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Measuring Guide

How to measure your windows for curtains or blinds

 

Measuring Your Made to Measure Curtains

 

Measuring Curtain Widths

Measuring the curtain widthTo make sure you have the best possible fit, please take the time to measure your window carefully.

Please provide measurements for your window, we will work out the size for each curtain in the pair including how much fabric is needed for correct fullness.

We recommend fitting the curtain tracks or poles first and measuring to them. When putting up tracks or poles we also recommend overlapping each side of the window recess by 15-30cm and fitting them around 12-15cm above the window, though sometimes you might decide to fit a curtain track inside the window frame.

It is important to make sure that any track, pole or other fitting is even and level before measurements are taken. All measurements should be taken using a metal tape measure, and all measurements should be in centimetres and millimetres.

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Width for Single Tracks

Measuring single track widthsMeasure your track from one end to the other.

For single (non-overlapping) tracks add 2.5cm to allow hanging curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Width for Overlapping Tracks

Measuring overlapping track widthsMeasure the length of each track and add them together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Width for Poles

Measuring curtain pole widthsMeasure from the inside of one decorative end (finial) to the inside of the other decorative end.

For poles add 2.5cm to allow hanging curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Drop

Measuring curtain dropsDecide whether you want your curtains to fall to the sill, below the sill or to the floor. Sill length curtains normally finish 1.5cm above the sill; curtains that fall below the sill usually finish 15cm below the sill; floor length curtains generally finish 1.5cm from the floor.

If you want your curtains flush with the sill or the floor then we recommend measuring the drop in three places (either side and middle) and using the smallest of these three measurements to avoid the curtains dragging.

 

 

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Drop from Poles with Rings & Hooks

Drops from polesThe normal headings for poles with a ring and hook are the Pencil Pleat and Pinch Pleat. Measure from the bottom of the ring (the point where the hook attaches to the ring). This will prevent the pole or rings being obscured by the curtain material.

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Drop from Poles with Ring Top Eyelet Curtains

Drops from eyeletsMeasure from the very top of the pole. DO NOT add anything for the fabric above the pole height; we will add 4cm to the drop for the fabric to sit above the pole.

 

 

Measuring the Curtain Drop from Girder Rails/Tracks and Plain Rails/Tracks

Drops from railsWhatever the type of curtain rail, measure from the very top of the rail.

 

 

 

Curtain Lining

Lined

Our lined curtains come with a quality Sateen twill lining, which is a durable cotton fabric with a lustre resembling that of satin.

Blackout Lining

You can specific blackout lining as an option; sleep soundly at night by block out the light that gets through normal curtains.

 

Curtain Heading Types

Pencil Pleats

Pencil pleat curtainsPencil pleat is the standard heading for curtains and valances; a 3” (7.5 cm) tape is used with three hook positions to suit all types of track and pole.

 

 

 

Pinch Pleats

Pinch pleat curtainsPinch pleat is a decorative heading for curtains and valances, suitable for all types of curtain track and pole; pinch pleats are more gathered than other headings and have permanent sewn-in pleats for a more luxurious, tailored look.

 

 

 

Eyelets

Eyelet curtainsEyelet heading is a contemporary alternative for use with curtain poles, folding curtains into large even pleats; the eyelets have an internal diameter of 40mm and are suitable for curtain poles with a diameter of up to 30mm.

 

 

Measuring Your Made to Measure Roman Blinds

Decide whether your blinds will fit inside or outside the window recess. To fit inside the window frame must be at least 7.5cm deep to accommodate the operating mechanism. Make sure that the recess your blind is fitting into isn’t obstructed in any way to ensure your blind can hang freely when it is down.

All measurements should be taken using a metal tape measure, and all measurements should be metric (centimetres and millimetres).

 

Inside the Window Recess

Measuring blinds inside a window recessWidth

Measure the total width from inside left to inside right and make a note. Do this in three places to allow for any irregularity in your windows. Make a note of the narrowest of these measurements, to the nearest millimetre.

Drop

Measure the total drop from inside top to inside bottom and make a note.

Height

Measure the total height from the top of the window recess to the floor; we will ensure that the length of the winding chain meets safety legislation.

 

Outside the Window Recess

Measuring blinds outside a window recessWidth

Decide how far you want the fabric to overlap on all sides; we normally recommend at least 5cm.

Measure the width from outside left to outside right, then add an additional 3.8cm to allow room for the operating mechanism. Make a note of these measurements to the nearest millimetre.

Drop

Measure the drop from outside top to outside bottom.

Height

Measure the total height from the planned mounting position to the floor; we will ensure that the length of the winding chain meets safety legislation.

 

Roman Blind Linings

Lined

Our lined roman blinds come with a quality Sateen twill lining, which is a durable cotton fabric with a lustre resembling that of satin.

Blackout Lining

You can specific blackout lining as an option; sleep soundly at night by block out the light that gets through normal blinds.

 

Roman Blind Controls

Sidewinder

All of our premium Roman Blinds use a side winding mechanism for improved control. Choose whether you want the control chain on the left or right side of the blind, and choose the colour of the chain.

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