This is the simplest form of a rod pocket valance. It is simply a flat fabric tube or shirred sleeve used to cover a rod intended to be used for decoration or filling space on a rod/panel combination treatment.
This type of valance adds a header only to the sleeve application described above. These are usually seen as fillers for spaces between side panels on larger window applications. Different looks can be created by placing the header on the lower end of the rod pocket. Doubling up rods to achieve a stacked look is also possible.
Making the valance skirt with shaping is very common and the typical arch or M-shape is very popular. For yet another idea, try a reverse arch bottom, scallop, or slant bottom. Shaped bottoms need to follow the same rules for lining and finishing details as toppers and other valances. Headers for these valances are optional.
Valances with Header and/or Skirt or Bottom Lift
The balloon bottom effect can be created by adding a second rod casing at the bottom of the fabric, installing the lower rod closer to the top rod than the skirt’s length, and allowing the extra fabric to balloon out creating this puffed effect.