Using a valance to decorate your French door is a great way to add character to the door and the entire room. Building a valance is relatively easy, and generally can be completed in a few hours. Here's a handy step-by-step guide to help you build a valance for your French doors:
Step 1- Measuring
A French door valance will be secured to the wall doorframe. You will need to measure the size of the door opening and then add 4 inches on either side. You can choose to make a larger valance if you want to. However, four inches on either side is generally enough.
Step 2 – Building the Valance Board Frame
Using a one by four piece of wood and a saw, cut a piece to the desired length of the violence. Typical valance lengths for French doors are between 4 and 10. Choose a size that is appropriate for your door and your room. Next, assemble the valance frame by gluing the one by four pieces of the frame together and securing them with wood screws.
Step 3 - Cut the Valance Face Board
Next, measure and cut the piece of 1/4 inch plywood to serve as the face board for your valance.
Step 4 - Putting it All Together
After you have cut the face board, attach the face board to the frame using glue and wood screws.
Step 5 - Cutting the Fabric
If you're not going to create a padded valance, you can measure the fabric that will be used to a length long enough to wrap once around the valance board and then once around the sides of the frame. However, if you're going to be installing batting to create a padded valance you should do that before cutting your fabric.
Step 6 - Attach the Fabric
Next, use staples to secure the fabric to the bottom backside of the valance board. After you staple the bottom piece of the fabric, stretch it so that it is taut across the valance face board and then staple the fabric to the backside of the board. Start from the center and work your way outward - making sure that the fabric is pulled tightly and doesn't have wrinkles or inconsistencies. Do the same for the sides of the valance and make sure the material is pulled tightly around side frames of the door valance.
Step 7 - Attach the Valance to the Wall
Attach your L frame to the wall using ½” wood screws. After the frame has been securely attached, attach the frame of the valance to the L brackets and secure with wood screws.
That's it; you now have an attractive valance for your French doors. You will notice now that your door opening has a lot more character and has become much more of a focal point in your room.