What is a Valance?
A valance is a window treatment solution that covers the upper top part of the window. Sometimes after mounting a window blind or drape and adding the last touches to the room decor you find that something is still amiss. You may not be able to identify it but there is a missing link and that is what we refer to as drama. Every home, every room deserves some amount of drama to create a cohesive whole and pull the room together. While going overboard with decor is not recommended, a little excess never hurt anybody. Valances add that drama to your rooms. Made of fabric, valances hang loosely sown the sides of the windows, covering the top part of the windows and the window blinds or shades. Apart from adding aesthetic value to the windows, valances are also extremely functional.
They help to hide the ugly window treatment hardware that is located near the head rail. They also help to add to enhance insulation by preventing heat loss and heat gain. Valances can be matched with the blinds or drapes and also with the wall paint and to the existing color scheme of the room. if you have printed shades or drapes you can use a solid colored valance. If you have contemporary room decor you can opt for simple valance while for a more traditional or medieval decor you can choose valance with more luxurious appeal and grandeur.
What is a Valance Board?
Valances can be loose fabric hung casually over the window or they may consist of a valance board. This is not the same as a cornice. While cornice board is a window treatment constructed out of wood or plywood on all sides, a valance board is made with a wood top board but with fabric sides. The fabric hands loosely from the top board.
How to Make Valance Board at Home?
Valance boards are made by manufacturer of drapery but the good news that you can make your own valance board as part of DIY project.
Follow the steps to build your own valance board at home.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. If you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
- Take measurement of the width of your windows above which the board will be mounted. Add few inches on either side of as the board will extend beyond the window width. An inch extra than the trim on either side works well. Also measure the sides of the valance board which will be taken from wall. This measurement will determine how much the board will protrude out from the window.
- Take three pieces of wood. One wood piece will be long, the length of the window width while other two will make up the sides of the board. Attach the three pieces of wood together.
- There is a piece of wood that is attached on the inner top part of the valance board. This will cover the entire length of the board.
- Place the board on a lining material. Tuck the material inside the board and staple the fabric into the board. Quarter inch staples will work well. The padding of the lining material will help to add extra dimension and some extra thickness. The padding covers the whole board and it helps to round off the edges of the sharp wood board. Staple the lining well to ensure that it doesn’t come off. Doing it at home means you can easy change the fabric whenever you wish.
- Fold the corners neatly, stack them inside and then pin them down. You have the padded batting ready.
- Now take the fabric which you will use as the valance. Make sure that the right side of the fabric is facing forward to prevent extra work.
- Turn the board inside out. Tuck in the fabric the way you tucked away the padded lining and staple it in.
- When mounting the valance board do so about 4 inches from ceiling to give your windows a good height. It will create illusion of a taller window and bigger room space.
- Make sure that the fabric tightly fits the board, no so tight that it makes an indentation but also not loose enough to create wrinkles.
- Tuck the corners well so as not to leave any big creases.
- Once you are done tucking the corners in, your valance board making project is complete. The best part is, if you do not like it you can remove it and do it all over again.
Your valance board is complete. All you need is wood pieces, lining material and the outer fabric and a stapler. You board is ready for mounting.