Instructions on how to hang a scarf valance

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Instructions on how to hang a scarf valance
If you find your current window treatments boring, try adding a scarf valance. (window curtains image by Aaron Kohr from

Scarf valances are a versatile way to spruce up your windows. Not only are they simple to install, but they add instant elegance to your room. You can choose to drape one over your existing curtains or use the scarf valance alone as a light curtain. You can buy these drapes at any home goods store in either 6-yard or 8-yard lengths. When it comes to hanging a valance, there are no set rules on how to do so. The way you drape it is up to you.

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Things you need

  • Scarf hooks
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 6-yard or 8-yard scarf valance
  • Double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Install the scarf hooks on the window frame using a drill and screws. If you are draping the valance in front of curtains, place the hooks an inch or two from each end of the curtain rod.

  2. 2

    Hang the scarf valance over the hooks. Some scarf valances will come with loops that you can place over the hooks. If yours doesn't, you can simply drape the valance itself over the hooks.

  3. 3

    Step back and look at the window. This will give you a better idea of how the window treatment looks as a whole.

  4. 4

    Experiment with different ways of draping. You might wish to loop the valance over your curtain rod as well. Once you've draped it, step back to get the full effect.

  5. 5

    Hem the ends of the valance if necessary. If the valance is too long and brushes the floor, you risk having it torn down. Hem them so they ends are at least 6 inches above the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • There are a number of ways you can make your scarf valance even more interesting. Try doubling them up or adding decorative crystals or beads to the ends.
  • If you have pets or children, keep the ends of the valance as short as possible. A child or animal could pull on them and tear the hooks or the curtain rod down.

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