How To Hang Valance Over Curtains? 5 Easy Steps!

Tips for hanging a window scarf like a pro

Decorating a window using a scarf can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. If other treatments such as window blinds are not as appealing, consider spicing things up with a scarf. Start with fuss-free designs and then, once you get the hang of it, get as creative as you can.

The good news is that you do not need mad décor skills to decorate your windows with scarves. With the right hardware and a little patience, you should be well on your way to set up stunning scarf designs for your windows.

There are various ways to hang a window scarf. The method you choose will depend on personal style, your type of windows, and the hardware you have available.

Things you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Window rod
  • Hanging hooks
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Fabric for hanging
  • Pen and paper

Dont Cover Transom Windows Unless You Really Want To

Transom windows are a positive feature of a room. You shouldn’t cover them unless you really want to or there’s a thick separation between the two windows that you’d like to cover. But otherwise, follow the same rules from above, treating the transom window as part of the rest of the window. Remember, you want a valance to draw your eye up and create the illusion of height in a room whenever possible.

The swags on this dining room window were hung well above the transom windows.


Steps for Hanging a Curtain Rod

Follow these steps to learn how to properly hang a curtain rod. Scroll down for the list of tools and materials needed for this project.

Step 1: Measure the window

  • To add drapes that partially cover the window, I’d add 2-5 inches to each side of the frame.
  • To position the curtains completely to the sides of the window, which is always my preference to let in the most light, I’ll add 8-15 inches to each side of the window.
  • To fine-tune this measurement, I use a stud finder to locate the stud beside the window. If a stud if close to my desired location, I’ll shift my placement so that my mounting screws can insert into a stud.
  • If your placement can’t land on a stud, just be sure to install wall anchors before installing the hanging brackets. If you have a long span of over 4 feet or are using a thinner rod, you may also need to add a center bracket to prevent the rod from sagging.
  • Next, I’ll measure the height, from the floor to the top edge of my window’s frame. A curtain rod usually sets about 4 inches above the window, but many people raise the rod even higher to make the room feel taller.

Keep in mind that floor-length curtain panels come in somewhat standard heights of 84 inches, 95 inches, 108 inches, and 120 inches. If you decide to move the rod up, you may need to purchase a longer panel and hem it to length or spend more money on custom curtains.

Step 2: Decide what kind of curtain you’ll be installing before hanging the rod

  • The most common hanging types are grommets, which are metal-lined holes in the curtains, tabs which hang above the top edge of the curtain, rings which clip onto the curtain and hang on the rod, and a pocket sleeve which slides over and completely conceals the rod.
  • The hanging type can adjust the overall height of the curtain, so be sure to have your curtains on hand to help determine the final height of the rod.

Step 3: Measure and mark the location of the hangers on the wall

  • On an open space, it can be difficult to replicate these measurements on both sides of the window and have them turn out perfectly level, so today I’m creating a quick cardboard template.
  • To do this, cut the corner out of a square piece of cardboard that can fit over the top corner of the window frame.
  • Measure and mark the desired location of the hardware
  • Create two holes using the hanger as a guide. Now place the template on the wall, slide it against the window frame, and mark the position of the holes.
  • Drive the screws into the wall, and position the hanger.
  • Flip to the opposite side to make the remaining marks and install the screws.
  • Feed the curtain onto the rod, and then place it on the hook. Add a finial, and then tighten the set screw

What Are The Things Needed?

The first step in doing any project is to prepare the things that you will need.

The same is true with treating your windows.

Before you start, you have to ensure that you prepare the right tools that can get the job done.

In terms of hanging a valance over a curtain, you will need the following tools and supplies:

  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Curtain rod
  • Level
  • Screws
  • Wall-mounting brackets

How to Calculate the Right Measurements for Hanging Curtains

Before you start hanging curtains, make sure the panels are wide enough to cover your home's windows. You don't want to be rudely awakened by a beam of sunlight that the curtains don't block, so measure your window dimensions before purchasing or making your curtains. The total width of your curtain panels should add up to about two times the window's width.

Choosing the correct curtain length for your windows is also important. Besides looking awkward, too-small curtains visually shorten your space, making ceilings appear lower. Too-small curtains also make the room look smaller overall. Curtains that drag on the floor could pose a tripping hazard and collect dust more easily. For the ideal middle ground, curtains should hover just above the floor.

To find the right curtain length, measure from the floor to where you'll hang the rod (usually 4 to 6 inches above the window frame). Otherwise, hanging the curtain rod just below the ceiling is a simple design trick that makes your ceilings appear taller. Curtains come in standard lengths like 63, 84, and 96 inches. Choose one closest to your measurement, erring on the side of a few inches longer than shorter.

Additionally, be sure to choose a curtain rod that's wider than your window. This allows curtains to be pulled completely to the side of the window and makes the space feel larger. The rod itself should be 8 to 12 inches longer than the window's width, which allows for 4 to 6 inches on either side.

Related: 19 Impactful Ways to Dress Multiple Windows in a Row

low table and patterned curtains Credit: Nicholas Johnson

Select Your Valance Style

The style of valance you select can make a big difference in terms of design. There are two primary styles of valances for you to choose from:

  • Board mounted valances. This type of valance hangs from a flat lumber board, which allows the fabric to fall more evenly than it would on a curtain rod. The minimalistic structure of board mounted valances make them great for modern, sleek designs.
  • Pole mounted valances. This type of valance is stitched with your choice of heading style to hang from a curtain rod. If you’re going for a more relaxed, casual look, you should select a pole mounted valance for your layering project.

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The hook method

No rod? No probs. Hooks can easily substitute curtain rods. You can all types of decorative hooks and finials these at your local décor store. A little elbow grease might be necessary to install the hooks on the wall. Be sure to first remove existing treatments such as window blinds before installing hooks to hang your valances.

Step 1: Determine the appropriate position for the hooks

Measure 5 cm above the window frame on each side. Measure 7cm from the corner of the frame on each side. Mark these points. In addition to marking for the two hooks on either corner, you could also mark for a third one at the center right above the window frame.

Step 2: Secure the hooks in place

Place the hooks on the marked points on the window

Place the hooks on the marked points on the window frame. Drill the fasteners through the holes on the hook to secure them onto the wall. Ensure that the hooks are large enough to comfortably hold the scarf in your desired style.

Step 3: Measure the window length and width

Place one end of the tape measure at the top of the window frame or the bottom of the side hooks and pull it down to where you would like the hanging sides of the scarf to reach.

Measure the width of the window starting from the left hook to the right hook. Note both the length and width measurements.

Step 4: Determine the right fabric size

Double the width measurement and add it to the length measurement that you obtained earlier for each side. This will help you buy the right size fabric for the scarf. For example, if the window width is 120cm and you want the sides to hang at 30 cm, you would need to buy fabric measuring 300cm i.e. (120cmx2) + (30×2).

Step 5: Place the scarf on the hooks

Take one end of the fabric and place it on the lef

Take one end of the fabric and place it on the left hook, allowing some of the fabric to hang on the side. Drape the other end of the fabric over the right hook and let it hang along the side of the window frame. This will give you a simple u-shaped design.

For a more elegant design, follow the same steps. But, instead of letting the middle part to dip down in a u-shape, drape it over the middle hook. This will result in two graceful u-shapes. Add more hooks for a more dramatic scallop shape, which pairs rather well with larger windows. Use the cable ties or ornamental clips to secure the scarf in place.

It’s A Wrap!

Valances are great window dressings.

They come in different weights and colors and can be used in different ways; per se, you can hang them over your curtains.

Before installing them, make sure that the curtain rod you will be using can support their weight.

This is especially true if you opt to use a single rod for a curtain and a valance.

Now, you know how to hang valance over curtains!


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