How To Measure Curtains
Planning to measure curtains yourself?
Well if you feel confident enough to use a tape measure, this guide looks at how to measure curtains for windows so if your planning to buy from a range of ready-made curtains, or need made to measure curtain services that we offer, just follow this simple curtain measuring guide and we’ll help you get it right.
If you’re putting curtains in front of your recess, or if your window sits flush to the wall, we would recommend to place your poles or tracks at least 10cm but often 15cm above the window.
In order for your curtains to stack back correctly you will need to extend by 15-20cm each side, as this will make space for your curtains to be drawn back. Remeber to check for any obstructions, light switches etc.
If you’re planning to have very full curtains, possibly interlined, or if light is limited in the room, add a few extra centimetres to the width to allow space to draw your curtains back fully and let the maximum light into your room.
Please consider these notes.
- Measure the width across the top of the window allowing enough space for your finials (the decorative ends attached to the pole)
- If you want your curtains to hang below the window sills, give them clearance by fixing your tracks to a batten (a block to which you attach your brackets)
- All poles can be cut to fit your space perfectly and if you’re not quite sure of your exact measurements, extendable poles will expand to fit your space
- We offer all types of poles wooden, metal etc even to fit your bay windows, please ask for details.
- If you want your curtains inside a recess, measure its width then ensure that your track is a couple of centimetres shorter to allow space for the brackets
- PVC or aluminium tracks can be cut to fit your space perfectly
- If you’re not quite sure of your exact measurements, extendable steel tracks will expand to fit your space
- Tracks are ideal for use in bay windows. Choose PVC or aluminium tracks which can be bent to follow the contours of the window. If you prefer not to do it yourself, you can order heavier duty aluminium tracks already bent to fit
- If you want your curtains to hang below the window sills, give them clearance by fixing your tracks to a batten. Alternatively, you can choose a pole with extended brackets instead
Measuring for curtains does not have to be complicated you just need to follow a couple of steps.
We would normally recommend installing your curtain track or pole first before measuring for curtains, however this is not essential and this how to measure curtains guide covers both ways, WITH or WITHOUT a track or pole.
When asked about curtain measurements, it really does not matter if curtain measurements width or drop first, but we normally recommend taking the width first.
The way to measure can vary by curtain heading type, so first choose the type you want; choose between pencil pleat, pinch pleat, eyelet, wave or tab top. While remembering that eyelets and tab tops will only work on a pole.
We advise on how to measure for eyelet curtains below, and the different heading types.
So please follow the couple of next steps either selecting WITH a pole or track, or WITHOUT
Step 1 - Measuring Curtain Width WITH A Pole Or Track
Step 1 - Measuring Curtain Width WITHOUT A Pole Or Track
Step 2 - Measuring Curtain Length or Finished Drop WITH A Pole Or Track
Step 2 - Measuring Curtain Length or Finished Drop WITHOUT A Pole Or Track
Measure the total width of your track or pole (excluding the finials) (A) and only measure the window if it runs wall to wall. If you are making the curtains yourself, add up to 10cm to the width measurement of your curtains to allow the fabric to overlap when curtains are closed. If we are making them for you we allocate an allowance.
Measure between the architraves (C) and add on an extra 15-20cm on each side to allow for stack-backs (D) which will give you the overall all width measurement (A). Remember to add seam allowances. If it makes a difference with the amount of widths required per curtain you may get away with 15cm either side of the width for stack backs for the curtains.
First choose how long you want your curtains, and what heading type you like.
Sill length curtains should hang to between 0.5cm and 1cm above the sill.
If you prefer your curtains to hang below the sill, we would suggest allowing an extra 15cm in length.
Floor length curtains should finish 1cm to 2cm above the floor, but if you prefer a more opulent look, add an extra 20cms or so and let the fabric drape or poole on the floor.
If you are using a pole, measure pencil and pinch pleat curtains from the eye of your curtain ring.
If you are using a pole for tab top and eyelet curtains measure from the top of the pole.
If you are using tracks, measure from the eye of the curtain glider on top of the track.
Measure from the top of the recess to where you want your curtains to end either sil, below sill or floor length and then add 10cm to allow for the fixing of the pole or track above the recess.
Please note if it is important that your curtains are an exact finish either to finish just off your floor or just below the radiator for example. It is ok to use this method for quote purposes but once the pole/track is in place then take the required finished drop.