How to Install Valances Rods & Brackets


Valance rods and brackets are used to hang fabric window treatments. The proper placement of the hardware depends largely upon the length and width of the valance to be hung, the width of the window, and the placement of an existing curtain rod. Consider using decorative valance rods if your window treatment will allow them to show; otherwise standard hardware will be sufficient. Many valances can hang on almost any rod and can help create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere in a room.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Hand needle
  • Thread
  • Measure the width of the window. Divide the measurement in half, this is your center measurement. Begin at one side of the window and measure until you reach your center measurement number. Make a mark on the wall above the window at this position. Use a pencil. Measure the valance rod length. Divide the rod measurement in half, this is your rod center measurement. Begin at one end of the rod and measure until you reach your center measurement number. Use a pencil to mark this position directly on the rod.

  • Measure the valance header (the fabric above the rod pocket). Mark the maximum mounting height for the valance rod and brackets. Measure the distance of the header measurement; begin at the ceiling crown molding (the trim at the very top of the wall) and measure toward the window. Mark this position. This is the maximum height the valance rod can be placed.

  • Install the valance rod about one inch above the curtain rod. Install one inch above the window if there is no curtain rod. Do not install it any higher than the maximum height location. The exact position is a personal preference.

  • Install the first valance rod bracket according to the manufacturer's directions. Progress to the other side of the window. Hold the level horizontally with one end at the mounted bracket and the other end at the position for the second bracket. Read the level indicator to find the level position. Mark the level position. Place the second rod bracket on this mark. Install the second rod bracket according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • Insert the valance on the rod and place the rod in brackets. Consider hemming the bottom edge when the valance hangs lower and covers more of the window than desired. Mark the desire length you want the valance to hang.

  • Remove the valance from the rod and lay it flat with the wrong side up. Turn the valance bottom edge up 1/2 the distance to the desired finished size. Turn again, this time going all the way up to the finished size. Secure with pins. Machine stitch the hem in place.

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