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How To Measure a Curtains

For Measuring a curtains we have a simple step by steps guide to find out how to measure for curtain.

Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements and provide measurements in cm (unless the website mm or inch options).

If replacing curtain poles or tracks, measure the width of the existing fitting rather than the window. If measuring a pole, do not include the finials (decorative ends) in your measurements.

Measuring The Width:

We always advise that you measure the curtain track or poles width, not the window. If you are fitting a new track or poles this should extend 15cm to 20cm either side of the window. This will allow the curtains to be stacked either side of the window.

Curtain Poles

Measure the length of the pole between the finials (decorative ends).

Curtain Rails

Measure the length of the rail. If you have a rail with an overlap in the centre, measure the length of the rail and add the overlap to this measurement.

Measuring The Drop:

The length of your curtains depends on your preference. Typical length measurements as follows.

A: Full length, which is approximately 1.5 to 3cm above the floor level

B: Above the radiator, typically 1 to 3cm above the radiator.

C: Below the window sill, typically around 15cm.

Tab Top & Eyelet Curtains

For Tab Top or eyelet curtains you should take your measurements from the very top of the curtain pole.

Pencil, Pinch & Wave Pleat

Measure from the top of the track or bottom of the curtain rings to the desired length of your curtains