How to hang a valance is the final part of your work. When you've finished making up your valance you'll need to hang it so it's secure. There are two main ways you can do this.
Valance tracks can be bought singly, but are often part of a kit. This has two forms:
These methods work well for lighter drapery and valances, especially if they are fitted on small windows.
The kits should have hooks included, which are incorporated into the valance heading tape. All you then have to do is place the hooks in position on the valance track.
The disadvantage of this method is that it doesn't work well for heavier drapery. If your drapes and valance are interlined and are medium to large in size, then you'll be much better off by using a mounting board. This method of how to hang a valance is my preferred way of doing it.
You can find the details on fitting a mounting board here.
There are a few methods you can use to attach the valance to the board.
In my experience using Velcro is by far the best method. The valance is easy to attach and adjust to get it just right. And it's also very easy to remove for cleaning.
For a large, heavy valance it's best to use a wide Velcro. They do come in different widths, and the extra area of the tapes will give more grip.
I pointed this out in another section, but it's worth repeating here.
Always make your valance width a couple of inches longer than necessary.
If your valance width is short there's not much you can do about it. If there's a bit extra it's easy to 'bunch up' some of the heading to make it fit.
When your valance is hanging, take time to adjust it.
Sometimes it will fall naturally into great looking pleats. But most of the time you'll need to carefully adjust and place them in position. Then when the valance has been hanging for a few days, the pleats will stay in place.
When you've fitted your valance, stand back and examine it carefully. Usually there's one or more sections where the top isn't exactly level. Readjust as many times as you need to get the top absolutely straight.