Easy DIY Wood VALANCE
Here's a window treatment that serves a dual purpose, and is fairly easy to do. It's a shelf for displaying your collectibles, and a window treatment! You can hang two fabric window treatments from it. Either sheers and drapery panels, or drapery panels and a fabric valance. (It works best if the width of your window will allow the use of only two brackets. If you'll need more than two, see *below for a way to work around this issue).
You will need:
Wooden shelf kit that includes the wooden brackets
Tension curtain rod to fit between the wood valance brackets (Two if you want a curtain and a valance or sheers and drapery panels).
Paint or stain to finish the shelf and brackets
Screws for mounting the brackets to the wall (you may need hollow wall anchors).
Shelf wood valance:
- First thing you need to do is decide on the type of window treatment you want to hang from the wood valance. Will it just be a valance? If so you only need a shelf long enough so that your brackets can go on the wall close to the window trim, leaving a few inches of shelf past the bracket.
If it will be a long window treatment (curtains), you will want your shelf to extend far enough past the window so that when your curtains are open, they don't cover up too much of your window.
I'd guesstimate around 12 inches past the window on each side. Then when you open your curtains, you just open them to the edge of your glass.
- Purchase a wooden shelf kit with wood brackets that will fit across the width of your window as explained above. Paint or stain it your color of choice.
- Following the package instructions, mount the brackets outside your window trim at the height necessary to accommodate the type of window treatment you'll be hanging. (If using more than two brackets, see *below).
- If you want a curtain and a valance, you'll need two tension rods. The rod for the curtain will be mounted inside the brackets at a low point close to the top of the window and close to the wall ( be sure to allow clearance of you are going to open and close the curtains).
The rod for the valance will be mounted higher up on the bracket a little farther from the window and farther out from the wall, to allow the curtain to move without dragging on the valance.
The wood brackets work great for this because they are narrow at the bottom and wider at the top giving you room to come our farther for the valance.
* If you need more than two brackets for your wood valance here are a couple options:
- Use your judgment here, but mount all the brackets below the shelf, except for any that will get in the way of your tension rod.
- For instance, if you need a center support which will get in the way of your tension rod, mount it upside down above the shelf and put screws through from the bottom of the shelf up into the bracket. Just be sure it is centered so it'll look nice from across the room.
- Another way is to not use the wood bracket in the center. Instead use an angle or L shaped metal bracket mounted below the shelf. It won't stick out and get in the way, and it won't show under your treatment if you mount the rod up high enough under the shelf.
- You can also paint the metal bracket with the color of your wall for a little extra insurance. Ask a sales person where you buy it what size angle bracket to get for your specific shelf.