Pinch-Pleated Draperies: Pleats build fullness into a window treatment, creating a more formal look. Pleated draperies can also be layered over sheer and lace panels. They are usually hung on a traverse rod, to open and close easily.
Rod-Pocket Panels or Curtains: Simply thread the panel over your rod through the pocket sewn at the top, then gather the fabric to make these panels as full as you’d like.
Tab-Top Panels: Designed to go on a decorative rod (since some of it will show through).
Scarves: A long piece of fabric that tapers at the end, it can be draped through decorative wall sconces or looped over a decorative rod or scarf holders. Scarf valances can also be wrapped around a rod to simply frame a window, or layered over panels.
Valances & Top Treatments
Valances and top treatments add drama to any window, whether used alone or layered over panels or blinds. For wider windows, order 2 or more valances, or use an insert valance. The total fabric width of the valance should be about twice the rod width. Some suggestions:
Balloon curtains have rod-pocket tops and are usually for single windows 36–54 inches wide. Buy approximately twice the window width for proper fullness.
Jabots or swag pairs can be hung with an insert valance (festoon, e.g.) on the same rod. When hung with a cascade valance, use a double rod and hang on the outer rod.
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