Awning Design: Valances and More, your Options

August 29, 2017

​When it comes to awnings you want to pick the right one for your needs. This means that you should know more about your options. Awnings come in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes. In fact, awnings also have additional accessories you can add to them including things like drop screens and shade curtains.


​Awning design includes more than just the color and shape. In fact, here are a few things to consider when it comes to Awning Design 101:
·   Valances: These are technically pieces of decorative fabric that hang from the edge of your awning or other shade structure. Valances offer a little more design to your awning and patterns can be scalloped, straight edged, or something custom made.
·      Fabric: This is probably the most important part of your awning. Choosing the right fabric takes some research. You should know what color you want, the style, and the kind of fabric you desire. Not all fabrics are the same when it comes to awnings. Some are made of polyester and vinyl, others are acrylic, and more. So, remember when choosing your fabric, it’s about more than the color and style, it’s about the quality. Ask your awning installer/manufacturer which fabric is best for your needs and your environment. 


​·  Shape: The shape of your awning can be anything from a rectangle, to concave, to a dome like construction, and more. The shape of your awning is determined by your choice of width, drop, and projection as well.
·  Frame: The frame of your awning can be made from different materials including aluminum, steel, and more.
·    Accessories: Your awning can be decorated with more than just the fabric’s pattern. You can use things like Spears and valances to enhance the look and feel of your awning. Ask your awning installer for other options or discuss custom made ideas.
·   Graphics: If you are installing an awning for a business, store, or restaurant, then using graphics is another way to accentuate your shade structure. Printing your company’s logo or name on an awning is a great way to attract attention to your business. 

​Awning design isn’t as simple as it sounds when you start to see all the options you have. The above list is just a few of the many things you can do with your awning’s shape, frame, and fabric. For more information about awning design, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at Or call us at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at