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What are valance sheets?
A valance sheet, also called a bed skirt, sits on the bed and drapes over to cover the rest of the bed frame.
But what's the point of a valance sheet? 🤷
A valance sheet is decorative and is usually used to conceal the bed frame.
This is ideal for people who want to hide messy under-bed storage or old, unattractive bed frames. 😀
Interestingly, some studies actually suggest that a tidy bedroom can help us sleep better.
So a valance can keep things neat and take a load off your mind.
How to choose a valance sheet
With so many different valance bed sheets available, how do you choose one? 🤔
You'll want to consider your bed, style, lifestyle, and more.
We'll dive into more detail below. 👇
What bed frame do you have?
When selecting the perfect valance sheet, the best place to start is with the type of bed you have.
For instance, divan beds tend to accommodate most valance sheets with ease.
However, if your bed frame features posts, a headboard, or a footboard, a split corner valance will be more suitable. 🛏️
The Amazon Harmony Lane Ruffled Valance is one of the few highly-rated, durable, and elegant split-corner valance sheets.
Types of valance bed sheets
Now, let's consider the placement of your valance.
Would you prefer a valance sheet that goes under your mattress?
These types can be a tad more challenging to fit since you'll need to lift your mattress. 💪
But they have an appealing, hassle-free experience since they don't need changing each time you wash your bedding.
For those wanting an under-mattress valance, the Dunelm Non-Iron Valance Sheet is a great, affordable option with a simple design.
Under-mattress valance sheets also allow you more choices when it comes to bedding.
So you'll have far more freedom and an easier time finding soft and high-quality bedding, which can positively impact your sleep quality. 😃
For instance, you could pair a simple white under-mattress valance sheet with the more luxurious and breathable DreamCloud bedding.
Or you could opt for Panda London 100% Bamboo Bedding for an environmentally friendly, silky-soft, and temperature-regulating option.
Of course, some people prefer an over-the-mattress valance sheet.
These are decidedly simpler to fit on your bed as they work as fitted sheets with a valance attached. 😊
The flip side is that you must change them regularly since you'll sleep directly on the attached fitted sheet.
We love the over-the-mattress Amazon NYIS Luxury Deep Frilled Fitted Valance Sheet for its easy-care, easy-fit, and soft feel.
Valance sheet sizes
You'll need to choose a valance sheet based on the size of your bed.
Meaning you’ll want to buy valance sheets for a double bed if you have a double bed.
Double-checking measurements before purchasing is also a good idea, as some valances run small or large.
For instance, some customers have stated that the Amazon Faux Suede Bed Wrap Valance runs a little large.
While not suitable for everyone, other customers find it fits like a glove. 🧤
Valance sheet drape lengths
Some beds are taller than others.
Two double beds with the same length and width may have different heights.
We cannot stress how important it is to measure your bed before buying a valance sheet. 📏
If you get a traditional valance (that sits under your mattress), you'll need to measure from the top of your bed base to the floor.
Meanwhile, if you want an over-the-mattress valance sheet, you'll need to measure from the top of your mattress to the floor.
Taking these measurements will ensure you get the most flawless fit. 😍
And bear in mind that you may want a valance sheet with an extra deep drop if you have a particularly tall bed.
Otherwise, you may end up with a valance sheet that doesn't fully cover your bed frame or drags on the floor.
The Amazon Harmony Lane Ruffled Valance has several drape lengths, including 35, 45, or 53 cm (14, 18, or 21 inches), making finding your perfect match much less stressful.
Valance sheet colours and styles
When selecting a valance sheet, colour and style can be as crucial as the practical aspects. 😊
Ruffled valances for beds offer a traditional, graceful look, perfect for those who want to infuse a bit of classic charm into their bedroom decor.
On the other hand, box pleated valances align more with a modern aesthetic, providing clean lines and a minimalist appeal.
And, of course, colour choice is just as personal and varied as style.
White and grey valance sheets are the most popular, given their ability to blend with almost any decor!
Alternatively, you could brighten your bedroom with bold red, blue, purple, or green valance sheets. 🌈
You could even buy a matching valance and bedding set (including bed linens, duvet covers, and pillowcases) for a truly seamless look.
Dunelm sells matching valance sheet sets and duvet sets if you want a more cohesive bed style.
Valance sheet care
A valance sheet should work with your life.
Luckily, most modern bed valances are machine washable and tumble drier-friendly. 🧼
This means you can pop it in the wash and have a fresh valance in next to no time.
However, be warned that some cheap valance sheets may bleed colour on the first wash or two (this has been a common complaint on the Amazon NYIS Luxury Deep Frilled Fitted Valance Sheet).
When it comes to easy care, we recommend the Dunelm Non-Iron Pleated Valance for a worry-free experience. 👏
Valance sheet costs
Polyester valance sheets tend to be the cheapest.
But cotton-polyester blends tend to be most popular for their combined affordability and good quality (usually around the £10 to £20 mark).
Those searching for a fitted sheet with a valance attached often prefer a cotton polyester blend since it combines durability and softness. 🎉
If this doesn't float your boat, you can also find pure cotton and Egyptian cotton valance sheets on Amazon for more breathable, luxury valance sheets.
Who shouldn't use a valance sheet?
Of course, valance bed sheets aren't for everyone.
You may want to think twice about purchasing a valance if you:
- Prefer a super minimalist aesthetic.
- Need to access the drawers or space under your bed frequently (valances and bed wraps can make this a little more tricky).
- Have mobility difficulties, which may make it difficult to put a valance sheet on or take it off.
- Have a non-standard-sized bed, which may make finding the perfect-fit valance hard.
Traditional valances for beds (also known as bed skirts in America) can look a little old-fashioned and aren't everyone's cup of tea. ☕
Luckily, modern alternatives like the Amazon Faux Suede Bed Wrap Valance can still fit a relatively minimalist aesthetic.
This sleek bed wrap sticks to divan bed bases and blends seamlessly into the room.
However, it might be time to look for a new bed if you want to maintain a clean and minimalist look, have easy storage access, and avoid having extra bedding to wash and manage.
Ottoman beds, for instance, come in a range of attractive styles and provide plenty of hidden storage. 🏆
Our favourite ottoman beds:
How much do valance sheets cost?
Want to hear the good news about valances for beds?
They're super affordable! 🥳
So shaking up your bedroom decor won't cost an arm and a leg.
Our favourite cheap valance sheets:
Should you buy a valance sheet?
Are you looking for a cheap, stress-free solution to spruce up your bedroom and hide the mess under your bed?
If so, a valance sheet could be your dream come true. 💤
They come in various styles and colours, suitable for most aesthetics and bed frames.
Of course, if you are a dedicated minimalist or don't want to deal with the faff of fitting or washing extra bedding, it might be time to look at a new storage bed. 🤔