How to choose the correct size of your valance?
Valances provide a finishing touch to your windows that demonstrates your extra attention to details. They not only serve both a practical function by hiding curtain bars and other hardware, but add color, texture, and pattern to a window.
It's essential that you acquire an accurate valance measurement. As one of roles of your room design features, the questions of size and proportion of a valance come into play.
A valance that is too shallow for the window will look skimpy and understated, while one that is too deep will look top-heavy or will cut off too much of the window, interfering with the view and obstructing too much light.
First, how much wide should a valance be?
If you've installed your curtain rods, please measure the distance between the mount points ( if the brackets would block the valance opened ) or the finials ( excluding the finials ) directly.
If you haven't curtain rods yet, it is suggested that you measure and add 1-1/2 to 3 inches to the width of the window. Don’t forget to measure the wooden frame as it’s also part of the window.
Because the style of the valance we provided is simple or has modern, straight lines.
Kind reminder: Using metal tape measure (a cloth measuring tape could give you inaccurate readings)
Second, how to calculate the length of a valance?
There are several ways for you to decide the length of your valances.
1. As a rule of thumb, a straight valance has a drop measuring 1/6 the curtain drop.
2. Some designers suggest that a valance should be "about 15 inches deep," but will adjust that measurement in either direction for windows that are smaller or larger than the norm.
3. Another rule of thumb used by decorators is that the window valance depth should be 1/4 of the overall window height, plus 1 inch.
This method is appropriate in situations where the top of the valance will be at or near the top of the window. Again, this rule can be adjusted according to your instincts.
4. Some designers use the distance from the top of the valance to the floor to calculate a good depth for the valance.
choose the point where you plan to put the top of the valance, then measure from this point to the floor.
Divide this measurement by 5 or 6 to find depth for the valance that will offer pleasing proportions.
This method can be most appropriate in large, tall rooms where you may want the valance to begin well above the top of the window, possibly mounted on a head board.
5. Most of the time, the length of valance may be 18"L - 35"L. But most importantly, what is the length you'd like or prefer whenever it is long or short.