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valance

a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
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valance

1. A frame at the top of a window to conceal the tops of decorative draperies.
2. The draperies themselves.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Installing the valance board is a lot like putting up shelves and brackets.
I installed the sheer curtains, drapes and valance in our living room in about 40 minutes.