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Everything You Need To Know About Hanging Scarf Curtains

A window scarf, also known as a scarf valance, is a type of flowing drapery that hangs at the top or on the sides of a window to add a hint of softness, colour or texture to your space. It is simplicity at its finest and dresses up the window with minimal effort or time. All that is required is the drapery fabric and curtain hanging hardware to drape the scarf on.

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Why Choose This Type Of Curtain?

A properly hung window scarf can be the highlight of an entire room and act as the finishing touch that brings the ambiance of the space together. You can use a window scarf to make a curtain rod appear more discreet, or install scarf hooks to hang the scarf from and accentuate a beautiful window. You can also add more depth by layering multiple scarves or mixing it up with various textures.

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How To Hang Window Scarves

When it comes to hanging scarf curtains, you have a couple of options to choose from. You can either thread the fabric through holdbacks or rings and let it hang loose in the middle, or you can drape it over a drapery pole for a softer look. Because the scarf curtain doesn’t completely hide the drapery rod, try using a decorative curtain pole, rings, brackets or finials to enhance the look you want for your decor. All you need is a bit of imagination and to follow these simple steps to get the look you desire.

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With a Pole:

  1. Measure the window you want to hang the scarf valance on to determine the length of the rod required.
  2. Buy the fabric, curtain rod, brackets and finials of your choice. Note: the fabric you purchase should be twice as long as the area you wish to cover.
  3. Install two brackets (one on either side of the window) and lay the drapery rod across them.
  4. Drape the fabric over the pole and use a large binder clip to secure it to the centre of the curtain rod temporarily.
  5. Wrap the scarf fabric around the rod several times on each side of the clip. For a narrow window, wrap the scarf two to four times. For a larger window, wrap the scarf eight to ten times.
  6. Stand back and eye the drapery. If you have achieved your desired look, remove the clip from the centre, even out the ends and pull the scarf down slightly at the top centre of the window.

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Without a Pole:

  1. Measure the space you want to hang the window scarf valance on. You will want to measure from the floor to the top of the window, as well as across the top of the window. Add those two measurements together and then multiply by 2. This is the length of the fabric you will need.
  2. Buy the fabric and hooks or holdbacks of your choice.
  3. Install the hooks or holdbacks at the top right and left corners of the window.
  4. Feed the fabric through the hooks and allow it to drape down slightly in the centre.
  5. Take a step back to review your handiwork and see if any adjustments are required.

Tricks Of The Trade

Since there is no real science to wrapping a curtain scarf, remember to rely on your eye and your own preferences. Take a step back, adjust if necessary and make sure you leave enough slack to appreciate the flowing beauty of a scarf valance fully. Not only do scarf curtains help bring character to your home window treatments, but they also allow you to add complementary pops of colours into your decor. Don’t be scared to try something new. It’s easy enough to change it if you don’t end up getting the look you envisioned. Have fun and embrace your creativity.

And there you have it! Everything you need to know to be a pro at installing your own scarf curtains. Remember to stop by Drapery Curtain Rods for a huge selection of curtain rods, finials, holdbacks, rings, brackets and much more. We’ve got everything you need to complete your project and make your home a place to feel proud to show off.