For instance, one of the better design looks is a 3.5" decorative valance with returns on the side. Additionally, your better fabricated blind will have metal clips. The advantages of a better quality valance are that you get a little bit of a crown molding look across the top of the blind. Additionally, the returns add some depth, which tends to improve the look of the blind and window. Also, the decorative nature of the valance adds design interest and classic lines. Finally, the better valances come with better hardware, which means the clips are less likely to fail, break and then be impossible to replace.
Consider that your low cost builder blind or big box bargain blind has none of this to offer and you can begin to see why local fabricators and retailers can provide some added value. The typical bargain wood or faux wood blind has a flat valance with no returns. Additionally, it generally comes with fairly low end plastic valance clips that either break or come lose with dusting. Then you are left trying to find a replacement clip - which is next to impossible because their are 100's of different types of clips - and they change the clip size and shape every couple years. At this point, customers must revert to Velcro strips and make due.
Just know you do have better options and remember the valance will tell you a lot about the quality and lasting beauty of the wood or faux wood blind you choose. If you would like an estimate of what your project might cost, please check out our online wood and faux wood blind cost calculator. We are here to help you with your project.