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Measuring Guidelines


Need To Determine The Correct Size Window treatment You Need? Here Is where Our Handy "How To Measure Guide" Can Help.

To Determine How To Hang Curtains With The Most Accurate Results, Always Use A Wood Or Metal Ruler When Measuring, Never A cloth Tape 

Measuring for Pinch-Pleated Draperies:

1. Determine your rod width.
Rods can be mounted on the window frame, on either side of the frame, on anyplace on a wall you want to cover. Decide where you’re going to put the brackets, then measure the width of the area between the brackets.

2. Determine your drapery width.
Measure the width of the area you want to cover, then add 12 inches.

Measuring Diagram3. Determine the drapery length.
The rod should be positioned at least 4 inches above the window so that the pleats are not seen from the outside. Measure for length from where the top of the rod will be to the desired length. Most common lengths are to the windowsill (see B in diagram), just below the window trim (C), or to the floor (D). For a “puddle” look, order the next longer length than your window-to-floor measurement. Where you place the top of the drapery pin determines where the drapery will fall, so if you’re using a decorative rod or pole with rings, measure from the eye of the hook or ring to the sill, apron, or floor.

If you’re using a standard rod, measure the distance from the top of the rod to where the draperies will hang. If floor length is desired and you have carpeting, subtract 1 inch for clearance.

If you’re using a decorative rod, measure the distance from the bottom of the rod to where the draperies will hang. If floor length is desired and you have carpeting, subtract 1 inch for clearance.

Refer to the diagram for help when measuring for any window treatment:
A = window width (including casing, if any)
B = length to windowsill
C = length to apron
D = length to floor.

Measuring for Rod-Pocket Curtains, Pole-Top Styles, and Top Treatments:

1. Determine the width
Measure the area to be covered. To create the fullness you desire, order 2 to 3 times the rod width for sheer or semi-sheer fabrics, and 1½ to 2 times the rod width if the fabric is opaque.

2. Determine the length.
Measure from where the top of the rod will be to the desired length - windowsill (B), apron (C), or floor (D), then add 1 inch to allow for header.

Allow ½ inch for floor or windowsill clearance.