 3 weeks. However, for most of our customers, the normal turnaround time is about 3 to 5 weeks. We rarely see a 6-week turnaround, but it does happen with some of our larger orders.
We get busier right before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays due to higher demand. Please plan accordingly.
And yes, we understand this is an important purchase for most of our customers. We take ample measures to update our customers via email at least three to four times during the process.
Where’s my custom order produced?
Each of our orders is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
What if I don’t want to add any trim?
It’s optional, so you can simply skip it. And if you’ve added it by mistake or changed your mind, you can always delete it in the shopping cart.
Where’s the accent fabric on this window treatment?
The accent fabric is featured on the bottom of the valance. It’s optional. If you want the entire valance to be made in one fabric only, simply skip this step.
What kind of accent fabric should I choose?
First, you should choose a fabric that differs from the face fabric. Solids or small-scale patterns in a contrasting color should work. Take a look at some of our small checks or stripes as possible choices. However, from our experience, we’ve found that solid colors tend to have the biggest impact when it comes to accent fabric.
Can I add both banding and trim?
You can, but we don’t recommend it. Your valance might be too busy if you select both.
How do I keep the valance from sliding towards the center and keep it in place?
The trick is simple. All you need to do is place the first and last drapery ring in between the finial and bracket.
Should I choose interlining?
Most of the valances seen on the photos of our products did not require interlining. However, it’s a wise idea to add it in case you’d like a heavier valance with more structure.
Can I use this valance with a Roman shade or draperies?
Yes, this style will work with both Roman shades and draperies. For Roman shades, select a width for the valance that covers your window just enough. On the other hand, if you have plenty of room on your walls and want to use draperies with this style of valance, you can allow for a much wider width to create the illusion of a wide window.
Can I send you my own fabric if I don’t see one that I like, or need to match the valance to the rest of my room?
Yes, you can. You don’t need to wait around for us to give you a custom quote. If you wish to send in your own materials and pay for interlining and labor only, simply select “Customer’s Own Fabric” under fabrics and continue making your other custom selections. Once you complete the last step of the custom design above, you will immediately see the price displayed at the bottom. However, we ask that you please contact us first before actually sending in the fabric. We must pre-approve your selections first, so we may require a fabric swatch or online link to the fabric that you plan to use.
Suggested Measuring Instructions
Measure the outside of your window, including any wooden frame. If the valance is meant to be installed alone, without any draperies, then adding 3 to 5 total inches to the measured width will be sufficient. If you plan on installing draperies underneath and space permits, keep in mind that adding 10 to 30 inches will make the window appear larger.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
This valance is meant to be installed as an outside mount on bay, bow, or corner windows. This valance does not bend across angled walls, so each section will require its own individual valance. Make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 9 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 12 inches of space between corner windows (if no draperies are installed underneath valance). You may need to join adjacent decorative poles with a hinged elbow or any other drapery corner connector to save space.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
Follow standard measuring instructions above. Valance is installed at the base of the arch. You may also wish to consider first that drapery poles typically require a center bracket for extra wide windows, which obviously is impossible for arched and palladium windows.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
This style is not intended for patio doors.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
This valance may be used on sliding glass doors. Just make sure that the window treatment fully covers the top of your door and its trim. Be mindful that the valance must be installed high enough to allow for normal everyday household traffic.