How to make a window valance to cover vertical blinds hardware?

Luisa Sanchez
by Luisa Sanchez
I have vertical blinds throughout my house and would like to soften up the place by covering up the rail with a valance. Any suggestions?
  7 answers
  • VermeerHouse VermeerHouse on Mar 08, 2015
    Do you want just the rail covered or will you cover the top of the window and the rail?
  • Julia Julia on Mar 08, 2015
    I removed the horizontal slat on top of vertical blinds. I attached lace to a magnetic towel bar and attached to the horizontal slat and you are done. I have also used contact paper on the horizontal slats.
  • Julia Julia on Mar 08, 2015
    Correction: I attached the magnetic towel bar to the exposed metal behind the horizontal slat.
  • Luisa Sanchez Luisa Sanchez on Mar 08, 2015
    I think the rail of the window is what bothers me and no one would even see the top of the window. I see it like a mini skirt at the top of the window.
  • Karen Karen on Mar 08, 2015
    I just saw an idea here that I plan to use: She draped a woven shade over the rail. This is the same person who stenciled onto her verticals with tones of gold paint in "morse code" pattern ... probably can find easily with a search. I believe her first name is Wendy.
  • Lynne Daly Lynne Daly on Mar 08, 2015
    You can make a valance with something as inexpensive as foamcore board. Construct the "box" of the valance with foamcore and glue. Make sure the valance goes over the edge of the top and sides of the window frame. If you want a wavy edge in front, cut what you want. Cover the valance with paper or fabric, and hang by using short nails to tap through the top of the valance, once it's snug to the wall, into the top of the window frame.
  • LauraC LauraC on Mar 10, 2015
    We used to make wood cornice shelves to do exactly what you want to do: cover up the top of blinds plus add display space to a room. We haven't made them and sold them for years but I still see some styles out on the internet.