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.

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

Measuring Width:

When 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.

 

For rod pocket draperies

For pocket top or flat top curtains, measure the length of the rod, in between the finials (F). If you want 1 curtain panel/window, multiply this number by 2 for double fullness. If you want 2 panels on one window, divide this measurement in half for the flat width of each panel.

For example, if your measurement for F is 75″, you will need 1 panel with a flat width of 150″, or 2 panels with a flat width of 75″ each.

The standard size flat widths for drapery panels are 50″, 75″, 150″ and 200″

 

For pleated curtains

For pleated curtains, measure the length of the rod, in between the finials (F). If you want 1 curtain panel/window, add 2-3″ to this number for your finished width. If you want 2 curtain panels/window, divide this number by 2 and add 2-3″ for the finished width of each panel.

For example, if your measurement F is 75″, you will need 1 panel with a finished width of 77″, or 2 panels with a finished width of 40″ each.

 

Measuring Length:

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.

 

Longer Curtains

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.