Custom Made-to-Measure Curtains Measuring Guide



Curtains give your room that "finished look", they make a statement about you and your decore. They also keep out sunshine, prevent carpet and upholstered furniture from fading, reduce energy costs by keeping the heat in during winter and provide some acoustic/sound absorption. Our made to to order curtain service offers you a wide choice of headings, fabrics and curtain styles so that you can have the exact look you are after, with the perfect fit.  All you need to do is enter your measurements and follow the easy step by step instructions.

If you'd like more help, you can also find out how to get a flawless finish when you hang your curtains by viewing one of our installation and hanging guides. >>


Measuring for Curtains

To be sure of the best possible fit, take time to measure your window carefully. We suggest using a metal tape measure for accuracy. The first step is to decide whether you want your curtains to hang from a track or rod, both of which should be positioned 15cm (6 inches) above the window and extend 15-20cm (6-8 inches) either side. You then need to decide if you want the curtains to open in the centre or open to one side.

Eyelet, tab-top and reverse tabs use a rod. Pencil and Pinch Pleat Curtains can use either a rod with rings or a tracking system.


Measuring width and length

Measuring width

Measure the total width of the track or pole (excluding the finials) – do not measure the window unless it is wall-to-wall.

If you are selecting pencil pleat or Pinch Pleat style curtains and you want them to open in the centre and are using a track Don't forget to allow for overlap – this is an additional measurement, normally 5 cm (2 inch) that allows the hanging curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed (measurement A plus measurement B).


Measuring length

Before measuring the length, decide whether you want your curtains to fall to a window sill, below the window sill or to the floor or puddle/trail on the floor. We suggest that:

  • Window sill length curtains finish 1.25cm (1/2 inch) above the sill.
  • Curtains that fall below the window sill finish 15cm (6 inches) below.
  • Floor length curtains finish 1.5cm (1/2 inch) from the floor
  • For an opulant look , add 30cm (12 inches) so that they actually puddle or trail on the floor.

Eyelet, tab top and reverse tab top curtain styles, start your measurement from the top of the rod or pole.

Pencil Pleat and Pinch Pleat curtain styles, start your measurement from the small hole at the bottom of the rings on rods or if using tracks from the top of the track.


Curtain Styles

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                 EYELET                  CONCEALED TAB (BACK)        CONCEALED TAB (FRONT)


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               PENCIL PLEAT                        PINCH PLEAT


Rod, Pole or Track Styles

 Know what type of Rod / Track you are using (this will help you when measuring)


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                    ROD                                     TRACK SYSTEM                          ROD WITH RINGS