How to hang valance curtain rods

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How to hang valance curtain rods
How you hang your valance curtain rod will depend on whether there are additional window treatments. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Adding a decorative valance to a window is one way to introduce more colour and style to a room. Before hanging the valance curtain rod, be sure that there is enough space on each side and above any existing coverings (such as sheers, blinds or other drapery panels) on the window. Valance curtain rods need to be placed on the outside of any other curtain hardware and rods, as the valance will be the top decoration on the window.

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Things you need

  • Steel measuring tape
  • Level
  • Cordless drill
  • Valance rod hardware screws
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Curtain rod hardware
  • Valance curtain rod
  • Decorative valance

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  1. 1

    Check the width of the hardware included with the valance curtain rod. The valance hardware will need to protrude over all pre-existing hardware on the window by at least 2 inches. This allows the valance to hang properly and ensures it does not hinder other curtains or blinds on the window from working properly.

  2. 2

    Measure 2 inches past the outermost pre-existing drapery rod or hardware on the window. This measurement should be taken on both sides. Draw a line with the pencil to indicate the 2-inch mark. Two inches will ensure that the other window coverings can work properly. Install the valance rod at the same height as the existing drapery rods.

  3. 3

    Place the level across the window aligned with the two marks you made with the pencil. Line up the marks and make new ones to ensure the brackets will be level.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill the bracket holes with the cordless drill. Pre-drilling guarantees the screws go into the drywall easily and in the right position.

  5. 5

    Hold one bracket up to one of the pre-drilled holes and insert a screw into the hole. Use the cordless screwdriver to screw the bracket to the wall. Repeat this process on the other side of the window. Use the level one last time to ensure you have installed the brackets accurately and completely straight.

  6. 6

    Slide the decorative valance onto the valance curtain rod and attach the rod to the brackets; this will depend on the type of rod purchased. Many rods will push onto the brackets, while others will require the top of the rod hook onto a latch at the top of the bracket and then snap into place.

Tips and warnings

  • If no blinds or draperies hang on the window, the valance curtain rod can be installed on the window frame. If items already hang from the frame, the valance rod will need to be installed on the wall.

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