Frame For An Extra Wide Awning
The Awning Valance
is a charming valance to bring a casual, outdoor feel into a family room
or kitchen. Traditionally, awning valances are mounted on two standard
white rods. The upper rod has a shallow projection, the lower rod a larger
projection. The valance is cut and tailored to follow the projections
of the rods. A problem presents itself, though, when the window is over
40" wide. The standard rods are not able to hold their shape without
sagging. The lower rod is often below the window line and there is no
place to mount a support for it.
In A SewWhat? News
article, Susan Day designed an awning frame which was sturdy up to 72"
wide. She used plywood to cut the shaped sides and 1x2 board for the top
line. These pieces were glued and nailed together like a cornice. A rod
was set in the front of the projection to support the lower half of the
valance across the width of the window.
My problem was a window
that was 125" wide. I needed to take Susan Day's valance frame and
re-engineer it to be sturdy over a ten foot span.
I cut the shaped side
from 1/2" plywood. One for each side.
I used a 1x2 across
the top and turned a 1x4 on its side for a back brace 1/2 way down. This
design served two purposes:
1. There was space
for the angle irons. They could be mounted first, then the entire frame
lifted and set on them for stability while screwing them in.
2. The middle brace
sat on the top of the window casing, adding extra support to the entire
Three support colums
braced the top board and kept it firm.
The pieces were put
together with wood glue and nails - the same method as for building a
I spray painted the
frame after it was assembled. That was a time-consuming process. You could
brush paint your frame either white or the same color as the lining. When
standing at the window under the frame, you want it to blend into the
back of the treatment.
You could also cover
all of the pieces with lining fabric before assembling.
The finished frame
was sturdy enough for me to handle by myself. It was raining that day,
so it had to be wrapped in plastic because it hung outside the van window.
I put the angle irons
in place fist. Then carefully lifted the frame up and rested it on the
angle irons. The lower board in the back sat on top of the window casing.
The frame was relatively stabilized while I screwed in the first screw.
The valance was fabricated
with velcro along the top edge. Once the frame was mounted in place, it
was simple to hang the valance on the frame.
My one mistake? The
valance should have been lined in blackout. The shadows from the framing
were distracting to me.
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