Hanging a Valance

What You'll Need
A prebuilt or custom-made valance
L brackets
1/2 inch wood screws
Power drill or power screwdriver
Tape measure

A valance can help make your windows stand out and make your windows a focal point in any room. You can choose to hang of valance by itself, with curtains or shades, or even with extravagant drapes for a very elegant design and look. Valances are available in all types of shapes, styles and configurations; however, the hanging of the valance itself is pretty much the same, regardless of the type. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to help you hang a window valance:

Step 1 - Measuring

First, you will need to measure the opening of your windows to ensure that your valances are the correct size. Remember, that you're valance should be about three or 4 inches wider on either side than the window opening or curtain rod. Also, you should remember to measure along the top edge of the window opening.

Step 2 - Installing the L Brackets

You will need to make sure that your L brackets are square along the sides of the window opening and are the exact same distance from the top of the ceiling to the area along the side of the window opening where they will be mounted. To do this, use your tape measure to measure from the ceiling to the point where you'll be mounting the L bracket on either side of the window opening. Use a pencil to mark the top and lower most parts of the L brackets so that you can make sure they are properly aligned before screwing them into the wall.

Next, use your power drill or electric screwdriver to screw the L brackets into the wall. You should  try to always make sure that you screw into a stud to ensure that the valance will be securely attached to the wall. Repeat the process for the other L bracket before proceeding

Step 3 - Hang the Valance

Before you hang the valance, you need to again make sure that the L brackets are square and level. If you have not done so, use your level to ensure that the tops and bottoms of the brackets are properly aligned and level. Also, double check your measurements to make sure that the L brackets are the same distance from the ceiling.

Once you're satisfied with the measurements of your brackets, attach the valance to the L brackets using 1/2 inch wood screws. It is always better to pre-drill the holes for the screws in the valance using a slightly smaller bit than the wood screws themselves. To make things easier, you should have someone help you hold the valance in the place and screw one screw into one side of the valance and then screw another screw into the other side of the valance so that those screws can help support the weight of the valance. After you have screwed one screw into either side, you can then start securing the valance by adding additional screws into the L bracket and valance itself.

After you've hung you're valance, you can then begin replacing your curtain rod and drapes. If you have any valance ornaments or accessories that will be added, you should hang them after the valance has been hung.