Curtains How to
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
- Measure all the
windows in the room.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See Swag Style for measuring
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