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Old 05-26-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Removing window valance/lambriquins?

Due to the La-z-boy Memorial Day sale, we just ordered a new sofa for our Bounder. If all goes as planned... an 81.5" full-reclining sofa should fit perfectly into our 85" space, and will fit in the slide without modification. The only thing we have to modify are those annoying window surround things, which will interfere with reclining due to the height of the back of the new sofa. (Replacement is 7" taller than existing.)

The "lambriquins" (side pieces) need to be shortened several inches, or totally removed from the valance. Has anyone done this, and if so...how?? Are the side pieces usually attached to the wall or just to the valance?

Our coach is across town in storage, so I can't get in there to scope it out right away.

Here's the dilemma... Will it look dumb to remove the lambriquins from one window behind the sofa but not the other over the dinette? I'm thinking we need to figure out a way to shorten them but not totally remove. Any suggestions will be sincerely appreciated.


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Good for you. I know how you hated that L shape sofa. There is a screw in the bottom of the side thingies. Here are son pics of mine.


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As far as how it will look. Hey, it's yours and you should be comfortable.
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Thanks, Cliff. We have 8 weeks to get the old one out and fix the window trim. Does that side piece have a screw into the wall? I'm having trouble visualizing from the angle of your pics.
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Yes , the screw angles in from the bottom. You may have to separate some material to see it.
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OK, thanks. Have you ever taken yours off? I hope they aren't glued to the wall or something.
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Yes. No they're not glued. That would cost FW more money .
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Hi, what a great idea. I have a 2012 35K and would like to do the same or similar. I would really like to see a few pictures when you are finished. Looking for ideas and the recliners are the most appealing.... Thanks, Dave A
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Hi, what a great idea. I have a 2012 35K and would like to do the same or similar. I would really like to see a few pictures when you are finished. Looking for ideas and the recliners are the most appealing.... Thanks, Dave A
We will definitely take lots of pics, Dave. Looking behind the existing L-shaped sofa, there are a lot of large wires just laying on the floor. I guess it would have been too much to ask that they put those under the carpet or something. That is one reason we decided on a replacement sofa (with recliners on each end) instead of two separate reclining chairs. We don't know what we'll do with those wires...which I assume are the wiring for the slide, etc.

After our last trip I decided once and for all that the original sofa MUST GO. If your setup is similar to ours, you will find that a couple of La-z-boy styles will fit through the doorway and in the existing space with no problem. (Or at least on paper they do...haha. I might be posting to the contrary once our new sofa arrives.)
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In our Hitchhiker 5th wheel, we took out the day/night shades and I installed faux wood blinds. In order to make everything fit right, I had to take those things down and shorten them. It was easy. Just remove them from the wall and where they tuck up under the valance you can make a cut to shorten them and then just reinstall them. Nobody will know.

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In our Hitchhiker 5th wheel, we took out the day/night shades and I installed faux wood blinds. In order to make everything fit right, I had to take those things down and shorten them. It was easy. Just remove them from the wall and where they tuck up under the valance you can make a cut to shorten them and then just reinstall them. Nobody will know.

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See, I knew you'd be contributing to this forum!! Thanks!

We were looking at those today (and when I say "we", I mean my hubby..haha). Still trying to decide whether to alter them or take them completely off. We have 6 more weeks till the new sofa arrives.
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Oh dear. La-z-boy sales associate called today to say our sofa will be delivered NEXT TUESDAY. That's 4 weeks sooner than anticipated...guess we need to get busy with those lambriquins!!!

In other news, our memory foam mattress has been installed.
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Sarah, my wife and I have been looking at the ones in our m/h and have decided to do a re-cover of them. Also, we are going to remove the material that is in the bedroom back of the bed and re-cover the valance there too. It should be fairly easy once I take them down and remove the material for patterns. We just have to decide on what to cover them with. Congrats on your new couch when it comes. We still haven't found a couch or recliners to replace our couch. It's a very small area. Only 69".

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Sarah, my wife and I have been looking at the ones in our m/h and have decided to do a re-cover of them. Also, we are going to remove the material that is in the bedroom back of the bed and re-cover the valance there too. It should be fairly easy once I take them down and remove the material for patterns. We just have to decide on what to cover them with. Congrats on your new couch when it comes. We still haven't found a couch or recliners to replace our couch. It's a very small area. Only 69".

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Sounds like a project, Ray! Be sure to take lots of photos so you can show us all how it's done!!
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Pictures please

I've been looking at those things for a long time trying to figure out how to remove the entire valance so I can take the fogged dual pane windows out for repair. Any pictures you can upload will be much appreciated.

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