how to measure for curtains

How to measure for your curtains: simple and basic rules to follow

How to measure the width

A basic approach to determine the curtains’ width is to increase the width of the window by 1.5 times. This creates a slight gathering effect and results in a fuller look.

Example: For the window that is 50" in width, we recommend each curtain panel to be 37", and we take 2 curtain panels for this window. 

Q. Do I need to consider the width of the rod when measuring for my curtains?

 A. If we know both window width and rod length, I recommend taking the rod length as the basic measurement for the width of the curtains. The same rule is applied if you are planning to hang your curtains on a track.

Q. What if I don’t have my track (or rod) installed yet? Can I still order custom curtains?

Yes, you can. It's recommended that the track should be 4 inches wider on each side than the window width. By taking this information into consideration, we can determine the appropriate width for the curtains.

How to measure the length

Measure from the top of your rod to the floor or to the place where you wish to see the curtain bottom.

 Should I add any extra for the curtains to puddle?

There are 3 options for puddling:

  • Break puddle (1/2 – 1 inch): creates a relaxed look by causing a break in the fabric.
  • Medium puddle (2-4 inches):

You will mostly see this puddling on our website. There is enough material on the floor, but it will not take up much space since it falls underneath itself.

  • Rich puddle (6 – 15 inches): makes the material flow smoothly to create a classic and timeless look. 
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