Noun Valances Definition and Examples







A length of decorative drapery attached to the canopy or frame of a bed in order to screen the structure or the space beneath it.
  1. 'The Gripsholm bed is squarer and lower than the Knole bed (it may have been cut down), with a more conventional canopy and valances.'
  2. 'Included in the show are table covers, needlework patterns, needle worked fire screens, valances for mantels and beds, needlework upholstery, and sewing tools.'
  3. 'I watched as Brian lifted up the valance that hung down over the side of the bed, to reveal a snoozing father, empty beer can in hand - and for some reason missing his shoes.'
  4. 'And both rooms were finished with new roman shades and linen valances.'
  5. 'The room was so delicate and pretty, especially with the rosebud printed valances.'
  6. 'Use a valance to soften a horizontal or vertical blind.'
  7. 'The view from the dining room windows is accentuated by the valance over the window, and the mirrored wall contributes to the formality as well.'
  8. 'Curtains or valances, appliance covers, and table runners all can be easily stitched at home.'
  9. 'Track position is magnified at this place because we've got the valances on the ground, we've got the spoilers way up in the air.'
  10. 'As part of your Dodge body kit ensemble, the rear valance is an add-on piece that fully covers your existing bumper.'


1. a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.

2. a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.


"valanceses can be on platforms."



Late Middle English: perhaps Anglo-Norman French, from a shortened form of Old French avaler ‘descend’ (see vail).

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