The Long & Short of Correct Measurements
In today’s age, nearly all windows are different. There might be a few standard sizes, but there is an ever-increasing quantity of custom windows out there. When you combine different windows with different length walls and ceilings at different heights, it becomes clear why each window needs measuring with individual, scientific rigour.
In this article, we’ll break down the correct way to measure windows and frames. We will also determine the measurements required for your furnishings by calculating the space required. If this already sounds too hard, it goes without saying that here at Curtains Direct , we are experts at measuring so get in touch for a quote.
Why It’s Vital to Get Your Measurements Right
Just imagine everything that could go wrong if you don’t get the measurements right the first time! You don’t want to have to reorder custom fabrics cut to size, not if you don’t have to. When working with furnishings, take the same mantra as a carpenter – measure twice and cut once.
How to Measure Windows for Curtains and Blinds
Use a metal tape measure to ensure accurate dimensions. Record all measurements neatly with an annotated sketch so you won’t need to repeat the process in a week.
Measuring Pole Width
Measure the width of the window and add 30-40cm. This is the track or pole length and it will ensure the curtain covers the window and extends 15-20cm on both sides.
Calculating Curtain Width
If you are mounting pleated, folded or eyeleted curtains , multiply the pole length by 2 for the curtain length. If you are using flat tabbed style curtains, multiply the pole length by 1.5 for the curtain length.
If you do not apply this calculation, your curtains will appear flat and stretched when covering the whole width of the window.
Measuring Curtain Length
The curtain pole should optimally sit 15cm above the top of the window. If the pole is a feature and curtains are going to hang below from eyelets, start your measurement at the eyelets. Otherwise, the top of the pole is your starting point.
Your endpoint is where you want your curtains to sit. If they are to end at a window sill, then 1.5cm above the window sill is your endpoint. If they should cover the sill, then 15cm below the sill is your endpoint. If you want curtains to extend to the floor, 1.5cm above the floor is your endpoint. In the case that you want curtains that spill out onto the floor, add 20cm onto the distance from your starting point to the floor.
If you have a heater below the window, make sure any curtains are kept well clear.
Is There an Easier Way?
Yes. Here at Curtains Direct , we can do that for you. We’ve been doing it for thirty years. Our staff are professional and respectful, we even have a mobile showroom if you want to pick your curtains while we measure them. Get in touch with us and we’ll take care of it.