How to Measure for Curtains

How to Measure for Curtains – The correct way to measure your windows for new curtains.

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Tools needed

In order to measure for curtains, you will need a few tools.
First, you need a tape measure. Second, you need a level. Third, you need a pencil or pen. Fourth, you need a piece of chalk. Fifth, you will need a stepladder if you cannot reach the top of the window.

Now that you have gathered your tools, let’s begin measuring for curtains!

Measuring the width

To find out how wide your curtains should be, start by measuring the width of your window, from one side to the other. If you’re hanging a rod close to the ceiling, add 12 inches to each side so the curtains will pool a bit when they’re open.

For a more dramatic look, measure from two to three times the width of your window, and add 24 inches to each side. This will allow you to draw the curtains shut so they cover most of the window, blocking out light and creating privacy.

Measuring the length

To determine how long to make your curtains, measure from the top of the curtain rod to the floor, then add an extra inch or two to allow for hemming. If you want your curtains to puddle on the floor, add an extra 10 inches or so.

Measuring the drop

When measuring for curtains, you will need to know the drop, which is the distance from the top of the curtain pole or track to the floor. The drop can be measured in three different ways; from the top of the curtain pole to where you want the curtains to finish, from the bottom of the curtain pole to where you want them to finish or from the centre of the curtain pole.

If you want your curtains to finish below the sill, measure from the top of the curtain pole to where you want them to end. If you want your curtains to finish level with or above the sill, measure from the bottom of the curtain pole. To work out an overall width for your curtains, measure from one side of your door or window frame to another.

Measuring for a pelmet or valance

Pelmets and valances are a great way to add a touch of luxury to any room, but they can be tricky to measure for. Here are a few tips to help you get it right.

First, measure the width of the window from top to bottom. This will give you the length you need for the pelmet or valance.

Next, measure the depth of the window from front to back. This will give you the width you need for the pelmet or valance.

Finally, measure the distance from the top of the window to where you want the pelmet or valance to fall. This will give you the height you need for the pelmet or valance.

Measuring for eyelet curtains

To work out how much fabric you need to make your curtains, you will first need to know the size of the curtain pole or track.

The width you need is simply the width of the curtain pole or track plus 20cm (8″). To allow for the curtains being gathered up when closed, you should add 1.5 times the width of the curtain pole or track to give a fullness of 3 times the width of the pole. So, if your curtain pole measures 120cm (48″) wide, your fabric should measure 480cm (192″) wide.

The drop is measured from the top of the curtain pole or track to just above where you want your curtains to finish. It is advisable to add an extra 5cm – 7.5cm (2″ – 3″) onto this measurement to allow for any shrinkage which may occur and for altering if necessary. If your curtains are to puddle on the floor you will need to add an extra 30cm – 45cm (12″ – 18″) onto your drop measurement.

Measuring for tab-top curtains

Tab-top curtains are a specific type of curtains that have loops of fabric called tabs sewn across the top. These tabs can be made of the same fabric as the rest of the curtain, or they can be made of a contrasting fabric. The number of tabs on a tab-top curtain varies, but is usually evenly spaced. Measuring for tab-top curtains is similar to measuring for other types of curtains, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

When measuring for tab-top curtains, you will need to decide how far off the ground you want them to hang. The most common lengths are floor length, which brushes the floor; sill length, which hangs just above the windowsill; and café length, which hangs about halfway down the window. Once you have decided on the length, measure from the top of the window frame to your desired length.

Next, measure the width of your window. For tab-top curtains, it is best to add 6 inches (15 cm) to this measurement to allow for proper fullness. Add an additional 2 inches (5 cm) if you want your curtains to overlap in the middle when they are drawn closed. Finally, determine how many tabs you will need by dividing the width measurement by 4. For example, if your window is 30 inches (76 cm) wide, you will need 8 tabs (30 ÷ 4 = 8).

Measuring for ring-top curtains

Adding curtains is an easy way to add color and pattern, as well as privacy and light control, to a room. But before you can enjoy your new curtains, you’ll need to take some measurements. Measuring for ring-top curtains is a little different than measuring for rod-pocket curtains, but we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

What You’ll Need
Tape measure
Pencil
Paper
Step 1: Measure the width of the window.
Measure the width of the window at the widest point. If your window is not a standard size, you may need to have your curtains custom-made.
Step 2: Measure the height of the window.
Measure the height of the window from the top of the window frame to just below where you plan to hang your curtains. Again, if your window is not a standard size, you may need to have your curtains custom-made.
Step 3: Determine how much fuller you want your curtains to be.
Fullness is simply how much fabric is gathered onto the curtain rod. Most people prefer a fullness of 2 to 2 1/2 times the width of the window, but you can go with a fuller or less full look depending on your personal preference and the style of your room. For example, if you were making 50-inch wide ring-top curtains for a 50-inch wide window, you would need 100 to 125 inches of fabric for each curtain panel.
Step 4: Add 12 inches to your fabric measurement; this will give you enough fabric to make deep pleats in your curtain heading.
If you’re making 50-inch wide ring-top curtains for a 50-inch wide window with a fullness of 2 1/2 times, you would need 137 inches of fabric per side panel (2 1/2 x 50 inches + 12 inches).

Measuring for a pole

This guide will give you all the information you need to take accurate measurements for curtains, whether you’re measuring for a pole or track.

When measuring for a pole, you will need:
-A tape measure
-A pencil
-A piece of string or ribbon (optional)

Start by deciding how high you would like your curtains to hang. The industry standards are:
-2.5cm above the window frame
-15cm below the ceiling
-10-20cm above the radiator (if fitted)

Summary

curtain measurement is not as difficult as it may seem at first. With a few simple tools and a little know-how, you can take accurate measurements of your windows and have custom curtains made that will fit perfectly.

Here are the basics of how to measure for curtains:

-Start by measuring the width of the window at the top, middle, and bottom. Use the widest measurement, and be sure to add at least 10 inches to allow for proper draping.
-Next, measure the height of the window from the top of the casing to the sill or floor. Again, use the tallest measurement and add at least 12 inches for proper draping.
-Finally, decide how much fullness you want in your curtains. For a more tailored look, go with 1½ to 2 times the width of your window. For a fuller look, choose 2½ to 3 times the width of your window.

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