Differences Between Valances, Swags, and Pelmets

Your bedroom windows demand coverings not merely for privacy, but for style, also.

Your bedroom windows demand coverings not merely for privacy, but for style, also. As a result curtain pelmets Dartford have become a sought after addition to beautiful curtains. One technique to add some additional flair, colour, and character is with a valance, swag, or pelmet overlying the more functional drapes or blinds. What is the difference between these window dressings, and which one will go best in your room? To assist you in deciding, here is a list with some great examples.

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Simple Valances

A simple valance is a section of fabric that hangs over the head of a window to conceal other window furnishing hardware and add softness, colour, and design. A simple valance is the most basic and casual treatment; it’s typically just a piece of fabric attached to the rod by clip rings or a rod pocket.

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Simple valances can be applied singly or layered over separate window treatments. The soft gathers and folds are excellent with any casual decorating characteristic.

Pleated Valances

Pleated valences are more ceremonious and traditional than a simple valance, a box-pleated valance hangs straight down across the window, due to its stitched pleats. It’s generally fastened to the window with an L-shaped rod.

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A box-pleated valance is a classic design that is perfect for traditional bedroom fashions or old-world appearances like Tuscan or British Colonial. Pick a valance that harmonises your bedding for the most formal presentation, or pick something more casual with a valance that contrasts in colour or pattern.

Swags & Tails

Swags are sections of fabric loosely slung and draped over a decorative rod or wound over a tieback at each corner of a window frame. Swags add style and glamour to your room. There are several different ways to hang swags, but the most popular is a simple swag. This method is where the swag drapes in the centre like a valance, with the ends, either split into diagonals or simply hemmed, to softly drape down on either side of the window.

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Swags are exceptional for a charming cottage or country-style bedroom because of the sheer, amorous softness of the window dressing. A swag on its own does not produce much privacy, so it should be blended with other window dressings, such as curtains, blinds, shutters, or shades. Swags are a fantastic alternative to drapes for canopy beds. Simply wind the fabric above the bed’s posts.


A Pelmet is a box-like wooden valance typically crafted from wood, then coated with paint, wallpaper, or fabric and fixed to the wall over the window. Other pelmets are created from attractive wood and then stained to look great without requiring paint or fabric coverings. Curtain pelmets Dartford,  can be matched with soft window dressings like fabric shades, drapes, or curtains. Pelmets, can also be used alone, which renders a more formal appearance to a master bedroom suite.

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Pelmets work best in rooms that need more architectural interest. Pelmets can liven up a window without trim or give a place without crown mouldings some added attention.

Made to Order Swags and Tails

Swags and tails are a grand way to intensify the character of your living area.

Swags & Tails supply rooms with an opulent and timeless appearance. Depending on the dimension of your window, swags and tails are asymmetrical or symmetrical. They appear with or without trimmings, and can be made less formal with spiral tails or contemporarily fixed onto a pole.

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Valances Tailored For You

All of our pelmets are fastened by Velcro™ for easy cleaning and installation.

A complete fitting service is given for our own soft furnishings. Upholstered pelmets are made into any shape or size, clothed in matching or contrasting fabric, and either trimmed or edged. Gathered pelmets are available in pencil pleat, frilled, straight, or shaped, with contrasting borders and trimming. Valances in pinch pleat or box pleat offer a traditional, tailored finish to the window dressing.

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I originally found Drapes By Design online and have now used them twice for their fantastic all round service. On this occasion they supplied and fitted a pole and some dining room curtains for me. The man that has come out on both occasions, Paul, is really friendly, personable and easy to approach and he is also always easily contactable. The service is very efficient, the pricing is good and the quality is excellent, I would have no trouble in recommending them to others.

Emma Allen in Kent - 26 Nov 18

I would rate Drapes by Design 5 out of 5! They fitted a new curtain rail on a half bay for me, and I was pleased with their work. They remained polite and professional throughout, and I would happily use them again.

Laura Whittle in UK - 17 Aug 18

Paul and his team have fitted curtain poles, tracks and a roller blind throughout our house and have also made curtains for the majority of rooms (made to measure). We had just moved in and literally had bare windows upstairs and downstairs. Paul has been absolutely wonderful with us, explaining what the different options are and talking us through our choices. The fabrics our curtains have been made from are stunning and we are really delighted with them. The service has also been very efficient with prompt estimates, quick responses to emails etc A very professional but friendly company, faultless, would highly recommend Drapes by Design.

Ms Oakes in Barnehurst - 26 Nov 17

I used Drapes by Design because I was so impressed with how they fitted my daughters bay window rail, I am even more impressed with their work in fitting my square bay corded curtain rails. Their prices are reasonable too. The people are lovely and friendly. I have arthritis in my hands and couldn’t pull the curtains round the bay, now I can open and close the curtains myself with the cord, it’s brilliant. Thank you

Ann in Rainham - 16 Oct 17

I would highly recommend Drapes By Design, in fact I would not use anyone else now. From the moment of the first visit to fitting of the blinds we do not have one complaint. Paul was very professional, provided a superb service and the total cost was value for money. You will not be disappointed if you use this company.

Mr Patel in Dartford - 15 May 17

The service provided by Drapes By Design has been excellent. I found them to be very friendly and helpful. They also spent time running through different ideas with me so I was confident in my choice. I am very happy with the work and I would recommend this company.

Mrs Farmer in Kent - 21 Apr 17

I would absolutely, definitely recommend Drapes By Design without a glimmer of hesitation. They completed the work in an excellent time frame, all of the workmen were very pleasant and left the site looking untouched. Very pleased with the work, the effect of the Venetian roller blinds we’ve had installed is incredible, they look beautiful, letting in loads of light exactly how we wanted.

Mrs Phillips in Bexley - 29 Mar 17

Drapes By Design provided a first class service at excellent value for money. I would certainly recommend this company.

Deborah in Kent - 29 Mar 17

I can’t recommend this company enough. I was extremely pleased with the service and the variety of blinds available to choose from. They were very efficient, reliable and tidy when it came to the fitting of the blinds.

Mrs Dowling in Kent - 13 Mar 17

I was very satisfied with the service and found Paul to be particularly helpful. The company overall were great and I would definitely recommend them.

Mrs Hopley in Dartford - 22 Feb 17

I have used Drapes By Design for years now and they never disappoint. I was very happy with the service and work carried out recently and i would highly recommend them.

Mr Solkhon in Bromley - 8 Feb 17

I’ve hired Drapes By Design several times to complete a variety of jobs including putting up some motorised window blinds as well as other various blinds and have never had an issue. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. They always arrive on time and never leave a mess behind when the work is done. Overall I’m very happy with the service and can’t find fault with any aspect of it. Would recommend to anyone!

Sylvia in Dartford - 21 Dec 16

I used drapes for design to fit new wooden Venetian blinds in 3 rooms. The guy was an absolute gent, really helpful and the price was good too. I’m moving shortly and will definitely be calling them back in for my new home . Thanks again.

Jamie in Medway - 8 Dec 16

I was very pleased with the work carried out and the service provided. I found them very polite and helpful and i would definitely recommend them.

Mrs Soya in Kent - 5 Dec 16

Gorgeous curtains. Nicely priced aswell.

PRolly in Luton, Dunstable & Leighton Buzzard - 6 Jan 11

Choosing the best curtain tiebacks is as significant as the curtains themselves.

If you own heavy curtains, small tiebacks would look dwarfed and appear strained to hold back the curtains. If they are too big, it will reduce the effect and design of the curtains. Beaded ropes add a splash of glitz to glamorous rooms, while neutral colours work well in a more low-key space. And metal tiebacks work well with modern fabrics and furnishing. For fabulous curtain pelmets Dartford and beyond, get in touch today, to learn about our range of curtain and blind pelmets.

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