How to Measure for Curtains and Blinds

May 6th, 2009 by Harry

To avoid mistakes, your curtain pole or track should be in place already. If you make calculations without a pole or track, you are more likely to get incorrect measurements. We advise you use a metal tape measure for accuracy. Measurements should be in cm to the nearest 1/2 cm. Please double-check your measurements.

  1. Measure WidthIf you have a pole, measure the distance between the finials (the decorative baubles at the end of a pole).If you have a track, measure the total length of the track.measuring-curtains-1cropped
  2. Measuring Curtain DropBefore you start, you have to decide where you want your curtains to finish. For floor-length curtains, we suggest curtains 1.5cm longer than floor-length. If your floors are uneven, make sure you measure each side of the window and choose the longest measurement. For sill length curtains, we suggest either 15cm below the sill or 1-2cm above it.

    Measuring Drop for Tab Top and Eyelet

    For tab top or eyelet curtains, measure the drop from the top of your pole to where you want your curtain to finish. (Please note:tab top and eyelet headed curtains cannot be fitted to a track.)

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    Measuring Curtain Drop For Pleated Headings (all except Tab Top & Eyelet)

    The total drop for pleated headings is measured in 2 parts – the eye drop and the heading height.

    Part 1. Eye Drop

    This is the distance from the eye (where the curtain hook attaches) to where you want your curtain to finish.

    Part 2. Heading Height

    The heading height is the distance from the eye to where you want the top of your curtain to be.

    For tracks, we suggest a heading height just above the top of your track so that it is not visible above the top of the curtain.

    For poles, we suggest a heading height from 2cm above the eye to just above your curtain pole according to your own taste. Curtains will hang best with a smaller heading height.

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    Printable Curtains Measurements Grid

How to measure for blinds

We advise using a metal tape measure for accuracy. Measurements should be in cm to the nearest 1/2 cm. Please double-check your measurements.

The three scenarios for measuring blinds are:

1. Inside Recess

  1. Measure width A-B at the narrowest point so your blind can hang freely
  2. Measure Drop C-D
  3. Note which side you would like the cord – right or left

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2. Outside Recess

First check for obstructions that might stop your blind hanging freely and then decide on the amount of fabric to overlap the top and sides of the window recess. We recommend at least 5cm for both.

  1. Measure the width you decide on, A-B
  2. Measure the drop you decide on, C-D
  3. Note which side you would like the cord – right or left

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3. Fixed To Window Architrave (Frame)

First, decide whether you want your roman blind to hang on the outside or inside edge of the window architrave.

  1. Measure the width A-B
  2. Measure drop C-D
  3. Note which side you would like the cord – right or left

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