Windows Interior / October 2, 2018 / Daniella Epstein.
How to Make a Curtain Valance
Flip valances look much like they sound. Flip valances slide directly onto a curtain or drapery rod, and the fabric “flips” over the top of the rod. These are easy to make valance window treatments. All you need are two rectangular items of material, sewn around the edges, except for the center. The part that slides over the curtain rod created in the middle of the article.
When the valance hung, one side hangs in front, while the other hand hovers in the back. You need to do some careful measuring. To create the look, leave the front side shorter than the end, so both parts of the valance are visible. For those who are new to sewing, this is an accessible introduction to valances and only requires a basic sewing stitch.
For those with advanced sewing skills, or those wanting to add a bit more pizzazz, consider decorative edges on one or both sides of the valance. Mixing colors and materials are also fun, such as using a lace of the same color in front, or by adding a fringe or decorative hem. Layering materials also look nice, such as adding a sheer element over the top of the primary fabric choice.
Kirsch Window Valances and Treatment Ideas
Kirsch is one company that makes adjustable curtain rods that hook into the wall, shaped much like an elongated U. These are simple to install also are easily removable for adding window treatments valance style. These are also great for easy to make valance window treatments, as you can create layers using different rods, and only have to sew the edges and along the top for hanging.
To create a layered look similar to a flip valance, choose Kirsch rods in different sizes. You’ll need the same length, but you can select rods that hang farther away from the wall. With one that is close to the wall and one on the outside of that, two valances will look like a flip valance. You can also create layered effects with different materials more accessible, as two separate pieces are easier to manage than figuring out which part of a flip valance will hang in front.
You can also use Kirsch rods hung at different levels on the wall to create interesting visual effects. Hang one valance higher or lower than another of a different length to create a stunning design with minimal effort!
You can also apply the same idea to the lengths of each valance. By using two to three Kirsch rods, you can create an illusion of your window being more significant than it is, by increasing the length of the outermost rod. Use this to hang a more robust or more substantial valance as a visual focal point. Use an additional Kirsch rod hidden underneath to hang side panels (outside the width of the window to give an illusion of a larger window). For layered valances, use the technique above for a layered or flip valance look.