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Measuring Guide

If you're looking to update your home or business with new curtains, the first step is to correctly measure up to ensure a perfect fit, so here are a few pointers to help:

- Use a rigid tape measure as a cloth one may bend or stretch
- Measure your (installed) curtain track or pole rather than your window
- Measurements should be in full centimetres or inches, whichever you prefer - round down if needed
- Always double check your measurements

We also recommend that a curtain track or pole is positioned around 15cm / 6" above a window, and is wider than the window by between 15 - 30cm / 6 - 12" on either side too.

Measuring Curtain Width
If you'll be using a curtain track to hang your new curtains, measure the full length of the track. If it's a pole, just measure the length of the pole itself - not the finials (which are the decorative end pieces).

Once you've got the measurement, this can be used to calculate the required width of your curtains - to produce a gathered effect when your curtains are drawn, rather than a taut one, we recommend that the curtain width is around twice that of your pole or track measurement, plus an additional 20cm / 8" to allow overlap when closed.

Measuring Curtain Length
To calculate your required curtain 'drop', you need to firstly decide on the length style you'd prefer:

- Floor length (end point should be around 1.5cm / 0.5" above the floor)
- Window sill length (end point should be around 1.5cm / 0.5" above the sill)
- Below sill length (end point should be around 6cm / 2.5" below the sill)

If you'd like pencil pleat curtains, then measure from the bottom of your fitted curtain track to the chosen end point. For tab top and eyelet curtains, measure from the top of your fitted curtain pole to the chosen end point.

If you'd like any further pointers, just give us a call or pop in to see us and we'll be happy to help.