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Scarf Valances & Top Treatments

One of the most common types of window treatment designs is the scarf valance. A scarf valance is hung at the top of a window treatment, covering the upper edge and any rods or hardware used to support the treatment itself. It is a rather long piece of fabric that often reaches from where it is hung down to the floor.

This type of valance is also considered the most versatile, as it can be hung in just about any fashion. Sconce holders, curtain rods, swag holders, or decorative hooks are all viable ways to hang a scarf valance. Hanging is quite simple and can easily be completed by even the most beginner home resident or decorator. Another great reason to choose this type of product is that it looks great either alone or with other window treatment designs, including sheers, drapery panels, shades, or blinds. Scarf valances can also be hung over sliding glass doors for a dressed up, decorative touch. To put it simply, it can turn a simple window covering into a look that is downright elegant.

Although there are standard designs for hanging them, there is really no "wrong" way to hang a scarf valance. Use a bit of creativity and imagination to find the look that works best for the space in which it will be hung. Keep in mind the length of the valance and the height of the window when determining how to hang it. Scarf valances can also be changed out according to holiday or season, allowing for a unique look without spending a fortune on entirely new window treatments.

Scarf valances generally come in six yard or eight yard lengths. Most affordable ready-made scarf valances from BedBathStore.com are 216 inches long. They are available in almost every imaginable color, fabric type, and style. When purchasing drapery panels or sheers from BedBathStore.com, be sure to look and see if there is a matching or coordinating scarf valance. In most cases, there will be. Fabric types also range from fully washable to dry clean recommended. The amount of care needed for a scarf valance in the home will be determined by the amount of dust, number of pets in the home, and whether or not there are smokers in the household. (In general, all of these factors will determine how often window treatments need to be refreshed or fully cleaned.)

BedBathStore.com offers scarf valance designs by Softline, Commonwealth, Croscill, Ellis, and D Kwitman. Also, each of our scarf valances have matching curtain panels available, in lengths ranging from 63 inches long to 120 inches long.

  • Hanging A Window Scarf
    Scarf window valances can add a wonderful decorator touch to your windows, whether they stand alone or top a set of curtain panels. If you have decided on scarf window treatments for your home, you値l need to know how to measure for them and get them installed properly.

  • Measuring Your Window
    First you値l need to measure your window. For scarf valances and the hardware you値l need to go with them, measure the outside width of the window only. Your valance needs to be two to four times this measurement.

  • Install Your Hardware
    A decorative rod should extend wider than the window opening. You can also use scarf holders, which are rings that are mounted near the corners of the window. The scarf slides through the rings. This produces a dip in the middle of the scarf, which frames the window nicely. Install scarf holders at the desired width you want your valance to stretch. The scarf rings can be mounted level with the top of the window or a bit higher, depending on the effect you壇 like to achieve.

  • Hang Your Scarf
    Lay the scarf out on the floor and gather it lengthwise either by pleating or folding it. Use a clip or pin to hold the folds together at the corners and the center. Hang it on the rod or pull through the scarf rings. Pull down the pleats in the center to create the desired drape. Adjust the sides so that they are even or asymmetrical if desired.

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