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Guide to Valances, Valance Sheets and More

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A guide to bed valances and valance sheets.








Base valance in white cotton

Now, we don't want to fluff our own pillow here but when it comes to valances we consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable. Its a product we have made for over 20 years to fit nearly any size of bed. 

From king size, to extra large emperor beds. Beds with four posters and adjustable beds, we have a range of valances and fitted valance sheets that can solve almost any bed type. Made in luxury thread counts so they're made to last.

All the valances we make ship have been cut, sewn by us in house and delivered direct to the customer.


If you want to deep dive into our knowledge about bed valances, check out our valance guide below. But if you're pretty sure what type of valance you need click on the following links to browse our range.


Base Valance (valance that goes over the divan base)


Valance sheet (a bed sheet with a valance attached goes over the mattress and the divan base)


Easy fit or Velcro Valance (attached around the bed divan with velcro)


Split corner Valance (like a base valance but with splits at the corner, ideal for iron beds) 


The beauty of a bed valance.


The simple bed valance can hide a million sins! Designed to either dress your divan base or to cover the black hole space under your bed that is loosely referred to as 'storage'.

It can help turn any bedroom into a stylish, clean lined and modern space. Combining a pattern or block colour with a simple pleat will hide any scuffs on the divan or any unsightly suitcases, hidden away between holidays.


A little bit of history...


Historically speaking, valances were used to hide unattractive box springs and poorly shaped bed posts, not unlike the bed skirts of today which often hide items stored beneath the bed as well as the occasional, annoying “dust bunny.” It was quickly discovered that bed skirts also served to stop chilly winter drafts which tended to cool the bed from the floor up. In addition, those who had valances on their beds found bed bugs and dust mites were less of an issue in their homes. This, of course, makes perfect sense because the skirt can deflect dust, which is somehow drawn underneath beds. And so, the valance came into its own!


What type of valance do you need?


A bed valance has gone by many names over the years. It can vary from country to country and even region to region in some cases. We've pulled together the names we have come across over the years, feel free to add any we have missed to the comments below.

Other names for various valances:


Bed Valance:

  • bed ruffle



  • divan valance


  • bed skirt 


  • dust ruffle


Valance Sheet:

  • box valance



  • valanced sheet


  • fitted valance sheet


Easy fit Valance:


  • easy on valance


  • bed wrap valance


  • elasticated bed valance


How do you fit a bed valance?

Whatever name it may come under the bed valance usually fits in one of the following ways.



base valance

How do you fit a base valance?


To fit you will need to remove the mattress and place the valance base sheet over the divan base. The frill will then fall down around the outer edge and cover the edges.

Its always useful to asses your bed and mattress before committing to a base valance as moving the mattress every time for laundering can become a chore.





valance sheet




How do you fit a valance sheet?

No need to remove the mattress in this case as the name suggests the valance comes with a fitted sheet attached. To fit the linen simply slides over he mattress at each corner with the attached frill dropping over base of the bed.

While fitting is slightly easier with this valance, laundering the valance means you launder the sheet at the same time. Depending on the size of bed just make sure your washing machine (and you) are comfortable with that amount of linen.







easy fit valances fit with velcro to stay in placeHow do you fit an easy fit valance?

Probably the easiest valance to fit. The valance comes with one side of velcro stitched into the fabric. One side of the velcro arrives separately and is sticky backed. Stick this around the base of the bed and once in place simply attach the valance all around your divan base.

This valance requires no lifting of large amounts of laundry. When it's time for cleaning simply tear off from the velcro attached to your bed and put it in the wash, then re attach when done. Its an easy to use product that is also very popular with a lot of adjustable beds as the valance doesn't intefere with the workings of the bed.









Valances in plain colours and choice of frill


Valances and valance sheets made in the UK to fit any size of bed

Victoria Linen offer all these valances and because we make them here we can make to any bed size. As well as standard UK sizes we make for emperor and small double beds plus any number of adjustable bed sizes. All are available in a wide variety of bright colours to suit any bedroom. We make all our linen using high quality 200 and 400 threads to the inch fabric so you can be confident that they will wash well and last for years!

Our valances can be made to cover any mattress and frill drop. So even if you have an extra deep mattress or divan we can make a valance to fit.

Shop online for valances ranging from Skinny Single to Caesar beds</

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