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Nov 8, 2020

This is a simple project that I thought Iʻd share cause there may be others out there that can use this concept.

The problem is how to hang mini blinds or window shades over a window.

In my case SWMBO wanted shades for this picture window in our new sunroom. We started with no shades over it until we realized that in the afternoon the sun came right in and if you were sitting in a chair near that window it got you right in the eyes.

The solution was to make a valance to go over the top of the window. This is a view of the valance sitting on a table upside down.

This is another view of the top of the valance.

The valance is simple to make. It is made from 4-1/4 inch base board and 3-5/8 inch crown molding. The cover of the valance is 1/4 inch plywood. What you donʻt see are the triangular blocking that I installed to help secure the crown molding to the base board.

Screwed to the header above the window is a mounting board. It is 2 inch wide 3/4 inch thick and is the same length as the window trim it is mounted above.

It is painted the same color as the walls so it is almost invisible. On the top edge of the board are pins that stick out about 1/2 inch.

On the top cover of the valance I drilled matching holes that slip over the pins

The board serves several purposes. Besides serving as a means to hang the valance it also is a good place to mount window shades (or mini blinds). Since the board is thicker than the window trim whatever you mount on them will drop nicely in front of the window.

Once the window shades (in this case these are cordless cellular fabric shades) are installed the valance is slipped over the pins on the board. Gravity dows the rest.

This is what the complete installation looks like. When the shades are up they hide behind the valance.

This is what the they look like when drawn down. We couldnʻt find shades that were long enough for the window so we used 2 shades.

Hope this simple project gives you another idea of how you could dress up your windows and earn points from your SWMBO.

Thanks for looking. Comments appreciated.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 11-09-2020 12:34 AM

Way to go functional and looks good too.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Carey Mitchell

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#2 posted 11-09-2020 12:41 AM

Great idea and execution, as usual.

I did one years ago that was a little simpler – until I had to glue fabric on it !

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#3 posted 11-09-2020 01:14 AM

Great concept, looks like it will serve it’s porpose. Gives me an idea for a floating corner shelf. Thanks for posting.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 11-09-2020 01:52 AM

Beautiful! Nice job Alex!

-- dukeofburl

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#5 posted 11-09-2020 04:36 AM

And it will work for other kinds of drapes/blinds, etc!

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 11-09-2020 05:32 AM

A very unique cool design!

Great work… COOL work…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 11-09-2020 06:57 AM

Smart move, nicely done!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-09-2020 12:49 PM

Great job on that window shade and framing, Alex! You made points for sure!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-09-2020 03:00 PM

That is a great transformation of that window. It looks great and so functional.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 11-09-2020 03:53 PM

That is an elegant solution. I have seen here in Fla that the crown molding is moved into the room about 8” in front of the sliding doors, leaving a pocket for shades to hide when rolled up. I like what you did here

-- Petey

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#11 posted 11-10-2020 03:06 PM

very cool, looks great!

-- Zach

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#12 posted 11-10-2020 06:59 PM

Great design and well thought out!
I would not have that issue as our windows all have a very deep jamb and it’s a piece of cake to install blinds .
Thanks for sharing your project and the idea may come in handy one day .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 11-11-2020 08:49 PM

Very nice work Alex.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 11-14-2020 04:51 AM

Looks great!, I was thinking of doing something like this on my Picture window. I need to overlap the shades though. Dan

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#15 posted 12-31-2020 11:12 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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