How to hang a valance
When you've finished your valance you'll need to hang it so it's secure. There are two main ways you can do this.
Using a valance track
Valance tracks can be bought singly, but are often part of a kit. This has two forms:
- A separate valance track with a drapery track. Both tracks are fitted to the wall or ceiling.
- A combined unit, where the two tracks are fitted to the same brackets.
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.
Using a mounting board
A valance being attached to a mounting board using velcro
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.
- Velcro or equivalent. Sew one part of the Velcro - usually the 'hook' tape - to the back of the valance at or near the top. Staple the other part - the 'loop' tape - to the front of the mounting board.
- Tacks. Use small tacks or 'Gimp pins' to pin the top of the valance into the front of the board.
- Binding tape. Sew tape to the top of the valance - as you would for swags - and tack or staple the tape to the top of 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.
If there's a wall on one side of your mounting board, don't fit the board right up to the wall.
Leave a gap of about half an inch, and make your valance wide enough so you can tuck a couple of inches round the side between the board and the wall.
You'll get a neater and more secure finish.
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.
Adjusting the finish
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.