How to Drape a Scarf Valance
by Angela Tague
The flowing beauty of a scarf valance adds character to home window treatments. With many ways to drape a scarf valance, it is simple to change the look in each room of the home. Whether the scarf valance is positioned over panels of drapery, sheer curtains or blinds, it adds color and texture to the room. Discover a few basic instructions that will yield a swag-style scarf valance using swag hooks. The instructions may be modified to create a variety of creative valances.
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- Prepare the window for the valance.
Choose decorative scarf hooks to hold the scarf valance. Use a drill to install the scarf hooks above the window frame. Measure the width of the window and install a hook a few inches past the window casing on each end. Use a level to ensure they are straight and plum.
- Prepare to swag the valance.
Lay the valance out on a large table or the floor. Place the backside of the fabric toward the ceiling. Stretch the fabric lengthwise in front of you. Fold the fabric in an accordion style, keeping the pleats an equal width.
- Measure the height of the windows.
Start at the swag hook and go down to the desired length of the finished swag. This is usually just above the window sill. Then use the tape measure to measure the same amount on each end of the valance. Use a decorative drapery cord to tie a loose knot around each measured spot on the valance.
- Hang the valance.
Pick up the valance by the knotted cords and turn the fabric so the backside faces the glass. Take the scarf valance to the window, and then rest each knotted section on the corresponding swag hook. Allow the center portion of the valance to dip down in front of the window. The amount of curve will be determined by the length of the scarf valance purchased.
Consider adding several swag hooks above the window to make a scalloped scarf valance. This works well for large picture windows in a living room or sunroom.