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The Best Valance Kitchen Curtain

Last updated on July 29, 2023

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Our Picks For The Top Valance Kitchen Curtains

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 Top Pick

WOSIBO Buffalo-Plaid Valance Kitchen Curtain, 16×56-Inch

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Buffalo-Plaid Valance Kitchen Curtain, 16x56-Inch

This set of two cotton valances has the familiar buffalo check pattern that adds character to country and farmhouse kitchens. These are 16 inches long and 56 inches wide, with a 3.2-inch sewn-in rod pocket.

Overall Take

A Little Bit CountryThese easy-to-hang, machine-washable valances work with many styles and in different rooms.

 Runner Up

JINCHAN Paisley Linen-Scroll Valance Kitchen Curtain, 20-Inch


Paisley Linen-Scroll Valance Kitchen Curtain, 20-Inch

Featuring an appealing paisley floral pattern imprinted on sturdy, linen-blend fabric, this ready-made valance measures 50 inches wide and 20 inches long. It has pretty button-up accent ties and 3-inch rod pockets. It won't wrinkle, either.

Overall Take

An Elegant TouchAdd some sophistication to your décor with these well-made, light-filtering window treatments.

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No. 918 Martine Semi-Sheer Valance Kitchen Curtain, 54×36-Inch

No. 918

Martine Semi-Sheer Valance Kitchen Curtain, 54x36-Inch

Here's a lovely three-piece light-filtering microfiber window treatment set with a valance and two coordinating tier curtains. It works with standard curtain rods and comes in several designer colors, plus different lengths.

Overall Take

A Lovely Matched SetDress up that window in no time with this easy-to-hang three-piece set, which is machine-washable.

 Strong Contender

GoodGram Farmhouse Buffalo Plaid Valance Kitchen Curtain, 58×14-Inch


Farmhouse Buffalo Plaid Valance Kitchen Curtain, 58x14-Inch

GoodGram's Buffalo check window valance is made from a cotton/polyester blend and measures 58 inches wide and 14 inches long. It features fully hemmed, macrame borders on the bottoms for an extra-special touch.

Overall Take

Nice Design With BordersThese come in a selection of colors and are machine washable; use them to easily brighten your kitchen.

Buying Guide

Window valances are a type of window treatment installed at the tops of windows. They can be combined with blinds, shades, drapes or used on their own. They are often used with curtain rods and have built-in pockets that allow them to slide over rods. This makes it essential to purchase valances with pockets that fit over the curtain rod you plan to use. Many people find valances they love and then buy the rods to fit.

Most valances are mounted on the outsides of window frames, but some are inside-mounted for a more streamlined look. You’ll want to consider the material of these valances, with can be made of so many fabrics from cotton and polyester blends to silk and lace. Also, figure out the amount of light and heat you want to come into your home; valances can be sheer or light-filtering (semi-sheer), but you may wish to opt for opaque valances (blackout). Valances also hide the hardware from other window treatments (especially blinds), which also makes them a practical option.

The standard size for a double- or single-hung window in a residence is 2 feet wide by 3 feet long, but yours could be different. To determine your window size, measure the inside of the rough opening from one jamb to the other.  This will also tell you what length your curtain rod has to be. The valance length will generally be longer because it gets gathered on the rod.

Some valances come with pull-up ties, matching small tier curtains for the bottom of the window or other accents. If you get the curtains, you will need to install a second, lower curtain rod for them. You may also find that instead of rod pockets, some valances tie onto the rods or have built-in grommets that slide over them.

What to Look For

  • When showing valance measurements, some manufacturers use the letter “H” for height instead of “L” for length.
  • Double-hung windows are generally sized from 24 to 48 inches wide and 36 to 72 inches long.
  • Bay windows can range from 42-126 inches wide and 42-126 inches long. You can accent bay windows with valances, but you will need three or more.
  • Cotton valances stand up to stretching and warping, but you may have to iron them. Cotton blends have other materials like rayon or polyester, while twill and duck cotton are medium-weight and heavier than regular, thin cotton fabrics.
  • Jacquard fabric valances have patterns woven into either cotton or polyester.
  • Other valance materials include microfiber and linen; if hanging these window treatments in kitchens or bathrooms, avoid delicate fabrics like silk that can’t be machine-washed.
  • Some valances are machine washable and others are not. Always read the manufacturer’s label before washing your valances because you won’t want to ruin them.

More to Explore

Farmhouse-style home decor, which often features valances, has been fashionable for years and shows no signs of disappearing. It didn’t originate as a trend so much as a practical way of living that has existed for generations. However, as a style, this decor has its roots in 16th and 17th century Europe. It eventually made its way to the East Coast of the U.S. and then the Midwest with new colonists in the 19th century.

It focuses on providing farmers with comfort after a long day in the fields, but is also influenced by the idea of natural materials and simplicity. Additionally, as the Industrial Revolution changed how people lived, this aesthetic changed to reflect a renewed focus on interiors, which featured sturdy, attractive fabrics and handcrafted furniture. And as it moved off farms into suburban and other homes, it became more literal and also more kitshy. Through it all, though, farmhouse chic retained a focus on functionality.

Today, the farmhouse style has taken a turn toward more elegance, thanks to designers like Joanna Gaines. The best examples of the style offer a balance of old and new and are casual and approachable. Unfinished wood, functional gathering areas, open shelving and the beloved Buffalo plaid check pattern are also elements you’ll see.

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