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What are Pelmets and Valances?

Pelmets and Valances can really add to a pair of curtains if added correctly, this report outlines the correct proportion required when adding them and how the overall impact would have on the room.


A pelmet is a framework placed above a window which is used to conceal curtain fixtures. A pelmet can be made of plywood, can be painted or covered with fabric. Pelmets are placed 1/5th – 1/6th of the floor to track measurement, and if done right can be used to cause a dramatic effect to the room.



This is much the same as a pelmet and is used in much the same way which is to hide the fixings and fittings of the curtain track. A valance is made from fabric, and can look much like a little curtain, it is attached with velcro to a fitting above the curtain.



Image shows how valance attaches to the fittings with velcro
Image shows how valance attaches to the fittings with velcro

Livingstone Textiles offer a making service where we can advise you on the product that you require and the make to your needs. If you would like any further information on the please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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