How To Measure
Measuring for Draperies
You will need:
- A retractable metal measuring tape
- A pencil
- A paper pad
It is best to get curtain rods and fix them in place before you order your curtains.
Width is always measured first. Simply measure the length of the rod, from inside the finial at one end to inside the finial on the other end. Multiply this measurement by 2 for double fullness for regular weight curtains. For sheers the fullness is 2 ½ to 3 times. If you want 2 panels on one window, divide this measurement in half for width of each panel.
The standard size widths for drapery panels are 50″, 75″, 150″ and 200″.
If you are installing a rod, allow at least 3” on either side of the window for the rod length (F). Adding 4-8” wider than window frame (A) on each side is recommended.
A: Outside window frame to outside frame
B: Top window frame to bottom of frame
C: Top of pole to top of molding
D: Bottom of ring to floor
E: Top of pole to top to floor
F: Width of pole – NOT including finials
How high to set the rod? Panels should be about 4-6” above the top of the window opening or molding. I usually install rods half-way between the window casing and the ceiling.
For rod pocket draperies
Measure from the top of the rod to the finished point. If the drapery is going to the
floor, deduct 1/2” for the floor clearance. This is the Finished Length.
For “take up” add:
1” Sash Rod -1/2”
1 3/8” Wood Pole- 1”
2” Wood Pole- 1 1/4”
2 1/4” Wood Pole- 1 ½
Panels hung from rings
Measure from the bottom of the ring to the floor (D) or to your desired length. If using rings with clips, measure from the clip to your desired length.. Set the pole high enough that the bottom of the ring is above the window molding.
If you want the bottom of the drapery to rest on the floor, there are two options:
– To create a “break” at the hem, add 2” to 3”
– For a “puddle” effect, add 8” to 18”, depending upon the amount of puddle desired.