About This Window Treatment
If you would like a simple balloon valance, then you may like the relaxed Roman balloon valance. Its ring-style construction allows you to slightly adjust the length manually for a perfect fit. This particular valance can be outside-mounted, inside-mounted, or frame-mounted. The valance is fully lined with our premium lining. Interlining is optional, but it is recommended if you’d like a valance with extra volume. We try our best to center prominently large patterns on the valance whenever possible. The Roman balloon valance has a 3-inch rod pocket. Possible widths: 27 to 36 inches. There are three lengths available for this particular valance to suit your window.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which width should I choose?
It depends on how this valance will be installed. Please see the suggested measuring instructions below.
Which length should I choose?
The short length is typically for standard windows where the valance will be an inside mount. In most cases where an outside mount or frame mount is required, the standard length should work. If the valance is installed at least 9 feet above the floor, or if you’d like more volume, then select the long length.
What kind of hardware do I need?
It depends on how the valance will be installed. If it’s an outside mount, then a drapery pole with a diameter of about 1 to 1 5/8 inches should work. A continental rod that’s 2 1/2 inches wide should work too, but be mindful that the projection on the continental rod cannot be greater than 3 inches on each side for this particular style of window treatment. Of the two choices, we recommend the continental rod over the drapery pole installation whenever possible.
For inside mounts, a flat tension rod that’s 2 1/2 inches wide should work. If mounting the valance inside a patio door, keep in mind that you may need a magnetic curtain rod instead if the door is made of steel or any other metal.
How do I buy this valance?
Simply make your selections above and click to add to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
(In case you’re wondering, the price changes in real time each time you make a change to your custom design. The price is displayed on this page right above the purple “Add to Cart” button.)
How long does it take to ship this valance? Will I be updated?
Depending on the size of your order and whether the fabric is in stock, you could receive your valance in as early as 2 to 3 weeks. However, for most of our customers, the normal turnaround time is about 3 to 5 weeks. We rarely see a 6-week turnaround, but it does happen with some of our larger orders.
We get busier right before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays due to higher demand. Please plan accordingly.
And yes, we understand this is an important purchase for most of our customers. We take ample measures to update our customers via email at least three to four times during the process.
Do I need interlining for this window treatment?
We highly recommend adding interlining on all relaxed Roman valances, especially if the chosen fabric is a silk or faux silk fabric.
Can this valance be gathered?
It depends. Because we use medium weight home decor fabric and plenty of it at the bottom hem, there’s no need for this valance to be gathered. For the outside mounts, this valance is intended to have a flat rod pocket across the top. For inside mounts and frame mounts, it’s only gathered minimally. See measuring instructions below for more details.
Will this valance be a bit more narrow at the bottom hem than the rod pocket?
Yes, that’s the nature of relaxed Roman valances. This effect will be minimized if you select to install it on a continental rod instead of a drapery pole.
What if I don’t want to add trim?
It’s optional, so you can simply skip it. And if you’ve added it by mistake or changed your mind, you can always delete it in the shopping cart.
What kind of trim should I select if I want trim?
You can select any that’s available. All of them should work equally well for this style of valance.
Where is this valance made?
All our work is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
How do I use this valance with draperies?
You would layer a single or a pair of draperies over the valance. If the valance is an inside mount, you can use any hardware for the draperies. But if the valance is a frame mount or outside mount, make sure that the drapery pole of the valances projects at least 5 inches away from the wall.
Can I send you my own fabric if I don’t see one that I like, or need to match the valance to the rest of my room?
Yes, you can. You don’t need to wait around for us to give you a custom quote. If you wish to send in your own materials and pay for lining and labor only, simply select “Customer’s Own Fabric” under fabrics and continue making your other custom selections. Once you complete the last step of the custom design above, you will immediately see the price displayed at the bottom. However, we ask that you please contact us first before actually sending in the fabric.
We must pre-approve your selections first, so we may require a fabric swatch or online link to the fabric that you plan to use. Read our guidelines for more information.
Suggested Measuring Instructions
First, you must select whether the valance will be installed as an outside mount or inside mount on your window.
For outside mounts, measure your window. If your window is framed in wooden molding, make sure to include it in your measurement as well. Add 2 to 4 total inches to this measurement. If you will install the valance onto a decorative pole, this is the valance width that you will need to order. If you will install the valance onto a continental rod, you must add the returns of the rod of each side to the above measurement also. We recommend that the projection on the continental rod be no wider than 3 inches. This valance is not intended for continental rods with large projections.
TIP: While you can install the valance either on a decorative pole or continental rod, we highly recommend installing it onto a continental rod. We find that this gives this particular valance a more tailored look.
For inside mounts, measure the inside width of your window between the studs. Add 1 to 2 inches (the valance will be slightly gathered in this case). This is the width that you will need to order. Valance will be installed onto a flat tension rod.
For frame mounts (valance is installed on the actual wooden frame of the window), simply measure your window width, including the molding, and add 1 to 2 inches to this measurement. This is the width that you should order. Note that frame mounts only work if installed onto decorative poles. They will not work on continental rods.
Special Instructions for Double Wide and Triple Wide Windows
In this case, your valances must be inside mounted. You must make sure that there is mullion spacing between the window sections. This is needed in order to install the tension rods. Otherwise, follow the standard measuring instructions for inside mounts above.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
If you select an outside mount installation, you will need to make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 6 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 7 inches of space between corner windows. For frame mounts, make sure that there is at least 2 inches of space between each window section. If the valances will be inside mounts, they will work on bay, bow and corner windows. However, you must make sure that there is mullion spacing between the window sections of bay and bow windows. This is needed in order to install the tension rods.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
For arch windows, you may install as either outside, inside, or frame mount. If the window requires two or more valances that will be installed side by side, the valances will need need to be installed as inside mounts and you’ll need to make sure that there’s some mullion spacing between each valance. If there are no mullions in between the valances, then the installation will not work.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
Only measure the glass panes of your door and add 2 to 3 total inches. If you will use a continental rod for installation, also make sure to add the returns. The valance will be slightly gathered on the French door. If door is made of steel, we suggest purchasing a magnetic curtain rod to avoid drilling holes into the door.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
This type of window treatment is not intended for sliding glass doors.