What Is A Cascade Window Treatment?

What Is A Cascade Window Treatment?

What Is A Cascade Window Treatment?

A cascade window treatment runs along the treatment’s sides. The fabric narrows and folds vertically. The cascade will be mounted beneath the swag in this design. The window is dressed with a custom swag and cascade treatment that frames a beautiful view.

This style is great for windows that face the front of your home where a view of the yard or trees would be an enhancement. A cascade window treatment typically consists of three parts: the swag, the individual panels, and the cascade.

First, you will choose a wide fabric that matches your ceiling. In this case, you will want to use a fabric with more stretch and recovery.

You will also want to consider color as well as a pattern; it should complement your wall colors. Second, you will sew pleats in the fabric along both sides. These pleats should be staggered so they do not meet at the center or they may cause wrinkles on the ceiling when draping down.

Now, you will need to attach the pleats to the swag. You can use a type of clip or you may sew them in place. The final step is to attach the swag to a ceiling hook.

The cascade is attached beneath the swag on both sides of your window with small bobbin clips. You can also sew it in place or you may choose to use Velcro tape. This allows you to open and close the window treatments easily, even if they are made of heavy fabric.

How Do You Make A Wooden Valance Window Treatment?

  1. Draw a box with the length and height of the cornice on a piece of MDF. Draw a scalloped edge or any other design you want on the bottom of the valance onto the wood. Draw your design to the halfway point of your pattern for a symmetrical pattern.
  2. Take measurements and mark them for the returns (sides of the valance). The width of the returns is determined by the window treatments that will be hung beneath the cornice. When the window treatments are open and closed, take measurements. Returns will be attached to the backside of the cornice face rather than the edge.
  3. Cut out the shape of the cornice with a circular saw, then cut out the design with a jig saw.
  4. Fasten the returns through the face of the cornice with wood glue and nails.
  5. Take measurements and cut the molding. Cut the molding at a 45-degree angle at the corners and cope one piece for a tight fit. Attach the molding to the cornice box with nails.
  6. Caulk any gaps or nail holes, sand smooth, then prime and paint. Allow the cornice to completely dry.
  7. Cut the 1×3 to size for the ledger; it should be slightly shorter than the length of the inside of the cornice box. Attach the ledger to the wall with screws. It should be attached to a solid header. If not, locate the studs and secure the ledger to them.
  8. Screw the cornice box to the ledger and hang it.

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