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Curtain Measuring Guide

Taking measurements for made-to-order curtains is easy, but you have to remember that the final look of the curtains will be determined by a few factors:

  • Fabric – pattern, style and type of fabric.
  • Length of the curtain (drop) – The most popular length is floor length (ending 2.5 cm above the floor). However, you can also have sill curtains (ending 1 cm above the window sill) or below-sill curtains (ending around 15 cm below the sill or 2.5 cm above the radiator). Net curtains come in above-sill length, as well as in floor, sill and below-sill lengths. Drop measurements are typically taken from the top of the pole or track, but please see the notes below for important information.
  • Heading – eyelet, tab top, slot & frill, panel curtains and pencil pleat (pleat styling is less recommended for some heavy fabrics).

Measuring Width

When measuring your Curtain Track, make sure to measure the width of the track (and not the window).

When measuring your Curtain Pole, measure the width of the pole, excluding the finials. A well-fitted pole should extend 20-30 cm beyond each side of the window to ensure enough space for drawing the curtains back.

Headings you can choose from on dekoria.co.uk:

  1. PENCIL PLEAT HEADING

The drop measurement is taken from the top of the pole. However, please read on to make sure that you will have a pair of perfectly fitting pencil pleat curtains.

Drop: In pencil pleat curtains the fabric is gathered into pleats with a 3" curtain tape fitted to the back of the curtain. The tape we fit to our curtains has two rows of pockets to choose from and to place hooks in for hanging the curtain. The benefit of having two rows is that the length of the curtain can be adjusted by 1-2 inches, depending on which row you choose when you hang it. With most tracks/poles, taking the drop measurement from the top of the pole or track will ensure the right length of the curtain after fitting, while the two rows will give you more flexibility when hanging the curtains. Once the hooks are placed in the pockets, the curtain can be attached to the runners on the curtain track (usually covering the track) or hung from the pole (usually revealing the pole).

Width: When ordering the curtains, please remember that once gathered the width of the curtain will reduce to approximately half of its original size. Therefore, it is recommended to use the DOUBLE length of the pole for width measurement. By pulling the strings on the curtains, their width can later be easily adjusted to achieve the perfect look and fit for your window.

The measurements/prices displayed are always for one curtain. If you wish to order a pair of curtains, please make sure to buy in multiples of two.


EYELET HEADING

This type of heading is only suitable for poles. The pole is threaded through eyelets to hang the curtains.

Drop: It is very important to add 2 cm (approximately 1 inch) to the drop measurement (taken from the top of the pole), as this fabric will appear above the eyelet on the curtain.

Width: When measuring for the width of the curtain, please remember that the width of the fabric will reduce due to gathering. It is usually recommended to multiply the length of the pole by 1.5 for softer gather or up to 2 times for a rich gather with deep pleats, especially for heavier fabrics. Please take into consideration the space around your window – multiplying the width by 2 will mean deep pleats when curtains are closed, but also a bulk of fabric on the sides of the window when curtains are pulled back. Therefore, make sure there is enough space on both sides of the window to accommodate this fabric and that such a rich look goes with the style of the room. If you aren’t sure which option to choose, multiply the width by 1.6. This should work for most spaces/interiors with the eyelet heading.

The measurements/prices are always displayed for one curtain. If you wish to order a pair of curtains, please make sure to buy in multiples of two.


TAB TOP HEADING

This type of heading is only suitable for poles. The pole is threaded through tabs to hang the curtains.

Drop: The drop measurement is taken from the top of the pole – this includes the tabs.

Width: When measuring the width of the curtain, please remember that the width of the fabric will reduce slightly once the curtain is hanged on the pole. It is usually recommended to multiply the length of the pole by 1.5 for softer gather or up to 1.7 times for a rich gather with deeper pleats, especially for heavier fabrics. Please take into consideration the space around your window – multiplying the width by 1.7 will mean deeper pleats when curtains are closed, but also a bulk of fabric on the sides of the window when curtains are pulled back. Therefore, make sure there is enough space on both sides of the window to accommodate this fabric and that such a rich look goes with the style of the room. If you aren’t sure which option to choose, multiply the width by 1.6. This should work for most spaces/interiors with the tab top heading.

The measurements/prices are always displayed for one curtain. If you wish to order a pair of curtains, please make sure to buy in multiples of two.


SLOT TOP & FRILL HEADING

Slot & frill curtains are curtains with a 5 cm slot through which the pole is threaded.

Drop: The drop measurement is taken from the top of the pole and it does NOT include a 5 cm frill that will appear above the pole. When ordering slot and frill curtains, simply measure the drop from the pole to the floor (or any other length you need), and don’t worry about the frill – it will be added on by us.

Width: It is usually recommended to multiply the length of the pole by 1.5 for softer gather or up to 1.7 times for a rich gather with deeper pleats, especially for heavier fabrics. Please take into consideration the space around your window – multiplying the width by 1.7 will mean deeper pleats when curtains are closed, but also a bulk of fabric on the sides of the window when curtains are pulled back. Therefore, make sure you there is enough space on both sides  of the window to accommodate this fabric and that such a rich look goes with the style of the room.  If you aren’t sure which option to choose, multiply the width by 1.6. This should work for most spaces/interiors with slot & frill curtains.

The measurements/prices are always displayed for one curtain. If you wish to order a pair of curtains, please make sure to buy in multiples of two.


PANEL CURTAINS

Panel curtains are very similar to slot & frill curtains. They are attached to the pole with a 5 cm slot through which the pole is threaded. However, there is no fabric appearing above the pole, so no extra material is required.

Drop: The drop measurement is taken from the top of the pole.

Width: Panel curtains are meant to be flat pieces of fabric – with no gather –  and they are not meant to close (not suitable for privacy). Therefore, it is typically recommended to order the total width that covers no more than 2/3 of the pole.

The measurements/prices are always displayed for one curtain. If you wish to order a pair of curtains, please make sure to buy in multiples of two.


*Still not sure how to do this? Just drop us an e-mail with the exact dimensions of your track/pole, the style of the heading and the drop you need. We will be more than happy to advise you on the recommended width and length.