How To Measure Your Window For Valances
Posted Sept 18th, 2023 |
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Measuring for valances is a straightforward process, but it's essential to ensure accuracy to get the right fit for your windows. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to measure for valances:
Tools You'll Need:
A measuring tape or a ruler
A pencil and paper to jot down measurements
Step 1: Determine the Mounting Style: Decide how you want to mount your valance. There are two common methods:
Inside Mount: If you want the valance to fit inside the window frame, measure the width and height inside the frame. Make sure to measure at the top, middle, and bottom to account for any variations in the window frame's dimensions.
Outside Mount: If you prefer the valance to hang outside the window frame, measure the width and height of the area you want the valance to cover, including any additional width you desire for an overhang on each side.
Step 2: Measure the Width:
For an inside mount, measure the width inside the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom. Use the narrowest of these measurements.
For an outside mount, measure the width of the area you want the valance to cover. If you want an overhang, add the desired overhang width to both sides of this measurement.
Step 3: Measure the Height:
For both inside and outside mounts, measure the height from the top of the window frame (or the desired mounting location) to the point where you want the valance to end. Common valance lengths include just covering the top of the window frame, extending slightly below it, or going down further for a more decorative look.
Step 4: Account for Hardware: If you're using curtain rods or other hardware to hang the valance, consider the space required for the hardware when determining the overall width of the valance. Ensure that the hardware won't interfere with the valance's fit.
Step 5: Record Your Measurements: Write down the width and height measurements you've taken. It's a good practice to double-check your measurements to ensure accuracy.
Step 6: Consider Fullness: Some valances may require additional fabric for fullness, especially if you want a more gathered or ruffled appearance. The general rule of thumb is 1 1/2 to 2 times your window width in fabric. Remember sheer and lace material will gather faster than lined or heavier fabrics so you will have to adjust according. If you have questions you can always contact Swags Galore and a rep will help you choose for your window.
Step 7: Shop for Valances: With your measurements in hand, you can now shop for valances that match your window dimensions and style preferences. Be sure to choose a valance that fits within the measurements you've taken. Swags Galore has lined valances, lace valances, scalloped valances, tailored valances and more all in stock and ready to ship the same day.
Remember that valances come in various styles, so consider the look you want to achieve when selecting your valance. Following these steps will help you measure accurately and ensure a proper fit for your valances.