Measuring for curtains

Measuring for curtain width

Always measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window. If fitting a new track or pole, this should extend 15cm to 30cm either side of the window (to allow the curtains to be stacked back off the window) and 12cm to 15cm above the window recess.

If you have a rail with a centre overlap, measure the rail as above then measure the overlap and add the two measurements together.

Measure end to end

Measure from end to end - A
 

Measure end to end with overlap

Measure from end to end with overlap - A + B
 

Measure used pole only

Measure used pole only - C

Measuring for curtain drop

Curtains are best hung either to the floor, to a sill or below the sill. We recommend that curtains finish either:-

A) 1cm above the floor
B) 15-20cm below the sill (or 2cm above the radiator)
C) 1cm above the sill

Always measure in at least 3 positions across the track or pole as floors and sills are rarely level. To avoid curtains dragging across the floor or sill we recommend you use the shortest of these 3 measurements.
 

Pencil Pleat heading

When using a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to where the curtain is to finish. When using a curtain pole, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtain to finish.
 

Deep Pleat heading

When using a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to where the curtain is to finish. When using a curtain pole, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtain to finish
 

Tab Top heading

Tab Top headings have 10cm long tabs (included in the curtain drop) and are suitable for poles up to 45mm in diameter. Measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish.
 

Eyelet heading

The eyelet will fit poles up to 30mm in diameter. The inner edge of the eyelet is set down 5cm from the top of the curtain. Measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish and add 5cm.

 

Measuring for valances

Please measure the valance rail width (not the curtain track width). This is normally 30cm wider than the curtain rail it is fitted to, due to the returns on either end.
 

Measuring for tiebacks

Tiebacks are available in plain, piped or plaited styles. Two different sizes are available. Small are 59cm (23"), large are 76cm (30"). We will supply the most appropriate sizes based on the size of curtains required.