Padded Pelmet

La Dame aux Camélias
by La Dame aux Camélias
5 Materials
6 Hours
After redecorating the kitchen, the south facing window cried out for dressing.
A simple pelmet, covered in pretty floral fabric, was created.
I measured the width of the window, adding 3 inches to each side. Having decided on a depth of 12 inches for the drop, I bought a piece of MDF and had it cut to size. Two pieces of timber, 3 x 1 inches, were secured to each end, to form the box.
Wadding was cut to size and stapled to the box.
The end blocks were also covered with wadding.
The fabric chosen was purchased from a local fent shop. I bought an ex-display curtain, utilising both fabric and the lining. The fabric had to be pieced together, creating a pattern-matched join, to achieve the required length.
The fabric is attached. I stapled it on top of the wadding, starting from the centre, to ensure the pattern was straight.
A neat lining was added.
Two metal fastenings were attached. The pelmet was then ready for hanging.

A pretty addition to the kitchen window.
Suggested materials:
  • Sheet of MDV   (Local DIY store)
  • Piece of 3x1 timber   (Local DIY store)
  • Wadding   (Local fent shop)
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  • We28518635 We28518635 on Nov 15, 2017

    Beautiful josb; but what is that white thing on the wall next to the window?


  • Jes31355799 Jes31355799 on Nov 15, 2017

    darling! how did you attach your pelmet to the wall?

  • Linda Linda on Nov 24, 2017

    Did anyone find out what the white thing is on the wall. I thought it looked like some sort of air dryer ???

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  • Ella Frierson Bond Ella Frierson Bond on Nov 22, 2017

    I have done this with lauan or 1/4" plywood same result, but much lighter.

  • Sharon Huneycutt Harris Sharon Huneycutt Harris on Nov 24, 2017

    Very nice job. It adds just enough decor to look good but not so much detail to make it hard to keep clean. A simple vacuum to get dust off will keep it looking good for a long time. I see very fancy valance window treatments in thrift stores all the time where the fabric is so looped, ruffled and fringed that you can't clean it and all that dust eventually ruins the look. Once it's stapled on the valance (pelmet) you can't take it down to wash or take to the cleaners like you can curtains and yet with all the furbelows and loops, it's too hard to vacuum and once they get full of dust they have to be torn down and sent to a thrift store. So I think you hit the right balance of beauty but simple and easy to keep clean!