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Deuceofspades

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Posted: 02/05/21 12:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV cornices (aka valance - they go over the top of your curtains head rails and usually also cover the sides, framing your window blinds), not always a love story LOL. It's tempting to get rid of them when remodeling, and I saw TONS of internet posts showing "before and after" where, invariably, the owners got rid the cornices.

I'm debating myself if I should do the same.

But cornices may serve more than a "looking pretty - or trying to" purpose. For example I suspect they help further insulate leaks from the windows (cold air coming in, heat leaking out etc) AND also block light leaks, blocking sunlight out more than blinds alone would be able to, since light can still come in from top and sides of blinds.

So I wonder: DID YOU GET RID OF YOUR CORNICES and if, do you now regret it and if so why?

If you never looked back, are still glad they are gone, and they served no purpose let me know, cause then I might say goodbye to mine too LOL.

Thanks for the feedback.

* This post was edited 02/07/21 05:39pm by Deuceofspades *


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For the laymen, what's a "cornice"?


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Look at my reply as "Martian" on your same post on the irv2 forum.


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Posted: 02/05/21 02:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had to google it to find out

Cornice - an ornamental molding around the wall of a room just below the ceiling.

So, I just looked around my RV, and I have wooden trim along the edge of ceiling and wall, so I assume these are cornices?

If that's a correct assumption, mine are basically unobtrusive and I really didn't pay any nevermind one way or the other. Any other RV I've been in, I've never noticed them sticking out, so why get rid of them?

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Posted: 02/05/21 02:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Super_Dave wrote:

For the laymen, what's a "cornice"?


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Posted: 02/05/21 04:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our RV cornice club is thriving. I’m assistant VP. We are against the removal of any cornice.


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Posted: 02/05/21 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From what I read he is talking about curtain pelmets over top and sides.
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Window cornices (pelmets) are typically made of wood and may be fabric covered, while window valences are typically made with fabric matching or contrasting with the curtains. I didn't remove the cornices in my coach, but I did mod them to a narrower profile opening up more usable window area.


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Valence, cornice, lambequin, I believe Deuce is talking about these things that go around the windows:

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These are invariably upholstered with the ugliest fabric available. In a previous trailer, I removed them and replaced them with ones I made from oak and stained. If you have miniblinds, they are function in the sense that they keep the blinds from bouncing around when in transit.

If you have pleated shades, they don't do much to keep the shades in place (since the shades are tethered) but visually they do hide the top bar, and as was noted, offer some light protection on the sides.

I removed them in our latest truck camper project and never looking back!


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Well now, I've learned TWO things this week.

Cornices are NOT the moldings around the edge of roof and wall, like I thought google description was saying.

But, they are what I think most people refer to as valances.

Learned more this week than I have in a while.

I'll still call them valances though....

Mike

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