Diy curtain valance ideas

For the minimalist who needs an additional room

This drapery hardware application is ideal for a studio where you desire to separate the bedroom area from a living room or office space. Installing drapery along a ceiling mounted track, giving you the option of privacy without compromising the large open space so well suited to a minimalist home.

Thick blackout drapes in white corduroy successfully separate the two spaces while complimenting the clean, minimalist aesthetic in architect Elizabeth Roberts’ studio apartment and workspace, featured in Domino.

Natural Wood Rods

For the nature-loving minimalist

A grand way to bring the exterior in is to use curtain holdbacks or curtain rod brackets to home a decorative wooden rod or branch.

Use it with a light cotton tab top or tie top curtain for an unfussed look.

source: Lavosdelmuro

The options are endless with this creative drapery hardware application, and the glance will depend largely on the piece of wood you happen to discover. This beautiful corner emphasizes the natural curtain rod by accessorizing it with wicker, tumbleweed and a beautiful wooden chair.

Ceiling Mounted Rods

For the ultimate in luxury finishing

Installing curtains inside a dedicated recess creates a sleek finish to any room.

Diy curtain valance ideas

By completely concealing the hardware, you maximize views and compose a calm, polished glance. For the ultimate in luxury and comfort, install motorized curtain rodsto control the daylight with the flick of a switch.

Long charcoal drapes featured in a home by Amr Moussa are mounted behind a dropped ceiling, creating a seemingly endless flow of luxurious fabric.

I used to own a condo built in the early ’70s. It had an 8′ sliding glass door in the living room and, in numerous ways, that was grand.

(I happened to be first floor, so moving the furniture in through a 4′ opening? Awesome.) However, as you might guess about anything built in the early ’70s, you would own to attempt really hard to make it any more energy inefficient. I could sit on the sofa about 15 feet across the room (dining/living room was one large room) and feel the freezing creeping across the floor to my feet. (And I live in Raleigh, NC! It still felt that cold.) As you curtain-buying/making folks might guess, curtains to cover an 8′ sliding glass door were not simple or affordable to come by — most sets are just short enough (made for a 6′ door) that I would own had to purchase another set to cover the whole door.

I can’t remember if the thought came to me in advance or if I was wandering around Kmart and saw the Martha Stewart fleece blankets on sale, for love $20 every size.

Best of every, they had red, which was my living room accent color. I bought two king-size blankets, sewed a pocket across the top, slid them onto the curtain rod and voila! And they made a HUGE difference in the comfort of the living room. They also looked beautiful excellent and most visitors had no thought they were fleece blankets until I pointed it out.

The only downside was that they shrunk a teeny bit each time they were washed (once or twice a year) and by the time I moved out, they were not fairly touching the floor, but considering that I got probably 6+ years of use out of $40 in fleece blankets, I can live with the shrinkage.

If you’re cursed with an energy inefficient window/sliding glass door, I urge outside-the-box thinking — fleece blankets, vellux blankets, affordable comforters that tie in with your decor, etc.

may be cheaper (and possibly work better) than insulated curtains.

For a nicer glance, I’d propose using a much wider blanket (or use two).

Diy curtain valance ideas

Plus, if you’re using it to assist boost insulation, the waves and thickness of the blanket(s) should assist that performance.

Btw, I used jewelry-making supplies from WalMart (a chain and lobster clasps) to make my curtain tie-backs for about $2 each.

  1. Brilliant! I’ve had to be creative for every of my adult life because of the temporary living/military wife budget. We also lived in a poorly constructed 70’s put where you could feel the wind blowing in the winter time from across the room from the patio door. (It was 10 years ancient at the time-I’ve often wondered if it was still standing!) I put rubber sheet material (the helpful used for kids still wetting the bed) up under our inadequate handed-down draperies to combat the breeze.

    Added bonus: made grand blackout curtains. Back then thrift stores were my lifeline to decor (and I was fortunately blessed with some REALLY excellent ones!!!) —> I wish I’d thought to use blankets!!! Our amazing daughter is now battling that same issue in Germany-she’s going to love this! Although it’s tardy responding—> Thank you! (P.s.

    Diy curtain valance ideas

    To anyone reading at this point: one of the cheap/quick fixes I got *tons* of compliments on–> a genuine lace tablecloth found for $4 at the thrift store flipped over a cheap basic curtain rod and stapled. I pinned an inexpensive paper raffia as a ribbon valance..and to hide the staples. It tickled the heck out of me how cheap, quick, and simple it was.. *and* how large a hit!!) Thanks for every this amazing info! Blessings!

Welcome to Design Dictionary, a new feature that defines common (and occasionally extremely uncommon) terms used in interior design, architecture, and home improvement.

Walk through any neighborhood (city or suburban) and you’re likely to get an eyeful.

Diy curtain valance ideas

It seems that numerous homes own completely nixed the thought of fabric window treatments. Occasionally, you’ll glimpse a lovely voile or luxurious silk panel, but mainly you’ll spy mini-blinds—if anything at all.

So it’s not completely surprising that mentioning valances, cornices, and pelmets to anyone but the most design-minded will earn you a quizzical stare. However, in previous decades, these window accessories offered a host of diverse ways to update your home (check out The 1929 Kirsch Book: A Stylebook of Window and Door Drapings to see just how seriously we used to take our windows).

So let’s get savvy: What in the world is a pelmet?

Valances, cornices, and pelmets every refer to decorative coverings that hide curtain rods or mounting hardware.

They can be made of a range of materials, and the words are often used interchangeably to refer to the same things. However, here is a general overview of each term:


Cornices generally refer to decorative coverings constructed of wood. They are more architectural in nature, and are often inspired by molding. Cornices can be built into a window frame, or they can be added to an existing window by constructing a box-like structure.

For a how-to on making a cornice yourself, visit This Ancient House.


Valances are traditionally made of fabric—basically, a short curtain. Here is where window treatments get extremely creative, with swags of sheer material, voluminous balloon-style valances that bring to mind ball gowns, tiered versions, fringes, tassels, and more.

Because they’re lightweight and can be bought in standard widths, valances are more widely known. This term also has become a catch-all, and is widely used to refer to both pelmets and cornices (unless you’re in the United Kingdom, where valances are always called pelmets).

You can pair valances with window blinds, or use them to complement your current window treatments. To make a simple box-pleated valance yourself, visit Effortless Style.


Pelmets are boxy structures (which can be made of lightweight wood, or even foamcore if you’re going the DIY route) that cover the top of a window. Unlike cornices, they are also upholstered, which allows you to match or coordinate the pelmet to your current drapes or curtains.

You can also get creative with shape—pelmets can be flat-bottomed, love those in the above photo, or can be arched to varying degrees.

Diy curtain valance ideas

For a DIY how-to on making an arched cornice, visit Little Green Notebook.

Top Image Credit: House and Garden UK

Do you own pelmets, cornices, or valances in your home? Did you already know these design terms, or are they news to you?

Contributor, Brie Dyas is a author, editor and vintage collector based in New Jersey. Her love for every things home started at the extremely early age of 3, where she would routinely assist her mom select put settings for the dinner table.

Dyas was the founding editor of HuffPost Home and Stylelist Home, and also held positions as the managing editor for HuffPost Style and Stylelist. She's also appeared as a shopping and home expert on The TODAY Show, and was named a "Tastemaker" by One Kings Lane in 2014. Join her in occasionally live-tweeting episodes of The Golden Girls @BrieDyas.

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As I started to research window treatment ideas for my master bedroom revamp, I was noticing that a lot of amazing modern DIY pelmet designs were popping up on my Pinterest search. Whether it’s called a pelmet, box valance or cornice valance, even though they every own little technical differences, they are every basically the same thing.

I haven’t really seen much in the way of pelmets since the 80’s-90’s and if someone had suggested that I consider an upholstered pelmet for my home, I’m beautiful certain I would own forbidden the thought from even entering my head!

But then I saw these:

Source: Jennifer Eisenstadt via Decor Pad

Source: Kelly Wearstler via Apartment Therapy

Source: Sheffield Furniture and Interiors

 Sheffield Furniture and Interiors

Source: Tiffany Eastman Interiors

Source: Best Home Decor

Pretty amazing designs, huh?

The pelmets that I own run across today are a far weep from the rage of the super padded Laura Ashley floral pelment/box valances that made me cringe back then.

I remember seeing them in almost every home back then (when I was just a baby **wink**) and not fairly seeing the appeal. It doesn’t assist that these pelmets were part of the trend of layering bold floral wallpaper, floral upholstery, floral drapes and then throw in a shoulder pad love floral pelmet.

After seeing the pelmets that are being designed today, I was inspired enough to overcome my pelmet flashbacks. I decided that the solution to my super narrow window problem could be in the form of a pelmet.

Here were the before pictures of my weird windows:

Initially, my plan was to create the pelmet box with molding and then paint it the same color of my wall, so it would just fade into the wall.

I realized that if I could cover up the top part of the windows, I could make the box wider than the window itself, which would solve my problem by making the windows glance wider by adding drapes.

This pelmet was my inspiration for the molding idea:

Source: Best Home Decor

However, I immediately changed my mind after I ran across this amazing upholstered pelmet with silver nail head trim from Sheffield Furniture and Interiors:

Source: Sheffield Furniture and Interiors

Nothing outdated about this upholstered pelmet.

Once I saw this and the other pelmets in the images above, I realized that I could upholster the box and really update the room by adding the silver nail head trim. I immediately got over my Laura Ashley pelmet flashback instantly upon seeing this image.

So endless tale short, this is what my finished pelmets looked like:

My pelmets are not almost as amazing as Sheffield’s or the others above but for my first pelmet, I own to tell I’m beautiful pleased. The best part of every is that by creating pelmets wider than my windows, I was capable to address the issue I had with those strange narrow windows.

Making an upholstered pelmet is really simple.

With the creative designs of today, it can be a grand way to update a room and your windows. Here are the instructions for how we made the ones for my master bedroom if you’re interested in making them yourself.

Step 1: Determine measurements for the box itself.

The first thing I did was decide on the height, width and depth of my boxes. Because I wanted to make my window appear wider than what it is, I measured across my window (frame to frame) which was 14 inches. I basically doubled the width of the window in the width of my pelmet. I felt love anything wider would overpower the room.

I haven’t found anything online regarding a law of thumb when deciding on a pelmet width but it really depends on the size of the window and how much wall room you own to work with {allowance}.

If you own a lot of wall room and desire more wall dedicated to the drapes and the pelmet yourself, you can make your box wider.

Diy curtain valance ideas

If you own extremely little wall space to work with and desire to hold the drapes to a minimum, you would go narrower. The best way to decided on your measurements is cutting poster board and taping it above the windows to really get an idea.

For the depth of my pelmet, I decided on 6 inches. 6 inches allowed enough room from drapes and the rod and again, I didn’t desire them to come out too much. Of course if you own a much wider window and pelmet, you will desire more depth so it would proportionally balance.

For the height of my pelmet, we went with 12 inches.

Because I am using a tension rod, I don’t own to worry about the height of the placement of the box because I can adjust my rod.

Step 2: Build the Box

After much research, we decided to build the box out of plywood. We cut a wood pieces for the front and two side pieces for the depth and attached with nails and wood glue. We then covered the box with two layers of batting and stapled to the inside back:

Step 3: Attach Back Bar to Studs:

In order to make certain that the box would be secure and never drop or come away from the wall, we decided that it was best to attach a 2 x 4 cut to the exact measurements of the exact width of the inside of our box.

The nails went in correct at the studs:

Step 4: Upholster the Box:

We cut enough the material that would cover the box and be enough to staple to the back. We then covered the batting with the material and pulled tight and stapled. We did this to both boxes. We then hammered in our nail head trim:

Step 5: Attach Box to Wood Back Board/Bar:

After our boxes were upholstered, we then slid the box over the window to where the inside sides were touching the sides of our bar and with a nail gun with finishing nails (no head), we nailed in the nails to secure:

Because we used endless finishing nails, we were capable to shoot the nail through through the fabric and then with tweezers, we pulled the exterior fabric away from the nails, so you would not see the nails:

Step 6: Attach the Rod and Drapes:

I decided to use a thick tension rod to attach my drapes.

I wanted to make it simple and not own to worry about the exact placement of the box. This way if I own some flexibility in changing the style of drapes if I desire. The rod is extremely secure and it looks perfect:

I am really please with the finish result of the project and I am so happy that I found every of the pelmet inspiration on Pinterest to convince me. Without the eye candy, I would own never been even given it a thought!

Are you convinced?

Well friends, I own a lot of crazy stuff going on this week! I am trying to finalize the printable templates for the tree cones and I own come up with a pattern that gives perfect cones every time. Because of this, I was capable to design a fabric template too! My goal is to own this downloadable templates available as soon as possible in my new my new online store that is coming hopefully by the finish of the week. If you are not familiar with my fabric covered Christmas tree cones, you can study about them by clicking the image below:

If you are interested in being emailed when the templates are ready for sale, please leave me a note in the comment section here and I will send you a note when everything is ready.

Also, over the next few months, I am going to be adding a lot of unique items to my online store and I will go more into that as soon as I make some final decisions.

Nothing love flying by the seat of your pants, right?!?

I will hold you posted!

Thank you to every of you for your helpful comments, sweet notes , emails and comments on The Creativity Exchange Sheet regarding my bedroom revamp. You every just warmed my heart and I appreciate you every so much. Thank you!




If you’re considering simplifying your life and having a more minimalist home, you may own browsed Pinterest for a couple of ideas and noticed that most of the minimalist home designs are light and open with large, beautiful windows.

And while most of these windows seem uncluttered and unadorned, having a minimalist home doesn’t mean that you own to be content with a lack of privacy, give up your day-time snooze or suffer glare on your TV or computer screen.

Ring Clip Drapes

For the DIY minimalist

The simplicity of the ring clip drape with its understated beauty is what makes it ideal for the minimalist homemaker who wants curtains, but don’t desire to weigh the room below with heavy drapery.

Making this window dressing is as simple as buying a length of fabric, clipping it to the rings and sliding it onto the curtain rod. Clip rings are available in both C-ringsor full rings and come in a variety of finishes to suit your décor. Clip rings can be used with flat fabric panels or with pleated drapes to create a fuller look.

Gorgeous, simple ring clip drapes from Les Curieuses feature thin contrasting edges that complement the sleek black metal rods.

Shoji Screens

For the zen minimalist

Go to the source of calm and balance and make your own shoji screen.

Panels of rice paper or canvas can be clipped into double ceiling mounted tracks and seamlessly moved using drapery wands to customize your ideal space.

These room dividers exude peace and tranquillity, and the neutral screens will go with any design style and color scheme your minimalist home may own. Alternatively, you can use the chance to frolic with beautiful patterns and some color without the bulky fabric of traditional drapes.

Digs Digs features fabric wall panels in a style and setting that clearly mimic that of the original Shoji screen.

It lends a sense of privacy to the bedroom while maintaining a link with nature.

Wave Pleat Drapes

For the city minimalist

The precise folds of the wave pleat create a simple, elegant and extremely tidy drape that is ideally suited to large windows. These drapes don’t enquire much of the user other than appreciation for their clean lines and require no further tiebacks or holdbacks. Best used with a traverse ripplefold curtain rod, they glance best when simply drawn back and left to frame the window.

These positively minimalist wave pleat drapes featured on Dollar Curtains & Blinds are pulled back effortlessly to display the cityscape.