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Curtains How to Measure

(please read carefully!!)

TIPS ON MEASURING

  • Use a steel measuring tape - cloth tapes are not accurate.
  • Take exact measurements - round down to the nearest quarter of an inch (1/4").
  • On your notes, clearly indicate which measurement is the width and which is the length. It is very common to transpose measurements.
  • Measure all the windows in the room.

WIDTH

To arrive at the proper width of your window, measure from the outside of the moulding (not the glass), unless window treatment is inside moulding. Fullness should be 2-3 times this measurement, depending on the style of curtain and personal taste. Our Decorators will advise you for proper fit and suggested fullness for the particular style you choose.

LENGTH

To arrive at the proper length for your curtain, measure from the top of moulding (not the glass), or top of rod, if rods are already in place, to the point where you want the bottom of your curtain to be. Our rod pocket styles do not include header (ruffle) in the finished length; i.e. if you order a 12"L valance with a 1-1/2" header and rod pocket, the finished length is 13-1/2". This is particularly important when measuring for an inside installation.

PLEASE NOTE: These instructions are intended as guidelines only and may not apply in every situation. If your situation is unique or unclear, please call for assistance.

Please Call Me for Help Determining the Size You Need for Your Particular Window.

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THERE ARE CERTAIN ESTHETICALLY PLEASING LENGTHS FOR PARTICULAR WINDOW TREATMENTS, AND THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PLYMOUTH TABS AND ROD POCKET*
Usually to the apron below the window sill. In the case of an inside mount, resting on the sill is the desired length. Also, floor length is appropriate (to the bottom of the baseboard). When ordering, please indicate if mounting curtain inside window frame.

OLD COLONY SWAG AND JABOT*
As a top treatment 30" or 36"L is desirable; Otherwise, to the sill is the appropriate length for this treatment. When ordering, please indicate if mounting the curtain inside window frame.

CAFE/TIERS*
At the halfway point of the window and resting on the sill, though some like the curtain 2/3 of the way up the window.

ROD SWAG*
To the sill, or if a shorter length, is desired; try using wainscoting or the window grille as a reference point;. usually 2/3-3/4 of the way down the window is the most desired length. A petticoat or tiers may be used for additional window coverage.

FISHTAIL*
See Swag Style for measuring instructions.

VINEYARD SWAG*
For a true Country or Colonial look, 2/3 of the window is appropriate. If a look is desired going the full length window, we recommend using the Rod Swag instead. When ordering, please indicate if mounting the curtain inside the window frame.

* Make sure to Include Rod Projection (if any)
When Figuring Curtain Fullness

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