How to Make a Window Valance

6 Materials
2 Hours

In trying to glam up my kitchen I wanted a a window treatment that would add style without adding any weight or hindering the light coming in. I decided a valance would be perfect. When I checked out the prices at Joann's for kits...they were $50 BEFORE buying fabric. Umm nope. I was pretty sure i could do it myself or much cheaper. And of course I was right.

how to make a window valance

Here's the before. Certainly not terrible, but it needed a little umph.

Start by measuring your window. Add 2 inches to the width (across the window). Then determine how far down the window you want the valance hang.

Select the fabric you want to use. I used heavy upholstery fabric I got for pennies on the dollar. (Learn the real secret to saving at JoAnn Fabric on my post here!)

how to make a window valance

Now you need to make your frame. I use MDF or similar pine boards at least 25" thick. I used my circular saw to make the cuts.

Assemble using a nail gun to form a U shape. If you use .50" boards you can use a drill and screws to assemble your frame.

how to make a window valance

After you assemble the frame, cover it with thin batten. It's not must, but it gives the valance more dimension.

how to make a window valance

Then staple your fabric and batten to to the board. Be sure to center the fabric if it has a pattern and pull it nice and taught.

how to make a window valance

Add a small strip of scrap wood and a d-ring to the valance. Measure where you want it to hang and that's it.

how to make a window valance

Here's my finished valance. It was very simple to construct. The valance added so much to my 80's kitchen. Check out the transformation to the kitchen here.

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Kenyatta Harris

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Judy Pfister
    on Sep 17, 2019

    When you hang the valance on the d ring does it hang out from the wall slightly at the top? If not, let me know how you prevent this. Thanks.

  • Claire Wells Haug
    on Sep 17, 2019

    What is your backsplash? It's beautiful!

  • Pat
    on Sep 30, 2019

    Is the small piece of board with the d ring attached to the top or sides? How did you attach it?

    • Kenyatta Harris
      on Sep 30, 2019

      It’s attached to the sides. I used the nail gun. BUT I figured that part out after I had wrapped my fabric. The tiny nail holes get lost in the fabric so on mine it doesn’t show. A better way would be to add it first then add your fabric. You can drill through the fabric to add d rings.

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