How To Make A Fabric Valance for A Window
Lately I’ve shared a few decorative interior projects like a trash can cabinet and dining tabletop makeover, so I thought sharing this old project I’ve never shared before would be timely! Creating a simple fabric-covered valance to go over a window is an easy way to add warmth and style to any space!
Depending on how wide your valance is going to be and how wide your fabric is manufactured, you could easily get away with only half a yard of fabric! Leave a comment if you need help figuring how much fabric to buy!
First, cut the 1×8 a few inches wider than your window opening. If you have molding around your window, make it a few inches wider than the outside of the molding. Then cut (2) 1x4s to the same width as your 1×8, usually about 7.5 inches. Not the length of the 1×8 you just cut.
To assemble together, lay the 1x4s on edge and set the 1×8 on top. Then attach with nails through the front of the 1×8.
Now lay your fabric on a flat surface, lay the batting on top of it and then the wood frame on top of the batting, 1×8 down. Cut the fabric and batting with sharp scissors, leaving a little overhang on all sides so you have something to staple.
Then go around the frame, stapling the fabric in place like you’re wrapping a present.
Once it’s all assembled and stapled the way you want, measure the distance between the 1x4s (roughly the length of your 1×8 minus 1.5 inches). Then cut an additional 1×4 to that length. This is what will attach to the wall.
Using small corner braces, attach the new 1×4 to the fabric-covered valance, flush with the top.
Attach another 2-3 braces on the wall above the window, making sure they are level with each other. Then set your assembled valance on the wall brackets and attach the braces to the 1×4 on top.
It’s a fairly quick, inexpensive, and lovely detail to add to any room, especially if you don’t want floor-length curtains. I made this for a room makeover we showed in an episode of Today’s Homeowner. To watch that episode and see all of the other project details click here.
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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