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How to Measure for Curtains

With these tips on how to measure for curtains you'll be measuring like a pro in no time! The way you measure for a window treatment is the same whether you are making your own curtains, ordering custom drapes or purchasing ready made coverings. However, you will need to keep in mine the style and type of curtains and how you will hang your curtains.

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The first step is deciding on the height of your curtains, or where the curtain rod will go. For café curtains for example, the rod is actually about 1/2 way down the window, covering only the bottom half. Even some non-kitchen windows lend themselves to mounting the rod lower than the top window. In our livingroom, we hung the front window curtains below the smaller top, decorative windows (see the photo to the right) to let in extra light.

Another consideration is that all curtain rods in the room should generally be at the same height, another reason why the larger window curtain rod was mounted lower in the photo example, it matches the shorter smaller windows.

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Next, you'll decide how far down the curtains should go because this will change how to measure for curtains, obviously. This is entirely up to you, curtain fashion is just like other fashion, trends tend to change. Some people like the look of curtains slightly touching the floor, others say you absolutely can not have a curtain touching the floor. Classic advice is that for smaller windows, four inches below the windowsill is the max. Others will tell you that the curtain should extend just to the bottom of the window and overlap only one inch. The length is up to you, but 1" to 4" below the window is a safe bet. I personally do not care for curtains on the floor because they get dirty very fast and collect dust...and in my house, cat hair.

For the width, you'll run into the same problem in deciding how to measure for curtains! It isn't as simple as measuring the width of the window, unless you are doing a panel style curtain that has no folds. On average, mulptiply your window width by 1.5 or 2 to get a nice full spread. However, you can to much more than that for sheer curtains if you need more coverage, or less for very thick, heavy drapes.

Many ready made curtains are sold by window size which takes the guesswork out of it for you, but even if you are making your own, it really isn't all that complicated. Fabric drapes and can be pushed around and bottoms can be hemmed if you don't get it perfect the first time. Cutting on the larger side is always better than winding up with curtains that are too small!

Have fun & good luck learning how to measure for curtains!

After all, it's your might as well love it!



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