A valance, i.e. a top treatment or a window topper, is a window treatment that decorates the top of a window. There are many different styles of valances and ways that they can be hung, which may influence the style you choose.
First, there is a rod pocket style. This simply means that the window treatment is fabricated with a pocket in it so that you can put a drapery rod through it for hanging. The size of the pocket (normally 1 ½” or 3”) will Continue reading…
When ordering rod pocket curtains you will need to decide on the size you want for the header and rod pocket. The rod pocket size should be made so that when you put your rod into the pocket the panel is fairly snug fitting.
You definitely do not want to use a standard 1” rod with a 3” rod pocket, the curtain will not stay shirred properly and will look flat.
A 1 ½” rod pocket should be used on a standard 1” curtain rod or with a decorative rod 13/16” diameter or smaller.
A 3” rod pocket should be used on a standard 2 ½” continental or dauphine rod or on a decorative rod 1 3/8” – 1 ½ ” diameter.
We suggest using a 3” rod pocket when you have full length drapes and have no intention of using a valance over your curtain panels and use a 1 ½” rod pocket when you intend on using a top treatment over your drapes.
The header size is usually determined if you are intending is using a top treatment or not. If using a top treatment we suggest ordering panels with out a header. If the panels are to stand alone panels then the header size can range from no header (for a more contemporary look) to either a 1” or 2” header based on personal preference.
The header is the ruffling part of the panel that sits above the rod.
Over the years we have had many customers ask us if we could make them rod pocket drapery panels without the rod pocket so that they could hang from clips and rings on decorative rods.
Well of course the answer was always yes as we can make just about anything when it comes to window treatments. By popular demand we finally decided to add the style as a new product to the website.
Our new Flat Drapery Panels can be fabricated in lengths up to 120” through the website, as always if you need a longer length or wider width, just give us a call!
The Flat Drapery Panel is a great style to use to those who need less formal functional drapes.