- Consider using a ready-made scarf valance as an easy and economical way to dress bedroom windows. Versatile scarves, made from lightweight, sheer fabrics, work well with most bedroom decor. Sold in varying lengths, scarf valances drape gracefully with the help of swag holders, tiebacks or medallions. Take advantage of existing curtain hardware and loosely wrap the scarf valance around decorative rods. Add interest in the bedroom by creating asymmetrical tail lengths on either side. Instantly change the look with different draping techniques.
- Rod-mounted valances--another low-cost bedroom option--feature a top pocket, pinch pleats, or tabs for hanging. Simply run a curtain rod through the rod pocket or tabs to hang. Pinch pleated valances install with drapery hooks inserted in rings that slide onto the rod. Rod-mounted valances come in a variety of styles. Casual stagecoach valances lay flat along the rod and feature a roll of fabric permanently secured with fabric ties. Some rod-mounted styles gather onto the rod for a feminine look while other intricate designs feature curved hems, tucks and box pleats for an elegant feel.
- A favorite of interior designers, board-mounted valances cost more than scarf or basic rod-mounted varieties due to the labor involved. Board-mounted valances--often created by a drapery workroom to exacting specifications--may require professional installation. The mounting board should measure slightly wider than the window and project a minimum of 4 inches from the wall. This soft fabric valance style attaches to the mounting board with Velcro or staples. The board mounts with L-brackets directly above the window. Common board-mounted valance styles include balloon, box pleat, and roman.
- The architectural cornice takes stationary, board-mounted valances a step further by completely covering a large, wood mounting frame with fabric. Flat, scalloped and curved cornice boards are upholstered with batting and a layer of decorative fabric. Workrooms conceal raw fabric seams with self or contrasting welt cording, or decorative trim. The fabric can be placed flat over the batting, creating a clean profile. Add button tufting for extra dimension in a masculine bedroom. Create an elegant cornice with pleated or shirred fabric.