How do I measure for curtains?

When measuring for curtains please use a metal tape measure as cloth or plastic tape measures may stretch.

Measuring for your curtain width

Always measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window recess. If fitting a new track or pole, this should extend 15cm to 30cm either side of the window (to allow the curtains to be stacked back off the window) and 12cm to 15cm above the window recess.

Curtain Poles

Measuring for curtain poles

Measure between the decorative ends/finials

Curtain tracks without centre overlap

Measuring for curtain tracks without overlap

Measure from end to end

Curtain tracks with centre overlap

Measuring for curtain tracks with centre overlap

A + B = Total track width

Measuring for your curtain drop

Curtains can be hung either to the floor, to a sill or below the sill.

We recommend that curtains finish either:-

  1. 1cm above the floor
  2. 15-20cm below the sill (or 2cm above the radiator)
  3. 1cm above the sill

Curtain length positions

Curtain length positions

Always measure in at least 3 positions across the track or pole as floors and sills are rarely level. To avoid curtains dragging across the floor or sill we recommend you use the shortest of these 3 measurements.

Pencil pleat, pinch, duo & goblet heading

Measuring for pencil pleat, pinch, duo & goblet heading

When using a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to where the curtain is to finish.

When using a curtain pole, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtain to finish.

Eyelet heading

Measuring for eyelet heading

Measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish and we'll make the necessary allowances when you order.

Tab top heading

Measuring for tab top heading

Measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtains to finish.

The tabs are made to fit 28mm poles as standard, contact us if you are going to use a different pole size.