How to Measure
Learn how to measure for curtains and valances
How to Measure Curtain Length Video: Curtains and Valances
 
How to Measure Curtain Length CURTAIN LENGTH
  • Curtain length is typically measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom edge of the curtain. If the curtain has a header (the part above the rod pocket), this is typically not included in the length of the curtain. If the header is included in the length of the curtain, it will be specified in the description of the curtain.

  • Tab curtain lengths include the tabs unless specified.

  • The length of the fringe or edging sewn to a curtain or a dust ruffle should be added to the curtain length or dust ruffle drop length. The fringe length is specified in the description of the curtain.

  • If you plan to use clip rings, remember the top of the curtain will start at the clip so you will need to take the length of the ring into account when determining what curtain length to purchase.

  • Overall curtain length is a matter of personal preference and need not be exact. If you have not yet installed your rod, you can adjust the placement of your rod, a little higher or lower, to get the bottom of the curtain to fall where you want at
    your window.
   
How to Measure Curtain Width CURTAIN WIDTH

Using a metal tape measure or a wooden yardstick, measure the width of the window area you would like to cover, typically from bracket to bracket.

For proper fullness, order curtain pair widths that are approximately one and a half times to double the width of the window area you would like to cover.

For wider windows, order wider width pairs, available in many styles, or order an extra pair of regular width curtains.

SHEERS: Use double or even triple the width of your window area depending on how much privacy, light control, or fullness you want at your window.

VALANCES & SWAGS: Use the same width guidelines as Curtains, one and a half to double the width of the window area you would like to cover.

BALLOON CURTAINS: Use the same width guidelines as Curtains, one and a half to double the width of the window area you would like to cover. Balloon lengths listed are the full length before you raise the balloon on your window.

 

LACES: Add about 12 to 24 inches to the width of the window area - this will allow the lace pattern to show. If the lace panel is a little
wider than this, that's fine, it will just have more fullness at your window.

PINCH PLEATED CURTAINS: Use the width of your window area and add about another 12 inches.

FISHTAILS & SCARVES: Choose the swag length closest to the sum of your window width plus twice the vertical length you'd like.

FESTOONS & JABOTS: Require a double rod. For a softly draped look, choose the festoon size closest to the width of your rod,
measuring from bracket to bracket, plus or minus about two inches. The jabot length is your preference ... short, to the sill or in between.

DOOR PANEL CURTAINS & SIDELIGHTS: Using the metal measuring tape, measure the width and length of the door glass that you want to cover. Select a door panel or sidelight that is approximately one and half times to double the width of the window area you would like to cover. The length of the door panel should be the measurement from where the top rod is placed to where the bottom rod is placed. Each door panel or sidelight panel will require two door panel rods or sash rods, for top and bottom rod pockets. Position the rods about an inch above and below the door glass. Here's a tip when installing door panel rods: Slip the top rod pocket of door panel through the top rod and secure it to brackets. Then put the bottom rod through the bottom rod pocket of door paneland let it hang. The bottom of the door panel will fall where you need to position the bottom rod brackets.

 
How to Measure
Learn how to measure for Roller and Roman Shades
Video: Roller Shades
How to Measure for Roller and Roman Shades ROLLER SHADES

Overall shade width is measured from tip to tip (bracket to bracket); however; the shade fabric will measure 1-1/2" less than the overall width.

For an outside mount:

Using a metal tape measure, measure the width of the window area you would like to cover. We recommend going 2 to 3 inches beyond the window opening on each side to allow the fabric of the shade to cover your window opening. An outside is always recommended for best coverage and light control.

For an inside mount:

Using a metal tape measure, measure the exact width of your window opening. Our roller shades can adjust to almost 1 inch wider so you may order a size that is slightly smaller than your window opening and it will adjust up to 7/8 inches wider. For example, if your window measures 27-7/8" wide, you can order a 27" shade and it will adjust to 27-7/8". Remember, the roller shade fabric will measure 1-½" less so a small amount of light will show at
the sides.

Video: Roman Shades

 

ROMAN SHADES

Overall shade width is measured from tip to tip; the shade fabric measures the same as the overall width.

For an outside mount:

Using a metal tape measure, measure the width of the window area you would like to cover. We recommend going 2 to 3 inches beyond
the window opening on each side to allow the fabric of the shade to cover your window opening. For an outside mount, you will want to
select a shade that is approximately the width that you've measured; the shade size can be slightly larger or slightly smaller since the
placement does not need to be exact. An outside is always recommended for best coverage and light control.

For an inside mount:

Using a metal tape measure, measure the exact width of your window opening. For an inside mount, you will want to select a shade that
is the same size or a bit smaller than the width that you've measured. With an inside mount a small amount of light will show at
the sides.

 

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