How to Hang a Swag Valance

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A swag valance adds an elegant touch to any room of your home. This simple yet eye-catching window treatment is held in place at the corners of the window and hangs down gracefully in a gentle drape in the center; the ends of the swag hang loose at the sides, framing the window. Hanging a swag valance, also known as a scarf valance, takes only a few minutes of preparation and adjustments, but looks like the work of a trained designer.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain rod
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measure from the floor to the point where you want to hang your valance. Mark that measurement in pencil on each side of the window.

  • Place one mounting bracket (included with your curtain rod) over the mark you made on one side of the window. Make pencil marks on the wall through the screw holes. Set the bracket aside and drill a small hole where each pencil mark was made.

  • Place the bracket back in place and screw it tightly to the wall.

  • Repeat steps two and three to install the mounting hardware on the other side of the window.

  • Attach the curtain rod to the mounting hardware by placing it over the brackets you installed.

  • Drape the swag valance over the curtain rod or hooks. Grasp the top part of the fabric on one corner or hook, and, while holding it in place, pull the bottom part of the fabric down in the center. Repeat with the fabric on the other side. Your swag valance should now be fairly straight across the top, and hang down at the bottom, resembling a capital D turned on its side with the curved part at the bottom.

  • Adjust the draping and length of the sides until they're even and look the way you desire. This is a matter of personal taste, and there is no correct way your valance should look.

  • If necessary, tack the valance together at the corners with a simple stitch with needle and thread or a pair of safety pins, so that it stays in place. This is especially helpful if you have small children who can reach the valance, if you have pet cats or if the window is in a high-traffic area.

Tips & Warnings

  • A swag valance can be purchased at a store or made from a simple length of fabric or even a pretty scarf.

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